Getting everything ready for the ornamentals…

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February 6, 2017 by janem213

The ornamentals should start laying fairly soon… so what do they need apart their massive enclosure 43′ x 20′ (13m × 6m), top quality breeders pellets, fresh water and a bit of privacy?!

Yesterday I checked the 6 nestboxes were sound and still waterproof, cleaned them out as necessary and put fresh bedding in…
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Currently there are several pairs of Mandarins, including silver, Carolina Wood ducks, Fulvous Whistling ducks, Northern Pintails and Ringed Teal. Everything is now set up for them.
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Each of the 6 nest boxes are different. 3 have logs/other to access and 3, like this one, I made ramps for. This one is the highest off the ground and I suspect was only ever used as a shelter by the Californian quail! They have all survived the cold and wet and little bits of snow and are thriving. There are 2 cocks and 5 hens.

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