That depends. How cold is the floor? How many other babies are there? How will the other cocks react?At what age should a chick be taken out the nest and placed on the loft floor?
Really? How come...just curious? I never would have dreamed. Mine have just always seemed to do what they need to do when it's time.That depends. How cold is the floor? How many other babies are there? How will the other cocks react?
I personally start putting my babies in the floor at 18 days old, IF it's not TOO cold and IF I have quite a few babies. And then I stand outside the door and watch them for a while to make sure no cock bird is going to bother them. If all seems ok, then I'll leave them but always go out after a few hours and pick them all up and put them back in their boxes.
Now some will say they just put them in the floor and leave them there after a certain age. To each his own. I raise my babies in Jan, Feb and March and it's WAY to cold to leave them in the floor all night.
That's the way I do things.
Well, you're in a different situation than I am. First of all, we racers, usually wean our babies at about 27 to 30 days old.Really? How come...just curious? I never would have dreamed. Mine have just always seemed to do what they need to do when it's time.
Interesting. Thanks for telling me. Enjoy AI and not a peep out of you about it until I've had a chance to watch it in my time zone.Well, you're in a different situation than I am. First of all, we racers, usually wean our babies at about 27 to 30 days old.
For the birds that I have in my individual breeding pens......I start sitting the nest bowl and everything down in the floor when they are about 2 weeks old, if it's not too cold. Since it's only the parents and the two babies, they start climbing out of the bowl at about 16 days old and moving around on the floor. I don't have to worry one bit about whether those guys know how to eat and drink when I move them.
For the birds in the breeding loft, I usually build a big pile of pine needles and set all the babies in the floor. They'll all pile up with each other and the cock birds will come down and feed the babies. Some cocks will feed any baby that will let him. I've got a couple like that. It's pretty funny to watch. They just go from baby to baby, no matter who's baby it is, feeding them.
If they are stuck in the boxes, they learn to eat, because I keep a bowl of food in the box, but they don't learn how to drink. While I have them in the floor, I set a couple of extra waterers in the floor plus bowls of food (these are what they recognize) and the feed trough. By the time I move them to the YB loft, they pretty much recognize the water and the food. Just make it's easier to wean them.
Now, like I said, if it's really cold out, I don't do all this. I may have some birds that only spend a few days in the floor, but for the most part, the last 10 days they are with the parents they are in the floor learning.
Later.........it's AI night..........
My pens are 2 feet wide, 3 feet deep with a 3 foot aviary (so 6 feet all together) and 6 feet high. You can see pictures on my web site.As for it being cold, I'm in South Florida and its never cold.....
I have babies (different ages) in the nest boxes and was wondering how the best way to wean them was?
Also, Renee, what size are your individual breeding pens/cages?
I have never forced a baby to wean, nor have I ever kicked one out of the nest. I'm not sure why you would but obviously people are doing this.The chick will take themself out of the nest when ready or the parents will boot the chick out when it's time.