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    Hey, so I've decided to keep a blog about my two Linnie's Neytiri and Maxxi. I love my birds and try to talk to anyone who'll listen about them, but not many I know understand my excitement about my birds. So I thought it would be a good idea to set up a blog so I can vent my bird love. Lol.

     

    I brought Maxxi home on 03/11/2013, he was bought for me as a birthday present. Neytiri was brought home 07/12/2013 as a very early Christmas present. Both birds are Lineolated parakeets, Neytiri is calm, friendly and gentle. Maxxi is shy, abit bitey when handled, he makes a noise like a car alarm if you handle him, but he is normally a very gentle bird.

     

    Opposites attract I guess, as I've only had them together two day (just over 24 hours), and they've mated 3 times already!! I'm very pleased and hoping, if things carry on like this, I'll be watching them raising chickies soon!!!

     

    One thing I do feel the need to express , is just how lovely these birds are. I had been researching different kinds of parakeet, when I came across Lineolated parakeets. The idea of a parakeet that was about the size of a budgie, with the happy, fun loving spirit of a lovebird, but with a better nature was intriguing!! They aren't noises like the lovebirds and not as distructive either!!

    I would recommend them as a pet, those who've been tamed are Awesome!!

     

    The first time I put millet in Neytiri and Maxxis cage, Neytiri climbed up my arm and sat on my shoulder, so I'm guessing she has been handled at some point!! I was very lucky to find Neytiri, she was imported from holland!! (Not for me personally but for the bird trade).

     

    So far they're all loved up and happy!! Ill blog again in a few days. Be happy, love lots!! Xxxxx

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    moved my weavers to their new home a single breeding cage.

    placed abranch from my garden into the cage and added some

    coco nut hair: light colour and also dark colour. what next..?

  1. First ever time with Breeding Exhibition Zebra Finches

     

    First acquired some birds in Oct/Nov 2010 advertising for breeding stock to start of with as a total beginner with Exhibition Zebra finches.

    I was very lucky with a top Zebra breeder only living few miles away he replied to my advertisement telling me he had some birds I might be interested in to start of with.

    Turned up at there house I was stunned buy the size of these birds never ever seen Zebra finches this size before colours they where out standing shape & type, After being there for 1 1/2 hours talking getting to know few things about breeding different colours together well it was time for me to get home myself with few boxes of birds this is where it all started when I got home I couldn’t wait.

    The colours I acquired was 3 pairs Normal, 2 pair CFWs, 2 pair Fawns, Normal Lightback cock, Cream Lightback hen.

     

    February came & it was time to start my first ever Exhibition Zebra finch Breeding program as by now all birds where at breeding age.

    There was 7 pairs I had put together to start of with & with in 6/7 days had my first eggs had been laid within the next week I had 5 nest of eggs over the moon, couple of the pairs where very slow at breeding didn’t under stand why so of I went on my computer asking all I could about reason being how this could be with chatting to persons on couple zebra finch websites, Talking to some top breeders I didn’t realize how awkward these zebras can be.

    Anyway after couple more weeks went by it was time for Stafford bird show in march on getting there I picked up some Creams I had ordered and some more Fawns over the moon that I had got some Dilute Creams I had been after these for several months, Being at the show I was talking to people on the ZFS stand very under standing persons and I had right good chin wag with some champion breeders there learning & listening & took it all in, it was the best time I had going to the show.

     

    On returning home again these birds where put in separate part of bird room away from others for two weeks isolation.

     

    After the two weeks time came to pair these pairs up also so now in total I had 15 pairs on the go at same time several weeks went buy and there were cage’s full of young birds mostly by now on the sticks,

    I kept the young with their parents for 2 weeks some a little longer until I noticed them feeding them self’s properly,

    Not realising how much room these young took up there I was building some more inside flights to accommodate them all.

     

    Total number off young for first brood was 53 not bad for first time in the Zebra Finch World.

     

    Now it was time for the Adult pairs to go on down again within days of putting back up nest box’s there was eggs all over the place,

    Don’t know why but some had started laying on the floor of the cage very puzzled I was as for last time they laid straight in next box this time here there and every where! Why I ask myself so back on bird forum I went asking away reading lots of things why this could be, reading and taking in all that I had read learning about how lot of birds can alter there breeding behaviour and pattern wanting to nest in different places,

    They don’t want same nest place every time funny how these birds realise what they want and if they don’t get it wow don’t I know about it,

    Some breeding cage’s had 3 nest box’s up one on floor of the cage and one sat on perch other hung outside cage.

