IF YOU HAVE SICK BIRD
The best thing is to keep the bird warm with plenty of clean water & some feed in the cage, put the bird in a sepperate cage or box & put a 40 watt globe next to the out side of the cage & the bird will sit next to the heat from the globe & get warm ,if it gets to hot it will move away.
Then seek help from some one to see if you can find out what the bird has wrong with it.
HOUSING YOUR BIRDS
IF possible suspended aviaries are the best way to keep your birds, but most people do not have the space to do so.Three foot x six foot suspended with one pair of birds in one cage or banks of 3 or 4 cages.
So if you have standed aviaries about 3 foot x 6 foot x 6 to 8 foot high you can run 3 pairs max in each cage, but you will have much better results with one pair in one cage with 4 or 10 cages per bank depending on the space you have in your back yard.
Breeding boxes are about 8 inches x 10 inches x 12 inches high & have some 2 inches of saw dust in the bottom of the nest boxed.
Have a removable lid on the top of the nest box so that you can remove the lid & clean out the box while you are breeding your babies.
Making sure you have the nest boxes at least one to one & half feet down from the roof, so that the babies do not get too hot in the nest boxes & dehydrate because of the heat in the box.
Always add a couple of extra nesting boxes in, so that the birds have a choice of couple of boxes if they do not like the position of one boxe they can go to the next one as they may like the 2nd box better.
FEEDING YOUR BIRDS
Good quality seed is essential for your birds health such as GOOD love bird mix with extra holed oats, multi grain breed only,fresh corn on the cobb, silverbeet, clean chick weed, plenty of cuttle fish, shell grit. When the babies have arrived mix up egg biscuit mix to give it to the parents so as the babies get used to the taste, so if you have to take the babies away because you have a problem or you have to hand rear the babies they will be used to the taste.
HAND REARING BABY BIRDS
Babies can be taken at any age depending on the person hand rearing the babies, Three weeks is the best time to start if you are a beginner & when you have perfected this & realize the time it takes, you can then take them at one or two weeks of age. You need to seek help from a person that has done it many times before, as it takes a lot of time to look after & feed 3 to 4 times a day depending on the age of the baby. Hand rearing mix & egg biscuit mix is the best way to get started.
WHEN PURCHING A BIRD A NEW MUTATION
ESPECIALLY A NEW MUTATION, PLEASE DO YOUR HOME WORK & ASK PEOPLE IN THE KNOW ABOUT POSSIBLE COLOURED BIRDS
There are birds out there that people have not seen, so ask if you can have a look at them before you go paying out any money,Make sure you can see the parent birds & the young so as to ascertain what they are breed from.
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