My flock started off rather by accident. Despite knowing what a bad idea it was, I ended up going into a pet shop near my university one day before a lesson. I saw two adorable wee canaries and had to have them. My boyfriend, Oliver, reluctantly agreed. How much trouble could two fluffy songbirds bring?
Quite a lot, as it turns out – though indirectly! It was through my belated in-depth research on canaries that I discovered parrots.
A bird laying an egg is the most natural thing in the world. Still, we humans always seem so surprised when it happens.
Egg production is not the result of mating, as many astonished single bird owners have discovered. It is the breeding stimuli in the environment that causes a hen to generate an egg. If you have only one bird, or are certain that your male and female are nothing more than good friends, the egg will be unviable. Without fertilization, an egg will not produce a chick. ...