Having a safety door
Over the years the safety door has save me on more than one occasion. Despite being careful on occasions the door to the flights or cages have come open. Once in Nottingham l had not appreciated the need for a safety door. On entering the birdroom a bird flew pass my shoulder escaping to the wild. The grey green hen flew straight over the surrounding houses and away.
After a fruitless search of the surrounding gardens and a calling myself a few choice words. It sadden me to think the bird might suffer through my stupidity. To my surprise a couple of days later l received a phone call from a very nice gentleman. He had come across my escapee in his garden which happened to be about 1 mile away.
He had been able to contact me by obtaining my address from the BS. Soon after a safety door was added to prevent any further escapes.
Birds back in flight
My setup now has a walkway which acts as a secondary safety system. Sure enough this morning when entering the birdroom l noticed a young spangle on the floor. Quickly entering about half the nursery flight birds were free, My fault the door was ajar l had not flicked the catch over last night.
There is no escape from the birdroom but a few items had been knocked of the shelves. No harm done and the birds were soon back in the flight. It did give me a chance to handle the bird and update my records as some birds had not been sexed.
All my late bred birds are now in the main flight and l tend to move birds to the main flight once the first moult has been finished. However if the bird is small or under develop then the bird may remain. It is flexible what does surprise me is how the birds really develop once they go into the main flight. A few light green hens have really started to develop they may not be show winners but they will be useful in future breeding program.