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Tell me about your Alexandrine(s).

I know Kristen (PersnicketyParrot) has 2 gorgeous Alexandrines. I have been watching a heap of videos on YouTube of Alexandrines, too.

If anyone else has an Alexandrine/Alexandrines, can you *pretty please* share photos and or videos. Also tell me about them, for example their personality, interacting with them, etc.

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are you thinking of getting one ?

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I have been given the opportunity to hand-raise a baby Alexandrine, and I, of course, took the opportunity, very excited!! They are only eggs at the moment (due to hatch in about 2 weeks), but I will be getting the baby when s/he is around 2-3 weeks old!!
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I have kept and then bred Alexandrines since 1994 and I just love them. One of my favourite birds. My first Alex was Big Bird. I hand raised 3 for a breeder and he was my payment. He was the most adorable bird who just seemed to love people. He was so placid that even during breeding season I could take his whole head in my hands and he would not bite. Unfortunately I lost him to a hawk when he was 10 years old. When Big Bird was 2 I got Baby Bird who we thought was a hen as a mate for Big Bird. Baby turned out to be a cock and developed into an absolutely beautiful bird. Although hand raised he had been put in a huge aviary at weaning and was there for 6 months and was never fully tame, but not wild either. He would take food and drink from you hand but did not like to be handled. I obtained a couple of hens and hand raised a number of babies over the years from Baby and his mate.

I kept 2 of the last babies of Baby and the week after I brought the babies in for hand raising Baby and his mate were also killed by a hawk. I do not have them in the same aviary now. Yeti and Yowie are sweethearts and I have a female Alex who although hand raised is not very friendly but she is only just coming up for 2. The boys will be 3 on the 25 of this month. Alex's are really hormonal at puberty which can vary between 6 months to nearly 2 years depending on how quickly they mature. Big Bird and Baby matured at 12 months but Yeti and Yowie didn't mature till they were around 18 months and didn't get their neck rings until 2 1/2. They went into their first show in May and Yeti not only got first in the Alex class but won Champion Foreign Parrot. Yowie came second. I just love my Alex's and would have a whole aviary full if I could. Yowie is the tamest and always gives me lovely tongue kisses when I am in the aviary. They have been out there for 12 months now and are still lovely and tame.



Yeti with his trophy Yowie next to him.



At our town festival this year.



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Solace in my opinion you will never regret it. You only need to watch them at weaning. They can be abit of a problem them with not wanting to eat from the spoon or eat enough seed. They can lose alot of weight then. I also found that it is better to feed more than one at a time as you get the competition for feeding and they will eat more, but they also need a bit of a rest about halfway through a meal if you are doing one on its own. I will feed half their food and then feed another bird and go back to the Alex. Sometimes I will resort to using a crop needle at weaning for at least one meal to make sure they are getting enough food.

Some people have nearly lost young Alex's at weaning because they thought they were eating enough seed and they were not. Personally I have not had a real problem with them I have just perservered. I love hand raising them.

If you would like my hand raising formula just ask. They do really well on it and most stuff is available from the supermarket or large stock feed store and brew shop.
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Ooooh, they are so cute!! Adorable pictures, Kate, and great advice as usual!

Alex's are very mellow and easy going, compared to the other Asiatics.



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Solace,
How very exciting for you! You know already how much I love this species.
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Your Alexes are awesome!
And now for an extra pic or two of Elf & Geraldine.



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That is very exciting, and you guys have gorgeous pictures

- Alexandrine parakeets Holly, George, Koda & - Crimson rosella Kasumi Orange winged Amazon parrot Paulie
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