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Should breeding pairs ever be separated? #1412619
10/22/17 05:53 AM
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I have not done this myself, but I am curious for future reference!

I'm asking because I'm curious about a certain situation some people may be in themselves but have not found the answer to..

Lets say you have a glider breeding pair. They have a baby or two. When they get old enough you separate them to a different cage to prevent inbreeding. But wait! Gliders can continue having babies if you keep the pair together! (about 2-4 per year, right?) Whether you decide to keep the babies as your own or sell them is your choice, but there will always be babies from the pair until they are too old. But what if you decide to keep the babies? If they have a max of 4 each year, the cages/upkeep can really put a toll on you; especially if you can't find them loving and experienced homes. Could you put that breeding pair in separate cages (close together) to prevent more baby making without stressing out the parents to the point they may take serious measures? I keep asking myself this and have yet to find the answer. Its driving me nuts!

In all seriousness, please think of the situation. Please don't say "well then, if you don't have the room for all those babies you shouldn't even become a breeder!" because think of it like this: maybe you are really trying to find lovely homes for these babies but are having a rough time finding proper parents. While your waiting, gliders can add up. Maybe it was thought they would sell quick so the upkeep would only be about 3-4 gliders. Maybe you knew but your running low on cash for some unknown personal reason. Could you "halt" production of your babies by separating the male and female? I've seen cages with removable dividers with plenty of space for each glider and they can still get up close and recognize each other.

I'm honestly curious but I don't want people thinking I'm a bad person for the way I say things or believe I'm a glider owner that would just breed for a quick buck. I'm nothing like that but its hard to word out what I'm trying to say without it sounding a little awful.

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Re: Should breeding pairs ever be separated? [Re: AlyCatz] #1412621
10/22/17 10:09 AM
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Could you then neuter the male to stop them from producing?


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Re: Should breeding pairs ever be separated? [Re: Terry] #1412626
10/22/17 11:53 AM
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Separating the original bonded pair is going to be stressful to them, and I agree about having that male neutered so they can stay together.

Let's look at this situation logically, okay.

If you are having difficulty finding suitable homes for the joeys when they are young, it is more than likely only going to get more difficult as they get older.

You could separate the male/female joeys but you could never allow them to breed shakehead UNLESS you could bring in gliders you were 100% positive were unrelated (assuming you had dad neutered because you definitely could not let him mate with his daughters).

In Illinois you are already competing with several established well know breeders which may or may not be why you are having difficulty dunno

I really don't know if separating breeding pairs to give them a break is done or not. I would certainly think each would need a cage mate depending on how long you intended to have them apart. That leaves you with another problem ... who to put with dad, the unneutered alpha male.

I'm afraid I haven't really helped you at all with your problem, but maybe I've given you some things to think about.


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Re: Should breeding pairs ever be separated? [Re: AlyCatz] #1412627
10/22/17 12:54 PM
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Neuter.
Think of SEPARATING Claire and Jamie! (/cry)
He won't miss his giblets and they can have their happily ever after...

Re: Should breeding pairs ever be separated? [Re: AlyCatz] #1412629
10/22/17 02:18 PM
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I agree with neutering daddy. If you neuter all the boys you can have a nice colony.


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Re: Should breeding pairs ever be separated? [Re: AlyCatz] #1412630
10/22/17 11:24 PM
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Thanks for all the replies! I appreciate the quick feedback!

Re: Should breeding pairs ever be separated? [Re: AlyCatz] #1412634
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