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Shedding Some Light on Cage Lights

One of the “original” pairs ~ My first male Oedipus the CFW enjoying the warmth of his cage light & acting curious as I photograph him. (TWFA 2010)

This article is part of my series “10 Misinformed Facts” about topics relating to keeping Finches. Throughout this series I will cover 10 misconceptions for each subject in hopes that my “tips” will help hobbyists sort through their research to better their flock’s care. 

We’ve all battled with cage lights as small animal owners. Should we use them? What kind should we buy? What sort of bulbs do I use? Are they 100% safe?

The fact of the matter is that we can’t find all of the answers in one place. Some people talk about full spectrum, some speak of UVB. Others still swear by natural lighting. It can be overwhelming so the typical owner will stray from lights altogether.

I can honestly say that if you are not using cage lights for your indoor birds then you are depriving them of an aspect of their natural environment, just like deciding not to give them greens or grit. Most indoor setups are not sufficiently lit without them because windows are not exposed to direct sunlight at all times during the day, or the windows filter too much of the natural light rays. Also in some states such as our beloved Washington that we now call home, the day and night hours can be too random or incomplete for Finches. Our sunrise can range from 5-7am and our sunset has ranged from 4-11pm, therefore we need to regulate our flock with artificial lighting. Continue reading

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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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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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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 pairs are coming soon..

Breeding is in progress in my aviary. Keep checking back for pairs coming soon!

Another year has almost passed! In the time it has taken since my last update, we have moved three times! It has been somewhat stressful, but everyone in the aviary is still happy and gorgeous as ever.

Needless to say, I have been resting the birds at every juncture, removing all eggs if parents needed a break and hand-raising them myself with a lot of success. Keeping them from having any stress has been my priority but it has given me a chance to get really close with the babies and juvies 🙂 This has meant lots and lots of sprouts, fruits and veggies, egg biscuits and anything else healthy and fun. Like hanging flower baskets to perch in while getting some out-of-cage time.

With the end of our current resting season drawing to a close, I have finally settled in and am ready to let everyone get back to their natural habits. I apologize for any inconvenience and time spent waiting for email replies and will be contacting everyone as soon as possible in the order I received the messages.

Until then I hope everyone continues to enjoy their summer!

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.

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.

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