So I'm very new here, so go easy on me
In the next year or two I am putting serious thought into becoming a hobby American parakeet breeder. I love the little guys and feel it is such a shame that more breeders don't tame and sell these lovely little birds. Before I dive in, rest assured I will research this inside and out for a whole year + before embarking on this journey.
In the meantime I am trying to find some females from good breeders, tame them and make sure they have good personalities and are eating very healthy and I know this can take much time.
Before I even begin though I have a few questions I didn't see any answers to.
I currently have a 2 year old boy whom I love. He is tame, affectionate, speaks a little. Great little guy. I recently got him a friend- a boy. He's 4 months old currently and still un-tame but making progress.
Once quarantine has passed I will see how they like each other.
My questions are:
I'd like to create some breeding pairs. Maybe have just 2 or three pairs. BUT my first priority is not only maintaining my bond with our first 2 year old boy but also taming them all so they are not just for breeding but part of our family. If we get two females, can I house them together and the two boys together separately?
Then, a couple times a year bring the males and females together for the purpose of mating? Outside of this interaction the males and females would have play time together daily outside the cages.
Of course I would first vet that they like each other, having neutral territory and providing separate nesting box cage as to not just insert a female into the males cage or vise versa. Besides these details which I plan to extensively look into, logistically can I house males and females separately and then try a male and female together in a cage for a month or so out of the year and see if they'd like to mate?
I know they may not take to each other. But what I'm asking is, do breeders ever do this? Only bring them together when mating? I'm a total newbie here learning the ropes
Is it ok to separate them again back into male and female cages once they are finished raising babies? Or will they be devestated?
Thanks so much!