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Fledglings Available for Adoption in Alabama

Bean, while she was determined to incubate seed.

Bean, determined to incubate seed.

**UPDATED 9/28/13!**

Hi finch friends!

This is Becca — I posted several months ago about my work as an ornithology technician in the New Hampshire forests.

I also keep a small (but growing) colony of zebra finches in a spare room in my apartment.  I can’t wait to post someday to share with you my trials and tribulations as a new finch owner but longtime bird lover, though for now I post with a different purpose!

I have embarked on the journey of breeding these little birds from time to time, both for my own personal enjoyment and to encourage pair bonding to stabilize my once-squabbling colony.

Given my space limitations, however, I sometimes find myself with several babies in need of good homes.  Chelsea has kindly allowed me to advertise my available birds here.  She has been a truly invaluable mentor in helping me foster these fat little friends!

Pancake, sitting fat and sassy.

Pancake, sitting fat and sassy.

Right now, I am looking for homes for three CFW sisters and a CFW/Fawn male.  Their parents, named Bean and Pancake, are personal favorites of mine for their especially fluffy demeanor and bold personalities.

The fledgies are still young (less than 2 months old) and seem to delight in rolling around in feces, but they are sweet and perky — and just starting to squeak tiny “beeps” of their own. Continue reading

The first 2013 Hatchlings!

Left: Baby butt! Middle: A full crop means great parents. Right: Little hatchlings just waking up.

Left: Baby butt! Middle: A full crop means great parents. Right: Little hatchlings just waking up.

To my surprise and joy this morning, three very loud beggars were squeaking for food, one so loud it overshadowed some of the CFW males’ songs. Everyone in their flight cages craned their necks to try to see the first babies of the season.

They belong to Bronson & Bella (Fawn OB BB & BC CFW), my colony-raised and newer lovelies. It’s been quite the journey bringing these newer pairs into breeding condition, and I’m glad the day is finally here for their first fertile eggs to hatch. I’ll be able to tell in the next few days which will be white and which will be.. otherwise! This is a mixed clutch so the colors will be diverse. I’m excited to see how they will turn out!

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Local Breeder Review ~ Patty’s Finches & Canaries

Breeder Reviews by Chelsea @ LPBA
Often times I will get messages from people asking me where they can find a bird that I don’t have or a mutation I don’t have readily available. I am happy to pass along those people to the best possible options for them based on my experiences with breeders. In the Breeder Review section is where you can read about all of my experiences as a buyer and recommendations to help you in your search to adopt the healthiest and highest of quality feathered friend. All reviews are assigned a general rating with 4 being the highest.

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Patty’s Finches & Canaries - Silverdale, Wa.
Purchased: CFW, White
Also Available: Canaries & BC males
Pecking?: No
Bird Health/Quality: Fine
Current Status: Breeding only Canaries now

My Review: I found Patty on Craigslist when I first came to the area. After she contacted me to purchase hens I had to sample her services for myself. I was quite a bit wary about her breeding program at first but came to find she is a kind person and a member of the local Cascade Canary Breeder’s Association. She is no longer breeding Zebra Finches but she is still breeding Canaries.

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Black Friday Night Special

Happy black Friday everyone!

Half off assorted flower cage perch sets (now until Saturday at midnight). Now is your chance to own a beautiful cage setup created by hand by The White Finch Aviary for half price! Contact me to order, or click here to look at pricing as well as other products available @ TWFA. Color palettes are fully customizable. Prices include the cost of shipping.

Also check out the new site content, I updated everything.

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New baby in the nest!

It’s been a little less than a week, but there’s a new baby Chestnut-Flanked White Zebra Finch that is thriving, growing so much each day, and seems to be very healthy in the nest! Al & Aphrodite have been taking great care of it. I wanted to wait to see how things went before I posted the news, and so far it’s been great.

I’ll be posting photos soon.

Adding to the Flock!

This Friday I’ll be getting a new pair, and a fledgling! They’re Black-cheeked Zebras, so they’re a bit unusual – which I like. They look like a black and white drawing or photo of a Zebra Finch to me.

