Temperament Of Chicks


In this case, I’m assuming that if you’re removing newborns, they’re for the pet industry. This part of breeding, I feel, is still in its infancy, and we are learning so much every day. Most hand-feeders have strong feelings about many different schools of thought and approaches.

When addressing temperament, the age-old debate of “Is it heredity or environment that makes us who we are?” is constantly brought up. There is much too much to say about both. Many of my first-time parents were anxious about their first clutch or two. The parents’ stability has increased substantially as they have gained experience as breeders. This is mirrored in the newborns, according to my observations. Hand-feeding chicks from first-time parents cannot be compared to hand-feeding chicks from the same parents five to 10 clutches later. I haven’t seen a significant difference between chicks plucked at ten days and chicks pulled at four weeks. Babies pulled at four or five weeks may need a day or two to adjust to their new surroundings and become comfortable. Once they’ve overcome their first apprehension, the weaned baby is just as lovely as one pulled at two to three weeks. I do have certain couples that regularly produce nicer infants than others, as well as those who generate better talkers than others. This is most likely where genes come into play.

Pulling Chicks

I feel that the distress a chick suffers upon being pulled might have long-term consequences. Breeding couples might be quite steady and easygoing. They are at ease when it comes to feeding their children. There are no predatory dangers, and they are highly compatible parents who have gorgeous adorable infants. I had everything ready before heading out to grab women.

I’ve got a towel, a container, a flashlight I can carry in my mouth, and a cardboard barrier to keep parents and newborns apart. The parents move (not run) to the other side when I tap on the box on a cold January evening. The newborns are all gathered together in one cluster due to the fact that it is chilly. I insert my cardboard divider with care and gently remove the infants. I seal the box and return inside with my prized possession, making no sound. The infants are awake and attentive, and hearing my voice calms them as I travel down the road to the home. This is an excellent draw since these infants have never felt fear.

Let’s take a look at the same pair four months later, in the sunny spring of Florida. I tap on the box with all of my gear, and the parents attempt to flee to the other side. Babies are strewn over the box, wings and legs extending to stay cool. In an instant, I realize I’ll have to use a towel to hold the parents back while I reach beneath them to collect the chicks. The parents snarl as I reach in with the towel, and the infants attempt to scramble after them. The parents become protective, and the young get afraid, beginning to growl. I carefully pick up the chicks one by one, using the flashlight to ensure that I have all of them. I shut the lid and make my way back to the home. Meanwhile, the infants are huddled in the corner, growling. My voice no longer has the relaxing impact it once had. This was not a perfect pull. These chicks will be excellent babies if properly nurtured, but they will not attain the same level of perfection as the ones removed in January.

One last finding about parent-to-chick issues is the wild-caughts who have grown friendlier and less scared of their human caregiver. These birds pose the issue of becoming hostile when you are cleaning their cages. Although they may withdraw within the box WHEN THEY HAVE CHICKS, you can often hear them rushing towards the interior of the neighboring box. These same birds will charge at you as you attempt to pull the young. This leads to the issue of their trampling on the newborns. This is particularly awful in hot weather when they are all spread out in the nest box. Wings and legs are often stomped on and shattered or cracked.

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