chick rearing News

  • Participate in Pennsylvania Game Commission Pheasant Chick and Egg Programs

     Sportsmen's organizations with approved propagation facilities can augment local ring-necked pheasant stockings and increase localized hunting opportunities by raising day‑old pheasant chicks supplied free-of-charge by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Information and applications to participate can be downloaded from the agency's website ...

  • Ensure the Kiwi Bird’s Survival

    Zookeepers at the Auckland Zoo, New Zealand, use METTLER TOLEDO balances to ensure that kiwi chicks hatched in captivity are putting on enough weight to thrive once they are released into the wild. Accurate weighing of the chicks is essential to the decades-old program’s success. Flightless kiwi birds fend off predators rather than take to the skies. In the New Zealand wild, about 50 ...


    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc

  • Silage harvesting partly responsible for decline in skylarks

    Farmland birds like skylarks are attracted to nest in agricultural grassland, but repeated harvesting for silage causes most nests to fail. This study showed that skylark breeding success in silage was too low to sustain local populations. The researchers say that grass silage is a hostile environment for breeding skylarks and conservation efforts should focus on making other parts of the ...

  • Poor soil quality may reduce farmland bird population

    Researchers have investigated the relationship between soil quality and the decline of yellow wagtail birds on arable farmland in the UK. The results suggest that reduced soil penetrability in particular affects the numbers and distribution of the species. Modern, intensive-farming methods can lead to changes in habitats with a loss in biodiversity, including farmland bird species. Degradation ...

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