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Happy Easter! ~ Baby Updates

Happy Easter Finch lovers! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day ~ painting eggs, dressing up in Spring colors or just spending time with loved ones.

I had a nice little surprise in one of the nest boxes I checked today – 3 of 6 eggs hatched from the “lazy incubator” pair. Mom is usually more interested in what is going on in the aviary rather than her nest box but for this clutch she was very attentive so I left them with her. I’m so glad I did!

  

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Hatchlings are almost ready to become fledgelings!

The first clutch of the season has been an eventful one of course! Still not sure how they will look exactly but I know they will be beautiful. 🙂

Today I saw 4 very well fed babies poking their heads out of their nest as they gather their courage to fledge. Parents Bella & Bronson (BC CFW & Fawn OB BB) are starting to lure them out with low chirps as they try to encourage them to venture out of their cozy home. It’s a happy surprise to see all 4 of their eggs hatched and were tended to so well.  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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Beaded, Painted & Beautifully Decorated Legal Eagle Feathers by local artist Marie

Local artist Marie possesses an inspiring passion for keeping birds that extends into her work. Please support her by recommending her work or contacting her to place an order for one of her pretty pieces.

Beaded, Painted & Beautifully Decorated Legal Eagle Feathers by Marie
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I’m a bead artist of Native American decent and I have had several requests for beaded Eagle feathers. Non natives are not allowed by federal law to posses a real one. These are turkey feathers that are painted to resemble eagle feathers, thus Legal Eagle feathers. I bead the shafts of the feather in different colors and designs for the customer. I attach the leather so they can be worn in your hair, on a hat band, tied to horses manes and tails, saddles and bridles, or display and etc.  I do special orders for color, beads and designs. Please contact me, Marie, at dancingdeerdesigns@centurytel.net for pricing and availability.

I will be posting a new update soon that will contain new aviary and website additions including pictures of new pairs, offspring (when they hatch!) and the new bird room as well as new site features including breeder reviews. Keep an eye out for it! 

Help an Avian Buddy (or Rescue) in need for the Holidays

what_is_christmasThanks to my Facebook account I’ve recently found out about a lot of avian rescues that I was not familiar with before, and their struggles to not only find homes for their angels but to continue to do what they love.

This year, I hope that everyone unable to adopt one of these angels into their homes either donates to their care or to the rescue caring for them. I also hope everyone chooses to adopt or foster even if they also choose to buy. Also remember, big birds are not like little birds in that they are a great bit different in personality & size of responsibility!

I’m very happy to be able to find such meaningful causes and great people to give to this year. I’m one of those people that believes in giving financially or voluntarily to something every holiday. I’m also one of those people that if my fiance didn’t stop me, I would donate every time I checked out at PetSmart, or whenever I see a can drive, or whenever I hear a Salvation Army Bell near Christmas time.

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New Species! – Society Finches

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My new sweet Societies 🙂

I am elated with this new forever pair I just got tonight through a private breeder. They are so very pretty, happy and just so sweet. And the male’s song is beautiful! I will have to think up some names for them soon.

As soon as I placed them in the warm and cozy bird room they fluffed their feathers, groomed each other lovingly and closed their eyes. I don’t think I could have asked for a better homecoming.

I placed some fresh boiled egg soft food as well as crushed eggshells in their cage and they ate the soft food up immediately. I’m sure they will still be working on the eggshells in the morning.

For the next few days of quarantine they will stay in their travel cage so there are no pretty flowers in their pictures as their usually would be.

Next week I am getting another Society pair as well as new pairs of zebra mutations. I can’t wait!

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A New Season, A New Aviary.

Breeding is back in swing, and I will be posting updates on pairs and babies as they come. To reserve a pair, please contact me as I operate on a first come first serve basis.

Where have I been? Relocating, settling, relocating again is the gist of it. Now let’s focus on the what I’m going to do!

Coming Soon

  • All of my new cages are going to be organized in a home-made aviary. I’m incredibly excited about it! Something between these two:
       
  • Take new photos of the aviary and new pairs.
  • Adopt new species! I’m thinking Society and Owl Finches! Maybe even some Gouldians!

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