That vid is so cute I can see why you'd want to try it. IDK tho, I'd be afraid I was doing it wrong, like I might choke them or temp of formula would be wrong. Maybe just handling them regularly would be enough? Mom and dad seem to be doing a great job in the feeding dept. There have been a few here that had babies and they were really tame. Maybe they'll have advice.
Yea, I think that adorable handfeeding video got me too excited.... on second thought I'm not gonna handfeed them... you guys are right, since they have 2 committed parents I should let them continue the great work, and I'll just take the babies out a few times a day for handling. I can't wait!
As the saying goes..If it ain't broke don't fix it! LOL Oh I can just imagine the anticipation of being able to handle them! You're doing a great job Grandpa (or is that Pop Pop?), and so is QT and B'boy. You are such a lucky guy!
thanks, even though they are just a few feet away from me, I haven't seen the babies with my own eyes yet! The nestbox is in the upper corner of the cage so they feel safe, but there's no way for me to peek inside, so I've only seen them thru pictures and video like you guys!
#353414 - 02/23/0909:07 PMRe: Q-Tip has a baby
So does that mean that without the nest box cam, you wouldn't have known that a chick had not survived? Sorry if this is an ignorant question, but it just occurred to me that we should try to have a handle on what's going on in the nest box, but at the same time we don't want to disturb the parents and the whole process. Is this a normal dilemma for people who breed their keets?
Edited by Pudgie's mom (02/23/0909:09 PM) Edit Reason: I'm flummoxed and flabbergasted!
The top of the nestbox opens up, but because of where I placed it in the cage's upper corner, it only opens just enough for me to fit my small camera in to take still pictures... and I can reach my hand in, but can't see what I'm doing unless I look at the video feed (which is how I removed the dead chicks).
I agree it's important to know what's happening inside... and I knew I'd be watching all day with the night-vision camera... but I suspect I was silly to place the box so high... other breeders likely keep the box lower down where they can see and reach inside. I'm thinking of lowering mine slightly in a few days when I start handling them.
#353437 - 02/23/0909:59 PMRe: Q-Tip has a baby
Oh, I see. Maybe your set-up is better than others, since it's less intrusive?
I found a camera that I think is similar to yours and I'm thinking of buying it to see what Pudgie does after I cover her cage, and when we're not here. Maybe that's just Nosy-Cam? lol The problem is that if we're not home, how do I watch the footage...
Anyway --- sounds as though you are well on your way to becoming an expert on keet breeding (a second career?).
I was away on vacation for a few days last month while Q-Tip was laying eggs, so I tried to make the nestbox video camera into a "webcam" so I could watch while I was away. But the best I could figure out was a way to get my iphone to display what my home computer displays. So, i left my computer on, connected to it with my iphone, and I WAS able to watch Q-Tip while I was away... I felt like I was in Star Trek!
Still, I'd like to find a way to make my computer accept the nestbox camera as a "webcam" so I could broadcast the live feed to the world... I'll keep researching that.