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Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

Hi Everyone, I have just purchased two pineapple green cheeks and I would like to breed them. According to the breeder they are about 7-8 months old and I should start preparing them for breeding in January-February. They have already bonded and seem really fond of each other. The male is always looking out for the female and kissing and cleaning her.
I was hoping some of you could shed some light on a few questions.

1. Because the birds are bonded they are not as friendly as my other single kept GCC. Should I avoid interacting with them to much? I want them healthy for breeding and they wont even let me take them out without freaking out. I guess this is normal for a paired male and female?

2. How do I know that they are ready to breed? Any signs to look for?

3. What temperature should the breeding room be?

4. Should I manipulate the suns cycle with fluorescent lights or just let nature do its thing?

5. What should I feed them now to get them strong and healthy for breeding?

6. Anyway I can increase the likelihood of them breeding successfully if at all?

7. Why did the breeder tell me that it is not good to have a proven pair, sometimes a bad thing? Was he just try to sell me the birds?

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Re: Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

Sorry I cannot help you with any breeding issues as rescue is more important to me. There are lots and lots of homeless parrots including conures that need homes.
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Re: Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

Your babies are beautiful! My concern is that they are the same color mutation and exact same age. It makes me wonder if they are siblings. Are they DNA sexed with proof? Are they banded? Having bred birds for over 15-20 yrs I always looked for proven pairs when buying. However, you also are taking a breeders word for it that they are proven. I would not suggest setting them up to breed until about 2 yrs of age.
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Re: Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

We have eggs and they are fertile WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



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Fantastic. Shame we aint closer, I would be one of the first in line for one.
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Re: Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

Congrats. I still have to ask whether you found out if these two birds, same mutation and age were siblings? I hope all goes well.
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Re: Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

Quote: Originally Posted by greycloud View Post
Congrats. I still have to ask whether you found out if these two birds, same mutation and age were siblings? I hope all goes well.
If they were siblings their offspring would/could have health issues right? This would be a major issue in trying to sell the babies.
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Re: Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

Correct. This is why I asked when she first purchased in Oct.
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Re: Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

Congrads, I look forward to seeing more pictures!
But I was also wondering if there was any chance of them being siblings?
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Re: Breeding Pineapple Green Cheeks

Thank you all for your wonderful feedback. Rest assure the pair are not siblings. The breeder told me that one of them was a hand tamed baby she never sold and the other she got from a bird show. I know this has some truth to it because the female was my buddy before she started laying eggs; she would hop on my finger and enjoyed hanging out with humans. The other (male) bird did not even know how to step up and would freak out every time i tried to take him out.

The funny thing is the whole time i thought the female is the male because she just seemed more aggressive especially when i had another GC outside the cage. She would puff up and show dominance, the male bird did nothing. It makes me wonder if aggressive birds are the ones that are usually female.

Anyway, I will post pictures as things progress.

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