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Good babies vs bad babies

I have two clutches of parrotlets that are the same age, clutch A and clutch B. Clutch A's parents are very protective to the point of being aggressive, attacking and biting if I so much as looked at the babies. Clutch B's parents are very laid back and did not mind if I opened the nest box to handle the babies.
I started pulling babies at the same time from each clutch, as soon as they were feathered out. So they have all been getting the exact same handling from me. The interesting thing is the difference in behaviour of the two clutches. Clutch A babies (aggressive parents) are all very sweet, beg for their food as soon as I open the brooder and have no trouble eating. On the other hand Clutch B babies (passive parents) show no signs of begging, several of them are biters and fight me when I am trying to feed them. As I said before they are all handled the same, they get the same food at the same temperature etc. Any ideas as to what may be going on?

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How many chicks are in each clutch, maybe it's just due to personality difference in the birds. It could be just a statistics thing--like you get a 50/50 chance of having a boy or girl, but there are some families that have five boys (or girls).

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How many chicks are in each clutch, maybe it's just due to personality difference in the birds. It could be just a statistics thing--like you get a 50/50 chance of having a boy or girl, but there are some families that have five boys (or girls).
Clutch A Female, Male, Female, Female All sweet
Clutch B Female, Female, Male, Female Second female and male both are biters.

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I think that parrots are, like people, individuals so some of them are sweeter-tempered than others. Having said that, I also believe that sweet-tempered parents will produce (on average) more sweeter babies than bitey ones.
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Clutch A Female, Male, Female, Female All sweet
Clutch B Female, Female, Male, Female Second female and male both are biters.
Right, what I meant was that there is a chance of getting a bitey parrot, or a sweet parrot...it just happens that one family had bitey parrots and one had sweet. Now if you bred those same pairs several more years and they consistently had a higher than average sweet babies then you can conclude with more certainty that it is genetic. However, from your description above, it seems that just two from Clutch B are biters. I would say it is probably just coincidence. (like getting 3 boys)

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Another difference though is the begging. Clutch A babies see me and start begging for food, whereas Clutch B babies never do that.

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