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  1. Normally it is the hen that does the damage as she wants to breed again and the little ones are in the way. Keep an eye on her so you can be sure it is not her as well. It is not about neglect or anything. You cannot attach human ideas and concepts to animals. It is about wanting to breed again and they babies are taking up the breeding space, so he is cleaning out.
  2. I am not commenting on your massive leap in quality of image capturing, but your photos are better than ever!!!!
  3. welcome to the forum. No question is a silly question - some answers may be (now that I think about it, some questions are ) but feel free to ask and we will help where we can.
  4. Hang on, you talk about them like they are breeding in the aviary? Is that right? If they are aviary breeding, then all bets are off about the genetics as birds are not monogamous - they will breed with others, not just 1 partner.
  5. Looks great renee. Photos of the aviary are great as well. Can we get photos of the outside of your kindy aviary and your other aviary? It is always good for people to see the difference.
  6. What happened to the Opaline Grey cock? Not really sure. he looked fine, and appeared to be eating as well as getting top of by Dad. Next thing I know he has a big ball of poo stuck to his bum. I removed it, fed him off a spoon. His Dad began ignoring him, and then I went out and checked on him an hour later, and he was dead. Nothing abnormal really. He was coming along well. He was not too thin. You could feel his keel bone a little, but nothing that seemed bad. His sisters are good. On the whole, not too sure.
  7. There has been some good and bad, Lost the sky dommie pied mentioned earlier, as well as the opaline grey cock from caesar's nest, but so far, apart from two chicks, all are in the kindy cage. It is getting quite crowded in there so I might need to set up another one.
  8. I don't think it was ever stated that these budgies in the pet shop were show budgies. In fact I bet they were pet types and they were rung not to show but more so age can be known.
  9. Apart from the recent chick who died with a broken neck things have been good.
  10. I am like you Splat, I like to leave the chicks in the cage as long as possible and this is the first one I have ever had to remove due to the behaviour of a hen. Tragedy struck my kindy cage yesterday as we had a massive storm with thunder and lightning. I was out but I am sure it freaked out my birds and even my dogs, who do not react to thunder usually. Anyway, I came home to find that my favourite chick, the sky dommie pied hen, had somehow got her head caught between a little ladder and the cage and I think in trying to free herself she had broken her neck and died. I was and still am devastated. She was the most beautiful chick and throughout this journal I wrote on how lovely she was. Sometimes life does not seem fair. It was the continuation of a generally crappy day yesterday. The mother of this young one is sitting on 9 new eggs so I am hoping that some of these are fertile and I get some replacements for this lost little one. Very sad.
  11. You have the down colours around the wrong way like Amy said.
  12. Last night I have to save the little DF spangle from her/his mother. Mum seems happy with the other two, but not the oldest. Once they fledge, she wants them out of the cage, not just out of a nestbox. The little one has a bloody wing and a bit of blood on her face. I saw the blood on her mother's face. I checked the wing and it looks okay, cleaned it up a bit. The little DF spangle is now in the kindy cage. All looks good in there. I will keep an eye on her, but she seemed okay today and it has been almost 24 hours, so that is a good sign.
  13. Birds usually have disagreements for a reason. IF that is the cage they are, judging from the pics, they are probably fighting over space. That cage is far too small for one budgie, let alone two.
  14. Todays update Hopefully pics later today Kindy cage set up. It contains the the 2 eldest sky blue cocks from Pair 2, Green Opaline Hen from Pair 9, Sky blue dommie pied hen from Pair 12, all 3 chicks (opaline green hen, cinnamon sky blue cock and opaline grey cock) from Pair 13 This is how things stand at the moment Pair 1 - Caesar Sky Blue and GreyGreen Hen - all 3 chicks keeping jumping ut of the nest so now i leave them out. atoo young to go to the kindy cage just yet so little home on the cage floor. Pair 2 - Twitch and Albino Hen - 5 chicks now -All chicks come out now. They will all move to the kindy cage sometime this week. Pair 3 - Son of Dumber (RIP) and daughter of Twitch - Chick to move to the kindy cage sometime this week. Pair 4 - Dumb and Light Green Spangle Hen - 3 chicks - White DF spangle is out and perching well. She or he will move to the kindy cage this week. Pair 6 - Opaline Grey to a Light Green Cinnamon Hen - 5 eggs. I am hoping for fertility. Pair 7 - Grey Cock to an Opaline Grey Spangle Hen - 1st chick hatched and has been fed. Hoping for a lot more. 6 eggs remaining. I have to candle the others. Little one is being fed very well. Pair 9 - YF Opaline Sky Cock to a Light Green Spangle Hen - Hen layed her 5th egg.She addles the eggs as I heard her kicking them around. I took them out and put in extra sawdust to stop their movement. No more soccer from St Jude since the sawdust was added. Pair 11 - Sky blue cinnamon wing cock to greygreen hen - 2 eggs layed. Pair 12 - Green Cock to a Grey/Blue Opaline Dominant Pied Hen - 7 new eggs layed. Seed was replaced with pine shavings as the eggs were sinking in the seed. Pair 13 - Grey Cock to a GreyGreen Cinnamon Opaline Hen -no new eggs yet Pair 14 - Captain Jack (Light Green Cinnamon Cock) to an Albino Hen - 4 eggs Pair 15 - Violet Opaline Cock to a Grey Hen - 5 eggs now. hoping for fertility. Like I said, hopefully pics later.
