Browsing Archive: March, 2010

The best so far...

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Sunday, March 28, 2010, In : Youngsters 

A nice Light Green cock

I've been watching this baby in the nestbox for a while, comparing him with the good chicks in the other nestboxes. I thought he would be good, but I didn't realise that he was about week younger than the best of the other youngsters and he was looking pretty much equal in quality at the time. Now he's out of the box, he far better than the other (which has turned out to be too fine feathered). What isn't obvious from the picture is that he is large youngster, bigger t...

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Looking good, looking good, um...what happened?

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Monday, March 22, 2010, In : Breeding 
I paired a cock that bred most of my good youngsters over the last 18 months to a cousin that had produced some well-feathered babies of her own. Out of six youngsters in the first round, one stood out as being something special, he was large with good directional feather showing in his quills and a really large, wide head. Every time I looked at him in the nest box, he made me feel good.

Well he's just left the nest and now everything that made him stand out has apparently disappeared! He's f...
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Breeding update #2

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, In : Breeding 
Of the first six pairs: five have produced youngsters, 15 babies in total. The pair that haven't produced are laying again and the first egg is fertile.

The stats: 26 eggs laid, 19 fertile, 2 addled, 1 dead in shell, 16 hatched, 1 died (10 days old), 15 rung and growing.

The youngsters have been moved around, none of the hens have more than four youngsters to bring up. Besides not over-tiring the parents, moving the chicks around means that if one pair runs into serious problems some of their y...
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Cocks with brown ceres

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, In : Diseases 
I've just noticed my third cock in 6 months with a brown cere, this time it's an 18 month cock a relatively young bird. Is this something that is becoming more prevalent in budgies? I hope not, I hope it's just a patch of bad luck.

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