It’s been a while since I posted an update on the bird situation so I will do that now.

On the chicken front, we ended up getting rid of NINE roosters and keeping two.  We also did get three new hens out of the fourteen kids.  Not very good odds when you figure you should get about a 50-50 mix of males and females!  We plan to try to cross our White Headed Black Polish banty hens with the blue mottled cochin banty rooster we have kept, with the hopes that this cross will not be very prone to being broody.  Though we love these cochins, we are not crazy about how often they go broody.  They get so broody that they forget to eat and we even lost one that way!  Now when they go broody we continue to eject the hen from the nest, and after several days of that it seems to do the trick and get her out of the mood.

With all the extra roosters gone, it’s amazing how peaceful the coop is.  Really nice, and of course they all have so much more room now, too.

On the parrotlet front, I have two young pairs for sale or trade.  They should be perfect for breeding next year when they are old enough as they will have grown up together (but are totally unrelated) and should be really well-bonded.

I also have two handfed parrotlet kids still for sale that are now between eight and nine weeks old. One is a turquoise pied male and the other is a blue male.  Very nice kids.

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This is how they look about two seconds after I open their cage door!  They can’t wait to come out.

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Last, but certainly not least, is the lone Timneh African Grey I am handfeeding.  His DNA test results show him to be a male.  He already has a deposit and his future owners have named him Tracker.  I like it a lot.  Seems to fit him.  He is now 34 days old and weighed in this morning at 242 grams.  He took his first weaning pellets today, too, so graduated to being let loose in the brooder.

For info on any of the birds for sale, please check out the sale page on my website.

On a totally unrelated note, the weatherman says we may have a bit of snow on the ground when we wake up tomorrow!  I’m excited!  The first snow is a wonderful thing, especially if I don’t have to go anywhere because, if you know me at all, you know I don’t go out gallivanting in the snow.  🙂

Happy Friday the 13th!

Nita

http://www.nitasnest.com