How to Condition for Breeding
by Freddy Arroyos
First published in the PAS newsletter volume 5, number 1, January 1998.
Many beginners ask me why do we have to condition our birds. If you do not condition the birds, then you will have lots of problems like clear eggs, or chicks that are dead in shell, or hens that get egg-bound and die. That is why you need to condition your birds right.
The best time to condition your birds is in January, February, or March. When you decide when you want to start breeding, go back four to six weeks, then start setting your lights. Begin with 9 ½ hours and increase by ½ hour every week until you reach 14 or 15 hours of light.
You will see the hens ripping paper and trying to make a nest on the flight cage floor. Now you will want to condition the birds. First give them a good roller mix that has 16% protein and put one tsp. of wheat germ oil in the seed. Increase to two tsp. the following week and so on. Give them some egg food like CeDe. Mix some Nekton E and S vitamins in their food and water. Also give them some mineral supplement like Petamine or Proteen 25. You can give them some greens with crushed. Another food you can try is A/P poultry mix. It is like turkey pellets but get the type without any medication in it.
All these things can get your birds in breeding condition. If anyone needs any more information, please call or write me and I will help you.
To get some of these items, contact Wings & Fins, 1404 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640 or call (213) 722-7143 or FAX (213) 722-9490. Ask for Carlos Valdes. This is where I get my bird's egg food. Good luck to all of you with your breeding season. Thank you.
16754 Rd. 28 ½
Madera, CA 93638
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