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Question:

October 5, 2020

What happened if we breed the same blood?


I am a newcomer in this field, I bought 3 chicks of same parents, my plan is for breeding is there any problems


Answer:

Hi Vishal,

You definitely can NOT allow related birds to breed – this is called inbreeding. This weakens the genetics overall and can result in infertile eggs, chicks that fail to hatch, deformities – these can be external or internal, and with internal deformities you have no idea other than the chicks will fail to thrive or die at a young age – weak or sickly birds, birds with shorter lifespans, sterile birds and more. Many breeders who breed solely for profit fail to prevent inbreeding so this makes your risk even higher because your birds may already be inbred. Sadly most captive bred smaller birds such as parakeets, cockatiels and lovebirds have been inbred due to indifference or trying to get a certain color by taking shortcuts. To have the strongest, healthy birds you need to make sure none of your breeders are related. You also need to make sure your birds are old enough before you let them breed. Most captive species will be able to breed long before they are actually ready to breed. In general, with small species like Cockatiels, the female should be at least 2 years old before you place a male with her. And you need to limit the number of clutches each year  – generally this is a maximum of 2 clutches per year, which is one more than they would have in the wild. You need to remove the nest box after the chicks are weaned and rest the parents for 6 month before you let them breed again. This will keep your adult birds and the offspring healthy and your birds will have more breeding years. Allowing too many clutches in a year causes health issues for the female and results in fewer chicks that may be weak and unhealthy.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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