     

    The second round was not quite as good as first one also I had

    Only used 13 pair this time and there was a bit off swapping eggs about Reason being some this time where not fertile but there last young they had brought up did well so I had switched some eggs around under them and in the end I got quite confused and forgot where I had the put eggs in from certain pair.

    The outcome was how the heck did they produce these colours as I know this couldn't happen realising in the end that I had swapped eggs around from another pairing stupid me this happened on couple pairs swapping about eggs,

    Sorted in the end though with me head in bits baffled and the outcome of the second brood in Total was 39 so over all two brood produced 92 Now I think that personally is very good.

     

    Now looking at all I have bred this season with great thought and enthusiasm looking and watching observing all the birds I had bred I come to conclusion that the birds I have bred I have made my mind up on what colours I would like to keep for my next years breeding season.

     

    Fawns,

    Normal Grey’s

    Creams,

    Normal LightBacks,

    Cream LightBacks

     

    So all of the rest I Advertised and sold on to other breeders which I must say snapped my hand off after they had seen them at my place they went like Zoom they where gone,

    Scratching my head I thought stupid me should of Asked some thoughts of other people from forum first if they where any good in shape or type first put one learns from one’s mistakes!!.

     

    Now the time has come for observing my birds again for training some up for show bench have I made the right move keeping those colours I love to see in my flights and cage’s,

    What I did is posted some pictures of my Creams buy the way these are my favourite colours I posted some on the web sites across the net ZFS and zebra finch forum UK.

    I have had that many replies saying get those bird on the show bench well now I was confused,

    Looking at all of the Creams I did notice that there was a big difference in colours between them this I was confused about trying to match up Creams well this was difficult there are so many variations in shade of colour.

    Well in the end I tried putting birds together No way did they match up different shape types well my head was in bits well confused about this pairing up!

    I had 20 Odd birds to go though ( Creams ) some where in moult some looking good in size some ok in type and shape,

    Well I had 4 weeks left to sort some out thought I may have 4 pair but come the show time I had one pair off Creams and one pair off fawns to take to the show I was bit disheartened really put this was the outcome of my year of breeding Exhibition Zebra finches.

     

    On going to my first ever Zebra Finch Show for the first time wow I was getting nervous, myself and good friend was going to Carlisle the evening before the show staying in B&B as this was good distance to travel in one day there and Back so we enjoyed the night life there well there was a pub right next to B&B sorted me anyway couple drinks I needed it,

    We was very lucky that the accommodation we stayed in did allow birds there and catered for loads of bird clubs which we didn't know at the time off booking rooms,

     

    Anyway on the morning of the show the Scottish & Northern Counties ZFS show,

    well we got up had our breakfast went into the holding room where our birds had been kept over night well there was feathers all over the place seed every where, Thinking shall we make quick exit No right behind us was well you guessed it What’s up he said sorry about mess in here he said don’t even think about it mate he said I get it all the time with bird clubs staying here hope you enjoyed your stay Well this was going to be good day.

    Now is the time to find the show hall only 1 mile away from where we was staying got there well my heart was Beating nerves well soon as we got there on car park I saw someone I knew nerves settled a bit, unloaded the boot of car walking down to the show hall I didn’t want anyone to see what I had in my box’s shy I think,

    Anyway this is it time for booking in my birds stewards did their thing and now was time to try and relax we had had 4 hours to kill,

    Still quite nervous walking around and talking to other breeders really settled me down and in end settled down after while this being my first show showing.

    To my surprise out of the blue came someone and asked am I the person that had put pictures of my birds on the web site not knowing who he was I said it was me well I couldn’t believe it when he said I would like to buy quite a few of your birds next years season as he like’s the birds I bred of what he has seen, Found out he is a champion breeder who wants to start again with Creams and this was not just one person well things started me of again with nerves.

     

    Anyway the judging has finished I walked in the hall wow the first pair of mine I walked up to had Second place Card on them this was my fawns, Next I went to my creams 1st place Card, plus colour award Card Best Novice Creams over the Moon.

