A Love For Birds

Since I have use of reason in my home and surroundings there were always birds among us: parrots, lovebirds, cockatiel, parakeets, finches, canaries among others, but especially chicks. The love for animals in my family is carried in our blood from generation to generation. My grandfather Delfos Ochoa Bernal always loved breeding chickens and transmitted that love to his children Delphi Ochoa Bacallao and Jorge Ochoa Bacallao taking them both to study the career of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.


My uncle Delphi was dedicated to the incubation of chicks and veterinary products while my father Jorge was dedicated to the breeding of laying hens, thus producing eggs at commercial level registered under the Finco brand. Now my brother Jorge Ochoa Del Risco, like my sister Cristina, and I are dedicated to follow the legacy that one day our grandfather began. We are lucky that we also have the daughter of my brother Pau-Pei continuing another generation.



What fills us with satisfaction? To receive the support of our Enchanted Island as it was given to my grandfather, uncle and father. That confidence that they have in us to let us manufacture food for birds in our mill in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. The power to give them the service of poultry, agricultural products among others. Now we decided to incubate eggs and for that we prepared in our facilities a space with new incubators that we already started every two days a week to take out our Finco chicks. Although my father is retired, it is beautiful to have the advice and wisdom of our father. Who better than him who has dedicated his life to this.


Steps to follow when a chick arrives at home or business:



First step:

We have to provide adequate accommodation where they can sleep, eat and spend time. Either build a cage or a pen according to the amount of chicks purchased and considering that if it is to keep it at home they will grow.


Second step:

Once the cage or corral has been built, it has to be conditioned so that it can be inhabited by putting straw or disposable paper so that it absorbs moisture. It is very important to place the cage where there is no drafts as well as high temperatures. It must have air circulation since it can not be closed completely. You also have to clean the cage periodically by changing the straw or paper to keep the chicks healthy.


Third step: 

The cage or corral must be protected from any other animals.





Fourth step:

While the chicks are small, they need a heat source of approximately 98.6F to 102.2F, considering the environment as well, which is not going to be a very hot place and when the infrared light is raised too high. Always pending the heat of the day next to the light to go adjusting the temperature.


Fifth step:

Feeding, the chicks drink and eat all day so it is important to put a drinker with fresh water and a feeder with fresh food. At first you may notice that the first days do not want to eat anything or very little. Water is always important, and the drinking fountain is not an object where the chick can get in because it can drown. There are specialized drinking troughs for chicks for that same purpose to prevent drowning.


Sixth step:

You should vaccinate the chick with the appropriate vaccine so you can consult a veterinarian.



Clean cage, with its bed of straw or paper, infrared light, drinker and feeder, if necessary electrolytes and specialized vitamins for chicks. Consult any veterinarian with any doubt.





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