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Frequently Asked Questions . . . 2

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Are any special foods required for nesting and rearing the young?
    Protein supplement foods MUST be provided during nesting and the molt for optimum health such as ProBoost SuperMax and for thier calcium requirements CalciBoost.
  4. 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 the father.
  5. 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 this long.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 afterwards.

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