     

    Well this was not the end yet I also got few Pounds in prize money plus I got £10 for Novice Breeder travelling Fairest to show, and I won on the raffle.

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    Best Ever Day And Year For Breeding Zebra Finches

     

    Cheers all mark1e

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    I'm just back from Athy Kildare and have to share my appreciation of the hospitality extended to my wife and me by birdman Ger Mulhall. He was kind enough to share his experience and knowledge on the behaviour and breeding habits of the african finches. They were the best conditioned birds I've seen in a long time and Ger had no hesitation in explaining how he had achieved success in breeding his birds. I cant recommend him highly enough to anyone wishing to improve their knowledge or quality stock of finches. Thanks again Ger.

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    1 of a clutch of bluecaps has fledged

     

    have a couple of nests with firetail eggs

     

    fertile mollucan eggs

     

    young wh nun chicks in nest, 3 out of 6 but 4 did hatch but found it dead outside the nest day after initial hatching

    same parents as previous 3 chicks parent reared earlier in season

     

    Cheers

    Dave

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    A quick update, I put my first 4 breeding pairs down on 24th Feb, my three pairs of normals and one pair of my whites. After not much apparent interest on the part of any of the pairs I did my usual thing of leaving the birds for 2 - 2 and a half weeks before splitting up. To my excitement the pair of Whites, of which I was not certain if I had a pair layed an egg after 8 days, they have now gone on to lay a clutch of 7 and the hen seems to be sitting tight. A few days later the first pair of normals laid their first egg, they now have a clutch of 4 eggs. As for the other two pairs of normals I planned to remove the box if nothing this weekend, but great news, each pair has their first egg today. It is strange though that the pair who have been the most keen to use the most nesting material and work the hardest on building their nests from day one have taken the longest to lay their eggs.

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    Softbill Man
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    The new site is up and running and is being populated very quickly with just under 200 members already.

    The forum has some excellent posts from Foreign Softbill keepers, from America, Europe ad of course the UK.

     

    Pop along to www.fssuk.org and hva e look around.

     

    John

  3. stevieboard3
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    Been a strange year so far!

    been sooooooo busy with the new baby GEORGE now 5 months and just had my knee ligaments re built been on crutches for 15 weeks,so the birds have suffered a little but they have still manged to get a few to the perch! Be down sizing so have manage to sell about 30 prs hecks and similar numbers of cutties!So all in all can't complain so far.

    Also have 3 pictorellas fully feathered and on perch with a few others dotted around in other nests with bengs!!

  4. These were fed on mealworms with Paul de Nil mix . They only ate the heads leaving all the rest for the wild Blackbirds and Robins. I thought I had 4 yesterday but I think my eyes were playing tricks on me unless there is one hidden somewhere.

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    marsha
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    hello to you all i have just managed to join ff i dont even know if this will work but what ho.i have kept birds for years but have a new keen interest ,i keep various finches foreign and british and quail together in a large aviary.hope to expand in summer.i find it very difficult to part with my birds i breed but know i must as im filling up .i have just got a pair of golden pheasant very beautifull they are too he was displaying to her today.well hope this works and i get some responce.lovies marsha xxx

  5. pgh
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    latest news from the bird room , I lost a hen spicebird while away.but cock bird is rearing 3 chicks , not far off fledging now, plus I have another nest of 2 waiting to come out.

     

    5 dusky's have fleged as well as 12 Mollucans and the good news is that I have my first Javan Mannikin of the year on the sticks and another chick in a nest plus a pair are sitting an egg :D . I don't think I will be breeding as many as last year at this rate .

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    moos
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    Blue caps are on loan going back tonight & trying a Pr of Strawberry finches

    "one of my favourits love there song"

    Goldbreasts are sitting tight on 4 Eggs not sure if they are fertile

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    So far so good!!!

     

    I have 25 chicks altogether at various stages of development as well as 22 eggs being sat by other pairs!

    Everything seems to be running well and all chicks are being fed well (except 1 i found squashed in nest 2 days ago) :angry:

    I have CFWs, Lightbacks, Normals, Fawns and fawncheek chicks with BF and BC eggs being sat!