  15. Changes are afoot in the bird room. With summer fast approaching, I can see where I went wrong last year and I will not put any more pairs down and the new ones can finish up where they are at the moment. In saying that, a lot of new eggs layed. Kindy cage set up. It contains the the 2 eldest sky blue cocks from Pair 2, Green Opaline Hen from Pair 9, Sky blue dommie pied hen from Pair 12, all 3 chicks (opaline green hen, cinnamon sky blue cock and opaline grey cock) from Pair 13 This is how things stand at the moment Pair 1 - Caesar Sky Blue and GreyGreen Hen - 3 chicks - Eldest is a grey opaline cock, second is an albino hen an third is a lutino hen. eldest two keep coming out of the nest and despite me putting them back they jump out again. I have set up the mini home on the cage floor. I think Mum has layed a new egg. Pair 2 - Twitch and Albino Hen - 5 chicks now -The 3rd eldest is a sky blue cock, the 4th is a light green cock . Both of these two are spending more and more time out of the nestbox, preching well. They will go to the kindy cage soon. The 5th is a sky blue hen and she is still int eh nestbox, nibbling away at the seed on the floor. Hen has layed 1 new egg so far. Pair 3 - Son of Dumber (RIP) and daughter of Twitch - Visual violet opaline hen has emerged and is perching. She often goes back in the nestbox and Mum is happy with this. Hen has one new egg and is already sitting on it. Pair 4 - Dumb and Light Green Spangle Hen - 3 chicks - Eldest is a white double factor spangle - hard to tell cock or hen. I am leaning towards cock now. Anyway, it is out of the nest and hen was a bit aggressive so I set up a little floor home for this one. , 2nd eldest is a violet green spangle cock but has a lot of opalescence and the youngest is definitely a sky blue opaline spangle hen. Two youngest are still in the nestbox with seed as the nesting material. Mum has layed 1 new egg. Pair 6 - Opaline Grey to a Light Green Cinnamon Hen - 5 eggs. I am hoping for fertility. Pair 7 - Grey Cock to an Opaline Grey Spangle Hen - 1st chick hatched and has been fed. Hoping for a lot more. 6 eggs remaining. I have to candle the others. Little one is being fed very well. Pair 9 - YF Opaline Sky Cock to a Light Green Spangle Hen - Hen layed her 5th egg.She addles the eggs as I heard her kicking them around. I took them out and put in extra sawdust to stop their movement. No more soccer from St Jude since the sawdust was added. Pair 11 - Sky blue cinnamon wing cock to greygreen hen - 2 eggs layed. Pair 12 - Green Cock to a Grey/Blue Opaline Dominant Pied Hen - 7 new eggs layed. Seed was replaced with pine shavings as the eggs were sinking in the seed. Pair 13 - Grey Cock to a GreyGreen Cinnamon Opaline Hen -no new eggs yet Pair 14 - Captain Jack (Light Green Cinnamon Cock) to an Albino Hen - 4 eggs Pair 15 - Violet Opaline Cock to a Grey Hen - 5 eggs now. hoping for fertility.
