Breeding


Nowadays, breeding Lineolated Parakeets usually works without problems, in contrast to former difficulties (Ziegler 1966, Weber 1989).

The first breeding was done by Miss Zeh in Frankfurt a. M. (Germany) in 1902. Her couple of Lineolated Parakeets allegedly was older than 12 years, before breeding for the first time. This couple hatched one chick in a relatively small cage of just one cubic metre.

Further breeding succeeded (according to Arndt, 1986):
Baker (England) 1913
Zoo of San Diego (USA) 1938
Prestwich (England) 1953
Draper (England) 1954
Dalborg-Johansen (Denmark) 1955
van der Heijden (Netherlands) 1956
West (USA) 1960
Wessels (Netherlands) 1964
Ziegler (Germany) 1966
Stenholm (Sweden) 1968
Stern (England) 1972
Oxley (England) 1974
Prante (Germany) 1975
Grigull (Germany) 1975
Sigrist (Germany) 1981
Jespersen (Denmark) 1984

Anyhow, there can occur problems during breeding the Lineolated Parakeet from time to time. Low (1983) reported one case, where 4 chicks had been hatched. But they all left the nest box completely naked. They have been plucked.
The fact, that young birds of previous broods sometimes sleep in "their" nesting box after leaving the nest, could lead to disturbances, which might influence the brood of the hen negatively. One can prevent that by providing another nest box before the young birds of the first brood leave the box. The hen will use the second box for the next brood. The cock will care about both the breeding hen and the already fledged young birds.
Lantermann (1999) had problems with position anomalies of the legs at the Lineolated Parakeet chicks in the beginning. That can happen if the chicks are alone in the nesting box and if there is no trough or bedding in/on the flat ground of the nest box. There is no resistance, which the chick could stem against. That could be prevented by keying the box surface, by providing enough bedding material and by attentive control of single offspring.
Also at actual broods a too low air humidity (this should be about 65 to 75 %) or vitamin B6 deficiency can lead to desiccation of the eggs and to dying off of embryos long before hatching.
Fluctuations in temperature and air moisture in outdoor aviaries can negatively influence the mating behaviour of the birds (Borchard/Fiedler/Duderstadt). Infertile clutches had been a problem as well as insufficient feeding of the chicks. In some extent only two chicks per brood were raised.

In addition to the "normal" food one can enrich the menu of the Lineolated Parakeets during the breeding with e.g. special rearing food, egg food and welled seeds (Welkisch/Braunschweig; Laegel/Buxtehude). Roeder (Buedingen) offers additionally "soft wood" (Witte Molen) for Turakos and CéDé® rearing food for budgies. Koch (Kuerten) believes in Kiwi and flour worms. Flour worms are provided by Wagner (Garbsheim) and Laegel (Buxtehude) as well. Very important during the breeding period is some extra green stuff (Wagner/Garbsheim; Welkisch/Braunschweig). Henig (Rottendorf) also feeds germinated sunflower seeds.