     

    I am also in the process of building my remaining 2 flight cages and then its just the laborious task of cladding the roof and getting

    the vinyl laid on the floor! Then thats it! Start work on the outside flight ready for the summer lol. Never ends does it???

     

    Will post pics soon!

     

    Cheers

    Clint

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    Lee
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    well i must say after breeding zebs now for so many years i got to be off to the worst start ever,no matter wat i do nothing seems to be working ive lost so many chicks its unbeleaveable due to them geting squashed,not feeding.so i think a change of tactics are in order because the bengies i got here are poping out all types of chicks for me so it looks as if im going to have to start shipping some of my zebby eggs under them and hope my luck changes...

  7. parted our five chicks over today from our blue and green[ino's]. Diamond doves are doing well,we have five out of six eggs hatched out of the three pair.

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    My name is Mark Capener, i live in Gloucester and i've been keeping birds for 2 years. I keep Zebra finches, mainly Black breast and pheao, Cutthroats, Pearl Bengalese, Green singers, CPQ, canaries and of course my main interest..Java Sparrows. I'm also expecting to get some silverbills soon and to finsh my collection (well, for this year anyway) i would like some Bichino's.

     

    My Java collection consists of Normals, Silvers, Fawns and opal isabels. The opal isabels are a bit annoying in that i only have the 1 pair, but basically they dont like each other. Last season the hen paired up with a normal cock and produced 7 normal splits from 2 rounds. one of the chicks from the first round was a hen, so at the beginning of this year i paired her up with the opal isabel cock. Recently they produced 1 chick, this is looking to be an opal isabel which is great, at the moment this is my favorite colour, and i'm hoping to produce some quality birds over the next couple of seasons.

     

    My other project for this year is to breed quite a few unrelated pairs of Cutthroats. I bought my first pair of these a month after i started keeping birds, some people say thet are drab looking birds, but i think they are lovely, but they are definately going to be a challenge. For now i'm going to cage breed, i picked 2 pairs and 1 cock up at Stafford and already i have a nest of 4 eggs from my original hen, but it's early days yet.

     

    Mark

  9. mrssittingduck
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    now i can do one of 2 things on here,

     

    the job is now completed but their is a dilemma on the photo front of which one to use, denis says he wants me to use the pic of me that he took and i want to use the pic of him that i took, so which do i do, couldnt come up with the answer so im going to do a cpmpromise and post both pics :o yerr thats right ya have to look at my ugly mug even though i spent most of the time hiding from the camera lol

     

     

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    Budgies:

    I have 3 budgies; Sky, Storm and Honey, who are not particularly tame, I basically let them do their own thing and fly free for a few hours every evening in my 'bird room'. They seem to go through different stages of 'tameness', Sky and Storm who I've had the longest are both males and are noticeably tamer than Honey who is a female and the most recent addition to the budgie group. Currently, Sky and Storm will be fairly relaxed as I move stuff around the cage but Honey will fly around, Storm will come and land on me while he is free flying, and getting Storm and Honey back in the cage at the end of the evening can involve chasing them from one end of the room to the cage and sometimes I have to catch them by hand in the dark to get them in the cage. I'd like them to all be more relaxed with me, and feel happy about landing on me (even if its just for food) and find a fool-proof way of getting them back in the cage every night!

     

    Cockatiels:

    I have 2 cockatiels; Smokie and Sparky, who are not as tame as I would like them, they are currently growing out of being clipped (their breeder had clipped them albeit badly - I had to do attempt to neaten their feathers up when I got them). Smokie is the most relaxed with me, she will step up from the cage with only a small hesitation and go and sit on my shoulder. Sparky will rarely step up from the cage, though he now will step up from the floor. They will sit on my shoulder very timidly, not explore much, Smokie will sometimes groom my face, but they can be easily scared, and Sparky will be the first to 'fly off' onto the floor and he always panics if he can't find Smokie. They will both do ladder step-ups with small vocal protests. I got them off a breeder, who said they were hand-reared, but they weren't incredibly tame. I havent had much time to spend working with them over the last 2 months but I'm trying to put the time in now for them to trust and enjoy spending time with me.

