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Chestnut backed Thrushes( Zoothera dohertyi) still in nest.

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2 years 11 months ago #1213 by Gary Brailsford
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Yes I had late nests a couple of years ago from Cape Robins and they had rickets . These were outside at this time of year and shortening of day light had an effect .
Also dusting livefood on every feed is important plus gut loading your livefood as well .
By late August most foreign birds have started a moult and changing their habits . I breed indoors as well as outside and even though I can control lights and heat I still force a moult and change the diets by mid September .
There is the odd pairs of birds that buck the trend but it is quite rare .
Best of luck with the Chestnut Backs next year . They are my favourite Thrushes
Kept the first ones in the UK way back in 2003

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2 years 11 months ago #1238 by christopher glanville
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Was not intending for them to breed again. I had switched them to Just unikomplet pellets and was surprised to find the female sitting. The three young fledged (one drowned in a shallow dish ) I tried hand feeding one youngster but it died after about a week , I took the parents and one youngster out of the aviary and put them in a cage. ( I will separate them tomorrow) they continued to feed the youngster . It is now feeding itself I have been giving it white mealworms dipped in calcium powder . It can hop around and feed itself but it is not going to be any good for breeding. I was worried that I would loose the mother due to calcuim deficency but she seems fine ( she is now an old bird)

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2 years 11 months ago - 2 years 11 months ago #1243 by Peter Moore
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Hello Chris, when you say she is now an old bird how old is she ? people have this stigma about the ages of birds for breeding, and this is where there is a big divide between Seed eaters and Softbills..
Where seed-eaters stop reproducing a few years before they die Softbills can breed right up to they die, this can be a reason why the female is found dead on the nest of eggs or chicks suddenly for no apparent reason. Thrushes are capable of breeding for over 10 years if kept well.
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