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Off-Season Breeding & Penguin Update~

If you’ve been following the TWFA updates for this past season, then you’ve heard me gripe about my finickiest new mutation, my pairs of Penguin Zebra Finches.

What exactly makes them finicky? To start, on average they lay 1-2 eggs per clutch and will lay about 1-2 times per breeding season. They’re fragile breeders, finicky eaters and also more susceptible to illness which means it’s a good idea to keep them fat, exercised and on a consistent, balanced diet. Did I mention that they’re a challenge which I am crazy enough to enjoy? The babies they’ve produced this year have been some of the cutest and quickest to be adopted. 

It has definitely been a journey to bring them all into prime breeding condition to say the least! Both Penguin pairs have been thoroughly rested since their last clutch of babies, and have been moved to the aviary’s year-round breeding cycle. This schedule is reserved for pairs that lay 1-2 clutches each year and take breaks of up to 6 months in between.

After some nest changes and settling into the new house with a new view of the outdoors, I have returned home from a week of absence to find 5 freshly laid eggs in a newly built nest made of natural organic materials as well as pieces of their fresh millet branches. Always a happy find here in the aviary! The other Penguins are still deciding between a nest box and a cup-style, still carrying supplies here and there without any real building going on.

A slower than usual process
All of my Penguins get more natural light and less synthetic so they are not overstressed or overstimulated during their light breeding schedule. They also receive their high protein foods after they begin laying which assists them during the parenting process. I’ve also been introducing multiple nest options since these pairs are new to the aviary and to breeding so as anyone can guess, some nests are favored over others. All of these precautions do make for a slower breeding process but that is their “flow” which is always the goal here, to find their favorite environment and to replicate it in the most natural way for the rest of their lives. Continue reading

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Streaming Live From TWFA

Species: Zebra Finch
Mutation: LB BF BC
Names: Leonidas & Lilac
Ages: Young Adult >1 Year
Eggs/Babies?: Eggs removed this morning for incubation

Can’t watch live? View the recorded session at any time here.

It’s here! Our first live video “Cage Cam” air date. I’m proud to announce that there will be a streaming video of one of our newer young breeding pairs today from 12 pm (noon) – 3 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) on the TWFA Video Channel. Tune in to see Leonidas & Lilac (LB BF BC) pal around their cage and forage for food and treats. Subscribe on Youtube for updates on all future videos.

I have begun the cage re-designs so viewers this afternoon will notice some new flower combinations inside of their cage that I am trying out. I’m also not happy overall with the Finch-shaped woven nests (since they end up with very little space inside) and will be replacing them with Jumbo-sized Canary nests instead.

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