Colony Introductions

Adding foreign glider or gliders to a pair or more can be much like an intro between two singles. Many people will use the slow introduction method to integrate a new member in an already established colony. Most methods or introduction efforts work the same with colonies but the dynamics are much different than that of two singles. For example, adding a single to a group can be difficult as the group doesn't feel the same way the loner does and it does not always not work out as the group may defend itself from outsiders. Tips:
  • It can be easier with some methods to do one on one introductions and its generally recommended to do one on ones as they are easier to control. Example: one glider from cage A is introduced to one from cage B, then this is repeated with one member from each cage.
  • If a pairing works and another does not it can be useful to house the nitpicking glider(s) alone for a few days while the others live together.
  • If multiple older males are being introduced sometimes neutering all the males beforehand can help the colony be successfully introduced.
  • Using a double bonding bag with one colony zipped up next to another colony zipped up can help them get use to each others sleeping behaviors and scents safely.
  • Scent masking techniques and distraction techniques can help but still do not ensure success.
  • Do not try to house to many gliders together, colonies of 6 are said to be the largest cohesive groups.
  • Some groups may take months to integrate and some never do. Don't rely on the introductions, be prepared to deal with having two cages.

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Last Edited October 25, 2012