Breeding Ducorps

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Oscar
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Breeding Ducorps

Post by Oscar » Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:02 pm

Hi everyone
Brand new to the Forum and hoping someone could help.? I have a pair of Ducorps and they are now sitting on two eggs
Sharing the sitting duties and appear to be doing everything right?
Can anyone tell me if this is a little early in the year...and anything I can do to hopefully assist them raise successfully
All advice gratefully recieved

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by martink » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:40 pm

Its not unusual for cockatoos to be sitting eggs this early in the year, i have galahs on eggs at the moment. Your birds are doing everything right ,sharing the incubation etc, all you have to do now is make sure you feed them enough when the chicks hatch.

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by Oscar » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:38 pm

Thanks very much for your prompt and reassuring reply
They get seed mix and fruit and fruit and veg every day so anything else I need to consider?
EMP or any of the other proprietary supplements maybe
once again
thanks for the response

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by vivi » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:11 am

You must make sure you feed them all the healthy food and drinks, such as fruit, vegetables, seed, milk and water, they are very sensitive.

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by brugge » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:27 am

As martin has said, just feed them plenty of fruit & veg also you could give them sprouted pulses, they all seem to relish them when they have young to feed, mine never seem to eat EMP etc when l give them it, you could give them a calcium suppliment to help with the growth of the chicks, good luck Trevor

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by Oscar » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:15 pm

Thanks everyone for the information
They already get a good mixture between fruit and veg with seed available
I alternate a mix of Wimme- Molten Tidy mix and Johnston and jeff for all my birds
and they generally polish it off !!
Never heard anywhere of giving them milk ? as I was told most parrots are Lactose intolerant
Can someone help me with that ?
Always grateful for information and advice and willing to learn
Cheers

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by martink » Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:31 pm

Ive never given my birds milk but do give them very small cubes of cheese, only about a quarter inch square per bird.

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by Oscar » Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:53 am

Thanks MartinK
I do give them cheese every so often
they love hard mature cheddar as a treat

Fingers crossed as they should be 28 days on Wednesday so hopefully I will
have some good news by the weekend

Thanks again everyone

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by Oscar » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:41 pm

Unfortunately both eggs turned out to be infertile in spite of my amateurish efforts
Already mating again and they have rearranged the box so ........here's hoping again

Thanks for all the advice previous

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by Oscar » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:12 pm

Hi after some advice again please
I have my other pair of Ducorps who are showing signs of wanting to breed
I do want them outside in my large aviary but would need to split the flight to make it happen
I already have a pair of Ducorps out there and I was wondering
Do I need to partition the aviary with solid wood to make sure they can't see each other or will I get away with using wire mesh
Obviously mesh is the cheaper option but I want to get it right and I think they would be less noisy if they can't see each other?
Any advice gratefully recieved
Cheers

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by martink » Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:28 pm

I alway put barriers between prs so they cant see each other, i dont know if this is right but its my way of doing things.

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by teiltown » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:43 am

Hi Oscar,

I thought I'd replied to this the other day, but I mustn't of pressed submit...

I had a very good friend who kept Cockatoos, and over the years he had learned that some of them prefer to be with their own kind, so putting them in adjoining flights is probably a good idea. It drums up the competion, and once one pair start to show interest in mating and going down, the flock instinct kicks in and they all go down.

As far as solid or mesh goes, definetly mesh, it will help with light, and I find if they can hear each other, but not see each other, then the more noise they make making sure they can hear each other. You must ensure the mesh is double wired with a t least 2 inch between the mesh. with ducorps you will be ok with 2 by 1 inch mesh inbetween the flights, and choose a good grade like 14s or 16s swg at a minimum - leave wood well out of the construction, they will simply chew through it.

I hope all is going well.
Kev.
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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by Oscar » Tue May 01, 2012 9:31 pm

Hi Kev
Thanks for the reply and information..always willing to learn
I have some 1x1 16g mesh which I was going to use to separate the flights and following what you say it would make sense
to try the mesh first
if they do prove to be too noisy I still have the second option of wood
I was already prepared to use the mesh on the inside to protect the wood as you are spot on ......the two males will chew
any wood in sight to destruction
First pair still on eggs until about mid may so once I know if they are viable or not I will set to work

Great site and obviously a lot of gained knowledge available
Cheers

Oscar

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Re: Breeding Ducorps UPDATE

Post by Oscar » Thu May 17, 2012 9:28 am

Bad news today One egg hatched yesterday fully formed chick found dead in box today
No obvious damage or reason ??
still one egg to hatch
any ideas what might have gone wrong?
and should I remove the dead chick ASAP
.

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Re: Breeding Ducorps

Post by diana » Fri May 18, 2012 4:14 pm

Sorry to hear that. Yes remove it.
Had the parents pecked at it and killed it?

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