Button Quail Update

Chinese Painted Quail, also known as Button Quail, are tiny and adorable and just as useful as they are cute. They will clean up a portion of the seed thrown to the bottom of an aviary. They will eat bugs, including ants and spiders. I have seen them attack and kill mice, too. So I like having them around. But lately, my luck has been on the off side. Continue reading “Button Quail Update”

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Nursery Update

My daily life for the past three months and for the next month or so has been scheduled around a feeding schedule for baby birds. Three budgies, a turaco, button quail, six budgies, a surprise cockatiel, and five budgies. The most recent addition is a zebra finch. Life is rather crazy at the best of times. I am currently giving notice to friends and family that I could be cranky without cause. Continue reading “Nursery Update”

Don’t Even Count the Chicks After Hatching

One reason that canary breeders pull eggs as they are laid and later set them all back in the nest at the same time is so the chicks will hatch all at the same time, and get equal treatment from the parents. It’s a sad reality in breeding that out of six eggs laid a day apart, the oldest chick will be a week old before the youngest hatches. And the chances of survival under the crush of older siblings is very slight. Continue reading “Don’t Even Count the Chicks After Hatching”