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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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This is the photograph my grandson took just as the egg was hatching. The 'dad' had just finished eating the top part of the egg shell and it was only a matter of seconds before the chick hatched out then 'dad' ate the remainder of the egg shell. Was just fascinating to see just wished he had taken a video shot of it instead of a photograph.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unforunately it wont let me download photographs again I had a photograph of the three chicks in the nest just after they had hatched out will try agian tomorrow.

This morning, and at lunch time I had to hand feed the last chick that hatched for some reason it hadnt been fed and its crop was empty - so after the 2 feeds its back being fed again but I still have to keep a regular check on it because at this stage if they dont get fed regularly they can die very quickly.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never knew that the parents (only the father or both?) ate the eggshells.

This could help conceal the location of the nest if there are no pieces of shell below.

Waiting for my mother to come upstairs to show her. Now I see the difference with your explanation of the types of zebra finches. How do the parents feed them in a cage?

We put lint, cat fur etc in one of the suet baskets for the birds to use. Nevertheless, there was a tufted titmouse hopping on our porch today, checking out Slug's bed.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy, Your pictures and your grandson's picture a re beautiful! Do you keep the birds in your house or another building?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both the parent birds eat the egg shells the wild birds usually carry the egg shells away from the nest and drop them -I think, but not sure, that the smaller wild birds will eat the egg shell it provides calcium for them as well as removing the tell tale signs of young.
In their cages I put in a nest basket and provide them with moss that I collect from my garden, then wash and dry it before I give it to them I also give them other bought nesting materials and sometimes some of Gizzy's fur from when he gets brushed. Its amazing to watch them build the nest and they are forever adding to it and repairing it but after the eggs are laid and when the chicks hatch I dont give any more nesting material.
I give the Finches a variety of seeds, crushed oyster shell, crushed charcoal, cuttlefish, iodine block and sand and they also get egg food with honey in it. I also occasionally give them a hard boiled hens egg mashed up. and of course fresh water daily and every 2nd day they get a bird bath attached to the cage to let them have a bath.
Re the quails I put them outside in their special enclosure in the morning so they can run about on the grass but so far I bring them in at night. They love getting a sand bath. Nature is just wonderful. But an important thing is the cages they are kept in must have plenty of space to allow them to fly about. I hate to see birds kept in tiny cages.
Gil I have them in my utility room in the house but if its a nice day I take their cages out the back and put them on a table so they get some sunshine but making sure there is always a place in the cage where they can get shade if they want to. I'm going to post this first then I'm going to try to send another photograph of the 3 chicks in their nest.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave forgot to say the parent birds regurgitate the seeds they have eaten into the chicks 'mouth' The chicks after the first couple of days stick their heads up with their tiny beaks open moving thier heads back and forwards and make a chirping sound to encourage the parent birds to feed them.
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the 3 chicks in their nest
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering how the parents were feeding the chicks, since they couldn't go out to find insects and worms, etc. You have been helping them with good food and nesting. That takes a lot of knowledge of how and what birds eat and use.

We only supply sunflower seeds, suet and some nesting material, plus water and whatever berries are on the bushes. Any pieces of bread go out there, with apple cores (quartered). Slug's food from the day before has been picked up by a crow, so there is nothing for any wild animals at night to be attracted to where Slug is stationed. He comes in for the night anyway now.

The animals are amazing at what they do every year. The tiny House Wrens pick up small sticks and get them through the small hole in the birdhouse to pile up over a foot to the opening, then add soft nesting. There are many small sticks on the ground below that they dropped - remember that they have to turn the stick to get it in the hole - holding it in the middle won't work. And they do this twice a season, so I clean out the birdhouse after the chicks have fledged.

The woven nest of the Oriole is a masterpiece - wish I had saved it.

Thanks for the photos - my mother is coming up soon and I will show her. Learned a lot again.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my new male yellow Fife Canary tonight (Bobby)and he's a real beauty. I've got the two canaries in a cage with a divider in it so they can see each other. Once the male canary starts to 'feed' the female one then I can remove the divider. Doing this there's more chance that they'll agree with each other and not fight. Fingers crossed!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you will be posting photos of your new canary and of him feeding the female. Again I have learned something. How many birds do you have?

Had wanted to ask you about a bird at Pet Depot - the label said Male Red Dominant Canary and he has yellow but with a tinge of red - very handsome.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave I dont know a lot about canaries but I'll try to find out for you.
Just now I have 7 adult Zebra Finches (various colours) and 3 chicks in the nest which will make it 10 zebra finches, one peached faced love bird, 2 canaries and 3 quails Guess that will be the maximum for now. It's a lovely pastime and so nice to watch them and listen to them chirping.
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