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  1. 18 pairs: - The Main ones of interest are 11 Gary Armstrong 3 Gina House 1 Jeff Lloyd 5 Steve Elliot 1 Kakosckhe There are a few other less notables, but we paired them with 5 of ours we have bred, mainly from Armstrong, Jeff Lloyd, Steve Elliot, and the late Len Cowley birds. Interesting pairs (ours) - Armstrong x to Armstrong - WA breeder to Gina House - Jeff Lloyd/Steve Elliot to Steve Elliot - Armstrong x to Armstrong We have bred two sisters to 2 cross Armstrong brother and sister. Of Note our 12th position (DF YF Spangle) in the 2010 Nationals is half (or more) Armstrong and is going down with a new Armstrong Cock bird. So we SA breeders look at breeding some wonderful WA line birds that we can, tongue in cheek call SA's. Am wondering if we should move to WA and live there ...
  2. Excellent photos of some large and roomy bird flights. I think I need to build another flight after that.
  3. I'd have to say The two Gina House birds aka House, Greg... The big Cec Gearing boy, The Gary Armstrong Lacewing who is grandfather to some of ours born this year - but really they are all better in directional feather / size than most of ours. That they are almost all related from such a tight breeding area is a huge advantage in a lot of ways - they are almost a line / family in their own right. I think it will be good to get some Lacewings and Recessive Pieds, although we bred two together a few months back and got all normals, but they were nice. The new ones have settled in but it was hot and then it was too dark - should be better tomorrow. And then we'll have to name a few more, and I've got to put a small veranda on the flight, and a jacuzzi for when they get too tired to fly and need to wind down
  4. keeping men out of mischief with these little jobs is a good thing birds delivered to airport safely. Liv and kids delivered to airport safely, minus two items left behind accidentally.................. NO...it wasnt the kids !! :rofl: :rofl: No it wasn't the kids - thjey are here and have NOT stopped talking. mmmm - my Kaz bird perch (adjustable, hinged) is TOOOOO big - next one has to be half the size... barfely a Friday afternoon at that rate. Birds are also safe at home and they look adorable (and a bit hot in the 38 degrees)
  5. Well I had a spare couple of minutes today, to wack up Liv's perches. I used the Kaz ™ collapsible hinged version so that it makes it easy to clean underneath them by unlatching the sides so that it goes flat against the back wall. I think there is enough for the tribe of WA birds to come and stay (including the little urchin that we could mind for Dave McMinn) Interesting, had a chat with a breeder today who was very interested in the birds - his opinion was that there's a LOT of good bloodlines over there... I think he's right by the pictures of the birds I've seen. He was more than a little impressed when I mentioned whose birds we have. I'd post pictures of my collapsible, latched bird perch device, but they are only phone photos and not that good, so you can see it complete with birds sitting on it next week sometime. Note to everyone: Remember to look at the perches too next week, not just the birds. And Yes, I did paint it - a lovely cream colour ( tin cost me $24 ) but I failed there didn't I. Damn it! Should have left it unpainted, but on one hand it does look nice. Waiting for photos..............next week is too far away Perhaps today then, I'm getting my photographer back, not that I am excited (much ). Last night I got another order from Liv for the other flight to get a new Kaz ™ collapsible hinged version, but this one without paint, so I know what I am doing on Friday afternoon.
  6. Well I had a spare couple of minutes today, to wack up Liv's perches. I used the Kaz collapsible hinged version so that it makes it easy to clean underneath them by unlatching the sides so that it goes flat against the back wall. I think there is enough for the tribe of WA birds to come and stay (including the little urchin that we could mind for Dave McMinn) Interesting, had a chat with a breeder today who was very interested in the birds - his opinion was that there's a LOT of good bloodlines over there... I think he's right by the pictures of the birds I've seen. He was more than a little impressed when I mentioned whose birds we have. I'd post pictures of my collapsible, latched bird perch device, but they are only phone photos and not that good, so you can see it complete with birds sitting on it next week sometime. Note to everyone: Remember to look at the perches too next week, not just the birds. And Yes, I did paint it - a lovely cream colour ( tin cost me $24 ) but I failed there didn't I. Damn it! Should have left it unpainted, but on one hand it does look nice.
  7. and this boy is TAME. Sits on your finger every chance he gets And ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE I think you have done well to have got hold of soo many birds that are equal to our best, or so much better, and that we can expand the recessive pieds, and create an excellent line of lacewings. The only problem is, where are you going to find a box big enough to put them in on the plane. I have thought about it for quite some time, and decided that you will need to purchase a seat on the aircraft for them And to ensure that you get a good seat, and I reckon they will give you free champagne and treats, tell them you will be traveling with Greg, House and if you get odd looks say, you know Princeton... Just don't say the word Lacewing and everything should go fine. Worse case, if you don't want to do that - a VERY large pair of Budgie Smugglers should suffice...
