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  2. Ollypaige

    Steve

    That's the one cheers
  3. stormbird

    Steve

    hink you probably mean Steve Squires from Squires Bird Products 07790 089 099 or 01773 607142
  4. Ollypaige

    Steve

    Hi does anyone have a contact number for a bloke called steve he normally has a trade stand selling allsorts of bird stuff and a couple of tables selling birds at stafford i know he had a website but cant find it
  5. How old is the bird? Ideally it should be no more than six to eight weeks old, any older and it will need a lot more training to become tame. Is the cere blue? Cocks make much better pets than hens as they don't bite. If you can stroke his belly than this is a good sign, if he will let you put your finger on top of his feet and gently push his belly up, he should step onto your finger. Always move your hand slowly so he can see you coming, never make quick movements and never pursue him around his cage as this will scare him. Don't rush his training, he will learn at his own pace, good luck, Ken
  6. A lot of Questions but little info on the actual bird other than it's a Budgie Now this might seem harsh but if it's a Budgie it's not a cuddly toy ! Budgies have their own personalities & how they react to new owners can vary . And yes some can have preferences . Some are easier to tame than others As for advice from web sites it can vary as to how good o r bad it is . As for a Budgie "freezing " that's a new one on me . As to how easy your bird will be to tame depends on it's age & to how the breeder handled it or not as the case might be . If your bird did not freak when you put your hand in it's cage that suggests it's been used to being handled But what advice did you get when you bought it ?
  7. Hello, I have recently got my Budgie about a week and a bit ago, I have been following a taming step process. I have made one hiccup and started to put my hand in and stroke his belly to early. He let me do this without flying around the cage or freaking out but something told me it wasn't right. I looked it up and they can freeze in fear (I was a bad bird mum). I have been sitting next to the cage while reading and looking on my phone and also singing to him. last night as I was singing to him he started to fall asleep while I was sitting next to him, is this a good sign? also he is more noisy when I am out of the house and with my husband, because he is chirping more around my husband than me is this a sign that he actually prefers my husbands company than mine? Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated. Many Thank, Jade P
  8. Shaun

    New Members Please Read

    Hi Geoff, welcome to the forum shaun
  9. stormbird

    New Members Please Read

    hi Geoff & welcome
  10. Geoffh

    New Members Please Read

    Hi all, Im Geoff and am based in Leeds. I have just started keeping zebra finches in an outdoor aviary.
  11. Hatchtag

    Raza Canary.

    Thanks. They must be hard to spot. I got to be careful on that. Any guidelines.
  12. Hi All... I'm looking for some young (this year or last year) birds... unrelated pairs of Bichenos, Stars and a pair of 'normal' Gouldians. Ideally in Essex, Suffolk, Kent, London, Herts, Cambs areas. Please let me know if your have any available. Many thanks. Allan
  13. roleywire

    Raza Canary.

    Theres usually quite a few at Stafford in October. They have been around for years but are really a continental canary which are now becoming popular in UK. Beware of crossbred birds RazaxIrish or just poor irish canaries.
  14. Rob2563

    total newbie

    Welcome Molly
  15. Essex Al

    Newbie saying Hi

    Cheers Rob, and Shaun for the welcome. I visited a local pet/bird shop today just to see what they had, and was really impressed with some of the other species that I hadn't seen before... Loved the red face parrotfinch, and the hecks grass Finch were quite handsome ;-)
  16. Hatchtag

    Raza Canary.

    Thanks very much. Shaun. I am from Dublin. I was not at Stafford last Sunday. I might thinking of coming in October. I looking for Raza Canary. If you know anyone. Please let me know. I love them in yellow or white or white pied. Now days fussy in colour is sure no debate in it. It took me long time to look for Grey singing finch. Patient enough one day I might find some.
  17. Rob2563

    Newbie saying Hi

    Hi Al welcome to the forum, I've not been active on line recently but 12 months ago I was at the same stage as yourself dont be afraid to ask questions, Good luck Rob
  18. Shaun

    Newbie saying Hi

    Welcome Al
  19. Essex Al

    Newbie saying Hi

    Thanks Jan... Glad to be here
  20. mrsprettyfinches2

    Newbie saying Hi

    Hi Al. Welcome to feathered flyer. Thankyou for introducing yourself. Nice to see your getting the answers to some questions before taking the plunge. Best get it right first time as it can save on a lot of problems later on. Have to agree with Colin with the Zebra finches. Great for cage breeding or a little colony, but can prove troublesome in a mixed colony. Jan
  21. Essex Al

    Newbie saying Hi

    That's the sort of tip I'm here to pick up, so I appreciate that. I think I'll cross them off the list. Thanks again
  22. stormbird

    Newbie saying Hi

    I'd be cautious about including Zebras with that mix as they can be bullies especially @ breeding time
  23. Essex Al

    Newbie saying Hi

    Thanks Stormbird... Yes I had factored in the need for covered shelter and an electricity supply for a heater if I decide to go for one outdoors. Initial thoughts are Gouldians, Stars, Cordon Bleu and Owl Finch - probably with some zebras... But still early stages, and I'm open to other suggestions
  24. stormbird

    Newbie saying Hi

    Hi and welcome As your talking foreign finches a few pointers which might help Many foriegn finches need heat in winter so if your thinking Aviaries you might need to factor in shelter for them depending onn what species your considering . But of course that would not be a problem if your thinking about an indoor aviary which some finch breeders use As for using cages size of bird Does not always equate with cage size, as some Waxbill finches require bigger cages than say Bengalese or Zebra finches . So perhaps some thought on what you intend to keep will help . And if you ask hopefully somebody will reply with advice
  25. Essex Al

    Newbie saying Hi

    Hi All... I've just signed up as I'm starting out in the hobby and will be keen to learn from your experience along the way. Keen to keep some small, sociable and colourful foreign finches, but still deciding whether to start with a couple in a cage, or go for an aviary with a few different types. Lots to learn! Cheers. Al
  26. Rob2563

    Hello.

    Welcome
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