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  1. Hey, thanks for the compliment, but I don't know if its deserved. I don't keep many clearwings, I used to years ago but now I cull heavily on all my stock. I breed about 100 birds a year but only fly a total of about 50 Off season. That includes Normals, Cinnamons, Opalines, Dom Pieds, Spangles and Clearwings. I guess what I'm trying to do is just keep and breed with the best. Cheer Clearwing.
  2. Yes happy to use a good opaline or normal to breed splits but never cinnamon or greywing, Clearwing :doh: I thought this clearwing cock was coming to my house for a visit Oh well wishing anyway Gee Clearwing don't ya think this cock yoursand thie dilute hen mine would make a good pair :fingerscrossed: The cock in the picture will be going to the shield in May, but I may be able to lend you one of his brothers. Clearwing
  3. How do you breed your clearwings Nubbly5? As I have said my preferred outcross is Dilute failing that a good Normal or Opaline. In the photos Splat posted for me you'll see a clearwing cobalt cock sitting next to a dilute. That dilute will be mated to the clearwings Violet sister. Cheer Clearwing
  4. Saw the darkwing DVD that Don Burke and Mario put out to ANBC and in it he commented that he had "cracked" the long flighted gene and not to be scared to use it when improving stock. Can't say I was overly convinced though but to test out his theory I will be using a couple heavy flighted birds this year instead of culling them out of my stud. I think I have a copy of the article he wrote on it too so I might post it up with permission. Interesting, when the longflight first appaered in Australia, we were told by "our" so called experts to cull them out, never to breed with them. When they appeared in England however, they did breed with them and produced what we call the Exhibition Budgerigar of today. But the way I look at it is those lovely English breeders have already done the work for me, there are plenty of large, big headed, short winged birds I can use, so I don't need the longflights. Clearwing
  5. Judging from the photo he looks a little out of breeding condition to me, I suggest you feel his chest to see if he is skinny or has some weight on him, what most people fail to realise is that budgerigars[ as with most animals] need a certain amount of body weight, to breed successfully. Clearwing
  6. Not referring to any of your birds, just giving you a heads up, as it has been my experience that many people start with clearwings and in an effort to increase size and head they mate them to some large rough birds. The result of which is the clearwings end up with long secondaries, the breeders don't notice untill the judge points it out. Clearwings are a beautiful, frustrating,rewarding,maddening variety to breed, but I love them hence my name. Although I'm better known for Normanls, Opalines and Cinnamons. Clearwing
  7. Thank you Clearwing! I was lucky to start off with very good stock, the trick now is not to mess it all up! ... and hopefully improve over time. I believe you are on the right track using dilute, I mentioned in another thread thats how I bred my best clearwings ever, a word or warning, check length of secondaries very carefully. Many breeders fail to pick up long secondaries on a single coloured wing, but the judges will not. Clearwing
  8. Hi Renee, nice, you have some very good clearwings with good contrast between wing and body colour, keep up the good work. Clearwing
  9. Looks like you should be called clearwing instead of me. Some lovely variety clearwings there. Isn't it interesting when you add the dark factor the wing markings tend to be darker also. At the moment all my clearwings are blue series but I must admit a good green with contrasting yellow wing is a sight to behold, I'll have a play arround tomorrow weather permitting and see if I can post some also Cheers Clearwing
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    You would be amazed at how many of our birds die of Tumors or cancerous growths.
  11. He looks like a typical aussie greywing, yes he is pretty well marked as far as wing colour and markings go, from the photo he may be masking Yellowface.
  12. I would use both treatments now both the ointment and the antibiotic, remember the antibiotic is in very small doses for budgies and therefore takes a long time to work, hence the 45 day tratment for Psitacosis.
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    Sorry to hear that mate, but he sure has left his mark.
  14. they are hard to build as they must all be identical, the correct timber is hard to get, I suggest you contact the nearest club and ask if they could find you a second hand cage, you could paint it perhaps they normally sell for $15-$20 secondhand
  15. Not aware of any anti-bacterial paints, but i would suggest you prime the iron to seal it and prevent rust then paint with nomal household water based paint. Best of luck, post a picture when you build it.
  16. Thanks Kaz that would be appreciated, I haven't heard of that brand.
  17. GB, I think the main thing is to use a dark factor hen, dark green, olive, cobalt or mauve. You should breed a lut hen hopefully with good colour. The most successful Lutino breeder ever in Victoria would mate his Lutino's to cinnamon opaline olive hens, the colour of the lut hens produced was outstanding and very hard to beat at the shows, I know I had the Res. bird to him on several occasions.
  18. GB, If the birds are fit and well, the only other seed I would add is either sunflower or preferably safflower[it is smaller and easier for budgies to eat] it really helps add weight to the birds.
  19. Good photos KAZ, I like the look of the second seed, it looks fuller if that is a word, it seems to have more life in it, I like the colour of it better than the first photo. What brand is the second?
  20. Hi GB, check with other members of the club as to how their birds are going. I'm not sure where your seed is coming from now, but for many years Gippsland club used my mix which is Plain Canary 50% White millet 20% jap millet20% Panicum 5% hulled oats 5%. I found that a good all year mix but added extra bits during breeding season
  21. Yes Splat, that is my intention, but the soft food may only be twice a week. I fly all my birds in one flight all year round, hens, cocks, young hens & young cocks only UBC's have a seperate flight. In 48 years I've never had a problem with overweight birds, wish I could say the same about myself.Yes Renee, my birds are also in the "off" season, but I'm begginning to build them up for the show season and my first breeding period which is in March. I devide the year into four natural seasons and only breed in Autumn and spring the birds are in thr flight in summer and winter.I think that perhaps as you are on the opposite side of the country to me, your farms may not have been effected in the same way, my bird seed comes from NSW. and there is definately a huge difference in the seed to what it was years ago. The white millet in particular was large, roung and quite milky looking, now it is small and looks dry.
  22. I went to my seed merchant this week and bought 3 X 20klg bags of my normal budgie mix, today I opened the bags, put my glasses on, and checked the seed. I am amazed at how small each grain of seed is, the millet is tiny. Even the plain canary seed is small. So this has got me thinking, here in Australia we have had drought conditions for 12 years [ or is it climate change] this is having a huge impact on our farmers and on the grain they are able to produce. I remember 15-20 years ago feeding my birds both white and jap millet that were double the size of todays crop. I wonder about the nuitrient value of this tiny seed. Does anyone know of recent studies on the nutrient value? Anyway, I have decided to change the feeding program I have used for many years. During the breeding season I have fed suppliments such as soft food mix, additional grains such as sunflower, safflower and oats and additional vegetables. I am now going to add these all year round to suppliment the diet. I will also resourch vitamin and mineral suppliments which I have used sparingly in the past. I know climate change has altered how I house my birds, I now have a cooler in the avairy. On hot days I give my birds ice blocks, but I'm seriously looking now at their diet, I just don't believe they are getting enough from their natural diet. Clearwing
  23. If the cock was bred from a lutino then he is split lutino, but if mated to a non lutino hen only female chicks will be lutino. So I quess you have 3 young cock birds, just bab luck.
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