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Question:

February 23, 2021

Lovebirds pairing


My green Fischer pair male died after egg hatching. Now my female green Fischer start making pair with her own chick and start bonding. I want your opinion and suggestions on such pairing?


Answer:

Hi Meraj,

I’m sorry to hear about your male. Unfortunately, you need to separate the female and her chick immediately. Chicks should always be separated from the parents as soon as they are weaned. In the wild, the parents would force them to leave the territory, and this is nature’s way of preventing related birds from breeding. You should never allow related birds to breed. The results are chicks with weak genetics, if any chicks are even produced. Other complications are infertile eggs, chicks that die in the shell, chicks that hatch with deformities, chicks that have multiple health issues, a short life span and many other issues caused by related birds breeding. In captivity, they usually do not understand the difference so it is up to you to make sure the offspring do not breed with the parents, or the offspring do not breed with each other. Maybe you can find a pet shop or a breeder who will trade you an unrelated male for your male chick. But I can’t stress enough for you to separate these birds before they bond any further.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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