Notes for more efficient pairing

Animal Scene - - FINS, FEATHERS, AND FUR -

1 Food

I use the stan­dard breeder mix avail­able at the lo­cal poul­try sup­ply and add good qual­ity pi­geon pel­lets. The re­sult is great; squeak­ers are all health­ier. Be­cause pi­geon pel­lets eas­ily soften, it helps the pi­geon par­ents feed their young with­out much ef­fort.

2 Nest­ing area

It's a challenge to grow out the squabs to their full, healthy size.

Since the sec­ond egg hatches two days af­ter the first, the sec­ond squeaker is usu­ally smaller and will even­tu­ally have a hard time com­pet­ing with a big­ger and more ro­bust older sib­ling. Most hob­by­ists will take out the older squeaker and let the par­ent feed the smaller one. Once fed, they will bring back the other squeaker. I find this method te­dious and time consuming. In­stead, I thought of plac­ing the squeak­ers in two sep­a­rate nest­ing pots.

Place them in two sep­a­rate pots when they are around 12 days old.

7. Fancy yellow Chi­nese owls

6. Ring band with se­rial num­bers and year

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