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Topic: Yay!
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Apr 9, 2007 10:13AM)
Just thought I'd mention theres a NEW addition to the Baluk Family of Doves., lol.
They've been sitting on an egg for the past 21 days and it hatched this morning!
They've had eggs hatch before and the chicks never survived over a day. I never saw
one alive...

...until this morning just a few minutes ago! It hatched and its healthy and alive!

Here's a video:

http://www.markbaluk.com/vids/newbird.wmv
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 9, 2007 10:39AM)
Hey Mark, is there another egg around? They always lay two at a time. You might get lucky again.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Apr 9, 2007 10:54AM)
Nope. They took it out of the nest and put it by the water....
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 9, 2007 11:05AM)
Hmmm, that's unusual but at least you got one live baby. Congratulations!
Message: Posted by: 1906Alpha1906 (Apr 9, 2007 11:26AM)
Congrats Mark! - I just had one two weeks ago. The other egg never fully developed and was left to spoil. Its easier on the doves to take care of one than 2, and easier on your too! Congrats again....pretty soon you'll be like Dave with 40 doves!
Message: Posted by: Vinnie Laraway (Apr 9, 2007 02:18PM)
Great to hear, Mark! Congrats and good luck with the new guy!

-Vinnie
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Apr 9, 2007 04:19PM)
It must of been because of the Easter Bunny.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 9, 2007 04:38PM)
No Mike, the easter bunny brings cadbury eggs, not dove eggs :lol:
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Apr 9, 2007 05:26PM)
LOL

You are right. I just wasn't thinking.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Apr 11, 2007 03:39PM)
http://markbaluk.com/pics/birdy.gif

I need a name!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Apr 11, 2007 03:45PM)
Thanks for sharing the video, Mark.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 11, 2007 03:56PM)
At this point, Mark, how about baldy? Just kidding. I never name my birds until they get feathered and I can get some idea of their sex. I'm always wrong. Pete becomes Petricia, Frank becomes Francis and so on. Try thinking of a generic name to be on the safe side. Of course, doves aren't like dogs, they don't know what a name is and won't respond when you call it anyway.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Apr 11, 2007 05:12PM)
1- I don't want a "human" name.
2- It doesn't matter to me if its a boy or girl.
3- I have 5 other birds. Two are unnamed, the other three are Hedley, Squirt, and Snoopy.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 11, 2007 05:23PM)
There you go. Those names work.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Apr 11, 2007 06:35PM)
Which names Dave?
I listed the names of the CURRENT birds.
heh.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 11, 2007 07:03PM)
That's what I meant. The ones you listed work very well.

How about snowball, winky, dinky, puff, or Bingo.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Apr 11, 2007 07:11PM)
Winky and Dinky... I like. hmmm...
Message: Posted by: Tod Todson (Apr 14, 2007 01:25PM)
I gather from the above that it's not always easy to breed doves?
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 14, 2007 03:38PM)
If you have a male and a female dove, breeding is quite easy. It's the care after birth that takes the time and space.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Apr 14, 2007 06:12PM)
Wow. 6 Days and it grows so fast!
Message: Posted by: Vinnie Laraway (Apr 15, 2007 11:06AM)
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On 2007-04-14 19:12, BalukMagic wrote:
Wow. 6 Days and it grows so fast!
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Marc, if you can, can you keep us updated with pictures on the growth of this little guy? I'd like to see how fast they grow, and what they look like while doing so. =]

Thanks
-Vinnie
Message: Posted by: Tod Todson (Apr 15, 2007 11:52PM)
Can you recommended breeding books? Do the parent doves do all the work?
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 16, 2007 05:38AM)
The parents know what needs to be done and will do all the work on their own. It's interesting to watch them train the young to perch, fly, and feed itself. At times it will seem cruel as they will refuse to feed the baby. That's so it will get used to feeding itself from the feed dish.
Message: Posted by: BalukMagic (Apr 25, 2007 07:45PM)
The bird is fully feathered and is 50% the size of the normal full grown bird. haha. Looks awesome!

He learned to perch the other day and is now out of the nest.
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Apr 27, 2007 04:00AM)
I really enjoyed the video and photo! I think these videos will be useful to other magicians who want to raise babies. So cute! As for the name, you wanted something unusual.

Maybe you could call her/him "Isskatini" (iss-kah-teeny) or "Ska-teeny" or "Teeny" for short. That means "little" in the Choctaw language.
Autumn
Message: Posted by: EvanZ (Apr 30, 2007 08:29PM)
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On 2007-04-09 11:54, BalukMagic wrote:
Nope. They took it out of the nest and put it by the water....
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LOL
-ahem-
Congrats on having a new baby bird!