I’ll be getting the new birds just a couple weeks before the aviary upgrade, so the pair will be housed in another cage. I’ll be adding more to the flock soon.

I’ll also be adding to the site today, to include all the updates I’ve been talking about, along with some product information in the “What you’ll need…” section.

Outdoor vs Indoor Aviaries

From my avairy ideas Pinterest list – click for more info and credit.

Out or in? Large or small? Bought or made? My head has been spinning since researching aviary options for my birds.

So while combing through the pages of The Lady Gouldian Finch while showing the site to a friend, I happened upon their aviary of the month.

I’ve seen it a few times now, and can’t get the idea out of my head: that an outdoor aviary is very popular for breeders, so maybe that means its the best kind of aviary?

What I’ve found is that certainly is a popular option. Why? Because most bird hobbyists don’t just ever own one or two birds – they own a large number of pairs for both enjoyment as pets and for breeding purposes.

From LGF – click for more info and credit.

Outdoor Aviaries
Outdoor aviaries are more feasible for warmer climates, but all birds enjoy being able to be closer to nature. In colder climates, aviary owners can enable their birds to enjoy the outdoor experience by either housing them on a warm sun porch or building an additional outside attachment to their indoor aviaries.

Outdoor aviaries also present new risks for your birds when you house them outside – pests, disease and predators (including feral or neighborhood cats, foxes, snakes, birds of prey, etc.) are a few.

To ensure that your birds are not infected from the various diseases they may encounter in an outdoor aviary, it is important to vaccinate or medicate your flock for anything they may come into contact with. This can include diseases passed via insects or other pests. It only takes one bird coming into contact with a contagious disease for an entire flock to be infected. This not only affects your flock but also anyone you have given or sold birds to. Symptoms may take generations or months to materialize and are especially hard to notice in a large flock in an outdoor aviary.

You can help secure the health of your birds by treating them yearly with over-the-counter medications and seeking vaccinations from your veterinarian as needed. For a list of treatable diseases with medicines found at LG, click here. For a list of possible diseases that Finches can encounter, click here and scroll down to the “Bacterial, Protozoa, Fungal & Virus” section. For a list of symptoms and disease recognition, click here

Finches need warm places to live since their natural climate is hot and arid. If you do choose an entirely outdoor aviary in a colder climate, you will need to ensure that their enclosure or building stays consistently warm. Outdoor aviaries need to be designed to provide a safe environment for birds from any and all outside factors including weather and direct sunlight.

From my avairy ideas Pinterest list - click for more info and credit.

From my avairy ideas Pinterest list – click for more info and credit.

Species Compatibility
A common mistake when you’re housing multiple species of small birds together is combining hookbills with softbills – Budgies/etc. with Finches. I hear stories of it all of the time – they may look like they are playing at first, but then it takes a deadly turn in an instant. Another multi-species mistake is housing aggressive Finches together or other species that are not compatible. Here is an incredible compatibility chart from Finche Niche for more information about housing breeds together.

There are many Finch species that are compatible enough to live together in a large aviary. The hardiest ones that I feel are the easiest to introduce to each other and also work well together are: Zebra & Society Finches. Society Finches also make excellent surrogate parents. Be careful when adding to your flock, though. The more birds you take on, the more time and money that you will need to go into their care.

From my avairy ideas Pinterest list - click for more info and credit.

From my avairy ideas Pinterest list – click for more info and credit.

My Choice
In the end, I’ve decided that indoor individual flight cages paired with indoor aviaries and a large walk-in aviary inside of a bird room is what I prefer. It provides the protection from all of the outdoor elements that I don’t want to expose my birds to, while still providing my birds with plenty of living and flying space.

For more aviary photos – click the picture to visit LGF. You can see more pictures of my personal favorite outdoor and indoor aviary ideas on my Aviary Pinterest list.

I can has new aviary?

