Animal Stories - Eastern Rosella

Animal-World Information about: Eastern Rosella

   The Eastern Rosella is one of the most popular and most beautiful parakeets in aviculture. Being so very brightly colored, they are very attractive birds!
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Judith Buncher - 2012-02-04
Just recently rescued a Fiery Opaline Golden Mantle Rosella from a pet store. She? was kept in a 14x14; white plexiglass enclosure with just a food and a water bowl for abount 10 months. According to her leg band she is 2 years old. She bobs up and down all day long standing on 1 foot. Can anyone tell us why she does this? She wolf whistles off and on all day and makes 2 different callsp, one a contact call and the other a warning call.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-04
    Little fella is cagebound. Lion and dogs pace and humans will hold their legs and rock. Coping. Put food outside cage door, then on top of cage then feed with your hand. Talk, sing make rhythym of anyfunny noises to relax her and make her curious. Go slowly as sheisfrightened of being out of the cage.
  • Anonmous - 2012-09-14
    Hi, I recently got a Golden Mantled rosella that had never been handeled or let out of it's tiny cage in its life before. It took quite some time before he got used to being around us and he still won't let us handle him but he's calm enough to let me come close to him and doesn't freak out when I put my hand in his cage to do the daily cleaning etc. He does the same bobing and whistles but he seems to enjoy it as he actually dances up an down while doing it. I am so proud of my baby he's actualy willing to come out of his cage on his own and explore. It will take time but don't lose hope all they need is someone that will love them and give them everything they need and it will come out of his shell. (P.S. don't be discouraged if he doesn't want to be handeled they are generally not cuddly bird, more of a love me from a distance bird)
shaun - 2012-08-26
Hi, I have a pair of rosellas they are male and female. But they don't seem to be doing anything . The male and female just is sitting outside the nest box. Just wondered if you could give any advise .cheers

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-27
    Breeding season for the Eastern Rosella goes usually August through march so it is just starting.  They want to get to know each other and things will happen.  How old are they?  Takes time. 
lee boy - 2012-08-09
I have recently bought some eastern rosellas and would like to know what the best bedding is to put in there box????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-09
    Put about 1- 2n inches of sand )actually sand) to insure cusion so eggs don't reack.  Then for beddinr use Carefresh...  you can purchase at any good pet store.
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-10
    These are at it every five minutes then the hen goes into the box digs a hole but aint laying any tips
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    It takes them awhile to get the process down and even for the female to sometimes know they are ready to lay an egg.  I've had a female cone out of a nest to 'poop' and laid an egg off the perch.  It is trail and error but they will get it.
carlos - 2012-06-22
Hello I had a question. I heard that you could cross breed a rosella with an indian ringneck parakeet. Is this true or is a local breeder pulling my chain?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-22
    It is true.  The rosella can be cross bred with a ring neck.  Both species will cross breed. 
eve - 2012-06-11
Hi charlie, just to keep you up to speed, sadly today we have found out chick lifeless in the nest, we have no idea what has happened, the only thing we can think of is the box was rather small, and George kept trying to go in, and he has some how stood on baby, so we have emptied the bedding into a new next box and put this in the cage, after taking advice we have a much bigger nest. kind regards

