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Old 11-06-2015, 11:13 AM
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Well, sadly still only one hatched since Saturday & now only 3 eggs left.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:14 PM
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A shame but that is the ups and downs of breeding Johnny.
I lost 4 out of 5 of my first clutch to a rat. I could not believe it. Wired all the bottom but this rat climbed three feet up the side of the solid side and ate its way in.The troubles of living with open fields all around you and harvesting and planting going on. Pulled the last egg and managed to hatch it. Gave that to a good friend for display work. My female is now sitting 6 eggs again. I think I will pull two on Saturday and incubate them as six is a lot to cover.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:36 AM
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Thanks George,
I know all to well about vermin, I live on the edge of a private estate & behind me is nothing but fields.
I remember last year they had 5 chicks & 1 died early & you said I should of probably taken 1 or 2 of the youngest in & hand fed until they were big enough to sit & beg properly. That's what I intended to do this time, but as you say it's the ups & downs of breeding. I thought about taking half the eggs & incubating them, as you say 6 is a lot to cover, but you live & learn.

What I didn't expect was the chick hatching on the 6th, that was only 26 days after 5th egg was laid & 24 days after the last egg. There is still time for one more to hatch, but it's not looking good.
The only good thing is, the single chick looks big & healthy.

Good luck with yours.
Johnny.





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A shame but that is the ups and downs of breeding Johnny.
I lost 4 out of 5 of my first clutch to a rat. I could not believe it. Wired all the bottom but this rat climbed three feet up the side of the solid side and ate its way in.The troubles of living with open fields all around you and harvesting and planting going on. Pulled the last egg and managed to hatch it. Gave that to a good friend for display work. My female is now sitting 6 eggs again. I think I will pull two on Saturday and incubate them as six is a lot to cover.
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Old 16-06-2015, 07:40 PM
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A shame but that is the ups and downs of breeding Johnny.
I lost 4 out of 5 of my first clutch to a rat. I could not believe it. Wired all the bottom but this rat climbed three feet up the side of the solid side and ate its way in.The troubles of living with open fields all around you and harvesting and planting going on. Pulled the last egg and managed to hatch it. Gave that to a good friend for display work. My female is now sitting 6 eggs again. I think I will pull two on Saturday and incubate them as six is a lot to cover.
I got three off George, they have been pulled and are being creched, 2 are spoken for
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Old 16-06-2015, 09:02 PM
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Well done Sean.
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Old 21-06-2015, 07:55 AM
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uploadfromtaptalk1434869715725.jpg American kestrels doing good 20days old.
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Old 28-06-2015, 10:55 AM
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Had the three amigos out in the garden again today, they seem to enjoy the sun and having a nosy around. Think I have 2 males and a female



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Old 28-06-2015, 04:21 PM
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Glad she bred for you sean
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Old 28-06-2015, 10:58 PM
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Cheers Dave, It was frought at times,
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Reviving this thread.. May I ask what’s the ideal dimensions of the breeding cage/pen for European kestrels, I just acquired a new pair (an adult male and a juvenile female.) I’m leaning towards into breeding them. I want to gather knowledge/information as much as possible.. If you could post pictures of your set up, I would really appreciate it.. Thanks
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