can a 2 year old male alexandrine breed with a 5 year old

by matt
(south australia)

is it ok to put a 1 year old male alexandrine in a avairy with a 5 year old female and if so could they eventually breed

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Oct 08, 2013
can a 2 year old male alexandrine breed with a 5 year old
by: Linda

Yes, they could eventually breed though the male will need to be at least 2 years old before he is ready or interested. It could be a bit longer as well. Watch the female carefully if you are putting him in with her because she could actually hurt him. It would be better if they got to know one another by being in separate cages that are near to each other before putting them together. The hen is much older, and the male is basically still kind of a baby. I would not put them together until he is around 2-3 just for his own safety.

The other issue here is why you want to breed them at all. The markets worldwide are flooded with birds because of so much breeding. These birds most likely end up in abusive and neglectful homes because more birds pushes the prices down to where people who should not have them can easily afford to get them. Many birds spend their long lives in horrible conditions just waiting on death to release them from the torture.

Please keep this in mind when thinking about breeding your birds. Know that once the babies leave your home, they can end up in horrible places where they are not loved and are abused in some of the most horrendous ways. Some people should not have pets or children for that matter, and there are a lot of them out there. Keep your bird's best interests in the front of your mind at all times, and you will see that breeding makes matters worse for all birds and yours in particular.

Thanks for writing and allowing me to help guide you to a kind and loving decision for your birds.


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