  8. These look good Liv. I see you have named them.
  9. Mmmmmmm... let... me... think... Seems like I know what I am doing tomorrow - and there I was thinking I'd be roaming around on my motorcycle.. *SIGHS LOUDLY* (but nobody can hear me...) Okay, but I don't know about "wacking" them in. I might use some skilled "handicraft" to assemble some well placed perches Yes, honestly, I'd love to (I will, promise) - we have to put the crate-full of birds somewhere.
  10. A DIFFERENT perspective... Wake up, shower, get dressed - don't eat yet... go check on inside birds... don't eat yet... go check on big aviary... ignore rumbling noise and apologise to the outside birds for rumbling noise from my hungry stomach... go check breeding flight, breeding cages, say nice soothing sounds to gently wake up sleepy hens and get them to feed their young... apologise to the cock birds for my grumbling hungry stomach and rub massage oils into their feet to help them get in "the mood" to create more chicks... Open up the windows at *just* the right angle to ensure they get the right amount of breeze. Go inside and feed rumbling stomach... mix up new batch of soaked seed, do the breakfast dishes, wake up the cockatiels and gently lift them from the bed and carry them out into their cage so as not to wake them - its early (only 430am... never get it all done if I slept in until 7am) make the bed, tidy up the messy feathers from the birds - what can I do with the loose feathers? IDEA, put them in the down quilt - she will *never* know that they were not "down" sleeping on her side while she is away (shh don't tell Liv)... Go to work and RELAX - yeah, no issues... work issues... Hooray! (NOT) Get home and realise I should have stayed at work... mmmmm.... clean up the inside of the house where the "kids" have had a daytime-party and trashed the house. Why is it that a Cockatiel can't clean up a shredded tablecloth on its own, and repair the new tear holes in the curtains? Replace the tablecloth... (again) *SIGH* Drain the soaked seed. Mix up the earlier batch of soaked seed, add salt, pro-biotics, chick starter. Drain the soaking sterilized water containers, mix up a new batch of doxy powder and get prepared to be bitten 4 times, fight two escapee birds and say nice things to sooth them so they will "make" more babies in the morning after I rub oil on the cock birds feet. Aromatherapy is a wonderful thing. Mix up seed in three different grades - one for breeders, one for flight birds, one for "the others" replace water, feed soaked seed, fight escapees, catch sick birds - get bitten - put sulpher drops on their beeks and cooo at them and say get better soon. Wipe blood off hands and put them back - get bitten again - wipe blood off hands and smile to myself as I remember that Liv does this everyday... Feed them all, water them all, clean up the house... realise what the noise is and feed grumbling stomach, sing karaoke to the birds until they fall asleep on my shoulders and gently put then to bed on Liv's side of the bed (waiting to collect more down feathers) and then relax for the night. I'm luvin Liv being away (not)... *sigh* and I hear she is bring more birds home... And they are BIGGER and more demanding and have been pampered worse than ours... Is that possible? Oh, and seriously, everything is REALLY good apart from getting bitten all the time
  11. They look good Liv. Sounds like you're having a good time.
  12. thank you, one and for for your advise on my 100th post - i notice nobody offerred a trip to europe?? I can only reply to the posts, (and sorry if I hijack!!) Thanks Anne101 - obviously, got your vote for my 101st post... will send you my address offline, so you can send me a free bird... From Kaz... maybe 2 hours slave duty cleaning in the birdroom So much love, so much support... mmmmmmmm ... Kaz, I already pick up the kids, clean the house, vacuum the bird room, do soft seed, bird vegies preparation, dust the bird room, set up nice music for the birds, massage them, pluck their bird-eyebrows, work full time, and wait on Liv hand and foot - 2 hours of slave duty should be a breeze. thank you one and all, for soooooooooooooooooooooo much support. lets hope Splat gets her full blown circular saw for her travel cages (and she can send me a bird in one for my 100th post ) Good looking travel box, by the way.
  13. Good looking travel box. I know that we have talked about a better saw than a jig saw for cutting, but it seems to work - just not something you'd want to sell to people as a quality product (that's ours not yours) Oh - and just noticed this is my 100th post! Don't I get a free budgie, or a trip to Europe , or something, now (if for nothing else, other than, good,, coma,,, placement)?
  14. great summary of the line with photos, splat. Well done and a very interesting read. Some nice looking birds there, too.
