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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Wisher1000, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. tnspursfan09

    tnspursfan09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well it seems I have 2 birds. The pair in the apple tree look like starlings, but they weren't the ones making the drippy sound. I saw it and looked it up. Brown-headed cow bird.
     
  2. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    Cowbirds are brood parasites - they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, which then raise the young instead of their own.
     
  3. tnspursfan09

    tnspursfan09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't think they'd lay their eggs in a hen's nest, do you? What an unpleasant surprise that would be for the poor hen.
     
  4. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    I don't think you'd need to worry about that - I suspect the hen and her nest would be too big to attract them. They need a certain parenting model, too; that of relatively helpless babies that stay in the nest and parents that bring insects to them.
     
  5. tnspursfan09

    tnspursfan09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure there are plenty of nests to choose from. The area we live in is a bird sanctuary.
     
  6. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Another interesting fact about starlings is that they were not indigenous to the US. They were introduced to the US in 1890-91 because they were mentioned by William Shakespeare in Henry IV. Boy I would love to have a chat with those dummies that thought this invasive species was a good thing. The least they could have done was introduce a pretty version on starlings.
     
  7. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    21 silkie babies hatched, out of 26 that went into lock down! I think this is the best silkie hatch I've had. I want a splash pretty bad, and I think some of those light blue ones just could be splash. :)
     
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Nice job incubating!!!! 21/26 is fantastic!!


    I'm not sure what a splash chick looks like. In my blue/black Am pen, this is the first year for splash. One yellow chick-- probably white hen; a few black chicks; blue chicks; and one yellow ish- white chick with grey mottling in the down--- me thinks this might be a splash . . .?
     
  9. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    I love baby silkies. Please post some pictures. Nice job incubating, too.
     
  10. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    Here is a photo of one of my favs from the past..silkies. She is pretty. [​IMG]
     

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