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  1. Hi Hannah, quick question, what is his diet? Is it possible he has eaten something that doesn't agree with him? Cheers Clearwing
  2. Try Cobalt or Mauve normal, cinnamon or opaline it doesn't matter. Cheers Clearwing
  3. Appears to be Aust Yelllowfaced Opaline blue. Cheers Clearwing
  4. I think you'll find most exhibition breeders are happy to achieve 2.5 chicks per nest per round, thats an average. But it seems the better the quality of the stock the harder it is to maintain numbers. You've done well congrats cheers Clearwing
  5. Hi Clancy, I'm really excited for you, its great to have another budgie breeder on board, please don't be put off by some of the comments on this board, enjoy this great hobby. Breed as you choose to, but use it as a learning experience, watch the pairs closely get to know them. You'll have your share of success and failure and as you gain experience you may change some of your current ideas. But Good Luck ENJOY! Clearwing
  6. Libby I always pair up a few clearwings at the same time that I pair up my best birds, if necessary the clearwings become feeders, their eggs are removed and the eggs of the better pair take their place. Thats why I don't have a lot of clearwings, even though they are my favourite variety. I have used AI years ago, but have chosen not to continue the practice. I believe breeding capability and fertility are factors we must always consider when culling our stock.I will seperate the number one pair after this round and will not fly them in the same avairy, thus hopefully breaking the bond before I breed again in Spring. 90% of the time you can just remove the cock and introduce him to another hen, as long as the hen is in breeding condition you should have no trouble.
  7. As I quoted on previous threads, my intention has been to run my best cocks over all my better hens this season. Well, the season began well with six of the top seven pair having fertile eggs [ which are just begginning to hatch] The problem has come on the second pairings. The first cock refuses to accept any other hen but remains faithful to his origional mate from last season, so after they produced a good round of eggs I've had to transfer their eggs and let them lay again, he just won't look at another mate. [ luckily this pair has produced winners for me] In box two, great news 7 fertile eggs, but when I remove the cock the hen gets off the eggs, so again I've transferred their eggs and the cock is now running between his two preferred hens. All the others have been fine, the hens are sitting well and the cocks have been mated to new partners. I write this as a lesson for newer breeders, we have our plans, but its the birds which must breed. We need to do all we can to maximize the breeding results of our best and often expensive pairs. The only way to do this is to be observant as all birds have their own personalities and the better you know your stock the better your breeding season will be. Cheers Clearwing
  8. Great work GB I remember how cold that wind can be in Gippsland.
  9. This is not new news myself and many older breeders have used rasp. cordial for years it cleans the water as does condies crystals.
  10. I don't understand your reasoning, I believe Albino is a sex linked variety, therefore the hens are not split for anything and are not marsking anything they are just Albino hens.
  11. very impressive Mark, what lines are these guys bred from?
  12. Yes Daz it is good to look back, but I'm trying not to, too much as my wife says its a sign your getting old. I remember when we first got married we lived in a housing commision house, I converted the outside toilet and bred my budgies in fruit boxes, thats where I bred the Grand Champion at the Victorian Young Bird Shield. I remember he came from box 2 his parents were a dark green opaline hen and a sky split opaline cock. My current set-up is the best I've had its 10 meters by 3.5 meters built from steel and lined with stramit insulation, but that doesn't help win shows. You either get lucky and someone gives/ sells cheap a good bird from which you line breed. You spend a lot of cash and buy from one of the best breeders, or you study hard, study everything you can genetics, feeding, the standard and you take the long road, slowly improving year by year. Either way its great fun.
  13. Impossible to police Jimmy, I did know an industrial chemist, who had BIG birds but when you took them home they shrunk. He must have fed them something!
  14. Now thats a big improvement Daz, reminds me that I started the same way, in a wooden packing crate that was 1962 so I've had lots of changes since then. I now have a garage converted to breeding room and flights. What a great hobby we have.
  15. I began in hospitality, then went into business management, next youth work. Now together with my wife I own/operate a national training company. We provide workplace training in business, civil construction and water industry. For the past 10 years I've also been an ordained minister of religion[pentecostal] So I'm kept very busy, but I get to travel a lot, this year I'll spend 30-40% of my time travelling, it's tough but someone has to do it.
  16. Hi Splat, suggestion, absolutely drown him, wet to the bone then put him in the show cage, where hopefully he'll sit on the perch till he dries out.
  17. Appears to be Opaline spangle sky blue, but as mentioned picture isn't clear.
  18. I try to breed from steady birds, as I don't have much time to train birds at the moment because of work commitments. But years ago I bred an outstanding opaline sky, but it was lazy, in the show cage he would drop his left wing. I spent six months putting that bird in a show cage and holding his wing up with my judging stick, that bird eventually was Grand Champion at our Victorian young bird sheild. So budgies can be trained, but it takes time and I would only persist for an outstanding bird.
  19. I have used opaline quite successfully in the past, I think the reason is there are some brilliant opalines arround and they are easy to get for an outcross, the clearwing opaline hens when mated back to clearwing cocks can produce some lovelly clearwings, there is also less chance the opalines are carrying greywing. You must be very careful using cinnamon as a good judge will pick a cinnamon clearwing easily, there pink feet give them away. Cheers Clearwing
  20. Hi 4bugsy, Good luck with your clearwing venture. The trueth is no-one can really tell you what to expect, we have all tried many things and have produced some good birds and some rubbish. I treat breeding birds like cooking, only use the best ingredients and it should work out okay. So only use GOOD Clearwings and only mate them to GOOD normals, opalines or dilutes. Its not the colour or variety that makes a good bird, study the standard and experiment for your self. Keep us posted with your results. Cheers Clearwing
  21. I'd leave them another couple of days then remove them if no sign of life. Best of Luck Clearwing
  22. To produce quality [long feathered] show budgies we need to feed the feather ie: provide extras that will help produce the desired features. Other than that, they are the same breed, we just altered them through selective pairings, so their diet requirements are the same. Cheers Clearwing
  23. I use sterilized wood shavings available at pet shop, you may also drill some holes in the top of the nest box to allow better ventilation Cheers Clearwing
  24. Hi Libby66, Its a very risky business buying hens, particularly if they have swelling in the abdomine or butt region. Many people send hens to the pet shop that have breeding difficulties or that show signs of cysts and these would be doubtful breeders. Hope yours does just have egg bum [as you call it] Cheers Clearwing
  25. Daniel, Matt is right, your chicks were too young to remove their mother and dad could not feed all six. Therefor the chicks are under fed, hence you will have to feed them or try returning mum, but whatch her closely incase she attacks the chicks after being out of the nest. cheers Clearwing
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