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  1. Well after reading the article I would say that it was poorly thought out. The remarks about "ornamental" birds needing little love and attention would be reasonably appropriate for canaries and finches. Some of the direct quotes from the "expert" make sense. Where its the author of the article repeating what the "expert" has said, to me, it seems that the incorrect information rears its ugly head. I wonder how much the author of the article edited out or forgot to quote to make it fit? Yeah it is hard to discuss a topic without the article in question but I still stand by comments about the average pet store bird expert. Still its just as hard to judge an expert without actually getting to talk to them directly. Second hand information is never very reliable. Who knows maybe the expert actually passes on the right information and was just poorly quoted or misunderstood. Still good thing you wrote in and made an effort to clear up the misinformation.
  2. Thanks Norm I don't plan on getting into breeding (At this point anyway ) and the idea of small blood sucking mites just makes it that little bit less appealing The hen is pretty healthy from what I can tell but after watching her a little closer she has both of the cocks feeding her Over night the crop has gone down so I think she is just playing the boys off against each other.
  3. Just a thought about the comments from the "expert". Most pet stores that I have been in, have budgies in aviaries with lots of others. From my very limited experience aviary kept budgies don't really want much human interaction as they would prefer that of other birds. Maybe the comments are based solely around this and not anything else? It doesn't excuse the incorrect information but it would explain it somewhat. Personally I like to get as much information from many experts but unfortunately many people will take this as gospel truth and mistreat their birds. As an aside to this in every field there is an "expert" that gives incorrect information. Eg It was normal to smack your dog or rub its nose in its messes which is just cruel and pointless. This is still told by "experts" to people as correct training methods. Sorry if I offend anyone here but in my opinion unless you have a Dr. before your name you aren't an "expert" and even then its still dodgy. I would rather talk to an experienced enthusiast or a breeder who are more likely to have the information than an expert. These are the people who (Not always) it is a way of life and not a way to make money.
  4. Well I would say definately a boy going by that lovely blue cere As for names try here http://www.birds-online.de/namenstatistik/...tik.php?lang=en as it sure has loads to look at. Maybe you'll find one you like. Aside from that I'll suggest Zeke (Zeek) as it wouldn't exactly be that common.
  5. Thankfully I have no red mites. I was talking to one of the local breeders (Checking out prospective places for new stock. I'm becomig addicted ) who was telling me that he had a bad case of red mites over the summer and that was why his young birds had poor feather quality. Such a shame as he had some beautiful birds. Thought I would ask so I would know more for the future. Hehe Better to be prepared in my book.
  6. Its a nasty tating spray to stop parrots picking feathers out. Great idea though :budgiedance:
  7. Well a couple of questions yet again. One of my hens appears to have doubled in size. After having a closer look it appears that her crop is stuffed to bursting. Is this an overzealous cock stuffing her to the gills(He is so keen on feeding he is even feeding the other cock :budgiedance:) or just a greedy hen? Can a infestation of Red Mites cause a baby/young bird's feathers to develop poorly ? If so will the feathers improve after a moult or will they stay poorly effectively making it a "runner" ?
  8. I have been asked to find a all white, or as near as possible, budgie that doesn't have red eyes. How uncommon are dark eyed whites ? Of course this would have to wait until I get my new cage but I am trying to get an idea on how difficult this will be to achieve.
  9. Thanks Feathers Still there is always a slim chance but I don't think its much of one. I guess I can always addle the eggs if they do breed.
  10. (Laughing out loud) I ended up with 9 babies that started off with "lack of a nesting box"! My hen wanted to lay in the cushions of my sofa...and we know THAT would not have been a good idea at all! Just to say it is possible but not probable. Are your birds indoors in a cage or outdoors in an aviary? **lovely picture splat!** :hap: Don't tell me things like that! :hap: :hap: I am so not prepared for something like that as I have had them for about a month. Oh and they are in a cage in my loungeroom
  11. Thanks. It was what I thought but I figured better to get get confirmation. I just hope the lack of a nesting box will prevent an attempt to breed as I am unable to separate them
  12. Tal

