Sunday, August 10, 2014
Ugliest Border Award Winner 2014 - Tubular Body Challenge
So what's his problem:
1. Firstly, the winner is in a very heavy molt where the other three have nearly finished the molt. The faster the molt the worse confirmation overall.
But why is it lagging behind the other three? The reason is he was a late hatch and I imagine it is a male. Seems the females have better confirmation even during the molt. Late hatches molt heavier in attempt to catch up but does that ever make them ugly.
2. Observing him carefully, he is not stressed by the other rather he is first to nibble the millet swing and often seen in the swing and playing on the Canary Ferris Wheel. Normally I initially house birds of the same age together, but he was a lone chick in a late nest.
3, If he were tubular and not molting heavy, I would make sure the vitamin E level had been dropped as males especially loose their confirmation and look tubular when they are coming into full breeding condition,
4. So I need to relax and not panic and just be patient and continue him on Boost 250 and liquid B vitamins in the water, sunflower chips added to his seed mix, some Blattner's finch seed mix at least once a week and unlimited millet sprays and greens.