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Days 18 & 7 ~ Survival Tips & Flock Annoyances

This post is part of my participation in the 31 Day Bird Blogging Challenge @ Students & Birds. Join me & participate in your own way through forum posts, Facebook notes/posts, Pinterest pins, etc!

Day 18 – Your best Finch survival tip.

I have 2 main survival tips when it comes to raising & breeding Finches. The first is to make things fun. Whether this is challenging yourself to keep a rare species or mutation of Finch, blogging or posting on the forum about your birds, working towards upgrading your setups or adding an aviary, or raising your own babies by hand, each hobbyist has to make it theirs in order to truly enjoy it sometimes. This is also helpful to remember on those not-so-easy days when you may be less inclined to spend time with your birds, either due to a recent event or a growing lack of interest. When it isn’t fun for you, it isn’t fun for your flock so challenge yourself to do something new! Continue reading

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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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Breeder Review ~ The Urban Finch

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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The Urban Finch – Northern Ca.
Purchased: OB BB Fawn, BC CFW, FF/Phaeo, Eumo, BF, Penguin
Also Available: Owl, Gouldian and others
Pecking?: No
Bird Health/Quality: Excellent
Current Status: Breeding
My Review: Definitely my favorite breeder thus far! Very personable, knowledgeable and fun to engage in conversation. Her prices are generous to say the least and the quality of her birds, fantastic. I am so happy with my new pairs and I cannot wait to place another order, and another! Her colony-raised pairs produce some very interesting offspring that cover most if not all mutations. She also has some mixed pairs whose young break the stereotypes of what mutations are “supposed” to look like – which is a sign of a talented breeder in my opinion! A wonderful breeder, a nice person and a great experience for me overall. (more pictures to come after the update)
Pictures: 0fawnobbbbrittany

Click here to read more Breeder Reviews.

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! 

Happy New Year! ~ New Mutations & Toys to Celebrate

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~ Happy New Year everyone! ~

I hope everyone’s holidays have been and will continue to be jolly & fabulous! Inside the aviary here we have been celebrating and eating, eating and also eating. Ham on Christmas, steak on new years and soft food for everyone winged – yummy!

My new Fawn, Orange Breast and Penguin mutations have arrived and are settling in nicely. I was so excited to get them, they are so spectacular! I cannot wait to take pictures of them. For now, here is a quarantine cage candid of a rather handsome Fawn OB BB who has such a unique and lovely song. I’m still developing names for them as I see their personalities shine.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,0fawnobbb
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!
– Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burns (1788)

I’ve also recently stumbled across some adorable new toys from Prevue that I will most certainly be buying for all of my cages. They’re just so irresistibly cute! They’re from a set appropriately named “Birdie Decor.” In their own words: Birdie Décor toys turn your cage into a home for you pet bird.” 

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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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