  16. You need to put them in a separate cage if you want them to bond.
  17. What do you think of this body colour Kaz? Neither parent is a YF Blue and and he should be a green bird but there is a lot of blue on him, more than I have seen on any other green bird. Yes, it might moult out after his first moult, but it is a little different. Dad is carrying the violet gene so i think this might play a part. He is a gren bird that is split blue, and like his mother, not an opaline but he has a lot of opalescence. Well that is why it is a Breeding Journal Dave I write mine for myself but also for all my friends and family all over the globe. Some of them are really into it! If I was doing it all for myself renee then this is not the easiest way to do it So very true! Totally agree! It is harder this way, Dave, but it's also nice to have it for a record in the future. Don't you ever go back to your previous years' journals to remember how things went back then? I occasionally do, usually to get info that I have forgotten.
  18. Kindy cage set up. It contains the the 2 eldest sky blue cocks from Pair 2, Green Opaline Hen from Pair 9, Sky blue dommie pied hen from Pair 12, all 3 chicks (opaline green hen, cinnamon sky blue cock and opaline grey cock) from Pair 13 This is how things stand at the moment Pair 1 - Caesar Sky Blue and GreyGreen Hen - 3 chicks - Eldest is a grey opaline cock second is an albino hen an third is a lutino hen. All are going well and they have seed so they can learn to nibble and crack seed. The are all going wwell Pair 2 - Twitch and Albino Hen - 5 chicks now -3 still in the nest - the 3rd eldest is a sky blue cock, the 4th is a light green cock and the 5th is a sky blue hen. Hen has layed a new egg. Pair 3 - Son of Dumber (RIP) and daughter of Twitch - Visual violet opaline hen has emerged and is perching. She may go in the kindy cage if I see her feeding herself. Hen has layed a new egg. Pair 4 - Dumb and Light Green Spangle Hen - 3 chicks - Eldest is a white double factor spangle hen, 2nd eldest is a violet green spangle cock but has a lot of opalescence and the youngest is definitely a sky blue opaline spangle hen. Seed as the nesting material. Pair 6 - Opaline Grey to a Light Green Cinnamon Hen - 5 eggs. I am hoping for fertility. Pair 7 - Grey Cock to an Opaline Grey Spangle Hen - 1st chick hatched and has been fed. Hoping for a lot more. 6 eggs remaining Pair 9 - YF Opaline Sky Cock to a Light Green Spangle Hen - Hen layed her 5th egg.She addles the eggs as I heard her kicking them around. I took them out and put in extra sawdust to stop their movement. St Jude (the saint) is the patron saint of lost causes. St Jude (the hen) might be the biggest lost cause of all - lol. Pair 11 - Sky blue cinnamon wing cock to greygreen hen - 2 eggs layed. Pair 12 - Green Cock to a Grey/Blue Opaline Dominant Pied Hen - 5 new eggs layed. I need to replace the seed in there with other material as the eggs are sinking - Pair 13 - Grey Cock to a GreyGreen Cinnamon Opaline Hen -no new eggs yet Pair 14 - Captain Jack (Light Green Cinnamon Cock) to an Albino Hen - 4 eggs Pair 15 - Violet Opaline Cock to a Grey Hen - 5 eggs now. hoping for fertility.
  19. A lot of pet shops in NSW are going this way. They need to have adequate ventillation to have birds and other pets. I have spoken to the pet shop operators about it and it is a rule of the RSPCA.
  20. Well that is why it is a Breeding Journal Dave I write mine for myself but also for all my friends and family all over the globe. Some of them are really into it! If I was doing it all for myself renee then this is not the easiest way to do it
  21. Sometimes I think I am writing in this thread as more of a journal for myself than for anyone else. Kindy cage set up, birds to progressively go in over the next week or so.
  22. Photos update Pair 1 Pair 2 Pair 3 Pair 4 Note the colour in the green spangle cock here - not opaline, just opalescence Pair 5 - Back in Aviary Pair 6 - 5 eggs Pair 7 Pair 8 - back in aviary Pair 9 - Forgot to get a picture of her, so here is a week old one Pair 10 - back to the aviary tomorrow - probably Pair 11 - 2 eggs layed Pair 12 Pair 13 - no photos of the little green hen, only blue and grey cocks
  23. Pair 5 and Pair 8 have been returned to the aviary. Pics to come this afternoon. i have run out of time now. Back to HSC marking in 3, 2, 1.............
  24. Are your birds panting due to heat? Hot weather leads to an increase in French Moult. What about air circulation in the bird room to keep the heat down?
  25. I use mix that I have for a few years. It is the mix recommended by the president of the NSW budgie society. It cost me $28 a 20kg bag
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