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Bearded Barbet Baby progress
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:44 am    Post subject: Bearded Barbet Baby progress Reply with quote

Here is a picture of the Bearded Barbet Parents.


Here is a picture of the egg i observed in the log 5/17/08


Here is a picture of the baby that hatched 5/19/08

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting how this baby holds its self up with its little wings. Like 4 little legs. Picture taken 5/21/08


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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting pictures cajunbait and beautiful birds. I would like to see more pictures as it grows up.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also check my flickr group. I will be compiling growth stages under the topics. I'll also keep this page updated but once i start hand feeding , I am planning to use Flickr as a public journal / blog.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/softbills/
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Day 5 . 5/23/08.
5 more days and I will be pulling the baby for hand feeding. So far the parents have been feeding the baby meal worms, pheonix worms, fruit , and zupreem low iron pellets. they have seemed to have slacked off of the insects the in the last day.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5/25/08

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



5/27/08
Today we have feather tracks in the wings
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote




I pulled the baby this morning and started it on formula. He ate really well for the first feeding. It weighs 29 grams and took 1.5 cc of Zupreem embrace. They are almost identical to the aracaris except they have a real looking bird tounge instead of the feather looking tounge of the aracaris. You can even see the knee spurs just like the aracaris.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting! I didn't know that those birds were in captivity outside of zoo.

As I really like to learn more and more on birds, I have few questions Very Happy

What's their diet?
How do you breed them? (Pair, trio, colony)
How old they will begin to breed?
Are they agressive?
What do you use for the nest boxe we see on the pictures?

Thank you very much for sharing!!!

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's their diet?

Deit consist of fresh chopped fruits and vegies, a few insects, and a low iron softbill pellet. (I use to use Mazuri Softbill diet but have recently switched to Zupreem Softbill low iron pellets)

How do you breed them? (Pair, trio, colony)

From everything i have read they are bred in both flocks and Pairs. I chose to keep them in pairs in case aggression between birds would arise.

How old they will begin to breed?

My birds were imported out of Africa last winter. When i got them they did not have the seration in the bill so i estimate them to be about a year old. This is thier first baby.

Are they agressive?

They have not been aggressive with each other. The male is constently feeding the female. But i would not trust them with other birds.

What do you use for the nest boxe we see on the pictures?

These guys are extremly destructive with wood. I learned the hard way when i had them in a very large flight built against my outdoor kitchen. When i can home one day last year, I found them hammering into my outdoor kitchen wall. So i figure a wood nest box would not work for them. I am useing an old woodpeckers nest that i cut out of one of my trees and turned it into a box. The top of the log is a piece of plywood i cut to fit the top hole of the log for esier access.
I have them in a flight 4ft by 8ft. 4ft. tall on a 4ft. stand giving them a hieght of 8ft. tall.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey that's really interessant!

Thanks a lot and have a nice evening!

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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out my handfeeding video: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cajunbait2000/
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cajunbait,
you said you imported them from Africa..Is it hard to import birds? What do you have to go through to import birds? Is it expensive?
I think it is interesting, and quite wonderful that we can have wild species that are F1 generations, assuming yours are F1's
your baby is growing fast too and must say looking good in my opinion!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arlan,

I do nothing but give my wish list to a lic. importer such as Birds Expess, Feathered Wagon , Penguins International, ECT. Only certain birds are allowed to be brought in. after the importer brings the birds in and waits out the quarintine they are able to ship out your birds. That easey. But i see african imports shutting down really soon. So i may horde a few barbet species before we lose them. Here is the importer were i got my pair: http://www.birdsexpress.net/

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Damian,
And all you do is order form them? they seem to be a good source. You can't trust a lot of people these days. Thank you very much, i think you might have opened a door for me!
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