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The New Bird Room~

The breeder cages. (TWFA 2014)

The individual breeder cages. (TWFA 2014)

The juvenile aviary - 5ftx3ftx18in. (TWFA 2014)

The juvenile aviary – 5ft (w) x 3ft (h) x 18in (d).  Can you spot the photo bomber?? (TWFA 2014)

It’s been weeks and a whole lot of work but the new bird room is finally complete! The main delay was the 3 months it took to figure out how to hang the expensive new shelves on the 100-year-old walls of our new house. First we thought of special load bearing hooks, then considered cast iron shelves, finally figuring out how to build our own studs thanks to the suggestion of another family member. That was right around the beginning of the new year. Continue reading

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Should I use the grate on my cage floor?

I recommend removing it and just use newspaper, brown paper or paper towels on the floor of the cage. Food items dropped there allow the birds to forage on the ground, a natural behavior. Change the papers daily.

They will avoid their droppings so don’t worry about them spending time scrounging around on the cage floor. I have observed finches in the Northern Territory of Australia – they feed on the ground.

Answered by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Dipl. ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammals. 

Do I have to clean the feces inside my bird’s cage? If so, how?

Yes its necessary to keep the cage clean and remove feces/urates (white part of the dropping) preferably on a daily basis. Line the bottom of your cage with newspaper or paper towels. These can be rolled up and disposed of daily. Remove the grill in the bottom of your cage if it is present or just put the cage papers on top of it.

Perches can be washed and dried as needed. I use the back of a table knife to scrape droppings off of perches. You can use a dilute vinegar and water solution (1 tablespoon white vinegar to 1 cup water) for a cleaner to wipe down soiled cage bars. Water dish should be cleaned daily. Anywhere there are droppings you need to removed them preferably daily.

Answered by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Dipl. ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammals.

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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New Article ~ To Breed or Not To Breed?

A LOT of people have asked the same question: Can/Should I breed my Finches? I have always had mixed emotions about answering this question from others myself. My first reaction is to shout an excited yes to everyone that asks and welcome them with open arms into the world of breeding. However, I have seen the damage one person can do when hoarding or neglecting Finches and I have learned to be more cautious of people trying to become breeders or supplement their inbred stock. I usually leave the question of whether or not to breed to be answered by the asker, letting people decide for themselves while trying to educate them on just how much responsibility breeding entails when I can.

aviary_photo8QUALITY Breeders Welcomed
There are far too few quality Finch breeders presently and there is always room to welcome another or for someone to become well-known for their superior care. This is especially true with every year that passes as long-time breeders retire from keeping Finches. Yet it is not a responsibility to be taken lightly as so many find out.

The difference between quality and craigslist is the difference between a healthy decade of companionship or having dead pets within a year (in some cases). Adopters easily recognize this which is why major pet store chains have phased out a lot of their Finch sections and hobbyist owners with decades of experience are still going strong. Often times even the chain pet stores will blindly buy from craigslist breeders and their inbred or sick stock because they are cheaper than quality stock from certified breeders. I hear all of the time how pet store Finches have died suddenly and this only emphasizes the need for more quality breeders.

CL_ss“Every Finch Must Go, To Good Home”
Often times people adopt Finches and become so excited with keeping them that they decide to venture into breeding. They always find out just how difficult it can be soon enough and sadly many will then sell or give away all of their Finches altogether. It’s not always fun and easy! Breeding takes years of commitment, knowledge and lots of space, not to mention money for cages and food that need to be bought in advance. All of which need to be gained well before the first egg hatches.

Any breeder must also be able to hand-raise any (and sometimes all!) of the clutches that your birds will lay around the clock for weeks on end until they are weaned. Babies are sometimes abandoned, pushed out of the nest, etc. all of the time (sometimes without any visible reason) and should never be left to die.

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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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