Frequently Asked Questions . . . 2
- How long does it take for the eggs to hatch?
The eggs hatch in eighteen days from the time the hen starts
sitting. She may not sit until several, or all the eggs are
produced. Five eggs is average. The hen incubates the eggs and
handles most of the feeding chores.
- What is banding?
The babies should be "closed-banded" so that records can be
kept. If you wish to show your birds, you will have to use bands
issued by the official organization. The young are banded before
they develop pin feathers. Then, the toes are still pliable
and can be manipulated and pulled through the ring. In a few
days, the toes grow and the bones harden. After this time, the
ring will neither go on or off.
- Are any special foods required for nesting and rearing
Protein supplement foods MUST be provided during nesting and
the molt for optimum health such as ProBoost SuperMax and for
thier calcium requirements CalciBoost.
- What should I do if the father abuses his young?
Sometimes the cock will kill or abuse the chicks as soon as
they come out of the nest. If ANY HINT of trouble is observed,
remove the young, if they are eating on their own, or remove
- How long do birds live?
Smaller birds in general have short life spans. Seven years
is very old for the average small bird. The show birds rarely
reach five. This is for the males. Breeding hens don't live
- What is the best temperature for these birds?
Sixty-five to eighty degrees Fahrenheit is a good temperature
for birds. They can adjust to anything from freezing to one
hundred degrees. Don't subject them to extremes.
- How do I give my bird a bath?
Birds like to bathe. You DO NOT restrain and scrub a bird, like
you do a dog. A small pan of water is placed in the cage or
you can buy the attachable bird baths. The bird will perform
its ablutions by splashing about. Be ready to clean the cage
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