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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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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!

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