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Albino youngster with foster father

Do l need to find a solution.

The first born of 2017 is not developing as l had hoped and a solution needs to be found. For people who do not breed ino’s these are ( lutino’s / albino’s ) and as general rule they take up to eighteen months to fully develop. That is not to say you can not recognise a promising bird in the nestbox.

The hen and three eggs were transferred from the flight. Two eggs hatched but only one chick survived and the cock chosen was older. Although the chick has left the nestbox, the bird appears small and i have never seen the cock feeding the chick.

The odds seem stacked against this bird, it was week before the next chick hatched so fostering was not a option. The hen did raise the chick but being a maiden hen her parenting skills were not the best.

 Now perching l have observed the chick eating seed but the chick is not ready to be transferred to the nursery flight.

I did try to introduce the youngster into the nursery flight but the older birds all related and mainly hens. Introducing a single bird does have it’s own problems. My preference is to introduce newbies in two’s or more which can help to prevent bullying.

The difference is quite noticeable when you see a nest of three or four chick being brought up against a single chick.

Bill told me hens are lazy and need to be kept busy when raising young. Raising one chick can lead to the hen being bored as in this case.

What l will be doing is to introducing a couple of other chicks when ready into a separate cage. Then stage two will to introduce them into the nursery flight with the late bred 2016 birds. Once these birds have had are their first moult they will then progress to the main flight.

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