  15. I wonder does this comment mean there is significant cost to ship birds interstate ? Because, I for one, do not believe that the average cost of 6 or more birds to be shipped interstate at a cost of around $50-80 total per box of birds AND averages out at maybe an increase per bird of around $5-10 extra on top of the birds initial cost....I do not believe that adds significantly at all to costs overall. That kind of money would never be seen by me as prohibitive at all nor deter me from buying interstate. Sorry if I have just taken a segment of what you had to say and enlarged upon it, but the phrase you used peaked my curiousity. yup - Kaz, was suggesting that as large as good old Australia is -- freight is cheap given we send birds so far and wide. We are not as far apart as we think thanks to globalisation, the new world economies, and a strengthening Australian dollar. mmmmm well, just read that as, freight is cheep, cheep (budgie sounds) :hooray:
  16. damn, that's what that smile was all about... a new cabinet! and here was me thinking she was listening my my new proposal to pair our best birds before summer comes along.
  17. yep, I hear you Dave... I can only add that I was going on the comments of Nubbly when she mentions the SA influences in her lines (Nigel Tonkin and Peter Glastonbury - two excellent and accomplished SA breeders alongside other very notable WA breeders) In my experience, all breeders KEEP their best birds.. but I'm not so sure that GOOD birds still don't often leave the State of their breeding origin. These could turn out to be potentially a different state competitor (slightly off topic from nubbly's excellent lacewing and breeding her line topic sorry)
  18. Well, we all buy birds and we don't always know when they are born, nor to whom -- that's the bird world for you, parentage can be fickle when we buy from people or discover a special bird in a pet shop and don't get records... That's we did -- we bought a very nice bird in a pet shop and we took her home. Like I normally do when I don't know the age, I guess and mark them down as a July clutch... it's a good enough guess... except that it's NOT. What if your hen is actually born at the end of the season, and you get the dates wrong? That's what I just did. And she dies because she was egg-bound. She was far too young to have bred, because of my poor record guessing. She went sick last night -- egg bound from being too young. She died this morning. We work up and she was still VERY warm. Its sad when it happens and I am annoyed over my record keeping, so now will move the hens age to the December time frame, or to the end of the possible age they could be, so they may well be older than than they are, but at least we wont breed them until much later. And now we have 5 eggs that have coloured up, and no hen. Fortunately we have a foster. I suppose its all a earnings experience, but getting the dates right, even if you err on the side of caution for your record keeping is better for the hen. Enought said - we're sad. We lost a good hen, all because we guessed her age when we bought her from the pet shop... Still guessing didn't help the hen.
  19. Fascinating reading about the history of your lacewings Nubbly, especially given that we bought a HOUSE lacewing recently over birds from SA. Many of the names you mention, we know and it is odd that we thought we were introducing a new line to SA, when we are introducing a HOUSE line that has linkages to our members over here in SA. But your birds are great (and you are doing very very well), and maybe, like the English linage uniqueness, ours in a state by state basis are more connected than first thought (as we pair 2 WA lacewings together...) Really cool, knowing more of the history of people's studs and how they are connected. We for one, breed all our WA birds together as a separate line because we believe that typically, they are connected via localised breeding (which sets them apart from other states) - sorry almost another topic... I wonder how much local interaction goes into state breeding over the wider country links, given the cost to ship birds via air freight. Mind you, it would be good to get another WA connected lacewing.... Split cock bird that has some size - greedy am I not? All offers considered...
  20. A little budgie told me that TODAY *Liv* had entered 7 of her birds in the NEBS and BSSA club competition, and that she got a place for 6 of the 7 she entered. She also got a 4th place overall for one of her birds. Not only that, she would be too embarrassed to let everyone know that her Green Series Hen won, RESERVE YOUNG BIRD in the novice category. Seems that her mixing WA birds with SA birds has given her an advantage, so well done to Liv for her success. Yes, you should tease her about getting her photo taken (twice) and how she got a big shiny trophy and a certificate along the way... I'd tease her too, but she knows where I Liv. 007... Bond and all that... ps - can someone move this to the RIGHT spot, because it seems I'm always putting things in the wrong spot.
  21. Thanks everyone for a very thorough answer. Now I understand the program I am using is wrong, but with a green bird the colour is not visible, and with a blue series bird it is. Happy, and will see if I can modify the program to make it dominant somehow.Thanks again!(Oh, Liv is going to post me a "I told you so" reply no doubt)She is far too clever... I'll just wait for her to gloat that she was right. (oh dear)
  22. Thanks Dean.I get that YF Type 1 has a yellow face, and that breeding 2 together will produce some white face birds. Still wondering if YF1 + normal produces some birds that are visually yellow faces. Or does it require YF1 + a specific colour, such a blue series bird as the second of the pair to produce a bird with a visually yellow face. SniggerLOL Double Snigger :question:
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