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i have finished building my new loft but i was wondering on how i can move my birds when they have babies. i have 3 pairs that have young ones one pair has a young one that is 29 days old another pair has an 18 day old baby and the last pair has a 5 year old baby. the pair that has a 29 year old baby has just laid a pair of eggs yesterday, what should i do about moving my birds because i want to get them in the new loft because it has more room. Can i move the eggs and babies to the new loft and will the parents know that they are their babies if i move them from their nests or should i keep them in the old loft until they get old enough to move to the new loft. What about the birds with the eggs if i move the nest will they sit on the eggs if they are moved i need help on this because i need o move the birds to the new loft
 

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Replace the eggs with wooden ones and don't move the couples with babies until the babies are weaned.
 

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Replace the eggs with wooden ones and don't move the couples with babies until the babies are weaned.
if i replace the eggs with wooden eggs what happens to the real eggs do i get rid of them because they are good breeders and i want to keep the eggs. If i get rid of them will they lay another set of eggs quickly in the new loft.
 

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When I moved mine, I moved them all except the ones with babies, and let them stay until the babies were weaned.

You could leave the eggs, move most of your birds, let them settle in, and then switch the eggs in the next few days to a nesting pair of birds in the new loft. That depends on if they are nesting that soon or not. I don't know if this would work for sure (or if it's even a good idea) but others will let us know.
 

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When I moved mine, I moved them all except the ones with babies, and let them stay until the babies were weaned.

You could leave the eggs, move most of your birds, let them settle in, and then switch the eggs in the next few days to a nesting pair of birds in the new loft. That depends on if they are nesting that soon or not. I don't know if this would work for sure (or if it's even a good idea) but others will let us know.
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i have finished building my new loft but i was wondering on how i can move my birds when they have babies. i have 3 pairs that have young ones one pair has a young one that is 29 days old another pair has an 18 day old baby and the last pair has a 5 year old baby. the pair that has a 29 year old baby has just laid a pair of eggs yesterday, what should i do about moving my birds because i want to get them in the new loft because it has more room. Can i move the eggs and babies to the new loft and will the parents know that they are their babies if i move them from their nests or should i keep them in the old loft until they get old enough to move to the new loft. What about the birds with the eggs if i move the nest will they sit on the eggs if they are moved i need help on this because i need o move the birds to the new loft
Your best bet is to replace ALL eggs with wooden eggs. Let ALL pairs finish raising the present babies.
Then, what I would do is move all the cocks to the new loft. Give them a few days to pick a box and settle down. Then move the hens over to the new loft. They'll pair up, go to the box that their mate has picked out and be down on eggs in no time.
 

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Your best bet is to replace ALL eggs with wooden eggs. Let ALL pairs finish raising the present babies.
Then, what I would do is move all the cocks to the new loft. Give them a few days to pick a box and settle down. Then move the hens over to the new loft. They'll pair up, go to the box that their mate has picked out and be down on eggs in no time.
should i move the babies that are around 30 days old that can fly into the new loft to or should i wait
 

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Been there, done that.......LOL
Well, now you've got two lofts, so you really should house the breeders in one and the other birds in the other loft.
Which is which depends of course on how many birds you're talking about.
i only have 13 birds 3 of them are babies 1 28 days old 1 14 days old and one 5 days old
 

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i only have 13 birds 3 of them are babies 1 28 days old 1 14 days old and one 5 days old
OK. I've got to run for the night......got pictures of these lofts? What are the sizes?
I'm guessing that the new loft is set up for breeders. Nest boxes and all that. Would be kinda hard to change all that now.
So, you've got 5 pairs of breeders? And 3 babies.
I'll tell you real quick, what you DON'T want to do is move the one pair of breeders that have the grown baby. By the time you move the other pairs, that one pair will think the whole loft belongs to them and they'll raise hell with any new birds.
IMO, the best thing that you can do right now is replace all of your eggs with dummy eggs and go from there. Are the birds that have the 28 day old baby already on eggs again? If so, I expect they've been on them 10 days at least, which means you've got babies growing in the eggs already.............ummmm.
Have to think about this and unfortunately, I don't have time tonight.:(
 

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OK. I've got to run for the night......got pictures of these lofts? What are the sizes?
I'm guessing that the new loft is set up for breeders. Nest boxes and all that. Would be kinda hard to change all that now.
So, you've got 5 pairs of breeders? And 3 babies.
I'll tell you real quick, what you DON'T want to do is move the one pair of breeders that have the grown baby. By the time you move the other pairs, that one pair will think the whole loft belongs to them and they'll raise hell with any new birds.
IMO, the best thing that you can do right now is replace all of your eggs with dummy eggs and go from there. Are the birds that have the 28 day old baby already on eggs again? If so, I expect they've been on them 10 days at least, which means you've got babies growing in the eggs already.............ummmm.
Have to think about this and unfortunately, I don't have time tonight.:(
thank you for all your advice it has been very helpful
 
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