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Bird Questions
HOW LONG DO THE BIRDS SIT ON THEIR EGGS?
and most other birds will sit on the eggs for around 21 days from the day of the last egg laid.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WHEN WE FIND DEAD BABIES ON THE FLOOR?
If this is the first time of laying eggs for the birds, the new inexperienced parents will not know
what to do.  It may take a few times before they quite know what to do.  After a few times they will
be able to raise their young.  

WHAT TO DO WITH THE BABIES.
The parents should take care of the hatchlings.  However, to help out you can mash a hard
boiled egg to add extra protein to their diet.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A BIRD CANNOT FLY?
If it is a young bird with fluffy feathers, it will not be able to fly for about a week.  If it is a young
bird the parents will help encourage it to fly.  If it is an adult bird, he may be molting or may not
be feeling well.

WHY ARE MALE DOVES AGGRESSIVE TOWARD THEIR BABIES?
The male dove is very territorial.  Once the male is grown, he will be able to take care of himself.
 However, at service & maintenance time it is encouraged that we pick up baby doves.  You
should only have a male and a female dove in your aviary.

DO BIRDS GET LICE?
No, birds do not have lice.  Birds do peck at themselves or other birds to aid in the preening
process.  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE FACILITY IS BEING SPRAYED FOR BUGS?
If it is possible move the aviary to another room when it is being sprayed or cover the aviary with
a heavy blanket.  

CAN WE MOVE THE AVIARY?
Yes, the aviary is on wheels and can be moved to another room.  Move it slowly so you do not
disrupt the birds.

WHAT DO WE DO IF A BIRD DIES?
Contact our office to notify us if a bird dies.  If the bird dies within the 30 days after delivery, it
will be replaced at no charge.  If you have the service and maintenance agreement, all birds
from the standard package will be replaced free of charge.  

WHY DID THE BIRD DIE?
It is hard to say what the cause would be.  If you are following the instructions on bird care,
which was provided at delivery; it was probably nothing that you did.  Birds can die from old age,
or if you have just recently received your aviary, it could be the stress from traveling or it may
not have been able to adjust to the new environment of the aviary.

WHAT IF SOMEONE WANTS TO DONATE A PAIR OF BIRDS FOR YOUR AVIARY?



WHY DO WE TAKE THE BABIES FROM THE AVIARY?
An aviary can only hold so many birds before it is over populated.  Too many birds in the aviary
will make them irritated and possibly begin to peck at each other.  And needless to say, the
more birds the dirtier the aviary!  We remove babies at the time the aviary is serviced.  
However, if you would like to keep the babies let us know.  If you are keeping the babies, do not
keep them in the aviary.  Some people do give them away or sell them.  Remember, the birds
are yours to do with whatever you like.
Bird Behavior
BIRD BREEDING
constant environment, so the breeding of the birds will usually be different.  Birds will breed
constant environment, so the breeding of the birds will usually be different.  Birds will breed
when the conditions are right for them.  Do not be alarmed if you are not having babies, just let
us know and we will try switching some birds out for you.  We do recommend that you let us
remove the babies at the time of service, or that you take them out when they are full grown.  
This will help to prevent inbreeding of the birds.
This will help to prevent inbreeding of the birds.


HATCHLING ON THE FLOOR
If you find a hatchling (small, pink with few or no feathers) on the floor of the aviary, try to
determine which nest it came from and return it to the nest.  Please remember to wear a pair of
gloves as to not get your scent on them.  Babies will usually spend about 2 weeks in the nest.  
After another two weeks the babies will be on their own.  Although the babies will look almost full
grown, they still need some time to develop their strength.  

The babies in the aviary will be well taken care of by their parents.  You will just be able to sit
back and enjoy.  The parents will feed the babies for several weeks.  Some babies will leave the
nest on their own, and some must be nudged out by parents.  After leaving the nest, they will
soon be learning to fly.  This will take time, but until they do learn they will be on the bottom.  Be
careful at bath time, so the new curious babies do not fall in the water.  

DOVES
The breeding of the doves is also an interesting time to watch.  The male dove will bow, coo and
spread his tail feathers to get the attention of the female.  After this, the male will begin to pick
at the female, which is completely normal.  The doves will often line their own nest with the
feathers from the female dove.  When the doves are done nesting, the male will stop picking at
the female.  Both dove parents will care for the hatchlings, baby doves grow quickly and the
parents will continue feeding until the doves are old enough to be on their own.  A male dove will
also pick on the male babies.  The male baby is seen as competition, and if this gets to be too
much for the male baby, take him out and put him in the smaller isolation cage.
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