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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 them, sorry.
     

  • "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 period.  
     

  •  "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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