WOOT! She came back! worth calling in sick today lol! now she can hatch them eggs!
You might be correct but I've had a couple of hens return thinking they have resettled to my loft but later left, never to return even while setting on eggs.Congrats on the birds return. That bird is resettled. LOL!
*Having babies or eggs motivates them to come back. I think on widowhood training they can use those eggs as a motivation. Congrats on the birds return. That bird is resettled. LOL!
* This is why we never advise releasing any prisoner/previously homed elsewhere birds, some will return...some won't...it is "IFFY" This was a case of the hens actually escaping by accident, and I would NOT even advise to allow them to go outside again, in the future.* You might be correct but I've had a couple of hens return thinking they have resettled to my loft but later left, never to return even while setting on eggs.
Well......I can tell you what I would do if my daughter managed to get into my breeding section and release some of my prime hens into the wild blue sky !!Daughter had opened the aviary door to my breeding side of the loft and 3 of my hens got away : /. 2 of my hens have babies which im not to worried as the cock will raise the babies. But the 3rd hen is sitting on an 13-15 days old egg and id really hate for them to go to waste. Cock is still sitting on the eggs till now.
What should i do? .......Hopefully someone can tell me what to do.
Now Warren............I'm not against giving a kid a good whooping....Lord knows I got my fair share growing up, but we don't know how old this child is and, let's face it..........kids learn early that doors are made to open...........she was just doing what people do with doors all the time.Well......I can tell you what I would do if my daughter managed to get into my breeding section and release some of my prime hens into the wild blue sky !!
In the good ole days, my Mom would give me what they use to call a "Whipping"....it could be with a shoe, a chair, a belt, or whatever was in reach at the time !!
Since it is no longer politically correct, and my youngest is now 29....that would be a bit weird............
Seriously, glad you got some of them back. Perhaps a lock is in order, next time, you might not be so lucky.
.....And my youngest daughter is older than your youngest..........how bout' that???
The most recent escapee and i thought she wouldn't leave; had mated on their own. She had laid her second egg 2 days before she got out the first time. Kept her in about a week and just sort of open the aviary front and let her out along with the others on their own to loft fly. She went flying with them but returned about almost an hour later. I then kept her in until she got out again from her nest box when I let the others loft fly. This was around 430pm and I had to leave to go to work. The last time I saw her she was still flying with them. She was an 06.. NPA bandedezemaxima,
Nice info. I have become interested in resettling theory ever since my birds came back. Are these hens force mated with cocks of your choice? I noticed that love is stronger when birds get to choose their own mates and most likely they might stay.
I have become very interested in pigeon psychology. LOL! What makes them tick? What makes them stay? Why do they leave? If they do leave the place, were their inability to come back is a result of predators, someone keeping them, or they literally hates you? So many questions.