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3 years 10 months ago #717 by Dorothy
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Keeping my eye on our younger pair of silver eared Mesia started to break off ivy leaves and placing them in their bath water. Usually a sign that they are thinking of nesting. I imagine they are all noticing it beginning to get lighter.

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3 years 10 months ago #718 by James McKay
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Hi Dorothy, it will be Spring before we know it, best of luck with them. James.
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3 years 10 months ago - 3 years 10 months ago #720 by Peter Moore
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Exactly James, sometime people are far to quick at trying to get there birds breeding,

For: Nothing.

Against: eggs not fertile, chicks die of cold, cock kills the hen because he is ready & her not, Hen dies eggbound. loss of life of the hen so you have to find another female and if not have to buy a youngster and wait until the following year, expense.

When the body is cold it tightens up (making it harder pass an egg) when warm its more flexible (easier to pass an egg).
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3 years 10 months ago #722 by James McKay
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Hi Peter, I bred canaries for years, and canary men were the worst for doing it, the thought behind it was the earlier a chick was born it gave it an edge over later bred birds at the early shows, it was bad judgement. James.

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3 years 10 months ago - 3 years 10 months ago #723 by Peter Moore
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Been there Border, Nowich & Coloured canaries :whistle:
Grass parakeets & Broadtailed parrakeets :whistle:
Same with the Budgie breeders.
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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #776 by Peter Moore
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Well when feeding the birds the female Eastern bluebird was missing i could not see her anywhere first thoughts were oh no she is dead somewhere, so i go into there flight and search the floor to look for a body but could not find it so searched the bushes still no sign, so started searching higher up when she suddenly appeared so i searched a bit more and found approx 6ft off the ground i found a neat nest containing 5 blue eggs, i was stunned a little from looking for a body to suddenly finding not only a nest but 5 eggs too so i hastily left the aviary and she returned to the nest, i thought i should have had a quick look at the eggs to both see if fertile and to work out roughly when they will be due to hatch ? you can tell with most eggs just by looking without touching them if fertile or not but because of the low temperatures i just wanted to get out of the way so she could get back on them.
As you can see from my earlier posting she has been thinking about breeding for a few weeks now from when i found a broken egg on the floor so i reduced the live-food cutting it down by half, they are in with a pr of Banded pittas (Javan-race) so i managed to hold them back approx 1 month so now i have got to get live-food organised of which i will go to the fishing tackle shop and get uncoloured maggots and get them in the warm ready for the flies to hatch when needed and order black crickets i only use black crickets as they are much hardier and heavier bodied (more meat) and not as lively as the other crickets, i will also feed hatchling/waworms & white skinned mealworms, No regular sized waxworms will be offered until the chicks reach 5 days and limited as the skins are too tough and can cause a blockage, and get the closed rings ordered and incubator/brooder ready incase needed.
The weather conditions are far from ideal being too cold and the hours of daylight too short for feeding the young to start breeding but too late now & just be grateful that she did not get egg-bound and support her as best as possible.
If i remove the eggs she will lay again hence increasing the risk of egg-binding its also better if the eggs are left even if not fertile or they are dead in shell if she cannot keep them warm enough because it will get us past another month before she lays again when hopefully it will be a bit warmer and the daylight hours longer for feeding young.

Well everything is ready now we have to wait and see.
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