How many clutch per season?
Let me start by sharing with you how happy I am that my pair of lady Gouldian has had 3 successful 3 clutches in a season. They have been great parents! I feel that they will breed again as soon as the chicks are able to feed on their own. However, how much is too much? How many clutches per season is ideal? I don't want to put too much stress on the pair especially on the hen. How can I help them? Thank you very much.
Nice, considerate question. I would let my pairs have 3 and sometimes 4 if they clearly wanted a 4th clutch. In my book there is a chart, but you can find the chart online I'm sure. The chart is a month by month record of the number of daylight hours in Queensland,Australia. My plan with my birds was to recreate an Australian year or setting of the different seasons. Each month I would reset the timers on the lights for their cages and I would cut down on the spring-like egg food and sprouts or greens. When their molt started, I'd give them a bit more hard cooked eggs because, (I've read), feathers are mostly made of protein I would also follow Queensland's temperatures too. That seemed to work for me.
Thank you for your question and photo. Your birds are lovely. Jeanie