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  2. loo-6666

    Back after a little break

    Great call, Shaun. Went to Stafford years ago when my mrs was Gouldian mad (the was before kids) spent a small fortune... but was a fantastic day and saw a lot of species that had only seen in books (softbills mainly). will definitely consider a visit
  3. Thanks Colin, yes thats the one i wanted. Pete, i do have a nice unrelated pair of black headed purple breasted, 2018 aviary birds if you're interested. Not much else will be moulted through in time for Staffs by the looks of things at the moment.
  4. Shaun

    Back after a little break

    Welcome back how about a trip to a Stafford Show in March? A chance to get some ‘hardware’ at great prices and a chance to see a wide variety of birds, speak to the breeders, or speak to the wide variety of clubs attending, before you decide what to keep shaun
  5. loo-6666

    Back after a little break

    Thanks jan, hope you get some when your ready
  6. mrsprettyfinches2

    Back after a little break

    Welcome back. I know what you mean when you say you " soon realised something was missing.." . Exactly how Me and the Hubby feel at the moment. Nice to hear your getting back into the hobby. Great to hear your getting some help . Steves had a great season this year. Me and the Hubby often "debated" on what else to get and still do on what to get when we manage to start up again. Jan
  7. loo-6666

    Back after a little break

    Hi all I'm back on the group after some time away from the hobby. WE recently moved and completely sold up all birds and equipment then soon realised something was missing... so plans are in place with large amounts of help, great advice and unwavering generosity from good friends Steve Shackcloth and Dave Lugo to get an aviary (or maybe 2) up in our garden. Now for the great debate between myself and Mrs Maskell... what shall we keep!?
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  9. Peter Gouldian

    2019 Show bookings now available

    thank you im a newby lol
  10. this is purely a sales show but I'm sure there will be a few on display on the AFS stand & hopefull a few who have sales tables will reply if they've got any Gouldians for sale
  11. Peter Gouldian

    2019 Show bookings now available

    anyone taking gouldians and whos showing at stafford in march ?
  12. is it this one ? http://www.avifabs.co.uk/
  13. Hi All, Could someone remind me of the name of the company/companies that display metal aviaries at Staffs please? I cannot find the business cards i picked up last time! Thanks Mark.
  14. mrsprettyfinches2

    2019 Show bookings now available

    Great to hear Sue. More the better. I read that one Colin. Hopefully a few more to follow. Working on something that we may possibly be able to sort for table holders as a bonus for the support . Will see how it goes. Jan
  15. might need @ least 2 more as I did see a post from Grant on the Facebook page saying he was booking
  16. I've just booked a table in the FF area
  17. mrsprettyfinches2

    2019 Show bookings now available

    Need a minimum of 10 tables. Would be great if we could get even more than that and get to say hi to members we have not seen or heard from for a while. A great chance to meet up, enjoy a cuppa and help rejuvenate the forum again. Jan
  18. stormbird

    hello my name is Mark

    the term parakeet is confusing when it comes to keeping & breeding as some species can be kept & bred in groups whilest others not . But size of accomadation may also play it's part . I keep & have bred Lineolated Parakeets which come from a related family to that which the Mountains come from . I've read of Linnies being bred as groups in aviaries but when I've had them in large cages they bicker & don't breed . The same applies to Bourkes parakeets which once were a member of the Neophema group of Grass parakeets . They can be bred in groups if large enough accomadation is provided, & they have even been housed with single pairs of Neophemas which do need to be bred as single pairs . But then a word of caution in that some species are more hardy than others and even though a species may come from "hot " countries they may be able to cope with cold better than others , and that may even apply to sub species . Remember in some deserts temperature may vary from being very hot @ midday to freezing @ midnight , but whilest there are species that can cope with such conditions they may not be able to cope with prolonged cold
  19. Pikemanmark

    hello my name is Mark

    Hello Shaun I have one aviary in the garden. I have 5 mountain parakeets in it they were in 3 pairs but 1 hen died flying into the side of a nest box within the first few days of having them. I now have 2 pairs and a single cock but they all roost close together. I have 4 nest boxes in the aviary but not yet checked how they are roosting in them or which are being used. I didn't want to disturb them too much. I have had them since September. They are starting to come towards me when I visit in a morning to feed them and they don't fly away as much they seem to have calmed down quite well. At night they are all in the nest boxes but I haven't tried to see what ones yet I wonder should I? don't want to frighten them too much. As for the plumb heads I would like to get a pair but not sure if I should put them in same aviary or build another . Any advice would be great.
  20. Shaun

    hello my name is Mark

    Hi Mark, welcome to the site, do your parakeets all live and breed in the same aviary? i was led to believe one pair per flight? shaun
  21. java man

    hello my name is Mark

    Hi mark welcome to the forum and good luck with the parakeets
  22. mrsprettyfinches2

    hello my name is Mark

    Welcome Mark. Nice to see you got on site. Can't help with the parakeets unfortunately, but hopefully others will be able to help you out with all your questions. Jan
  23. Pikemanmark

    hello my name is Mark

    Hello Stormbird Thank you for the advice I will check out the link you posted. Kind regards Mark
  24. stormbird

    hello my name is Mark

    hi mark & welcome mountain parakeets are not a species I'm familiar with so looked on web & found this http://www.parrotsdailynews.com/biology-and-breeding-of-the-mountain-parakeet/ As for adding Plumb heads to the aviary I would be cautious about doing so , especially if you intend breeding the Mountains , and would seek more advice before doing so
  25. Pikemanmark

    hello my name is Mark

    Hi All My name is Mark and I live in Derbyshire. I am very new to bird keeping and have a house pet green Cheeked Conure and my step son has an African Grey, and outside in the aviary I have 5 mountain parakeets, 2 pair and a spare cock (his hen died soon after getting them). I am thinking of adding a pair of plumb heads to the aviary. I am looking forward to trying to breed the mountains and will be seeking any advice that may be about on what to do or not to do I am happy to answer any questions of me but for now that's all folks. Thank you Mark
  26. Shaun

    New Members Please Read

    Good luck Peter, welcome to the site, I’ll look forward to some of your post in the future
  27. Peter Gouldian

    New Members Please Read

    Thank you Jan
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