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Date Posted: 17:27:26 07/10/08 Thu
Author: Rhonda
Author Host/IP: 76.1.177.223
Subject: Re: First hatch - reply to Rhonda
In reply to: Dave H 's message, "First hatch - reply to Rhonda" on 13:01:49 07/10/08 Thu

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the birthday wish.

Sounds like you did lots of things correctly. Two things stand out to me, though. I believe that the temperature needs to be steady. When the little chicks get chilled for any length of time, it's not good news. We've had a couple die that way. One got left out of the mother's wings and just couldn't recover when we found it. The temperature for the first week should be about 95, decreasing the temp by five degrees each subsequent week, until they are fully feathered. The second thing is the feeding. The chicks should have game bird crumble ground finely under they are about 6 weeks old. They do not need grit until after 6 weeks old. This may have been the problem. Also, the cucumber and grape would not be appropriate for a chick. The birds are mature at 6 weeks old, and that's when you can start experimenting with what foods your bird likes. Of course, there are some foods not acceptable, but I can't remember what they are. Anyway, hope this helps. Again, I am sorry for your loss. We have buried a number of birds. Some died of natural causes, and some died do to ignorance on our parts. (These birds (13 of them) belong to my son.) It's always sad, but it has been good to teach some life lessons around here.

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