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$5 Off LG Supplies for All TWFA Fans!!

lgLaraine just informed me that she started a nice new referral option for checkout in her store. Up until this point I’ve been sending her a “buttload” of business solely because she’s an incredibly helpful woman and her store items are a MUST. This has been the case for about 6 or so years. But now I’ll be getting a nice little discount for it!! That’s so exciting!! For every referral from me/TWFA, the customer receives $5 off their first order, and I get a $10 off coupon for my next order. When you pay anywhere from $250-$450 every other month depending on where we are in the seasons as I do, every little discount helps! As I always tell people, I give away my offspring most of the time or sell them for only $30 per pair for the rarer mutations. So selling my babies doesn’t even pay for their food costs most of the time. But they bring me so much joy I’d happily never make a dime off of their babies, it’s just such a fun hobby to have.

So please remember next time you shop at LG (LadyGouldian.com) to mention Chelsea @ TWFA sent you for your $5 discount!! Woot!! And keep an eye out for an upcoming update with baby photos.

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Members of ANY Avicultural Organization ~ Get Your TWFA Offspring for FREE!

free aviculture

When I tell people that I give most of my offspring away for free, they tend to look at me with a cocked head and a furrowed brow. I then explain to them that if/when I do charge people, the profits only go right back into the care of my flock. I spend on average $250-$350 every other month or so not including the medications I keep fresh on hand. When it comes down to it I could really care less if someone is willing to pay $75 for a rarer mutation. The reason I have prices in the first place is to dictate rarity and difficulty to breed. Otherwise I’d have 50 people waiting for Penguins alone at any given time! Can you imagine! They breed only 1-2 times a year, I’d have people waiting for decades. The prices also help deter people who request 100 pairs at a time so they can flip them for a profit.

That being said, in an attempt to help bolster the numbers of our various avian organizations and local clubs I will be giving away any of my offspring for free to any hobbyists who have joined. This can be a national organization devoted to aviculture (breeding birds) like the AFA or ASA, a local hobbyist club like the CCBA, or the NFSS which I always highly recommend. It MUST be an organization that supports aviculture specifically. If you’re a member in good standing (meaning you haven’t been kicked out and have paid all of your dues) then you’re welcome to whatever I have available or will have available soon. Please keep in mind that I do keep a regular waiting list in between clutches and this means those people on that list do have first pick. But other than that I don’t care about¬†the rarity of the mutation or if it’s a specific marking I only see in 3 offspring per year (like my BF males), you can have it if you’re supporting an avicultural organization of any kind.

This is a small bit of help, but I do hope it makes even a tiny difference in the avian community! I know there are some of you out there who have “thought about” joining but haven’t gotten around to it – I used to be the same way! I personally didn’t want to join until I had some experience under my belt so I didn’t sound like an idiot. That was a waste of my time and I should have joined the day I bought my first pair of finches. There are so many helpful and wonderful people in these organizations who are EAGER to help us newbies and set us in the right direction. They have been raising finches for decades and nothing phases them. They don’t judge either, so if you’ve lost a bird or two due to some kind of accident, don’t feel as if that will outcast you. Once you’ve lost dozens over the span of decades something like that doesn’t phase them. So JOIN your local club! It’s probably only something like $20 a year as it is with the CCBA, and you can even attend an event or meeting to join and get started. And don’t forget the AFA is only $40 for one year, the NFSS is $30 per year. NO EXCUSES! Get out there and join now and I’ll send you free TWFA offspring!

Now a member of the NFSS!!

Have you noticed a snazzy new addition to our website sidebar?? It’s a graphic I created to signify a new & life-long membership. ūüôā I just joined today so I haven’t ordered my leg bands yet but I will soon, and you can rest assured that I will be purchasing the plastic split version when I do vs the closed metal (which is prone to causing injuries). I will also be placing the leg bands in a separate bag for adopters unless they request that the bands be applied ahead of time. I don’t like to use leg bands unless I absolutely have to – i.e. when the juvenile aviary is filling up and I need to be able to tell offspring apart or if someone makes a special request.

I’m really excited about becoming a member!! Needless to say the NFSS is the epitome of perfection & standard for the rest of the Finch community. They not only actively advocate for all birds and Finches, but they also hold the most prestigious shows in the country. I can’t wait to soak up some knowledge from other members and pick their brains for information.

 

Meet Quigley ~ The 2014 Bird of the Season & Our Mascot

May 22 179Congratulations to the ever so handsome Quigley! He will be our informal mascot of sorts this season, encouraging us all as Finch owners to become acquainted with the many beautiful parrot species we share the avian community with. He is a Rosy Bourke Parakeet (click here for more info about his species). Expect more stories and photos as the season progresses.

Isn’t he just so handsome and adorable?! I think so too! I could look at his gorgeous pictures all day. He is not only nice to look at, he’s also got a big heart and loves his people.

Here is how his owner (and momma) Kristy explains how he came to join her family: Quigley picked me as his own while picking up a hand-fed parakeet that wanted nothing to do with me. He loves to help me with everything, including decorating the Christmas tree each year by inspecting each ornament and making sure the branches are sturdy.

Visitors are greeted with a whistle and a kiss and evenings and weekends are full of cuddles, kisses and various tunes which he practices every day. Each morning we shower together and if extra rinse is needed jumps in with dad.

