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Old 02-21-2017, 11:10 AM
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Lemon lately has been making a weird squeaking noise. I've made a video:

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She is acting 100% normal except for this new noise. There is nothing she could have learned it from in the house. Anyone have any ideas if it means anything or if it's just some noise she's decided she likes to make? Also, she only makes this noise when Sweetie is fussing over her.

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Old 02-21-2017, 11:26 AM
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There is no reason at all for worries as far as health goes, I'm quite familiar with your Lemon's perfectly normal chirp.
That's the typical sound females will make to beg food from their mates, this is quite common especially during breeding where hens will make that high pitch sound to mimic the chicks' begging of food.
They were quite enamoured during that interaction!
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:43 AM
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As Aluz has said, that's normal. He is sure doing his best to win her over, I think he was successful, adorable!
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How adorable!! I love that Sweetie is so attentive to little Lemon.
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Thanks everyone. While I am happy it means my two are super happy, I'm not so happy about them wanting babies. I just changed up their cage literally three days ago; in the past it would make Lemon a bit nervous for a while but this time she was as curious and happy about the change as Sweetie usually is. I'm going to have to figure out more ways to discourage them. I restrict their light from 8am to 6pm, they already have a strict diet due to Lemon's fattiness problems, and I try very hard to play with them separately to encourage a strong bond with me as well and not just each other (as a result they love to play with me and preen me and include me in most things but I guess it's just not enough). I'm not sure what else I can do other than caging them separately; I don't have room for that and even if I did, they would be very very unhappy with that situation.
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If the passionate advances progress to real attempts at mating, even despite your measures in trying to discourage breeding behaviour, then the best alternative really is to temporarily house them in separate cages till they cool down and their hormones are back under control.

If you have problems with logistics, and while this isn't ideal, you could try to place a divider on their current cage and see how they adjust to this.
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If the passionate advances progress to real attempts at mating, even despite your measures in trying to discourage breeding behaviour, then the best alternative really is to temporarily house them in separate cages till they cool down and their hormones are back under control.

If you have problems with logistics, and while this isn't ideal, you could try to place a divider on their current cage and see how they adjust to this.
I have just realized that I can order more parts for their cage (one of the big reasons why I went with this cage) and separate it into two if needed. I just need to order another top and bottom piece. I don't think I need to yet, but I will probably in a couple paycheques just in case; it wouldn't hurt to have the back up pieces around anyway. Thanks for putting the idea in my head!

I also think, for the time being, if I see them doing this sort of behaviour again I'm going to distract one or both of them towards something else. They both love my phone so that might be a good way to get their attention off of each other in a way they like. Thank you for your help
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That sounds like a great plan and no doubt with your continued close supervision everything will go well!
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