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Default Father and 4 week old female chick

Bananas and Taz's clutch is starting to wean; the oldest chick is approx 4.5 weeks. Bananas appears to be coming out of season, and there are no signs of mating; however, Taz is still in season. I have left Bananas in the cage as she still appears to be the one feeding all the chicks.

The two oldest chicks, one male and one female, have been spending a great deal of time out of the nestbox, and have come out a few times during free flight time.

I have observed Taz, the father, calling to the female chick. He follows her around, chases all others away from her, and sometimes steps on her back. He may be trying to feed her, but I've also seen some warnings saying that sometimes the fathers exhibit mating behavior with the female babies.

Is this normal? Should I separate the father?

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Yes, this can happen sometimes where the father will mix the act of feeding a chick with mating behaviour and gender is not relevant because this can be seen in both males and female chicks.
From what I have experienced over the years, the fathers will do this very occasionally and it's fairly easy to put a stop to the attempt with our intervention.
In my case, I never actually had to remove the fathers because they still did their job in helping the chicks to wean and become independent.
For your specific case, you can use common sense and make your decision thinking not only on the oldest female chick but also on the rest of the chicks who haven't yet left the nest.
If the father's behaviour towards that specific chick is obsessive then you can take a more active role in helping the female chick to wean in order to move her from the parents cage earlier (you can do the same with the oldest male so she isn't alone).
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, in this case your female chick. It wouldn't be fair to remove the father and let the rest of the chicks still in the nest to suffer the consequences.
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