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3 years 4 months ago #1120 by Eric Callaghan
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I have come across differing opinions regarding the age of maturity in shamas. One belief is that, while hens can breed at one year old, cocks are not fertile until their second year (yet one person has recorded breeding from a pair that were just 10 months old). I was somewhat doubtful that a small passerine would have delayed maturity but this year my pair (both 2017-bred) had two clutches of eggs (4 in each clutch) without any fertility, in spite of the cock singing strongly throughout the nesting period (the hen now seems about to moult). What are the experiences of others?
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Eric

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3 years 4 months ago #1123 by Peter Moore
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There are always exceptions but in general Cocks do better in there 2nd year.
I have also found that in most species the females grow into a better bird if left to grow and dont breed with them until there second year, Females tend to stop growing as soon as they start laying.

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3 years 4 months ago #1124 by bobby
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In my case I didn’t need the male to produce chicks, I lost him a month ago , two weeks after the hen built a nest and laid eggs.i was convinced 100% they would be clear , but the hatched 4 days ago think there’s 3 or4 in there .

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3 years 4 months ago #1125 by Eric Callaghan
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Thank you Peter and Bobby for your replies. As it has turned out it would have been better not to have let the hen lay in her first year as I have not gained anything. She is now being a little aggressive towards the cock (preventing him from sharing a perch) so I may have to separate them soon. It feels like next year is a long way away!
Bobby, that is a great consolation for having lost the cock. I hope all are reared successfully.
It has not been a great year for me with just 3 white-eared bulbuls reared and two clutches of clear eggs from red-whiskered bulbuls. (Perhaps I should not mention the 12 bearded reedlings reared so far, with more eggs in the nests!).

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3 years 3 months ago #1140 by bobby
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Update on my shamas .there were 4 and she reared them all .there now feeding themselves.the hen is back on 5 eggs again but i am 200%sure they wont hatch this time if they do it will unheard of .

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3 years 3 months ago #1141 by Peter Moore
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Hello Bob
That is great stuff, seems like you have a very good female.

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