Pets Birds : Pets & Animal
Descendents of the red jungle fowl, native birds to southeast Asia, chickens are birds of the tropical forest and still exhibit the culture and language of the now-endangered jungle fowl. Domestication and selective breeding have led to the development of dozens of chicken breeds. Some breeds are ra
Quails are typically a wild bird, but in some cases they are available domestically for purchase. In these cases, you may wish to raise quails from hatching until they're old enough be released into the wild. This is helpful in areas that need to bolster the wild quail population.
Most consumers are familiar with white and brown chicken eggs sold at farm stands, grocery stores and health food stores alike. Though most breeds of hens produce eggs in these familiar colors, a few special varieties lay eggs with blue, green or pink shells. All four pink-egg laying chicken breeds
Parrot finches are small birds with red heads or throats originally from an island off the coast of Australia. They are bubbly, active, friendly and are generally great with other birds. They are semi-nocturnal, so they are the last to fall asleep, but they are also the first to wake up in the morni
Alexandrine parrots, named in honor of Alexander the Great, have been prized as pets for more than 2,000 years for their lively, affectionate nature and pleasing green coloration. In their natural habitat---jungles and mangrove flats---they eat a varied diet of seeds, fruits, flowers, nuts and leaf
Not to be confused with the Chinese food dish Peking duck roast, Pekin ducks are creatures named for the same place, Peking (also known as Beijing). Pekin ducks are white and lay lightly colored eggs, which make it easy to distinguish fertile from nonfertile eggs. Through a method called candling, y
Overgrown nails can be painful for birds and make it difficult for them to stand on their perch. It is important to take care of them and trim the nails on a regular basis. When trimming the nails, you must be careful not to clip the quick, which controls the blood supply. Make sure you read all
Incubating and hatching Muscovy duck eggs is essentially the same as procedure as that used for hatching chicken eggs. Because duck eggs are larger, however, sitting trays need to be larger to accommodate them. Muscovy duck eggs also take longer than Pekin duck eggs to hatch; approximately 35 days a
For years, farmers have relied on hatching eggs as part of their livelihood. Recently, individuals and families have taken up hatching eggs as a way to begin a small-scale farm or, simply for pleasure. While hatching eggs proves quite fulfilling, often people find it difficult to obtain the eggs to
According to the University of Florida, chickens should begin laying eggs between 20 and 25 weeks of age, and slow down after two or three years, although some lay for many years afterward. If a hen within the common laying age range is not laying, there are a number of factors that could be respons
Feeding a chicken a well-balanced diet will result in a healthy bird which can be utilized for human consumption or egg production. Chickens require a variety of foods to provide ample nutrients and vitamins within their diet. Corn helps to produce energy and physical warmth in the chicken. Often th
Cockatiels that spend all of their time indoors rarely contract bird lice, but those that spend time outside or live in an outdoor aviary are susceptible to lice. There are products that claim to prevent lice and mites, but veterinarians rarely suggest using them as they could be more dangerous to t
Tips about how to attract hummingbirds with appropriate food, water, shelter and nesting sites.