Though it’s been rewarding to take in and re-home birds, I’ve decided to upgrade our flock and add another permanent pair of CFWs along with some other new species and mutations.

In doing so, while my little Prevue Hendrix Finch Flight cage has been perfect for my tiny family and occasional guests, I’ve got to upgrade.

So naturally, I started a long bit of research.

I started with some medium cages and the idea that another breeding pair and a couple of pairs of another species would suffice, but deep down, I wanted to go bigger.

So I settled on two different and large aviaries.

The first, and #2 on my list, is the Prevue Royalty Pagoda-style Bird Cage.

Why? Because it’s different! I like different, and I like style. It’s a neat design, and it’s got plenty of space, yes?

I could fit probably 6-8 pairs of tiny finches in there comfortably, with plenty of room. Some breeders would go for maybe twice that many, but I don’ t need that many pairs, and I like to spoil my birds, remember?

I don’t get the lack of a pull-out tray, though. And no grate on the bottom? That’s just silly. No storage I can deal with, but this cage doesn’t seem easy to clean.

The last cage, and #1 on my list is the Marianna Victorian Bird Cage. While not as funky as the other, this avairy has a top door and larger main door, a grate at the bottom, and a pull-out tray. No storage I guess, but I don’t need it. Plus the top is more elegant than funky.

So I think I may go with #1, though #2 is about half the price. I’m so excited about this change! This opens up a whole new opportunity – to have more species that I love and to breed more pairs!

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Products for the Flock

As a lady with what I think of as a big heart, I love to spoil my pets. My dog has his own backpack complete with camelbak water packs, a cedar dog house, and toys that come in just about whenever I go out shopping [a couple times a month - I'm an e-shopper for the most part].

A Feline Solarium! (Original photo from thefelinesolarium.com)

My cats have their own play set in the laundry room, each has their own preferred litterbox, feeder and waterer, a heated sill and various sleeping accessories – soon with a feline solarium, too.

So needless to say that my birds get the best of the best. They’ve got a flight cage, a whole forest of silk tropical flowers, and lots of various little things to spoil them. When it comes to their food and vitamins, they’re doubly spoiled.

ladygouldianfinch.com

For all bird feeding, I recently graduated from a common Petco shopper to a Lady Gouldian shopper. The site has an incredible selection from everything a breeder or simple bird owner could possibly need – with things like grit to nest boxes and nesting materials to name a few.

And everything from this store is FRESH. It’s revitalizing to know that each seed is not stale, and would sprout on command. It’s also reassuring that they provide detailed information pages and reviews for each vitamin supplement – from fertilization aides to medicinal mixes.

With a long list of recommendations and success stories as well as stories from personal aviculture-savy friends, it is no wonder I love their products.

And wow, what products! My flock has been much more fertile and they love everything in their finger trays, treat cups, treat dishes and especially their seed feeders.

I highly recommend this site to breeders, owners, or anyone who is even thinking of purchasing a new bird. The site really covers everything, and even has a large supply of information – free of charge.

And I promise – they are not paying me to say this. I don’t get a discount and I’ve never met anyone at LG. I don’t even think they’ll even find out about my little endorsement. It just needs to be said, especially after how long it took me to find it and how many crappy products I had to suffer with until then.

So a huge thanks to the Lady Gouldian, a place where I’ll be shopping for the rest of my time as a bird owner/enthusiast.

My little corner of the internet

As I get more and more into breeding my birds, and gather more species as time goes along, I’ve decided that – while I really do enjoy the one-on-one interaction with inquiries, I should still have a site available that people can visit and find out more about what I’ve got and what I’m all about before they contact me.

So here it is. I’ll be adding pages for pricing, availability, photos, information about me, and lineage all in due time.

How exciting! The name “Le Pinson Blanc,” is French for “The White Finch.” I chose it because my first pair of Finches, Oedipus and Ophelia, are both Chestnut Flanked Whites.

So enjoy your visit to my humble corner of the net, and stay and learn a thing or two about Finches, their care, and the birds that I’m currently breeding.

Thanks for coming!

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