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?
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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