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Re: Mating

Posted by Deborah on Sat, Feb 09 2013 at 10:59 PM CST:

In Reply to: Mating posted by Dee on Wed, Feb 06 2013 at 10:31 PM CST:

If she is kept indoors, the natural breeding season may not be the most relevant thing. The length of time each day that lights are on where she is and other environmental clues may have a bigger effect. The length of day is what most animals (I assume birds as well) use to figure out what season it is. Temperature is a much weaker secondary clue.

Try getting true full-spectrum lights -- ones made for birds that produce UV light in addition to visible light -- and having them on timers for a specific length of time each day. Try giving her a full 10-12 hours of darkness each night.

You can also try removing anything she acts nesty about (although GCC are full-time cavity dwellers and I don't find my male GCC has any seasonal effect from his sleep tent). Avoid petting her anywhere except on the head. Take away any toys she's getting overly friendly with. You can also try feeding less food if she always has a great abundance, but personally I'd use that as a last resort.


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