A few months back I decided to accept the challenge of keeping and breeding Pekin Robins, my first ever softbills!
Having read on the internet how to successfully breed Pekins the next step was the most difficult and that was from where would I source my first Pekins!
I am a member of the Brentwood CBS and another member Linda was introduced to me as a breeder of Pekin Robins. As chance would have it she had successfully bred Pekins during the year and had a hen available for sale. She invited my partner and me to see her aviaries and once there I was handed a very instructive sheet of do’s and dont’s which of course I have since treasured.
Now to find a cock bird which to all intents and purposes was going to be difficult because I was advised that if the introduction does not go to plan the Pekins could end up by seriously fighting. I happened to visit an internet sight Prelove and searched for any sellers of Peking Robins and to my delight I ended up conversing with a bird keeper in Witham (not far away!!) whose cock bird was lamenting the loss of its partner and was singing for a new partner. Naturally it is important for a visit to the seller to ensure that the bird is from a clean and respectable home!! The deal was done and I introduced the cock bird to the hen in my well planted aviary and over the following few days it was evident that they certainly did not want to fight each other!! And now I have a baby in the nest!
I feed my Pekins on a mixture of perle morbide, egg food and pinkies supplemented with mealworms and waxworms together with a culture of mini waxworms which is a relatively new product from UK Waxworms Limited. The food disappears very quickly now that there is a baby to feed so it is wise to supply fresh food if not three times a day certainly twice a day and not too late in the evening!!
My Pekins are housed in a mixed collection of red faced parrott finches, hecks grass finches, golden breasted waxbills and diamond fire tails. They seem to get on quite nicely but it is important to have dense vegetation to provide security to all the birds. I have been told that when feeding fully grown waxworms one must chop their heads off to avoid the intestines of the young becoming blocked but this advise has been questioned by some? Calcium deficiency will kill the babies so I am dusting all waxworms and food with a calcium enriched powder but I have also been advised that by feeding my mini mealworms with Layers Pellets, which are rich in calcium, will enrich the mini mealworms with the calcium required to bring up healthy chicks!!