Rejection of Mate:
Sometimes the paired birds seem totally disinterested in each other. In that case, give the birds at least a week to get used to the situation. It may be that the birds just need extra time and opportunity to get used to the surroundings. Females can be particularly fussy. Just moving a female from the aviary to another can make her feel ill at ease enough to act suspicious toward a mate with which she had previously been paired successfully. Similarly, females may be unaccustomed to a new owner, his work methods and habits. If the birds still don't seem to want to get together, try to discover the reason for the rejection, usually by the female. It could be that you inadvertently put their cage in a cold, wet place. It could also be that you're working with birds that are too young and you'll simply have to wait until they grow up. With newly-acquired birds, the change in ownership could be involved. They may have previously been bred under poor circumstances and now are frightened of the situation. Or, it could be that they have intestinal problems caused by malnutrition. Another reason could be a difference in day length. Not every fancier sets his timers the same, and it could be a previous owner gave eight hours of "night" while you are providing 12. You can tell if females fall out of breeding condition if their ceres lose their brown color. Finally, the female may have previously selected a mate if she had been kept in a flight cage with males. So she can hardly feel attracted to another, suddenly-introduced male not of her choosing. She may absolutely refuse to accept him. There is a fairly simple method to determine if two birds really are not compatible. Remove the male for a day or so and re-introduce him around 7 to 8 a.m. If they do not get together then, find another partner for the female.

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