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When can we move Dad to a separate cage? #291269 05/13/08 01:42 AM
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The 3 babies are fledglings but not eating on their own yet. The male is mounting the female again and we don't want another clutch. When we moved the male to a separate cage (right next door), the female seemed depressed and didn't eat much. We were concerned that she might not feed the babies.
What's the best way to separate the male from the female without impacting the babies? Or at least to (hopefully) prevent another clutch.
From other posts, it sounds like we should remove the nesting box. The babies still cuddle together in it so will they be OK?
As you can probably tell, we're 1st-timers. ;-)

Re: When can we move Dad to a separate cage? [Re: JanGray] #291288 05/13/08 03:29 AM
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Welcome to the forum - Sounds like you are doing great for 1st timers.
Mabe if you move him into another room. There are a lot people on here who can probably answer your question. I don't think any of the breeders are on here right now but they will be.

Re: When can we move Dad to a separate cage? [Re: BLR] #291295 05/13/08 04:46 AM
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You have to leave dad with mom because he feeds her up until the chicks fledge and eat on their own. Once they are out of the nest box and on their own you can remove dad. It's not likely she will lay any more eggs until after the last baby leaves the box. She will have another clutch within days of that last baby leaving, though!


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Re: When can we move Dad to a separate cage? [Re: Jessica Rawks] #291319 05/13/08 02:22 PM
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Move the hen not the cock. He will take up and feed the chicks just fine. She will appreciate the rest and dad is perfectly suited to do the job. Good Luck


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Re: When can we move Dad to a separate cage? [Re: KeetCrazy] #291403 05/13/08 07:26 PM
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Interesting! I never would have thought of doing that. Thanks!


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