Quigley is never far behind and always arrives before we do, no matter where we are headed in the house.

Let the 2014 Breeding Season begin!!

A very "Red" Phaeo male we are keeping for 3rd generation breeding. He is aptly named Strawberry for obvious reasons. (TWFA 2014)

A very “Red” Phaeo male we are keeping for 3rd generation breeding. He is aptly named Strawberry for obvious reasons. (TWFA 2014)

With a Breeding Season like we had for 2013, I should have expected that the following Resting Season would be eventful and full of surprises. It did not disappoint!

TWFA gets some special attention
We’ve been getting a lot of it lately!! And it’s always very flattering and very appreciated. First, a picture of the hand raised babies was¬†shared by the Doodlebug Duds Facebook page. We sent them a thank you alongside a customer appreciation photo, and they thought it was pretty neat that one of their hand-made pet beds was being used by little birdies.

Next, my favorite blog and birdie blog Students & Birds¬†published my guest article¬†about owning Zebra Finches. Her site is so cool!! She’s always got such innovative ideas for her series posts and this one does not disappoint, featuring different bird species being explained in depth by a long-time owner. And lastly, GouldianFinch.gr¬†shared my recent photo¬†of the updated juvenile aviary. They are a great resource for different bits of Finch-related information and will post lots of pictures of different species & mutations on their page. I also want one of their Gouldian posters!

A LB CFW male enjoying the juvenile aviary. (TWFA 2014)

2014 New Mutations
Here are a list of the new mutations we’ve come up with during this “off season” with lots of luck and wonderful parents: Lightback CFW (pictured left), Very “Red” Phaeo (pictured top right), Very Black BF BC, Fawn Yellow Beak, Fawn Penguin (pictured bottom right), and a very Vibrant CFW (pictures coming soon!).

These have all manifested in our 2013 offspring and will be bred further for 3rd generation offspring. I was highly lucky to get these colors by chance! I had expected to wait until 3rd or 4th generations. It’s a true testament to the excellent breeding of my pairs from their original breeder. I will also be leaving a review for her shortly. It has been written for some time but things have been a lot busier than originally anticipated! Now there will be many photos to accompany it. Continue reading

When does Sharing cross the line into Plagiarism?

This photo collage is an example of plagiarism that I had to deal with today - note the use of TWFA & eFinch photos.

This photo collage is an example of plagiarism that I had to deal with today – note the use of TWFA & eFinch photos.

Here’s a topic that I haven’t yet really discussed @ TWFA, but it is especially bothering me lately: PLAGIARISM. Don’t get me wrong, I love shares, likes, comments, reposts, etc.! Love them! Any time that happens & credit is given back to TWFA I am happy, even if that person is blatantly ripping us off & slapping a link back somewhere incognito. I smile, hug them mentally for getting our name out¬†there in some way, & let it go. (Of course checking up on whomever/wherever we are affiliated with.)

But blatantly cropping out my watermark, or stealing photos/text/content from my site & sharing or copying them without credit (like this photo) – that is plagiarism at it’s worst & just plain thievery. I will always protect my work & anyone else’s that I see being plagiarized. I worked hard for my flock, to raise the hand tame babies, to carefully test nests / formula / diet / supplements / housing / lights & then tweak things to get it just right. I spent weeks on my articles on basic care & how-to’s. I spent 4+ years on my website, with lots of daily work in the past 2. I am not about to share credit with anyone that doesn’t deserve it!!

So please, share, comment, like, & repost – I always greatly appreciate it! I like to repay the favor also & check up on fans. But please note where you got it from. Feel free to use my info on your websites but please quote me when you do (or just repost my articles in quotes) & link back to me. If you think something is questionable as to whether or not I would appreciate it being shared, feel free to ask any time. If you’ve made a website and it looks or sounds a lot like mine, change it! Make it your own & put your personal talents into it – it will grow. I am always here to help as I say, so please continue to contact me via pm or email: whitefinchbreeder@gmail with any questions, concerns, or if you need help.~

Welcome!

milesNew This Season ~ 2014
We’ve added a few new mutations to the fold: Very Red Phaeo, Very Black BF BC, Lightback CFW, Fawn Yellow Beak, Fawn Penguin, & Vibrant CFW (NG x CFW line). The Testimonials page is updated constantly throughout the season with words & photos from our most recent adopters. To read more about my background & what I do at TWFA, click here.

Also, check out our new bird room with many new upgrades that our flock is currently enjoying. We now have a new species of Finch joining us this season: Gouldians! They live in a mixed aviary of their own and include RH, YH, BH, WB, GB, YB & Dilute mutations.¬†They’ve begun breeding and offspring will be available soon.

Adoption & Application fees can be paid via the Paypal Here‚ĄĘ system. Click here¬†to download an application ~ designed to ensure that you are given the pair or pairs who best meet your needs &¬†lifestyle.

TWFA is in compliance with all current National, State & Local licensing & general regulations for keeping & breeding Finches. Thanks for visiting!~

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Season Stats 2014: Raised 44 total offspring ~ 7 of which by hand
7 Societies + 1 Pair of Spice Finches + 1 Bronze-Winged Mannikin
+ Max the Canary in the juvenile aviary / 20+ capacity
(Last Updated 11/10/14)

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