Separating the male and female gouldians after the breeding season.

by Rigor Saturno
(Sta Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines)

Good day, I have a 50 pairs of breeding gouldians. My questions are:

1. Do I need to separate the male and female gouldian after their breeding season for them to have a rest and to recondition again their body for the next breeding season? My plan is to separate the males in several flight cages and all the females in the other cages.
2. Do this separation of pair will increase the fertility of eggs after they will be re-unite again to their partner?
3. Do I need to change their partner if they are not performing well in the breeding last season?
4. If I will change their partner, how it will affect their breeding performance?
5. What is the best month of the year to make this separation or resting time?
6. How long will I do this separation or resting time?

Please help, thanks.639217541353

Hi Rigor,
1. Some breeders separate their pairs. You may choose to do that, but the only ones that I split up were the pairs that for whatever reason were not successful in producing chicks. If the pair has done well, I figure they are happy and that is what I want so I leave them to be a pair again for next year.
2. I doubt that the separation would do anything to increase the next year's production. Nothing would be really different for the birds except maybe they would get to exercise more in larger cages.
3&4. I separate pairs when they aren't successfully producing strong chicks. It just seems a waste of time not to. I can't predict if they will do better with new partners, but I figure it is worth a try.
5&6. I follow the Australia weather patterns and use that to guide the birds as to what phase of their yearly cycle they are in. Another way to say that is to say that I give my birds all four seasons. I change the daylight hours and the temperatures and the food stuffs as they would change naturally in the wild. Otherwise, my birds would just keep breeding clutch after clutch and I don't want that. I will spell this out in a future newsletter I am planning.
Thanks for the good questions as usual, Jeanie

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Dec 16, 2012
mad male
by: Dan

hi jean, I breed my gouldians in a flight and watch their behaviour closely, they spend a lot of their time chasing birds from around their nest and this is the norm for them. so i think if you leave well enough alone every thing should be fine, this what i have found the more you get involved the more they abandon their nest and chicks. all the best DAN s. wales

Oct 01, 2012
Male attacking female
by: L. Bauck DVM

Dear experts,

Although I have bred Goulds for years, this is a first for me. My current pair have a 2 week-old chick in the nest, and seemed to be doing an excellent job feeding and caring for it. Over the last few days, the male has been acting progressively more insane.

He started attacking the hen when she was out of the nest - could not see what it was that set him off - but at other times he seemed totally happy with her, in or out of the nest.

I am not sure what is going on but this morning had to remove him as I was concerned for the hen's safety, and possibly that of the chick. I know cockatiel males are notorious for killing chicks when the hormones start to rage.

a) can the hen raise the chick on her own?

b) when and if can I put him back?

- L Bauck DVM.

Hello L,

Sometimes a hen can raise a single chick, but it has been my experience that is not the norm. When there are only one or two chicks, the parents abandon them to start breeding over again. I think raising chicks is so hard on the parents that they won't make the effort for so few good results, but that just my guess.

I would not put the male back as long as the chick is alive and in the same cage. When he is reintroduced to the female, I would watch them closely. His behavior is really unpredictable. I wish I had used the word experienced instead of expert in my titles. Jeanie

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