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Posted 18th April 2009, 09:33 AM
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nice update, he is a bit small, but I think when they start packing his crop full of seed they start to grow quicker, they do seem to mature slower than the homers, my two squabies are 25 days old today and still have not ventured out of their nest box, I may sit them in the sunshine for a bit today.
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That is sure a bundle of cuteness, can't wait to see those little curly feathers coming in.

Perhaps, the building blocks for growing curly feathers takes up alot of energy and take longer to develop then standard homing pigeon feathers.



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Well Romeo & Juliet were so much in love they forgot to feed their baby so my baby Frill has become the newest member of staff at my office as I have to take it to work with me to be able to handraise it.
I have had more visits a day from colleagues than I usually get. He/she is so far eating OK and is as well as taking the hand raising mix from me it will swallow small seeds it placed in it's beak. It is now 10 days old.
Will keep you all updated with the progress.
 
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I lost my baby after hand raising it for week. Sometimes it is not meant to be. Happy to hear about the nest mate. Put some pictures up I would love to see it
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I'm so sorry to hear about the baby.



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Thanks everyone all for your thoughts but have some photos to remember it
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So sorry to hear that it died, but you obviously did everything possible. The good thing with pigeons, though, is that they do love to breed - good luck with the next round of eggs, and hopefully Romeo and Juliet will be a little more experienced and attentive next time.
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Feathered feet


Question, If you could build a loft for your frillback would you have wired floor because of the feet? My wood floor keeps their feet dirty. Also would a high gloss paint on wood walls help protect the frills? Bottom line is this, I plan to build a small loft for three pairs of frillbacks and their young. I'm thinking 4 feet wide, 5 feet high, and 2 feet deep. 4 Nest boxs to one side 2'x1'x1'. What are some things to think about when dealing with frillbacks? I posted here because it is for an only frillback loft and frillback people may want to know.

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OK, reading it I should have Titled it, "Frillback Loft" too late to change it now.
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I'll just say this...wire floors are hard on their feet. Also easy to get a nail or toe stuck in the wire.
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Nah, you don't need wire floors. Some kind of bedding helps. Whether that be sand, shavings, cat litter, straw, or corn cob crumbles. Just anything to help absorb the moisture of the droppings. V-perches are also pretty popular with show birds because it helps keep the feet clean as well as protects the bird underneath from being bombed
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Nah, you don't need wire floors. Some kind of bedding helps. Whether that be sand, shavings, cat litter, straw, or corn cob crumbles. Just anything to help absorb the moisture of the droppings. V-perches are also pretty popular with show birds because it helps keep the feet clean as well as protects the bird underneath from being bombed
Should I make sure the wall at least four inches up is wood and not wire? I have seen what wire walls do to a fantail's fan. I'm thinking a high gloss paint to make the wall slick would help protect the frills on the birds. V-perches, great idea I will do that.

I like wire floors in at least part of the loft, because of cleanup. But is the 1 inch square wire really bad for a feathered foot. I also like a wire floor one foot to the feeder and waterer to keep any poop from getting into the food or water.
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Wire sections on the floor can be good for cleanup, but you do want some solid places for them to walk. Pigeons (well, all birds) don't really like walking on wire, although the smaller it is, the better they'll cope with it and not trip over themselves. A lot of people have wire under the perches with the center of the loft solid.
I put my water out in the aviary, which has a wire bottom. Since it's up probably about a yard from the floor of the loft, with that wire, nothing really gets in the water. The feeders can be put up there as well, so that whatever they spill falls outside and not on the floor.
I've seen wire really frizz up some feathers when they get their tail or wings pushed up against it. If the walls with the perches are solid, then all should be well with that, unless they get in some crazy fights and one happens to smash another against a wire section Our old un-painted wood loft hasn't appeared to do anything to the feathers on the fantails. Although I'm sure slick paint wouldn't hurt. Plus it'd probably help the walls stay clean and the floor easier to scrape (although with painted floors, the wood isn't exposed to where it can absorb some moisture out of the droppings, so on humid days, you could possibly have a mess in there until you clean). There's pros and cons to everything
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Wire sections on the floor can be good for cleanup, but you do want some solid places for them to walk. Pigeons (well, all birds) don't really like walking on wire, although the smaller it is, the better they'll cope with it and not trip over themselves. A lot of people have wire under the perches with the center of the loft solid.
I put my water out in the aviary, which has a wire bottom. Since it's up probably about a yard from the floor of the loft, with that wire, nothing really gets in the water. The feeders can be put up there as well, so that whatever they spill falls outside and not on the floor.
I've seen wire really frizz up some feathers when they get their tail or wings pushed up against it. If the walls with the perches are solid, then all should be well with that, unless they get in some crazy fights and one happens to smash another against a wire section Our old un-painted wood loft hasn't appeared to do anything to the feathers on the fantails. Although I'm sure slick paint wouldn't hurt. Plus it'd probably help the walls stay clean and the floor easier to scrape (although with painted floors, the wood isn't exposed to where it can absorb some moisture out of the droppings, so on humid days, you could possibly have a mess in there until you clean). There's pros and cons to everything
Very good points. I'll paint the walls, stain the floor (paint too slick to walk on), use one foot of wire on the ends for the food and water. Thanks for the help.

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