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Cocks Vs Hens

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I've been asking questions regarding pairing, genetics, etc... over the last week or so, but my mother-in-law just called me and I told her about this site and said I would ask. She's not computer savy, but she is also a bird lover. She is expecting to be get two Teils in October from a clutch born just days ago and she is so excited. She hasn't had them one in years. She currently has 4 Keets and raised these two questions to me. I wasn't sure what to tell her so I told her I'd ask here.

 

As I stated she has 4 keets... what she thought to be 2 cocks and 2 hens when she first got them turned out to be 1 hen and 3 cocks (she said they are now about 14 or 15 months old). They are currently all in the same cage and the cocks' ceres are all dark blue and the hen's is dark brown. She is assuming they are in breeding condition and is fine with that. I told her if you have too many hens and not enough cocks that it could be a bad thing, but didn't know what to tell her when she asked "is it okay to have one mature hen with three mature cocks or should two of the males be removed?" The other question she asked was if she doesn't have to seperate them and the hen bonds with one of the males and mates, should the other two males then be removed if eggs show up?

 

okay, I think that's it... if you can let me know so I can get back to her I'd appreciate it.

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HI Chrissy's MUM / MOM

 

If she is wanting to breed them, I would seperate the 2 other males -

They shouldn't breed if there is no where for them to nest, In saying that, They have been known to use food dishes and bottom of the cages to nest un unexpectedly -

I would remove the other males before she wants to breed them Cocks will fight over a hen sometimes

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Thank you for the advise Neat. I have advised her about getting the nesting boxes being needed and all that but I didn't know what to tell her with the other two males. So thank you for the advise.

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Ideally you would remove the two males as they can as Neat points out fight, but they will also disrupt the breeding pair especially when they are mating and may result in unfertile eggs.

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If your mum is going to try and breed a pair, the other males will have to be removed and only the breeding pair with a nesting box in the one cage.

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