They eat a lot! On average I fill the feeder three times a day. It doesn't normally get empty, but they get it low and kick a lot of pine shavings in there. The water is even worse. They make a mess out of it. If I had to guess, I'd say that it needs to be changed every two hours. Needless to say, I got tired of doing that. So I got some PVC pipe and made another waterer with poultry nipples.
last one I made. I'm even using another 5-gallon bucket for a reservoir. It didn't take long for them to figure it out. I've seen several of the birds drink from it. I did some reading though and you're supposed to have one poultry nipple for every three birds. The pipe I made only has two nipples. That'll be fine once I get them in to the yard, but right now I still have 16 birds, so it isn't enough. I'm hoping to get rid of 10 of these guys fairly soon. It was always the plan to just raise 6 of them.
So aside from eating and drinking a lot, how are they doing? Pretty good I guess. They've gotten a lot of feathers. They can be somewhat annoying. They chirp a lot. It was cute at first, but now it's a constant chirp chirp chirp. They've also gotten real nervous and jumpy. If I walk past the crate or try to get a tool off the pegboard they freak out and crowd into a corner. They do that when I'm giving them food and water as well.
|He won't get us if we hide in the corner.|
|I think this was shortly after I cleaned the water. It doesn't take them long to make a mess of it.|
|They are developing some nice feathers.|
I'm ready to get them out of the garage. In another week they'll be ready to go into the yard.