Chicks Under Two Weeks Old
"This is to clarify the reasons why I do not
except deposits on chicks less than two weeks of age"...
Chicks that hatch and are under two weeks old can have complications
and can end up dying. This is a critical time. Most babies
always make it past this point with no problems what so ever.
Sometimes a chick will have complications with digestion of food, or
they are just a weak chick, respiratory problems among other things that
can cause a chick to die. A clutch of chicks can all be very
healthy and do great. Some clutches of chicks may have one or two
chicks die and the others are just fine, you never know just why they up
and die when they appeared to be doing fine. This is very up
setting and disappointing.
"What IF I accept a deposit down to hold a chick
before the two weeks of age?"...
IF I accept deposits on new hatchlings and the chick should die then I
would have to refund your money, although you may say "just give me
another chick", but what if the other chicks already had deposits on
them from other people, and your chick happened to die then there would
be no other chick available for you. By not accepting deposits until the
chick is past this two week stage, that eliminates any problems with
refunds or promise of a chick that I may not have. Being a small
breeder of Pionus and my breeding seasons are short due to our location
with the weather patterns that affect the birds breeding behavior, I
many times may not have certain species of Pionus that don't breed
during the season. Remember, when we breed birds we are playing
with mother nature so to speak, as we can not make them breed and
produce us babies like we would like them to. As a small breeder I
feel that I can not promise or predict what chicks I will have or how
many, so therefore I feel that I do not want to be taking deposits on
chicks that I do not have or on chicks that are under the two week
period. This is my way of not disappointing people, call me weird
or strange but this is the way I chose to handle this situation so I
don't run into problems.
"Many breeders who take deposits on eggs or chicks that
have not hatched"...
Many times these are larger type breeders that have large inventory
of breeding stock and are many times in the right locations for a longer
breeding season. As I have mentioned I am a small breeder of
Pionus and I am not willing to take the risk of accepting deposits for
babies that I assume I may have. There are other small breeders
who will take deposits on eggs or unhatched babies, but I am not one of
"I also do not create a waiting list for chicks
that are not hatched"...
I can not predict or assume that I will have a particular specie of
Pionus that will produce. I will have some years where they may
produce chicks and the next year they simply don't produce or they turn
out to be infertile. This will eliminate wasting time on waiting
for a chick that may not even exist and you can find a chick through
someone else that may have one. It would be very disappointing to
be waiting for something that you may not be able to get after a waiting
"Why I do not sell unweaned babies"...
I will not sell unweaned babies to anyone - whether you are an
experience hand feeder or not. Babies that are sold unweaned
usually sell with no guarantee, so if the baby bird dies or gets sick,
you would not get refund or another chick. You are just out of the
money and the chick. Many people have a problem with this even
though they knew the chick is sold with no guarantee. Some people
that are inexperienced at hand feeding may have problems with feeding
the chick or if the chick has complications or dies, then the person
wants to put the blame on to the breeder that sold them the unweaned
baby. You may be a person who has hand fed hundreds of babies, I
still will not sell you an unweaned baby bird. Also chicks are more
stable if left with the original hand feeder rather than switch to
someone new. It is stressful on chicks while being hand fed, every
hand feeder has their own technique that the chick gets use to, so by
changing to someone new the chick will sense this and is not always good
for the well being of the chick.
I have made it plain, pure and simple, I do not accept deposits on
babies under two weeks of age and I do not sell unweaned babies,
it's my Policy.
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