Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Blue Feather Special Contest - Phase 2
Ask the Audience
The blue feather hen has an unusual turquoise blue color on the edges of her feathers due to her getting dusty as she tried to make a nest in her dish of ABBA mineral grit. You can see a picture of the ABBA mineral grit in the first picture of the first blog posting on January 1st. (Click on the underlining to see the ABBA mineral grit.) Congratulations to all of you who sent in the correct answer!
Having the bird marked with a turquoise color is certainly not good for showing, so I do not feed ABBA mineral to show birds during show season because even if does wash off, I do not want any signs of turquoise on my show birds feathers! But during breeding season, seeing the hen suddenly turn turquoise blue, is a heads-up that she needs to be examined to determine what should be done.
Phase 2 Blue Feather Contest:
View the Blue Feather Hen vent picture and select the correct response from the choices provided either A or B or C or D. Write your response including why you chose the answer and how you eliminated the other choices. Send as a comment to this blog posting. The Winner will be posted on Friday so don't delay. Only one response per person will be accepted. (Be sure to include your name or a code name.)
A. Immediately pair her with an appropriate mating-ready cock.
B. Immediately pair her with an appropriate cock who is behind in vent development and not in breeding condition.
C. Arrest her development by suddenly dropping the lighting intensity and dropping her total hours of day light exposure to 9 or 10 hours per day.
D.Wait and watch her.