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    Mating too soon after recent babies?

    My adult lovebirds have 2 babies that are around 5 1/2 weeks old, the young are learning how to fly, Lily is still very dependent on the nest box. But today I saw the parents mating, twice. Do they seriously think that they want more kids, when they're not quite finished with these 2?

    Is there any way to possibly prevent more babies? Taking out the nest box seems unfair on Lily.

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    Re: Mating too soon after recent babies?

    It's likely the next clutch of eggs is already on the way! They normally start laying again before the last chicks leave the nest. The parents will start to turf the chicks out the nest very soon after to make way for the new eggs.

    You can remove the nest, lily will be fine aslong as she is fully feathered. If she then lays eggs on the bottom of the cage, wait for her to finish laying them all then remove them.

    Some people split the cock and hen at this stage, leaving the cock to top-up feed the chicks. I don't do it this way, don't think you need to.

    You could leave the nest in and replace any eggs laid with fakes or (carefully)boil them.

    If they are in condition and not starting a moult or anything, you can let them go a 2nd round, if you want more chicks that is of course.

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    Re: Mating too soon after recent babies?

    Yeah, I'd kind of guessed that eggs are on the way already. I don't want to kill the eggs, if eggs come then they've got more to raise.

    But will breeding season stop? I don't want them breeding all year round....

    I have noticed aggression between the parents and offspring, but I'm still hoping that they can live as a family group. And they're moving to a much bigger cage in a week or so.

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    Re: Mating too soon after recent babies?

    Hi firefly,
    they can reproduce also all year which means that they can always mate between them; however it is not correct to do them to reproduce more of two times/years; infact the reproduction brings to spend al lot of energy thus birds can get sick.
    you can remove the nest and you should give them (parents) a food less energetic/caloric and you have to move the position of the cage in more places, infact if the cage is frequently displaced then the birds difficulty will decide reproducing.
    ciao e buona fortuna (bye bye and good luck)

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    Re: Mating too soon after recent babies?

    I've moved the family into their new cage, without the nest box.

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    Re: Mating too soon after recent babies?

    Quote Originally Posted by firefly View Post
    I don't want to kill the eggs, if eggs come then they've got more to raise.
    You won't be killing anything if you boil them after being laid. There is absolutely NOTHING going on/no development in the egg until the hen starts to sit on them.

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    Re: Mating too soon after recent babies?

    Even once she starts sitting tight you got a day or so until development begins.

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