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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2014, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Linnie fighting!

Hello everyone! I have two linnies, male (he's a year and a half) and female (she's slightly older, a little older than 2), housed together in this vision cage:


They have been together for over a year and have just started fighting. Quite a bit! My female has even made him bleed a few times. I know they are trying to breed...I've seen them..but they do not have a nesting box. Some days they get along beautifully and are best buddies, but other days they fight constantly. He's usually the attacker and chases her around the cage and I end up having to take her out of the cage. So I'm hoping to get some information, as this is my first pair. Should they be permanently separated?

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It's the breeding season. Although I am no expert, my two were also fighting, with the male attacking the female, until they settled into their box and now they are doing their breeding thing. Is it possible to give them a box. If you're not interested in breeding, reduce their daylight hours--half hour one week, then half hour the next week to cut their breeding mode.

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As said above, try to control their hormones. It can be hard to stop them, but a m/f pair at this time of year will be very frustrated without having the opportunity to breed so you either try to calm those raging hormones or put a box in

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Okay, thanks for the help! I would eventually like to breed them..but I could use some help knowing what to do when/if they have babies. Do I need to do anything for my female before hand? Up her calcium? When you put a box in, do they actually make a nest (do they need materials?) or do they just use the box? I just feel like I need more information before I do that.
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It's great you're asking before you're going ahead with it. It can be hard to tell someone's past breeding experiences when you know very little about them and when you said they were your first linnie pair I had assumed you had already bred other species Sorry bout that haha!

You will want to up her calcium and protein If she's not already eating fresh foods, push her into it if you can. Anything the parents eat gets passed on to those babies and you'll want them to have the best start in life

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This cage is high, but not wide enough.
Linnies housed together need about 50 cm of space (territory) around them to feel alright. So the cage should be about 1 meter wide (40 inch).
If you buy a flight cage like this
http://www.kingscages.com/ProductDet...uctID=ELF_3222
they will probably stop fighting.
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