     

    Senegal:

    Tango is 9 months old, he's very tame with me, and adores being with me. He can say 'Pretty Bird' in a kind of whistly voice, and he has a whistle which I'm wondering if he's trying to say 'Hello'. He does step ups easily, loves having his head scratched and can be very affectionate towards me, but on occasion will have little grumpy moments where he will growl and bite for no apparent reason for a few seconds and then seem alright again. I've taught him to shake hands, turn around on a perch and 'sumersault' on a perch (i.e. going down below and coming up the other side). I'm currently working on trying to get him to use a parrot toy for teaching colours, and to get used to wearing a harness (at the stage of trying to get him to stand being near the harness!) which is just a plain harness which would allow me to carry him outside, and if that goes well I'm considering getting the aviator harness for him.

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    Thought I would try to get Chantelle to post weekly posts on how she is doing with Hibou.

     

    I will start her off laugh.gif

     

    First week has gone really well. Bit difficult at the minute with it being dark when she gets in from school, but she goes straight down and gets Hibou out. She still gets in a bit of a kuffuffal (chantelles word) when she first gets out, but she is settling down quickly and Chan is having no problems getting the jesses on and off with one hand.

     

    Hibou is spending most of her time on her shelf but she was seen out in the aviary a couple of times this week. Obviously spends time out at night due to the amount of pooh on her stump laugh.gif

     

    We had been putting her food on her ledge but gradually this week we have started to put the chicks on the stump. Last night all 3 were there and they have all gone this morning.

     

    Chan decided it was time for me to remove the egg sacks etc on the chicks - made a mess of the first one but managed the second - yuk blush.gif

  10. Guest
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    First Zeb egg hatched today smile.gif , was very suprized as she has been incubating for a lot more than 14 days.Normal Java sparrow still sitting tight and has 7 eggs, they should be due for hatching on the 8th December.
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    well this has been avery good season for me,

    breed my red cheecked cordon bleus (4 chicks)

    breed my green singing finches (12 chicks)

    breed my w/h nuns (2 chicks)

    breed my hecks finches (8chicks

    breed my cutthroats 2 prs (14chicks)

    breed my javas (12 chicks )

    breed my star finches 2 prs (8 chicks)

    breed my cherry finches (4 chicks)

    breed my african silverbills( 6 chicks)

    breed my bengies ( 8 chicks)

    breed my c/p/quail (4 chicks ) parent reared

    breed my diamond doves (12chicks)

    breed my zebra doves( 4 chicks ) sold all birds

     

    hopfully i would like to breed next season ,

    my red eared waxbills

    golden song sparrows

    orange checked waxbills

    bichenos

    cape doves

    masked grass finches

    diamond firetails.

    clearing the nest boxes and baskets in my flights,

    my green singers have another 2 chicks in a nest biggrin.gif

     

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    hi just to say eventually have got my out side flight put up ready for the roofing sheets to arive and for the perches to go in and then the birds ! cant wate to see all the bird out side for the first time, well for all the ones i have bred this year.

     

    regards

    grant

  11. hi all,

     

    its been awhile since ive added to my blog but here goes -

     

     

    over the last few months -

     

    ive produced - 4 african silverbill chicks (3 normals and a odd mutation 1)

    - 4 bengalese chicks - 1 fawn&white and 1 chestnut&white, which i still have but have rehomed the other 2.

     

    also ive had 3 bicheno chicks - which are now moulting into adult colouring!

     

    but now for current events - it seems to have picked up abit

     

    i have - 5 african silverbills - 3 normals and 2 mutation ones - all just fledged

    1 indian silverbill alot bigger than the africans after being a lone chick - has fledged today!

     

    i have 2 young bengalesechicks in nest smile.gif

     

    3 java sparrow chicks after losing the cock bird the hen has done a wonderful job at raising these to fledging - with the first venturing out today!

     

    and i have indian silverbills on 9 eggs, bichenos on 6/7 eggs, various bengies on total of around 10 eggs and ive setup recently -

     

    1 pr of red headed finches

    1 pr red face star finches

    1 pr yellowface yellowbodied cock star x yellowface split pastel hen star

    1 pr african silverbills

     

    to breed in an inside flight as of yesterday

     

    So fingers crossed i continue to produce a few more chicks biggrin.gif

     

    Thanks

    Dave

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