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Breeding Hints by Wout van Gils

Breeding Hints by Wout Van Gils

From experience Wout has found that the males generally lag the hens in terms of breeding condition. He therefore places them first  in the breeding boxes and increases the temperature to 18C maximum and the lighting hours to about 14.5.
Place a few hens in front of them; you will see that some males will respond quickly.

Provide extra eggfood three times a week and after about 1 1/2 weeks your can introduce the hens to the males. With both birds in breeding condition pairing will occur quickly; this is a sign that everything has gone to plan. You may find that some birds will pair a little later, but with the majority things will progress readily.

 

It may happen that some birds will continue to fight. In this case prompt action is required. It may be that one of the birds is not in proper breeding condition  or that one of them is attracted by the call from another bird.
Listen carefully when a hen calls and whether the same male answers constantly. If the new pairing is suitable with respect to song the hen can then be placed with the new male and things will generally work out.
Another approach is to remove the hen for several days and then replace her in the evening. Be aware however of birds which continue fighting.
After four days provide the nesting material; hens which are in breeding condition will promptly start building their nest.
 

Check that the nest is properly formed by turning a globe inside it. Some breeders remove the eggs and return them once the fourth egg is laid; store the eggs in a shaded place, NOT in the sun.
The hens will now start their breeding and the young are hatched after fourteen days. Ensure that the birdroom is well ventilated with fresh air and oxygen.
Provide the birds regularly with baths and spray the eggs now and then with an atomiser. Check that the eggs are not sticking to the nest so that the hen can readily turn them.
Be aware that in a healthy brood the eggs will appear glossy with the pointy ends facing each other.
Success,  Wout.                                                                                                                                                              

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