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
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.
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.
Best Ever Day And Year For Breeding Zebra Finches
Cheers all mark1e
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.
This year will be my first time breeding Exhibition Zebra finches properly, from today 8th february 2011 this is what i have paired together, there are 7 pairs i have put down to breed today,
Cream Lightback hen to Fawn cock,
CFW hen to Normal grey cock,
Normal grey hen to CFW cock,
Normal grey hen to CFW cock,
Fawn hen to Normal grey cock,
Fawn hen to Normal grey cock,
Fawn hen to Fawn cock,
i have recorded every ring number but with each bird, each nest box is numbered and shall keep number of each day an egg is projuiced on there own ID card
and take notes when each pair hatch there young ones, lets see what i can do for 2011 breeding season and see if i can produce some good stock,i will keep you all updated
forgot to say that the pair number 3 the normal grey hen has a yellow beak,
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
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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After a challenging but successful 2009 I am now looking to build on my main goal of strengthening my 'Normal' stock of Javas. I am looking very much at quality rather than quantity this year and plan to only look at one good round per pair. A problem I have had this year is that for my set up I have kept too many birds and as the majority are now birds bred by myself I can simply add the best each year and pass on surplus to other Java Keepers. The best 3 pairs I have will be used to improve my normal stock this year and this will be both maneagable and ensure I focus on them fully for the best results. Aside to the Normals I am looking to build on the Fawn programme which I began last year. I will be putting a split cock and Split hen from 2009 back to Fawns with the aim of darkening the brown head of the stock going forward. I have two lovely young birds which have good normal colouring and good legs and should hopefully provide me with better birds. Finally I plan to breed some whites this year, I have 4 birds which I think are two pairs but I cannot yet be certain, they are lovely birds and just add that bit of variety. I cannot however do anything until I have sold on my surplus stock which I plan to do in the coming weeks.
So as my 2009 breeding season draws to a close my last 4 chicks are a matter of days away from fledging, I have to say whilst the season has not been without incident I have bred 24 Javas, 17 Normals and 7 Split Fawns and I am very pleased. As the first 12 are now virtually through the moult the quality looks superb and bodes well for both the shows later in the year but more importantly my ongoing plan to improve my own strong stud of Normal Javas, already I have a couple of young with thick distinctive black neck markings surrounding the crisp white cheeks. There is in my opinion nothing finer than a smooth immaculate Normal Java with such markings. I am also looking forward to seeing how my split fawns moult out as these will help me to improve the marking and strength of Fawns in the future. These were bred from my best cock normal bird from 2007 who has already bred some high quality normals, I decided he was the best bird to put to a Fawn hen to start improving this mutation.
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!!
Since my last entry in May, I have bred my first Split Fawn chicks. I am looking to improve the colouring of the Fawn Mutation as many I have seen, whilst nice birds do not seem as dark or strong as they could be. The three chicks are now in with my 12 earlier bred normals. I have 5 more chicks, fully feathered which will be the last normals I breed this year. The last pair I have are 2 or 3 days away from hopefully hatching. They have 7 eggs, of which 4 appear fertile. These will be more Split Fawns, bred from a 2007 Normal cock to a 2008 Fawn Hen. Next year I will look to breed these split birds either to other splits or Fawns to hopefully begin working towards an improved Fawn Java.
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.
I have now put all of my chicks on their own away from their mothers in the last week. All twelve seem happy in their new surroundings, identical cages in size and layout. I always do this to ensure they are familiar in terms of where the food is. In a couple of weeks I will move them to their flights to give them plenty of excercise throughout the summer and Autumn months. Luckily I had a day off today so have spent some time just watching them and my adult birds going about their business. It is good to this because the last few weeks have felt like I have been feeding and cleaning them out without appreciating them fully. I have also put different coloured split rings on all of the chicks to assist in identification later on.
Mini Fire is fast catching up and after keeping the chicks inside the bird room up high today -3rd day the parents showed chicks how to negotiate the pophole and sit in the sun,then get back in the warm house again.here they are with Dad being introduced to the neighbours
My first 2 Fire chicks fledged Monday 11th May. One was half the size of the other and I half expected it to be dead next morning but it was flying really strongly and by last night was roosting 6 ft up next to it's sibling. A result !
I had a worrying time earlier in the month, losing all three cocks with chicks, within 48 hours of each other. This was completely devastating but thankfully it did not pass to the hens or the chicks. Since then the hens have continued rearing the chicks to the stage now where they are virtually fully feathered with one or two starting to make appearances out of the box. I did lose one of the 13 chicks which clearly had a problem as it was not developing at all. The chicks really are lovely and I am looking foward to more of them making appearances over the next few weeks.
Disaster! I found my pekin Robin youngster dead this morning only 32 days old
He fell out of the nest at 9 days onto his back so it wasn't a good start for him/her but eventually flew but I suspect there was something wrong with it as it seemed very slow.
Very disappointed. I hope for better success later
Well the next clutch of Pekin Robins should have hatched on Wednesday and still nothing by today Friday so I checked and all egg are clear. All that work by the parents for nothing. They have been so sweet often both sitting in the nest together.One on the eggs and the other on the back of the sitter.
There is the rest of the year for them to try again hopefully
Just in case anyone thinks I was interfering with this family. When I took pics of the chicks.The parents were both out in the flight.After day 5 they seemed to spend loads of time away from the nest probably because the chicks were safe and warm at 18c indoors. However I later found that the smallest chick facing the front was dead I always have my camera with me and the parents didn't mind me going in as I'm in there to replenish live food all the time. I held camera above the nest and clicked 3 times,went back into the house then put pictures on computer to see if any were good. I got this one. The other pictures were taken from 8 ft away and the parents were perfectly calm.
It has been a full on week in the birdroom this week since last Sundays first chick. The pair have hatched a further 4 chicks and now have a healthy and extremely well fed clutch of 5 chicks. The second pair hatched 5 chicks, sadly one died after just one day. To finish off an eventful week my third pair have hatched all 4 of their eggs today. So 13 chicks all alive and being fed, so fingers crossed the parents will continue to rear them.
Having now acquired my new torch I decided to properly check my eggs to see if any /how many were fertile. To my delight I have 4 out of 4, 5 out of 7 all fertile. In the other nest I did not check the eggs as I discovered my first chick for 2009! They have another 6 eggs so fingers crossed that they raise this one and enjoy further chicks over the coming days.