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  1. Appears to be a cinnamon opaline violet, as for the single or double factor violet i think only the breeder could tell you as visually it is almost impossible to know
  2. Good question Heath. Yes three lines are each being bred independantly ie: two cocks from each line being mated to six hens from the same line. Eventually these lines will be crossed to combine the dominant features together. Line 1. Excells in bone structure and frame. Line 2. Excells in width of shoulder. Line 3. Has dirrectional feather [mannes line] Whilst all three lines have these features to some extent, I have highlighted the best features of each line eg. line 2 is from Bruce Sheppards stud and he and Colin have spent years developing a stud with shoulder width[thats no secret]
  3. Yes Shannon I will post some photos soon, at the moment my birds are in a heavy moult and look shocking. FYI dilutes are recessive to other varieties and as such a good dilute is an excellent bird to have in the birdroom as it will help all minor varieties, but please remember it must be a GOOD dilute. this year I will breed dilute to dilute for the first time, maybe someone can tell me if they have tried this mating before.
  4. Shannon bird breeder, if I told you that I'd have to kill you! No not really, I've bred clearwings for about 35 years, the best ones I've ever bred were from mating clearwing to dilute. Many years ago I got Res. Champion Young Bird at a diploma show with a dark green clearwing bred from a dilute hen.
  5. If I am trying to improve spots on my line, I buy the best bird I can afford that has great spots. I mate him to a couple of my better hens then next year sellect young birds with good spots to breed into my line again. Warning...it can be a slow process but well worth it.
  6. I have a stud based on 3 very successful line bred studs. But it is very important when you outcross to breed with the best of the young, if not you waisted time and money bringing in the outcross. I only outcross to bring in a feature ie: feather direction or spots, then I pick the best young exhibiting that feature to breed with.
  7. Now that I can see the photo, it looks like she's just hot. The drooped wings and tail are usual signs of heat stressed budgies.
  8. I agree with you Heath, there is no room for being sentimental, when pairing up your birds. I've given away Diploma winners at 4 y.o. because their sons & grandsons were better birds.
  9. I normally keep 33% of the chicks I breed therefore I turn my stock over every three years, so no I wouldn't keep 4 year old hens. I tend to use my minor variety birds as feeders eg. clearwings or greywings.
  10. Maybe in your attempts to keep her cool, she's been in a drought and caught a cold. Sorry I couldn't see you picture, but the local pet shop should have a sulpher based medication that may help. Clearwing
  11. Ye, that was my opinion also, but I have recently seen some things to challenge my view. Are stock hens possibly burnt out early, because we start them too young and they fail to fully mature?
  12. I have found in the past the best way is to leave the cock with the first hen till she lays her fifth egg, then move the cock to the next hen. If the first hen lays 2/3 more eggs they are usually fertile. I will only have a few foster pairs so each hen will have to raise some chicks alone ie: 3 or 4. Clearwing
  13. I have also done it previously, but my intention is to continue doing so year after year, therefore the quality of those six stock cock birds must surely increase. Also the show team would be available for more shows as they will not necessarily be part of the breeding team. I also intent to leave the hens longer before breeding with them, hens born in March/April will not be bred with till the following Sept, making them 17 or 18 months old. Clearwing
  14. It is the time of year when I start evaluating last years chicks, it has become obvious [ as I'm sure it always has] the best chicks came from the best birds. Therefore I intend to change my breeding methods this year. Taking a leaf out of the racing or stud cattle industry, I'm going to use only my best six cock birds, they will be mated to the best 18 hens, with each hen having two rounds. Therefore each of my best cocks will have six rounds increasing the number of chicks they produce. Then my only problem is keeping all the other cocks I need to show, as I like to support both Diploma shows and club events, I will have to fly quite a few birds in the avairy which will never be used to breed. Anyway these are my thoughts for the upcoming season, I'll start breeding in March. I'd love to hear yours. Clearwing
  15. I'm with Finnie, all my budgies came frm Budgies and I don't have monkies in my family tree Clearwing
  16. Hi Penny, I would suggest you offer him some millet sprays as well as his normal food. Best of luck Clearwing
  17. Hi Guys, just checked BCV[ Budgerigar Council of Victoria] website, shows start in four weeks. I was wondering how your birds are looking, will you be able to show in Feb. or are your birds like mine stuck in a long moult due to weather? With climate change and new ring issue date will we have to change our shoe dates? Clearwing
  18. G'Day Bettie, welcome, isn't it great that our interest in this beautiful little bird can unite us arround the world. Clearwing
  19. hard to tell by the pictures, the two birds facing backwards on the last picture[right hand side] appear to be Yellowfaced Cinnamon Opalines, the one on the left appears to be Y/f Cinnamon, the bird on the left in second photo looks like a Y/f double factor spangle. cheers Clearwing
  20. Kaz, have you used Ivomec? It is the best Budgie drench I've ever found, one drop on the back of the head and no more internal or external parasites. Clearwing
  21. if you don't fancy using the Pea Beau you can place a good sized leaf of AloVera plant into a lT of water place in the fridge overnight, it will thicken as the AloVera gell blends with the water, next day dilute with water about 50/50 and spray directly onto the bird, also spray out cages perches etc. Clearwing
  22. I have had great success in the past placing the bird in a show cage and spraying with Pea Beau{not sure of spelling] I also place one drop of Ivermec on the back of every bird in the flight twice yearly. Best of luck Clearwing
  23. I do agree.. the thing that strikes me is these Half/half birds are either bad clearwings or bad greywings either way they are BAD. Clearwing
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