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How do I make them stop

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One of my pair wont stop breeding. The female is looking tired. Their 2nd clutch is just starting to come out of the box and they are trying to do a 3rd. I have tried a blanket over the cage to cut out the light but that didn't work. I can't and don't want to put them in different cages because they have babies in the box. If you seperate them they scream untill they are back together. I don't want her to have anymore babies this year so she can rest. The only thing I can think of to do is to let her lay the eggs and then freeze the eggs and let her sit on them untill she gets off then remove the box. If anyone has a better idea please tell me. I really don't want her to lay more as im worried about her health.
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How well feathered are the babies? if they are pretty well feathered they don't actually need to be in a box. The amount of warmth they require reduces as they get more feather coverage. If you're worried about the warmth issue you could try putting a heating pad on low under the tray of the cage directly under the box you put the chicks in on the floor. Hopefully it will reduce your pair's drive to breed. It won't be like a nestbox exactly. If the chicks are 3 or 4 weeks you could remove them and the box and hand feed! They should be down to 4 or 5 feedings a day at that stage and don't require feeding overnight. Kay Tee Exact handfeeding formula is great! you just mix with hot water and feed. You want it to be about the same temp as human babyfood. I use a measuring spoon bent to mimic the shape of a parents lower beak. They take what they need off the spoon. Is there someone at home all day? That would be one way you could ensure they won't go to nest again.
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