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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 2:12 am    Post subject: Leaving nestbox too early?

Hi everyone, My 5 kak chicks are now about 3 weeks old and are just beginning to get their pin feathers through.I'm a bit concerned though as all 5 chicks are in a cockatiel box and its getting rather crowded.The mother doesnt go in there apart to feed them because its crowded.Im worried that as they get bigger and being in a smaller box that they will fall out premiturely.Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening,as this is my first attempt at breeding and think Ive been extremely lucky to still have all the chicks reach 3 weeks old. All chicks are in perfect health and get heaps of greens and meally worms each day, when will they start to fledge? Think Think Think duno duno
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 1:27 am    Post subject:

Kakariki are fairly smart when it comes to keeping their young in line. I have never had a chick leave the nest early. The young seem to know when it is time. But if you are concerned perhaps try a larger box now that the birds are bigger. If you go to a bird shop I am sure you will be able to buy a box suitable for Indian Ringnecks. These are larger and deeper than the cockatiel boxes and there should be no problems with changing over the boxes. We do that as a matter of habit when the chicks reach the pin feather stage to stop the boxes becoming soiled and smelly. The parents wont mind either. It will be a while yet before they fledge as with that many chicks I would think one or two would be slightly behind the others in development. Your pair have a done a great job and you should be very proud of their efforts to date.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:31 pm    Post subject:

Thanks heaps will do that today. Yes I find myself extremely happy and proud of my first time parents on what they have achieved to date. To still have 5 chicks in a first clutch is very rewarding and promising,I must be doing something right hey?Once again and always thankyou for the advice. Applause Applause Applause
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