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Old 03-15-2014, 06:24 PM
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Re: Bad News :( my lutino hen develop a habit of plucking her babies feathers.

Quote: Originally Posted by monching View Post
I have more than 200 heads of lovebirds back home ....
Holy smokes, that's a WHOLELOTTA lovebirds. You must surely have your hands QUITE full.
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Re: Bad News :( my lutino hen develop a habit of plucking her babies feathers.

I think it comes down to stress. some breeders don't handle the birds, and the babies are still plucked.
we've all made good points, the main goal is to remove the chicks should this start to happen.
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Re: Bad News :( my lutino hen develop a habit of plucking her babies feathers.

Contradicting info on these links, don't you think?

Can Birds Smell or Taste? - Birds and Blooms

Birds Have A Good Sense Of Smell -- ScienceDaily

thekarens and MikeyTN you might want to check this out.

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Re: Bad News :( my lutino hen develop a habit of plucking her babies feathers.

Extensive research into bird senses has shown that vultures, seabirds, kiwis and PARROTS have well-developed olfactory glands, giving them some sense of smell and taste.
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Re: Bad News :( my lutino hen develop a habit of plucking her babies feathers.

so how can you explain the behavior of one of my proven pair that it is okay for me to handle their chicks even pet them provided my hands are clean but if my hands are dirty or some smell on it and I handle the babies the plucking starts as in they want to take that smell or odor off the babies

I need an answer from the MASTERS here.
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Re: Bad News :( my lutino hen develop a habit of plucking her babies feathers.

This thread is heading way off course, and so I am closing it now.
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