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Last answer by Sharla Smith 60 months ago +0 votes:
There are a few things to consider: 1.  Where did you get your eggs from?  They obviously need to come from a hen who has mated with a cock prior to laying the eggs.  Even if you have a hen and a cock in the same pen, it may not ensure they mated at the right time. 2.  The temperature of the eggs need to be maintained at a constant 98.6 - degreesF (37 C) throughout the hatchi... more
Asked by bob kahonga in Birds1 answers
Last answer by Flower Boho 62 months ago +0 votes:
According to my research, these types of birds live up to 15 years, but the most common lifespan is between 5-7 years. Any changes in an animal's behavior, or physical behavior, could indicate some kind of trauma that could lead to yes, death. I would say if the bird is not moving anymore, then that does mean that he is very sick, to say the least, and his appearance changed--he became puffy--so ... more
Asked by joe saulino in Birds1 answers
Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 64 months ago +0 votes:
The incubation period for duck eggs is 28 days.  The shell will not change color except for being dirty.  If you are talking about candling the eggs, the inside will get darker as the ducklings grow. I have had call ducks and have hatched them for two years.  The eggs should not "smell" at all, even if no good, your wife might just be smelling duck smells in general.  Wait at ... more
Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 64 months ago +0 votes:
One rooster per 6 to 8 hens is a fairly good ration.  Of course hens do not need roosters to produce eggs. Different breeds of hens lay more eggs than others, and different breeds are more broody (more likely to sit on the eggs to get them to hatch). http://farm-animals.knoji.com/why-wont-my-chicken-eggs-hatch/ more
Asked by leslie moore in Birds2 answers
Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 65 months ago +0 votes:
They will not complain, some people do not allow their ducks to swim all, but they do need water for feeding. After the ducklings have lost their down (about 10 days) you can put in a cat litter box, or other feed tub for water so they can swim in that. I put rocks in a feed tub and let them swim in that, the rocks are so the ducklings can get out - a kiddie pool is fine too.  When you feel... more
Last answer by Rama lingam 67 months ago +1 votes:
Penguins are birds laying eggs and they used to hatch them just like hens.However, nature has endowed a thick skin for them unlike a bird and this thick skin helps them to safeguard them from extreme cold and snow. more
Asked by teyla wrights in Birds3 answers
Last answer by Jaz 67 months ago +0 votes:
Steve, to attatch an image simply go to the image and right click on your mouse it will pull down a menu and scroll down and click on copy image. Go to the posting and click in the message box and hold down ctrl and pres v at the same time and the image should paste into the post... more
Asked by steve tasker in Birds1 answers
Last answer by Jaz 67 months ago +1 votes:
Here is also an article on bird feeders that I wrote. http://arts-crafts.knoji.com/making-your-own-bird-feeder-for-the-joy-of-birds-year-round/ more
Asked by Cathy McManus in Birds2 answers
Last answer by gerrie grimsley 67 months ago +0 votes:
Gotcha Jaz!  I appreciate your wanting to make sure a red flag is thrown out about this.  I had read about the danger of honey, but not about the molasses or other sweets you mentioned.  We certainlywant to protect wildlife and teach our children to as well.  Perhaps my story might mention a type of precautionary rather than trying to come up with a unique recipe.  Th... more
Last answer by Page Coleman 79 months ago +0 votes:
You can also try Petfinder.com -- that site does have a section for searching for birds. You'll be able to search in your location.  more
Asked by Gail Kittle in Birds2 answers
Last answer by Jennifer Grant 86 months ago +0 votes:
Birds cannot control their defecation. Unlike humans that have a sphincter at the end of the colon, birds merely have a "vent" or cloaca. This allows for the passage of waste through their body and it lands underneath them, even in swimming pools. It is thought to have evolved this way to make it harder for predators to track them in flight. If birds had to stop and go to the bathroom they would b... more
Last answer by Sarah 104 months ago +1 votes:
Yes, there are. I highly recommend you go to a store that specializes in wild bird feed and feeders and ask about what birds are native to your region and how to attract them to your yard without attracting rodents or pushing out other beneficial species. Wild Birds Unlimited is a national chain with a number of retail locations; however, I always recommend including locally owned businesses in yo... more
Asked by merlot in Birds1 answers
Last answer by Sarah 104 months ago +0 votes:
The same plants that attract butterflies may also attract local species of hummingbirds to your yard; a butterfly bush would make a wonderful addition. You can also pick up a wide variety of hummingbird feeders at any garden supply. I highly recommend you check out your local farmer's markets or craft fairs for unique, locally made feeders. more
Asked by Uma Jenssen in Birds1 answers
Last answer by Sarah 104 months ago +0 votes:
Local flora is always ideal for attracting local fauna. Incorporate plenty of trees and shrubs for them to perch or nest in. If you live on a busy street make sure to plant trees well away from the road to avoid accidents. Skip traditional seed feeders in favour of hummingbird feeders (they attract fewer rodents) and put up a few birdhouses in your yard. Bird baths are also useful in attracting bi... more
Asked by Jill Saunders in Birds2 answers