So, how is it done?
In a long cage (6'), put 3 to 5 birds. They simply must have rings which are clearly very different
from each other even when viewing them from various angles and at a bit of a distance.
Listen for the unambiguous, pure cock call - call 2
Catch that bird, put on a (blue) ring, note the number and move him to a cage elsewhere.
Personally, I like to have the boys with a blue ring, girls with a pink for gender and a ring on the other
leg to distinguish the individual bird.
Wait for another cock to gain confidence and announce himself. Change him to a blue ring or
note number and move elsewhere. Repeat.
It often only takes hours or a day maximum for a new cock to sing. A week would be maximum. If
get muddled calls, change the composition in the cage of 3 to 5 birds.
At the end you have got only hens. If unlucky you could end up with the odd timid or shy cock
but that rarely happens.
Then, pair confirmed cocks and probable hens.
Ideally, let each hen choose from a couple of cocks, but watch for fighting.
An important and verified observation from Alice Mourisot.
Birds as young as 6 weeks start teaching themselves to call. This is probably one of the easiest
times to determine their gender as they practice incessantly.
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