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1 month 4 days ago #1726 by Mark Powis
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Hi,
I am considering buying a pair of Shama next year and would like some advice from other breeders if anyone could share their experiences please?
I currently have Pekins and Red Whiskered so will the diet be pretty much the same for Shama or do they require anything specific?
Ideal aviary size for a single pair? 
Possibly my biggest concern is keeping the male and female separate outside of breeding as i have limited space currently. Does this depend on the pair as i have read of people keeping them together all year around but do not want to put the hen in any unnecessary danger from the cock?
Will Shama be ok in with the other Softbills outside of the breeding season for winter quarters?
Thankyou in advance
Mark

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1 month 3 days ago #1727 by birdtrek
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Hi Mark,
Kept Shama but not bred them. 
I would consider adapting their aviary so there is a partition with large pop hole high and low and areas to hide and separate feeding stations. In emergency you can always block the pop holes. Like other species if the female is past her breeding potential he will attack and drive in the hope of a viable version turning up.

I will add that watching them is addictive.

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1 month 1 day ago #1728 by Mark Powis
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Hi Chris,
Thanks, I'll put some thought into your suggestion as that could be a solution if they need to be split up,
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3 weeks 1 day ago #1757 by Peter Moore
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Most shama cocks are not fertile until the 2 year.
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