    Greetings

    Thanks Elly
  13. Well I have been looking through the forum and the FAQ to see if I can find examples of hens in breeding condition. I can't seem to find any examples. If any one has some pictures that show a hen in breeding condition as opposed to scaly face can they please post them. I am trying to find out so I know if I need to separate my hen from the males or treat her for scaly face. This is a picture of what she looks like atm I figure better to ask.
  14. Tal

    Greetings

    I thought so too Any suggestions as to Sooty's mutation ? Trying to learn as much info on the birds that I have that I can.
  15. Have a look at this for some picture's and a little info. http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/2002/archives/2002?p=821
  16. Tal

    A Little Advice

    Thanks everyone for the pointers. After discussing it with my partner further. we decided it would be easier to purchase one.
  17. Tal

    A Little Advice

    Well there goes that idea Hardwood is more expensive than I thought. It will more likely be cheaper to buy a pre-made cage. As to plan details I had intended on making the cage 48" wide 24" deep and 36" tall. I was then going to make a basic MDF cabinet to mount the cage on so I had some storage space. I figured a 2" gap between the cage and cabinet to put a couple of trays in. Would probably have had to use aviary wire mesh as powder coated is pretty hard to find. The ends to have been on hinges as well as doors cut into the mesh. Some split pieces of dowel to frame the cut wire of the small doors. I kinda wanted this to be a display cage as it would be sitting in my lounge room.
  18. I am thinking about making a new cage for my birds as most cages I have seen are tall rather than wide. I have read through the FAQ and am aware of what wire that I should and shouldn't use. What I am having trouble with is what woods are safe to use. I read that MDF is no good and treated pine is obviously out so what would people suggest ? I would guess that untreated pine would be okay, but as its a soft wood, would it be worth using ? Would rather not have to remake the cage too frequently due to chew damage.
  19. Tal

    Greetings

    Well after a little bit of chaos my other budgie finally sat still long enough for me to get a picture of her. This is Sooty Hehe This is what you get when you let your 4 yr old choose names.
  20. That was pretty much what I thought. Nice to get confirmation though. Not exactly a pet store that I would take seriously but I figured better to check.
  21. I realise that you can put a cage budgie into an aviary but can it go the other way round ? Or will aviary kept birds get too stressed ? My local animal torturers sell their budgies as tamed for $80 - $100 depending on colour and aviary budgies at $15 - $60 but say that you can't put an aviary budgie into a cage as it will stress and die. Does this have any basis in fact or is it a money making ploy ?
  22. Seeing that makes me feel so bad. I have such a crappy little cage for my birds. Still at least it is only temporary Nice to know that I can take the top off and modify it before I get it too. I suppose I should ask what would be a maximum number for a cage that size as I get the feeling that budgies may be addictive .
  23. Tal

    Greetings

    Well I got some pictures sorted out this afternoon of 3 of my birds. The fourth is still a little camera shy. Not the best quality pictures unfortunately This is Phil and these are Manny (on left) and Lou-Lou Phil and Lou-Lou have bonded leaving poor old Manny to fend for himself. My other female is a greyish blue with a white face. Bit of a weak description but when she is a bit more comfortable with a camera I will try for a picture.
  24. Well this is the cage I plan to get in the next month or so Dimensions: 80cm (L) x 60cm (W) x 170cm (H) or roughly 30" (L) x 24" (w) x 67" (H) Would this be ideal for the amount of budgies I have ? I know its tall rather than wide but I plan on being able to allow the birds time to fly out of the cage.
  25. Tal

    Greetings

    Thanks for the welcome everyone. My setup is pretty basic compared to those I have seen posted here. At the moment I just have a flight cage and a round dome type cage. I'm not real happy with the setup as the birds aren't tame so I can't really let them out. I got the 3 birds in the flight cage from a Free to good home ad which funnily enough cost me $20. Still happy to get them away from the owner. They were left out side all day with a piece of newspaper on top of the cage to protect them from the weather and brought in at night. Not the worst conditions I have seen animals in but not the best. I think I have had them for maybe 3 weeks. The single female I got a couple of days ago from a pet store along with the round dome cage. I was going to keep them in pairs in two cages but will probably get a larger cage and keep them all together. Hopefully I can get the camera working in the next few days and post some pictures. I can't even tell you what types of budgies I have as I just don't know. Still too new to all this. I never knew there were so many varities
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