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3 years 7 months ago #828 by James McKay
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Hi, I had managed to treat myself to two new pairs of Softbills, namely Pekin Robins and Amethyst Starlings, both healthy and in good feather. They are now going through their settling in period, I have a rack of 16 cages ( were canary cages ) 4 wide x 4 high and can be split with slides to single, double or triple cages. I use these for settling in new acquisitions and steadying young birds. The new birds although true pairs and commpatable are now in a double cage each with natural perching, with new surroundings I like to give the birds time to themselves, get use to my feeding and the routines, I find they settle down better in their own cage, I can also keep a keen eye on any misgivings that may occur, i can easily see if they are taking all the foodstuff I am giving them, bird baths are on the cages to encourage them to bath and this gets them preening their feathers and they get a dose of Ant-mite just in case a few times. They will only be moved into their permanent planted flight cage when l think they are ready. I find this method works for me and minimises new bird fatalities. James.

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3 years 7 months ago #829 by Gary Brailsford
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Pretty much how I do it James . New birds like a quiet place and some where to hide behind if possible . A good bath and quality food and they soon settle down . Pekin Robins can be in poor feather and within a few weeks feather perfect after bathing .
Best of luck with your new birds

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3 years 7 months ago #836 by adrian jones
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In the past I have purchased some very scruffy looking birds but as Gary and James said with the right diet a bath and plenty of uninterrupted rest they soon return to their best
regards ADE

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3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 7 months ago #843 by James McKay
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Hi, a photo of my settling in cages, Pekin Robins (top) Amethyst Starlings (lower). James.
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