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A COCKATOO'S DREAM COME TRUE!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BirdaMay, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. BirdaMay

    BirdaMay Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone!

    Today is day 15 of incubation of our first little brood of eggs!

    My 20 year old umbrella cockatoo, Birda So-Cute, has been yearning all her life to hatch eggs, and for over a decade, I've wanted to try letting her hatch chicken eggs. Well, this year, we decided to do it!

    I'd lost a pet parrot before due to egg binding, so I thought if I gave her fertile chicken eggs to hatch, she wouldn't lay her own but still be emotionally and hormonally satisfied, we could start a little laying flock, and she would be safe from the dangers of laying. Win-Win!

    A sweet and generous local lady gave us a Milles Fleur d'Uccles egg, a buff cochin egg, and a blue Ameraucana egg. She'd never seen her rooster mate the d'Uccles hen, so that was a roll of the dice that turned up an empty egg, which I pulled, but the other two are looking right on schedule, though I can't see at all through the blue egg, so I'm ordering a candler soon, and an incubator and brooder are already en route in case of unforeseen events, but I figured it was a worthy investment, because I am now planning to let her set every year. I've never seen her so happy!

    Birda and I live in northern Colorado with 3 cats. Because of space, we aren't planning on keeping these two chicks, but in the future we hope to end up with a Milles Fleur and a white silkie pullet who may be able to live with Birda in her cage. I am home all the time, so they will be out in the house mostly, but I'm also looking into building a coop and run big enough to also add a Polish bantam and Serama bantam to the mix. I've already got a great coop and tractor design in mind, and then there is always a great one I found online, but we'll have to save for that or sell a lot of cockatoo-incubated eggs!

    If this works well for Birda and the word gets out, it could save hundreds of pet parrots' lives and get many more Americans and people everywhere re-connected with the joys and rewards of backyard chicken-keeping and egg-producing! This would, in turn, lead to a healthier America and a healthier world, not to mention a better quality of life for chickens worldwide and a decline in the abhorrent conditions of large-scale chicken farming. WIN-WIN!

    Well, thanks for having this community resource available.

    We are looking forward to learning a lot and sharing our dream come true with you!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] This is a very interesting incubation project! Please keep us posted.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    [​IMG] - glad that you have joined us - please let us know how things go.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  4. BirdaMay

    BirdaMay Out Of The Brooder

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    Will do. Thank you so much! Yes. I think it's the most fun ans extraordinary undertaking of my life! So happy to share it with the chicken and parrot world!
     
  5. BirdaMay

    BirdaMay Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I will keep you all posted!
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    What a neat experiment. Will she be able to cover 2 small eggs? Sending good hatching vibes your way.
     
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  8. BirdaMay

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    Umbrella cockatoo eggs are the same size as a bantam d'Uccle egg I was given (which turned out to be infertile). Cockatoo clutch size is 1-2 eggs, and right now she's on 2 full-sized chicken eggs, so they're a little big for what she's, but they seem to be developing right on time when I candle them.

    Hatch day is June 14th, but I am having surgery that day (only day they could get me in this month- what timing!!!) so please send some vibes that they hatch like on the 12th or 13th so I don't miss her bid day!

    She's setting really well, and in the house, of course, AND in a double insulated nest box (which I made from a covered cat litter box and a cardboard box (with crumpled newspaper in the gap in between the two), so it's easier to keep them at temperature. I also have coming in the mail a little incubator and a brooder just in case. I believe she will see them through as chicks, but the challenge is that in her enthusiasm, instead of taking out a few abdominal feathers for a brood patch, she took out all her plumage except the head, right down to the down. Flights, tail feathers, back feathers- all picked to the down to line that nest box! She is all down except the head, and therefore I am wondering if she has enough plumage to keep them warm, so we are prepared in case she can't hold them at 99.5* for that first week.
     
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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. BirdaMay

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    I just posted a VIDEO of Birda in her nesty box! I also explain the nesty box design. In the middle of it, my phone rings, and it's the lady who has what I hope is my new chicken coop! Send me some good prayers adn vibes so I can find a friend with a truck to drive an hour south to Denver to help me pick it up!

    Here is the link to Birda's video on FB. It's too big of a file to keep uploading more than once- took several hours. Nice, high resolution!
    Enjoy!

     

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