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Emmy

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  1. different colour chicks

    Welcome to the forum Kev. I'm not much good at working out colours but sometimes this happens and you get different colour of chicks in a nest I think it has something to do with the 'genes' the parent birds may be carrying. Maybe the colour isn't visible in the parent bird but they could be 'split' for another colour (some gene/colour that has been carried down from a previous generation.) Fingers crossed some other member will jump in here and answer your question in case I've got this all wrong. (Bet you will be more confused that ever after reading my answer but that's what I blame it on when I don't get the colours I wanted/expected to hatch out Emmy
  2. 1st Creams of 2018

    Really beautiful chicks Trevor you have the patience of a Saint Trevor but you WILL there. Emmy
  3. Hi Sarah, How time 'flies' (much faster than the birds ) Looks like you have totally spoiled Dudley but I don't blame you I do the same with my birds especially the cockatiels, but so far they haven't reached my bedroom (lol) That was sad losing the 12 birds but I know there have been sudden changes in temperature here as well - I have heating on in my bird sheds 24/7 and one morning when I went in the water in their drinkers was frozen - that was a first. I'm trying to cut back on the number of birds I keep but its so difficult to choose which ones to part with. Looks as though Budgies are still your main birds. I hope you have great success with the kakaikis -- recently they seem to be becoming very popular here in Scotland as well. I've just had a baby zebra finch hatch out tonight (cage is in the house) This is the 2nd clutch from Shadow (the finch I hand reared) and Snowy his mate. If all goes well there's another 3 eggs still to hatch and I have cockatiels with two young in the nest and another one sitting on 4 eggs on the floor of the inside flight. Now that's a problem for me to solve when they hatch out Must go now and give my baby cockatiels their last feed for the night (Been hand rearing those 3- had to bring them in because of the low temp. in outside flight been hand rearing them since January. This is a photo of Timmy, Susie and Pooch approx. 7weeks old now If you have time please let us know how the breeding goes (good luck with the studies too) Emmy
  4. Does anyone have first hand knowledge about the breeding habits of Barraband Parrots. I've read a lot about them but sometimes its better 'talking' to someone who has actually bred them. At the moment my two are in a slightly smaller cage than before(not much in it re the size) but they get out to fly - but lately they are both making different sounds -especially Tika, the female ----and both are ripping up the newspaper from the bottom of their cage into tiny pieces (could this be nesting behaviour?) last year I had a nest box in their cage but no eggs were laid. Yesterday I put the nest box into the cage and Tika has had a look inside it but that was all - (guess it didn't come up to her expectations ) The other thing that is different is Tiko the male was always very friendly with me when I went towards the cage and he 'chatted' etc and liked his beak stroked -- has become a little aggressive -not like him at all. Grateful for any ideas why this is happening - Think they are just over 5-6 years old This is Tika and Tiko Emmy
  5. New Mutation 2018

    You'll get there Trevor!! The chicks are just beautiful. Emmy
  6. 1st nest of 2018

    Fingers crossed for you Trevor. Emmy
  7. SHADOW -UPDATE - 2 years on.

    He is still tame Andy, (Snowy isn't) I can't remember the pair that laid that egg(Shadow) I had thought in the future if I paired him up with a 'proper' BC female and all the chicks were BC then the pied would be coming from Snowy. BUT the two of them get along fine and I really would feel bad splitting them up. They are excellent parents. Emmy (Just noticed that Shadow has a white part on his wing so he must have the pied gene.)
  8. Reading over the Blog 'Hand Rearing Birds' which featured Shadow & Co. it was hard to believe that was in May 2016 and its now February 2018. Shadow is still with me and he is still in the house () Shadow January 2018 He now has a mate (a white zebra finch) and they have just finished rearing these 6 lovely little chicks. A 'Family' photo left to right: Shadow, two of the chicks , Snowy (the mum) and the other 4 chicks. Guess there's no chance of Shadow and Snowy going out to the aviary now Emmy
  9. 1st nest of 2018

    Very bonny chicks Trevor. What is your target Trevor? Emmy
  10. Sorry Fraza I'm hopeless at identifying colours in young birds I'm sure when other members read your post they will be able to help. (Trevor and Andy are good at identifying colours) Emmy
  11. New member is me !!

    Welcome to the forum Fraza. It's nice to get some new members and share experiences. I remember the day when I could have named every bird I had but since getting my outside/ inside aviary a few years ago - plus another shed for breeding cages that is impossible now I have a variety of other birds too -(not just zebra finches and Bengalese). I have a variety of mutations/colours in my zebra finches (in the outside flight I let them choose their own mate) but I do breed BC finches and one got a 2nd place in a bird show a week ago. Who knows maybe you will be able to get in personal contact with some of the members on the ZFF who may come from your area in England. Look forward to reading your posts. Emmy
  12. Lee your just jealous - me I'm frustrated with the M. L. Bs !!! I've still not managed to breed a BC CFW and I'm not going to resort to doctoring photographs but from somewhere I've bred a BCBB zebra finch -wished it had been a female and I would have paired it up with a crested bb z finch. I was just hoping someone would read the post about the love birds and may have bred M.L.birds or knew someone who had and would give me some feed back if they had had success. I suppose the fact that one of the males is singing to the female is a good sign. Freezing here tonight - birds are warmer in their sheds than I am in the house PS Lee please note this is posted in the proper place: Other Birds Discussions about other species.
  13. I caught the male singing to the female this morning - no idea if this is normal mating behaviour but at least no feathers flying. Emmy
  14. I'm beginning to think my Madagascar Lovebirds are not in love. I've tried several different types of nest boxes - given a variety of different nesting materials ( they let me know they didn't approve of any of them- tossed everything straight out from the nest box.) Things I have tried over a long period of time: Had all 4 together in large cage so they could choose their own partner- didn't work Then paired them off into two separate cages- didn't work Was suggested to put two males with one female - didn't work Also suggested to try the reverse two females with one male- didn't work So this is what I'm trying now similar to what you do with canaries but I added another 'stage' in the process. About 6 weeks ago I put the two pairs in a breeding cage that had a divider and I put the two females in one half and the two males in the other half I made sure there was a perch on either side close to the divider and they have been using those perches more than the others that were in the cage. Today I have separated them and used a 2nd breeding cage so now there is only one female and one male in a cage but the divider still in place with a perch on each side close to the divider. I intend to leave them like his for about a week I don't expect the male will feed the female as canaries do but time will tell. I would like your opinion re should I add a nest box to the female's side of the cage just now or wait until I remove the divider. ? At the moment one pair is sitting facing each other while in the 2nd cage the female is sitting with her back to the male - maybe she's trying to tell him to 'get lost'! I'd appreciate any suggestions. This is the pair that seem to be 'talking' (lol) Emmy
  15. Bit of Luck

    Trevor ---Meantime The Tablet is for ME!!!!! they get offered enough treats and turn their 'beaks' up at them -so no tablet for them just now but great suggestion Trevor I'll tell them if they produce some chicks they'll get a whole bar of tablet to themselves. Emmy