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Re: Question about CAG Breeders

Posted by Bill on 4/07/09
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    On 4/04/09, Danielle wrote:
    > I have a bonded pair of CAG's that have been together for
    > about a year. The guy that I purchased them from told me
    > to be careful as to when I open the box for them because
    > if one of them is not ready, they will kill the other. My
    > question is when will I know they are ready? I have been
    > watching for signs like sitting closer together etc.
    > The "kiss" but I don't really know what else to watch for.
    > I noticed that the female has been going to the bottom a
    > lot and tearing up the newspaper and she "knocked" on the
    > box door one day but haven't heard/seen her do it since. I
    > usually asways buy proven pairs and I am at a lost as to
    > what I need to look for. Thanks for any help!!!!!!

    Danielle,
    I've been breeding greys since 1995 and have never had that
    experience. If you have them together and they aren't
    aggressive toward each other, open the box to them! I've
    paired single greys and given them boxes as soon as they
    were placed together with no problem. If you have a male and
    a female, both mature and ready to breed, comfortable in
    their environment, sometimes they will get right to it. In
    other cases, you could wait years. If they get along and
    are "kissing" without one going after the other
    aggressively, they should be absolutely fine. I have found
    that if a breeder has had one bad experience with a pair of
    birds, they assume that behavior is written in stone for
    that species. Good luck!