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how old is the female when she is fertile to lay eggs and also when does the male become fertile?
as i have just got 4 young pairs of birds

also just wondering does any 1 put anything on the loft floor i.e sawdust?
 

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Mind you, I'm no expert, but the cocks are ready to play at about 6 months and, judging by my young hen, the hens at about the same age (maybe a little later).

I, too, use a mixture of pine & cedar chips, and a bit of timothy grass (with some tobacco stalk thrown in for the birds to build their nests with)....with a product sprinkled underneath to ensure absorption of fluids. My floors are wood - lined with the rubber sheeting used for lining an outside pond tacked in place. That way I can easily sweep it out and hose it down for cleaning. There are many here, however, who have cement/concrete floors and do not use any bedding.
 

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Saw dust is too dusty and can cause respiratory problems.
My birds started pairing up before 6 months, but it is better to wait until they're a year or close to it before letting them breed. Too young often don't make good parents. They're still babies themselves.
 
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