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Paradise Park First time breeding for Hayle

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by kiang, 12 Apr 2011.

  1. kiang

    kiang Well-Known Member

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    Paradise park at Hayle is currently hand rearing a great blue turaco.
    Keeper Becky Waite said: "We are delighted to finally have bred our first Great Blue Turaco chick.

    "I hand-reared the chick because the female has not reared any of her chicks so far.

    "She laid her eggs when the weather was extremely cold, so she would have been very unlikely to incubate for the full 32 days needed."

    The chick was first fed on a special pelleted food made for parrots, softened with a sugar-water solution.

    It was moved on to greens such as steamed broccoli at 10 days old, then small cut tropical fruit including banana, blueberries, mango, papaya and figs, were added.

    BBC News - Cornwall wildlife park breeds rare chick
     
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  2. MikeG

    MikeG Well-Known Member

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    Nope.
    The first UK breeding took place in 1999 at the (private) Old House Bird Garden, according to Dave Coles' work: "First Breeding Records for birds reared to independence...in the United Kingdom".
     
  3. mark77

    mark77 Well-Known Member

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    They have also been bred at Cotswold Wildlife Park about 10 years ago.
     
  4. bongorob

    bongorob Well-Known Member

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    It's still a fantastic achievement.
     
  5. kiang

    kiang Well-Known Member

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    I have edited my post accordingly, thanks for the info guys.
    But as Rob says, a great achievement.