i read every post in this thread, and i admire your attention to detail.
wow, it is amazing.
and those birds.
thank you for sharing them and the process.
for the birds:
Thank you for posting love_a_duck!
I think i overdid a lot of stuff, but i figured it's better to overdo something than not.
I have a picture of the aviary before i put them in that i took at night, so it's not a really good picture. I will try to take one later tomorrow afternoon and post it, so you can see the whole thing.
were you surprised by just how small hottentots were or did you judge it right?
Yes, they were a lot smaller than I thought for some reason. I kept thinking they would be about the size of a large dove, but kept telling myself, no they will still be a bit bigger.
I think the viewing distance from the zoo exhibit makes them look larger than what they are, too.
Now if i can only get them to eat so they don't starve to death! I put about 10 warmed peas in a small bowl along with a bowl of their regular feed in there.
I don't have their little shed built, so i just put the pet taxi/carrier in there and put the bowl of food in the pet taxi because if it rains, it will just get the food wet.
I put the small food bowl with peas over by the pond where they were sitting on the "shore," so maybe they might eat some of those too.
For now, they are just floating in the pond.
If they eat a few peas, do they need grit for that?
At TSC, they had some crushed granite grit. It looks kinda large, though. I didn't put any in there yet (grit). They looked like they were chicklet size (the gum) and i thought they would be more like nerd candy-sized.
Also, how long could i leave the peas out if they don't eat them?
I just put them out about 20 minutes ago and i figured i would go in and remove the bowl of peas before i go to sleep in a little while.
Also, when i drove up to pick up the ducks, Jamie said she could sell me a bag of feed, so i got a bag. It looks like poultry feed and she said it is about 17% protein.
I think i recall reading that sometimes people supplement poultry feed with grains, but i don't know how that works or if it would be required with the bag she sold me. She also mentioned that she also gives ducks grains, but i forgot to ask if that was a requirement when using that type of feed.
Are the grains like oatmeal oats or something or are these grains you would have to go buy at an animal feed store? I'm not really sure where to look for grains at that level, because most of those types of feed stores are nowhere near to be seen in the city.