Not everyone will have seen this post about a neat gift Raven and I got. (Well ok, the post is mostly about our new floor. But somewhere in there are pictures of these really cool antique incubators that someone gave us.
Ok ignore last post about why there is no momma!
This is a very cool thing. Congratulations. We've been debating breeding some of the parrots. In theory, it's a neat idea. In practice, getting up every 2 hours to feed a bald, demanding, hungry chick may not be the greatest thing. Still thinking about it though. You know my fondest for all things baby. Ok, all things not human baby!
Depends on the momma. i'm just in the process of researching how to do it. It's safer to incubate and the tube feed. Which would mean feeding every 2 hours. Or we can leave the egg with the parents and hope for the best. It means it will be harder to tame the baby though. Parrots are still wild animals, not domesticated at all. Our macaw, Lily, is first generation born in captivity. Both her parents were wild caught. So any babies she has would be considered wild. Does that make sense?
Yeah, it does. I'd be torn - with the hens I try really hard to encourage them to raise their own, because generations of hatchery breeding have apparently just about destroyed the nesting instincts, so even if the birds are a bit more shy (and with chickens it's less of an issue than macaws!) I'm happy that they've had a more natural chick-hood. But I DO like being able to handle them easily, both for practical reasons and because I like hugging hens, and the odds are much better if you are "momma".
Besides, the hens live outside, not in the house with me! (Well you know, most of the time, anyway. There's a standing offer for anybody who does go broody that they can live in the porch and eat cake for three weeks.)