Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Very Late Hatches

Today, I was surprised to find two newly hatched Stafford chicks! This is the latest I have every hatched any as the lights were suddenly changed about five days ago to only half of my lights on for 9 hours but with natural light getting them up and putting them to bed and then my fan on the heat pump went out over the weekend and temperatures soared to 101 F! I hope the mother feeds them. Some have commented that three nests are too many. I go by the number of chicks they raised and allow more nests till a pair raises five chicks. If they raise more, the hen will not likely produce well the following year!

This Border chick hatched July 17th. After much disagreement with the hen, I finally just gave up and let her build a poor nests on the floor and I could not believe she actually hatched a chick this late! It seems late hatches are more likely hens and you can never have too many Border hens!

Unfortunately the lighting changes and the temperature getting so hot resulted in the pair stopping feeding. So Big Bird began feeding it every two hours from 7 am to 8 pm with CeDe Handrearing Food. My husband feeds when I am at work. Earlier we took on hand feeding another Border chick and the last one took about 6 weeks to wean and he said I would still be feeding it when it was old enough to vote! Typically, it takes what seems like forever when you hand feed to get them eating on their own.

As soon as "she" sees me, she starts to beg!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Weaned Borders Especially Love Big Bird's Home Cooking - One Dish At A Time

Seems like three times a day my young weaned Borders clean up my quinoa, cous cous and perle morbide dish, while the Columbus Fancy eat two dishes a day and the colorbred, stafford, and rollers eat one dish a day.

Big Bird's Weaned Border Favorite:

6 cups cous cous in large bowl, add olive oil and barely cover with cold tap water. Stir continuously till it is light and fluffy.  (Lately, the cous cous I have been getting is finer texture and can turn to glue if you do not use cold water and stir. )

6 cups quinoa rinsed three times, cooked, and cooled.

3 cups Perle Morbide cover with cold water and let set at least an hour till the water is absorbed.

Recipe: I make a lot and use it also in my egg food and freeze extra.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Perle Morbide Now In Stock In US

Laraine,, now has Perle Morbide in stock. It comes in 8 pound bags for $38.94 and 20 pound bags for $89.94. See on her Web site: Just For Canaries.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Proud Big Bird Shares Latest Favorite Chick Pics

The white Columbus Fancy hen hatched two more chicks. Both have a black cap like papa and the one on your right is going to have a crest like him too!

This Border Fancy chick has had lots of bad luck. First, its mother is the bird I named ugliest Border of 2014, She had a terrible head, good back and underline. I bred her to a cock with outstanding head. She looked sleepy on the nest so I moved her fertile egg to another Border hen who fed it  fine till it was a couple weeks old. Then nothing more, so Big Bird stepped up and started feeding it ever two hours from 7 am to 9 pm. At first I had to pry its mouth open with my left thumb so I could get the CeDe Handrearing Food reconstituted with warm water, in its mouth. Now he is an enthusiastic eater and I am planning on taking him with us when we attend our yearly family reunion this weekend! Wonder what he will think of his extended family?

The four German roller chicks needed more room so an identical nest was placed next to the original and the chicks freely travel back and forth between the two nest and Mom and Papa feed both nests! They are very special to me as they are from the late Richard May's stock!

Great looking round crest on this Stafford chick who is ready to leave the nest soon!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Egg Shell Quality is Critical To Successful Hatching

Egg shells that are too thin crack and break easily.
Often the egg either dries out or prematurely indents or breaks with a developing chick inside.
Good shells are firm and smooth.  I use Natural vitamineral, a pigeon product, in all hen cages and when the hen lays her first egg of each clutch, I also start her on avi-tech Cal-D-Solve till she finishes each clutch.

I am totally in love with this begonia!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Breaking News Perle Morbide Available in US

Laraine of is expecting to have Perle Morbide available in 8# and 20# bags about mid June.

I have been putting it in my basic nestling food recipe and both parents and chicks enthusiastically eat it. They actually pick it out first along with the peas! It is a great addition because of its nutrients and relatively low protein level which is so critical to preventing neurological symptoms especially in Borders and other canaries.  I ordered 40# and look forward to continuing it through molting.

Determining the amount to order is always a challenge so please let Laraine know how many lbs you are interested in.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Feeding More Wheat and Wheat Products Part 2

Whole Wheat Cornbread


2 cups Cornmeal
2 cups 100% Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Baking Powder
4 Tbsp. Sugar
4 Whole Eggs With Shell
2 cups Milk
1/2 cup oil

Combine dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Do not overbeat. Bake in greased 10 inch pan for approximately 35 minutes. Cool and process in food processor. This will grind up egg shell and get it ready to add to nestling food.

My basic nestling food recipe now has additional processed wheat with polenta or cornmeal and processed Whole Wheat Cornbread.

I still am using all the ingredients in the nestling food recipe but in addition I often offer a separate dish of the golden cous cous and quinoa.

Whatever bread or cake  etc. is leftover is processed in the food processor and fed either in a separate dish or mixed in the nestling food. Recently my daughter Kellie, made a strawberry sponge cake complete with icing and fresh raw strawberries on top (since she made it for me, it was splenda instead of sugar).

At least a half cake was left over so after a couple of days, I put the cake, frosting, raw strawberries in the food processor. It was too wet when I processed it so I added dry cornmeal till it was a crumbly moist consistency. It smelled so good that I offered it in a separate dish and the birds quickly cleaned up every bite!

Wheat is also included in my soak seed/sprouting mix purchased from Abba.

Healthy nest of four German Roller chicks. Note the rose pink color and the fat deposit on the rump of the chick on your left. This means you are getting the right portions of carbohydrate to protein.