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  1. hi there. i am after a couple of cobalt or mauve or violet clearwings - show type. does not have to be breeding pair. i am in melbourne but willing to pay for shipping from interstate.
  2. Thank you. A great start into the new year! Just came back from my holiday and saw the good news. Happy New Year To All Of You!
  3. I would have loved to come and meet some of you guys at the auction, but I had to study . I really love the Chidel hen you bought Jeff. Lovely bird and I can't wait to see photos of your purchases KAZ.
  4. yes, photos would be good. if you've got the cage inside the house and the cockatiels have a couple of hours flying time in your room then it is a bit different as they can exercise ther wings etc., but still imagine they will have 3-6 babies....then the cage is definetely too small for the whole young family.
  5. please let us know the dimensions of the cage. i think i've got the same cage here that i use as a kindie cage for my budgies...75cm long, 45cm high and 45cm wide. it is bigger than the average budgie breeding cage BUT it is too SMALL for cockatiels. a cockatiel breeding cage should be at least 120cm long, 70cm high and 70cm wide. that is the minimum size and i would say the bigger the better. the perches should have a diameter of 2-3cm.
  6. This cage looks too small for cockatiels to breed in. It is okay for budgies, but not cockatiels. They need some room to fly and the perches are too small.
  7. Thankyou Catherine.........its good info to absorb and work through. Hi Kaz, It might be a tumor inside his tummy (eg. kidneys, liver). I had a budgie with similar symptoms, but it started in only one leg. The tumor put pressure on the leg nerves and paralysed him :-(....but I hope it is not a tumor but an infection like nubbly said.
  8. yes, i will take some photos on saturday for you. i want summer back...too dark too early too cold out there.
  9. better do it soon then :what: well done gb. that's great. I've only got an older photo, but can take a new one on the weekend. Here the old one of Sherbert:
  10. the dad has a great face and head....nice mask and spots. i am happy to swap sherbert for the yf violet sky blue baby. will you visit your sister anytime soon?
  11. It looks great Splat! Well done!
  12. thanks, gb. is it this one? he is lovely! i will take a photo of flannagan/wood cock for you, but maybe i will wait a bit as he is moulting lots and is not that handsome at the moment.
  13. Yep, if you don't like the mutation you are breeding, then there is no fun in it and you most likely lose interest. I will see how I go and I will probably read this in 12 months time and have completely different mutations in my aviary and lots of grey greens. I didn't like show types 12 months ago and now my aviary is full of them. I didn't like greys 6 months ago and now I have plenty in my aviary. ...but i did have a likeing for creaminos 2 years ago. One more quick question: A YF Dominant Pied (class 19), would you show him in the Dominant Pied Class because number is higher than YF class 13?(or do you show him in the NSV/AOV class?) gb, that would be great.
  14. thanks gb. i know :what: violets at auctions are too expensive. that's why i stayed away. and some will pop up in my nestbox or i have to do this to splat so she will sell me one of hers one day. hey gb, but you were lucky you didn't have to stand in line and wait to pay and pick up your bird. i hate this bit of the auctions .
  15. Thank you nubbly. This information helps a lot. I want to breed YF Normals + Opalines. Most of my YF birds are YF Mutation 2 I think. I also want to breed Creaminos because they are my favourite mutation. They probably won't have a chance on the show bench :-(, but I will try. After all you should breed the mutations you like best and I will also breed Albinos.
  16. Thanks nubbly. I will try to get this book, it sounds very interesting. Another question you might be able to answer. I read somewhere (i think it was on the World Budgerigar Organisation website) that only Yellowfaces Mutation 1 Single Factor Yellofaces Mutation 2 Double Factor Goldenfaces Double Factor should be entered in the YF Class at a show as too much yellow suffusion will be penalized. Is this true or does it depend on the overall quality of the bird? Also would all these mutations have to be entered in YF class at a show?: YF Opaline YF Opaline AOSV YF Albino (Creamino) YF Spangle (Single&Double Factor) YF Greywing YF Texas Clearbody YF Dilute Thanks for your help.
  17. you would not have run out of seed if you had a routine in place to check your birds and feed them 1-2 times every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and not only twice a week. and this is not c*** from me. it is advice.
  18. you should change your routine because it did not work for you....you lost 2 birds. nearly every day is not good enough...it should be EVERY day. try to install some lights so you can check birds any time. quick glance is not good enough....you should check feeders, blow away husks and top up if necessary and you should change water every second day or every day in hot weather. it is also about checking the birds for signs of illness...especially breeding pairs and chicks have to be checked twice a day. i am not picking on you, i am trying to give advice.
  19. Sorry to hear that you lost 2 birds :bump: ... ...but i must say checking and feeding your birds only twice a week is very risky and not enough at all. I check and feed my aviary birds at least 1-2 times a day on busy days, but more often on the weekends. If you don't have time to do this: don't keep birds or other pets!
  20. no finishe early lealotta did you get my pm i sent you ??? i know you said may no more birds buti got you two the nices birds very cheep look your pm if you dont want breeder wants back as were not culls were speash for you oh, yes. thank you so much for your help. i just answered your pm, gb. you don't like auctions? i love them! it is so exciting and it was hard for me to stay away from this one. how much was lot 118 - violet hen? many bidders? what did you get??? :bump: i know...too many questions.
  21. Did anyone go? And if yes what did you get? I know, I am a sticky beak :bump: . I didn't go....had other commitments and I think I shouldn't get more birds until next year anyway....I should work with what I've got...enough to start breeding for show.
  22. here some more information on feather plucking in cockatiels: click here hope this helps.
  23. I believe their bonded, ive seen them mating sometimes (i don't have a nest box yet though), and i see them preen each other, although if thats the case, it's just the female ripping the male's feathers. If it's her, should i seperate them? no, i wouldn't seperate them. it is a sign of love and affection, but i would keep an eye on this behavior. i found that they have 'periods' of plucking...maybe when they are in breeding condition. would only seperate if she does it all the time. i have a male cockatiel that plucks his hen's feathers...she has a bald patch behind her crest just like your male in the photo. and i've got another hen that rips her partners crest out. it is not an aggressive behavior. it is more a possesive behavior and sign of affection i think.
  24. has your cockatiel bonded with the young female cockatiel you've got? do they preen each other? I've got a bonded pair of cockatiels and they do rip each others feathers out sometimes while they preen each other. it is quite common for bonded pairs to do that.
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