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-14
    You leave the box up - year round.  It is their box and they want it.  They may not be nesting or they may not be using it but it is their box and they want it there.  You may not want to go to bed right now but you don't want someone to remove your box spring and matress - right.  Another article on Rosellas - nest box recommendations, caging, diet etc.  Hope it helps but you will get there
  • eve - 2012-06-14
    Thanks charlie we hope so, but will leave the box in just as a precaution, she has been in and out of it today, and she is still accepting food from george, when it happens I am sure it will be amazing, keep you posted, thanks a lot kind regards
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-11
    I am sorry.  Yep, sounds like the nest box was a little small and dad jumped in and that was that.  It happens.  Parents are new and excited and they have to learn.  It is hard and I am sorry but next time - ....
  • eve - 2012-06-13
    Thanks charlie, bad advice that's all we can put it down too, fingers crossed they try again. When we don't know but put a proper box in now and will just wait and see, I think it might be a bit late to try again now but who knows, will keep you upto speed, thanks for your help much appreciated regards and best wishes
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-13
    Put a perch (concrete or wood) just outside the nestbox door.  That way the male can sorta watch sitting on the perch.  The female also has an easier way to get in and out to sit on the perch.  Can't know if they will try again before next spring but i would think so.  Weather has been crazy all over and definitely not close to fall or winter so good chance will try again.  Good luck.  It is hard but so worth it when it comes together.
  • eve - 2012-06-14
    Thanks charlie I must see so thick but I had figured that the box needs to be a perminant fixture, will take a look at the recomended site, cheer bud
usman - 2012-06-08
Hi I live in Pakistan and I'm having a pair of golden mantle rosella, can anybody tell that after how many days female rosella comes out of the nest box after hatching babies as my female rosella is not coming out since 2 days. She has two babies although male rosella keep on going and feeding her but she is not coming out of the box.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-09
    She will come out of the box, when and if she thinks it is OK to.  Otherwise she will stay with the babies to keep them warm and protect them.  The male feeds her and she feeds the babies.  She will start to come out before the babies actually fledge so do not worry - she is just taking good care of the babies.
eve - 2012-06-05
Sadly I believe we now only have one baby, as only able to hear one for a few days. I do hope this survives, but Mildird has been a good mother.

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  • eve - 2012-06-05
    Managed to have a sneeky look in the nest, looks like there has only been one baby all the long, my mistake, could have sworn there was two, must have had two cries.
eve - 2012-05-27
Hi charlie just to let you know we are the very proud parents of one baby that we can hear, and very proud of george and mildrid as this it their first attempt, and have looked after baby very well we think baby is about a week old as we have just started to hear the cry for food, thanks for your help will keep you posted kind regards eve.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-28
    Well congratulations. Isn't it amazing?
  • eve - 2012-06-01
    Hi charlie, yes it is amazing we have two that we know of now. I don't think there is anymore, but when they come out of there box we will know, I cant wait, kind regards
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eve - 2012-03-07
Can anyone help me? My George is still trying to feed my Mildrid. He is still trying to mate but she is not ready and has not been all thru the mating season. He feeds the branch in the cage. They are in and out of there breeding box, but nothing is in there. Mildrid has never been a bird that bites, but is now starting to bite when I change her water. Is it a problem I have created by leaving the nesting box in there cage. Should I take the box out, or are they still trying to mate but are confused by the typical british weather and leave the box in. I would be greatful for any help, thank you.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-07
    They are learning and the behavior is normal. NO - do not remove the nest box. George is starting to get his part down by feeding her (or the branch if she won't take the food) and Mildred is starting to get her part down by protecting the nest box (ie biting you). They are going in/out of the nest box cuz they have the urge but just haven't figured out what it is they are supposed to do. They have no flock to TEACH THEM so relying on some innate sense of what is to happen. They say the first couple of clutches are for free - the eggs might be infertile or broken or may not feed. It takes them awhile to get the hang of what it is they are to do.
  • eve - 2012-03-09
    thank you so much charlie, i was begining to wonder if i was frustrating them by leaving the box in, i have no idea how old they are but they do seem young, thanks again for the info, i will keep you posted.
  • eve - 2012-04-19
    Hi Charlie, just to let you know Mildrid and George are hitting the right spot, they have been courting for about two weeks now. She has thrown all her nesting out of the box so I just keep topping it up, and they seem to be gettting the hang of feeding from each other, I really do thank you for your input.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-19
    Sounds like they are getting the hang of it. You can put some cardboard toilet paper rolls, small branches and see if she wants to put HER stuff in the next box.
  • eve - 2012-04-27
    aw ok thanks charlie, we been putting nesting stuff in the box ourselves, and all she is doing is kicking it out, not all of it though, over the past two or three days she has spent more time in the box, most of the day, comes out for a while and then goes back in, but george hates being on his own and tried getting in with her, she soon threw him out, not sure if she will lay eggs or not, but will keep you posted, thank you