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Old Dec 10, 2008, 5:16 PM   #1
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Life has it's ups and downs. Right now it's up.

I've had a pair of Goffin's cockatoos for nearlytwenty years. Two years ago they nested and lay an egg. As I expected, the egg never hatched. Last year, same procedure.

On November 5 I was very surprised to find an egg in their nest. Nothing had made me aware that they were in that mood, and it's totally off season. I had no expectations, and as yesterday was 5 days beyond hatching day I decided to remove the egg. But I didn't, because I found this in the nest:

A newly hatched chick is very far from a fledged one, but today I could convince myself that the parents do feed the little fella, so I hope for the best.

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Old Dec 10, 2008, 5:19 PM   #2
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Congratulations Papa! Pass out the cigars!
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Old Dec 10, 2008, 5:25 PM   #3
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Like Jay said, congrats Papa. You'll have to keep us posted on his/her progress.

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Good heavens! I can't believe that something that small could make it. And I never realized that newly hatched birds didn't have much for feathers (my only experience with new-borns has been with guinea pigs and puppies).
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I think he takes after his father! :lol:
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Hi Kjell,

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the survival of the baby. I hope you'll be able to document it's development, and show us it's progress.

I was shocked at my only real experience with very young birds -- in my case barn swallows. They went from barely being able to hold up their heads to fledglings looking almost adult in a week!

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What a nice early Christmas present. It's not a partridge in a pear tree, but a miracle just the same.

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Interesting - I wouldn''t have expected this at this time of year, except in the Southern Hemisphere, where it is warm (and where the birds are from). I wasn't familiar with this Indonesian species - I found this website which might be of interest to others (probably nothing there that you don't know). Good luck with it - first time bird parents sometimes haven't figured it all out yet, so keep an eye on it and be sure to and keep the room temperature warm!

http://www.parrotsecrets.com/Goffin-...FSCcnAodHwxFSg
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Old Dec 13, 2008, 12:23 PM   #9
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Positive news, the Goffin kid is growing fast and the parents do their part perfectly. In this image you can see how the crop (the "sack" it has in it's throat) is full proving that the parents feed it well. It looks about the same as when it was newly hatced four days ago, but it has grown to nearly the double size!
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And here we see the proud father defending the entrance to the nest.
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