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Old 07-11-2015, 04:35 AM
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During the past week, I've noticed a change to Jakob's cere. Is this a sign that she's growing up and coming into condition for the first time?



If that's the case, how long does it generally last each time? Are there any trends in terms of frequence?

On a separate note, she lost her first tail feather today. She always had two, but if the other one falls out too before a new one appears, how will the affect her flying?

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Old 07-11-2015, 05:00 AM
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Indeed you are correct, your Jakob's cere is in the process of getting the mature colour on her cere for the first time. You will notice a gradual tanning on her cere till it gets dark brown in colour as she reaches breeding condition.
The duration depends on the bird itself and on the way their body works.
Over the years, I have had hens who displayed the dark brown cere for just a month, others that would take a couple to a few months and even had a few who would always have the dark brown colour on their ceres.

Usually when they moult out one of their big tail feathers it means the new one is already in the process of growing and the new one pushes the old one out as it grows (I have seen many times my birds with 3 tail feathers temporarily as the old one was getting looser till it fell off to give way to the new one).

If she loses the two main tail feathers, she may have balancing issues but this is not a given, I have had birds to easily adjust and to have no problems whatsoever with their flight or when going between perches. This also depends on the bird itself.
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Thanks so much for your quick reply, Aluz. That was very helpful information!
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aluz has alredy provided excellent answers to your questions, so I'll just say that's a gorgeous picture of Princess Jakob!
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Since *cough cough* Aluz has already provided the best information possible (as usual )

I will heartily agree with Deb that Princess Jakob looks stunning in her photo!
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Princess Jakob is such a pretty girl
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Love the bright colors!
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