General Care

 

Good hygiene in the bird room is a must.

Give your birds:  fresh water, quality seed/supplements, and clean cages.

Breeding

 

Begin with cleanliness.

Breeding is generally induced by increasing hours of day light.

A good conditioning diet will result in good fertility.

While the hens are incubating eggs, they do not need soft food;

but when they begin feeding chicks, give them a quality rearing food.

Weaned chicks should continue to receive vegetables such as broccoli, good seed, and a highly nutritious soft food.

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Molting

 

Continue with the habit of neatness and good hygiene. 

Provide a diet of good nutrition while the new feathers are growing in.

Exercise and baths are important.

Avoid over crowding.  A stress-free molt will insure both flighted and unflighted birds develop beautiful plumage.

Before Show Season

 

Plumage quality earns points during judging.

Plan ahead to prevent feather damage.

Feather plucking and fighting in crowded cages is one cause.

Tight, too small cages and perches too close to the cage wires also produce ragged, broken feathers.

A dirty environment will stain feathers.

Keep Good Records

 

Accurate and complete record keeping through the entire year will come to good use in future selection and pairing.

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