Originally Posted by Mrg
Going to heed all the advice given above.
As I am enjoying these little guys too much.
Jax and Pixel about to enjoy their treat.
That's great to hear! Breeding should never be entered into lightly. There are so many things that people don't think of before they jump in with both feet. Yes, it's very exciting, but it can also be very heart breaking.
Some things to consider (for everyone reading this)
1) Are your birds the right breeding age?
2) Have they been vet checked?
3) Do you have the proper size breeding cage and nest box?
4) Do you have proper nesting materials?
5) Are they on a healthy balanced diet? Pellets, fresh veggies, egg food, sprouts, cuttle bones, mineral blocks, vitamin supplements, ect...
6) Do you have extra $$ set aside in case of emergencies? (egg binding, aggressive behaviour resulting in injuries, ect.)
7) If the hen rejects the chicks, are you prepared to take up to 8 weeks off work/school/social activities/family obligations, if you need to hand feed the chicks?
8) Do you have homes lined up for your potential chicks.
9) Are you prepared to keep all the chicks if you can't/won't find them new homes?
10) Will you prepared to take any chicks back if their new home is not working out?
The list can go on and on, these are just off the top of my head right now...