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New Zealand Kiwi - I want some!

post #1 of 32
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I've been watching "Mutant Planet" and I want a Kiwi (bird).

Flightless, 80 day incubation (by the males), hatch fully feathered! The poor hen carries her huge egg INSIDE for 10 days and the egg is nearly the size of her body; she's very uncomfortable until she lays it in a safe spot, then she walks away. Not broody at all - but her mate is!

Apparently they are very long-lived: 30 years! And they lay once a year (at least that's what I surmised by the program mentioning they live 30 years and mated pairs can raise 30 chicks over their lifetimes).

Of course I don't really want to add Kiwis to my flock, but aren't they interesting? Their nostrils are at the END of their long beaks. lol.png

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #2 of 32

And you think you have problems with neighbors and roosters? Just wait until you get a Kiwi!!!

post #3 of 32
Too bad they aren't allowed... I love Kiwis! I have been obsessed with them for like three years and they are one of my favorite birds! Have you ever seen pics of a white Kiwi? They are ADORABLE!
Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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post #4 of 32
Thread Starter 
The Kakapo, a nine pound flightless parrot also seemed like a nifty pet. lol.png

Especially because I've lived where feral parrots - in flocks - have grown from escaped parrots. You gotta know when a parrot escapes, the owner is heartbroken.


hmm.png I bet even I can outrun a fat parrot.

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

Reply

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #5 of 32
Gotta love Kakapos! New Zealand is known as the "Land of the Birds" due to the wide variety of species that live there. It is a beautiful country too. In fact, if I had to move to any country, it would be New Zealand.
Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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post #6 of 32
I love Kakapo parrots. love.gif They look so fuzzy.

New Zealand is full of interesting critters. How about the Moa? Imagine having a 500-pound, 12-foot-tall tinamou guarding your flock! Too bad Moa are extinct. hmm.png
Edited by pipdzipdnreadytogo - 1/26/13 at 6:06pm

* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

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My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

.

My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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post #7 of 32
They are incredible! They truly look like the link between reptiles and birds.
Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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post #8 of 32

Shadow Rabbit, I would move to New Zealand too! It's such a wild, unique, and beautiful country, plus my favorite movies were filmed there!

I love Kiwis. Unfortunately they are endangered, like most cool birds, and when I went to the National Zoo, they only showed Kiwis at certain times due to stress levels.

 

 

 

 

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"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, RUN!"

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"The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And wither then? I cannot say." -Bilbo.

 

"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, RUN!"

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post #9 of 32
And, it is a very free country, compared to many others out there. I did a whole research report on it last year. It's a great place. If I did move there, I could have so much fun being an ornithologist!
Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
Reply
Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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post #10 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by shadow rabbit10 View Post

And, it is a very free country, compared to many others out there. I did a whole research report on it last year. It's a great place. If I did move there, I could have so much fun being an ornithologist!

thumbsup.gif That'd be the best place to study ornithology... love.gif



From Wikipedia:



Comparison of a kiwi (Apteryx sp., Apterygidae, Struthioniformes), ostrich (Struthio camelus, Struthionidae, Struthioniformes), and giant moa (Dinornis giganteus, Dinornithidae, Dinornithiformes), each with its egg.




ep.gif This really puts into perspective how large the Kiwi's egg is!




Also from Wikipedia:



Richard Owen, who became director of London’s Museum of Natural History, was the first to recognise that a bone fragment he was shown in 1839 came from a large bird. When later sent collections of bird bones, he managed to reconstruct moa skeletons. In this photograph, published in 1879, he stands next to the largest of all moa, Dinornis maximus (now D. novaezealandiae), while holding the first bone fragment he had examined 40 years earlier.




Okay, forget riding an Ostrich. lol.png It's like a two-legged horse!

* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

.

My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

.

My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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