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Gang Gang handrearing information from 2004.


We appreciate the visits from the people that log on to our web site, so in return we provide information on the likes of handrearing and other management issues collected over the years in an easy to understand format without delving too deeply into it all. Unfortunally the 2004 season did not give us many Gang Gang chicks but it is always nice to see some hatch. This information is a bit outdated but still a good guidline to use with other handrearing products.


















The following information is on a chick hatched in the incubator and so started from the egg. It has been some years since that we have recorded any information on the Gang Gangs and this species is one of my favourite to handrear.

The Gang's chicks have a whole character of their own and are quite comical. They are not hard to rear with the right equipment.
As always, prevention is better than cure! With this I mean, if you do not make any mistakes, then the job is easy??
Before you race off and buy the latest "U - beaut" equipment, consider these facts:

The chick is small in a small container, so do not go and get a tall brooder as you will not be able to keep the temperature at the right level. Most of the time it is best to use an incubator as a brooder if you only have a few eggs or chicks to do.























We recommend the " Brinsea " Poly hatch incubator, which takes 41 chicken eggs to give you an idea on floor space. If the egg spacers are pulled out, you have enough room for a container of water and about four take-away containers. This incubator is low - .accurate and easy to clean. They do need two hinges on the back and a handle up the front which do not come with the machine.
Also, a warning

******** when the chicks are about 15 days old or older and you are hand rearing the larger type of birds like : Eclectus - Gangs - Blacks - Majors etc they like to beak and bob on the warming element so when you lift the lid the chick is gone and is hanging by the beak from the element then falls when you lift the lid.**********






















At this stage you can either use a larger brooder or use a spacer between the top of the incubator and the bottom or use a cardboard box with wood shavings and a heating pad in an (and I stress) up-right position so the chick can move towards or away from the heat source as it wants to.
Hand rearing is mostly the same for most species. After hatching we wait till the chick has passed meconium (done its first dark poo), after that you can start with an electrolyte like "Hartmans" solutions It is recomended that you dilute the solution by 50% with a good water source.




















WARNING: never never use rain water without boiling for five minutes!!


Why?, well rain water comes off your roof where the wild birds go to the toilet, it then is collected in a tank and is incubated during summer to make a lethal concoction for neonates.







Hydrate about every 2hrs minimum for about 48 hrs., you do not have to feed during the night if you can do the last feed at around 11 - 12 pm and the next at say 6-7 am , it is better to have a good sleep than to stay awake or getting up three times during the night for nothing and stressing out the next day.
Hand rearing from the egg is a long job that needs stamina and a plan of attack, the more rest you can get the better you will be able to cope. You are in for at least 9 weeks work, but the hard work is pretty well over after the first week.Most of the details you can learn from the weight information table.







The information is based on a Gang Gang cock bird bred in the 2004 breeding season handreared on 50% "Roude bush" + 50% "Lakes". There are many fine handrearing formulas out there and most will do the same job if not try this. The chick hatched on the 5-12-04 at 8.15 pm and weight was 10 grams. All weights are in grams.

These days we use Neo-Care for the first 6 days and Kaytee handrearing mix there after. The neo-Care is fed very thin to replace the Harpmans solution - hydrating procedure, with this method the chick receives some food from the start.

Always wait with feeding till the chick has done it's first poo and if the abdomine is dark looking rather then pink, this means that the chick still has egg yock in it's system. Wait till this clears before feeding the chick and make sure the chick has plenty of hydration during this time.







Date


6-12-04
7-12-04
8-12-04
9-12-04
10-12-04
11-12-04
12-12-04
13-12-04
14-12-04
15-12-04
16-12-04
17-12-04
18-12-04
19-12-04
20-12-04
21-12-04
22-12-04
23-12-04
24-12-04
25-12-04
26-12-04
27-12-04
28-12-04
29-12-04
30-12-04
30-12-04
01-01-05
02-01-05
03-01-05
04-01-05
05-01-05
06-01-05
07-01-05
08-01-05
09-01-05
10-01-05
11-01-05
12-01-05
13-01-05
14-01-05
15-01-05
16-01-05




Age


0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41




Daily
Weight

0
2
-2
2
2
4
4
5
4
9
5
6
11
12
8
14
10
13
8
13
17
14
15
11
18
11
-6
11
18
15
-3
6
4
6
10
2
10
10
3
2
1
-10




Total
Weight

10
12
10
12
14
18
22
27
32
41
46
52
63
75
83
97
107
120
128
141
158
172
187
198
216
227
221
232
250
265
262
268
272
278
288
290
300
310
313
315
316
306




Food
in Mls.

0.3
0.4
0.5
0.8
1
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
10
11
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
23
25
30
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35




Rearing comments


Clean hatch fed 50% harpmans 50% water for 48 hrs.
Chicks hatch with yellow down, punk style!
Started with weak food mix of above with Roudebush.
Feed every 2.5 hrs. from 7 am to 11 pm.
Humidity 55% - Temp: 36 Celsius.
Make feeds slightly thicker each day.
Brooder Temperture: 35 Celsius.

Brooder Temperture: 34 Celsius.

6 Feeds, brooder Temperture: 34 Celsius.
5 Feeds.
Eyes starting to slit - 5 Feeds.
Pin feathers showing throug skin.5 Feeds.
4 Feeds. - Temp: 33 Celsius
4 Feeds. - Temp: 32 Celsius
4 Feeds.Closed rung.
Moved from brooder to card board box. 3 Feeds.
3 Feeds
3 Feeds
3 Feeds
3 Feeds
3 Feeds
3 Feeds
3 Feeds
2 Feeds
3 Feeds
3 Feeds
3 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
2 Feeds
1 Feed per day till weaned,
transfered to a weaning cage.





Two days young.










Nine days young.











24 days young.











30 days young.








Weaning diet started from here on in plus one feed a day.





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