Just a little video of our caiques. They are just about 2 years old now and they have pretty much molted into their adult feathers. We think they are beautiful!!
They are both big caiques weighing 165 for Skipper and 157 for Ginger. Which I find quite amazing as Ginger was just barely 110 grams when she was fully weaned. They are not fat…they just matured into nice sized birds.
They are both fully flighted, although they don’t really like to fly much. I try to “force” them to fly each day for exercise. But….it is rather difficult to force a caique to do anything!! LOL I have read that wild caiques don’t fly that often during their days in the forrest. They will usually spend their entire day in one tree foraging and playing with their flock members. Wouldn’t that be the coolest thing to watch? I would love to sit under a tree full of wild caiques and watch their silly antics for an entire day!! I can bet I would spend alot of time giggling at their silly behaviors!!
I hand raised Ginger and Skipper and kept them for future breeding. I have prepared a large cage for them in my breeding bird room. Although they are still too young to breed, I am preparing myself to let them be a “married couple”. I know they will love their new big cage which I have set up with lots of foraging opportunities and plenty of room to hop and skip and summersault around in. My goal is to have them in the bird room by July. But…..today, I am not sure I can see myself setting them “free” to start their married couple life!!! 🙂 Maybe I could wait one more year??!!
Most caique breeding pairs tend to be very territorial and have been known to attack their care givers and injure them badly. I currently have one pair of WBC and one pair of BHC. My BHC are absolutely prepared to bloody any part of me that gets close enough for them to reach. They will literally kamakaze themselves towards me when I reach into their cage. My WBC Male is also quite eager to get a taste of my blood. However, my female WBC is very sweet and gentle. More so than Ginger and Skipper actually. She will let me turn her on her back and clip her toe nails without even toweling her!! Of course when she has babies she will attack me if I get close enough.
I am actually eager to see how Ginger and Skipper will treat us as they mature and start raising little ones!!