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Stunning birds!!!! I am so in love with your grey green cock bird.... ^_^:):wub:

 

Love your clean floors too. B)

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Those floors are looking good! I remember the days when my hubby scrubbed the floors once a week!

 

Now we have sand and it's sooooooo much easier! ^_^

 

How often do you clean out the sand?

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You have heaps of birds !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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he is in there somewhere

 

Not sure on the number, I will do a count

 

I have less that you Kaz

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Those floors are looking good! I remember the days when my hubby scrubbed the floors once a week!

 

Now we have sand and it's sooooooo much easier! B)

 

How often do you clean out the sand?

 

Once a month!!!! :D

 

My hubby goes in and rakes up leaves and husks (there is a metal grid under the perches so most of the poo is inaccessible to the budgies), removes the grid and sweeps up the poo and then uses an outdoor brush to even and smooth over. Once every few months he'll top up the sand from our stockpile round the side so that there's always 4-5cm sand. I bought in 2 trailers worth of washed white sand, the stuff they use for children's sand pits. On the base, on the pavers we originally put down 1 inch Garden Lime.

 

Gone are the days of weekly scrubbing on bended knee!! :yes:

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I introduced 8 of my 9 hens to the aviary today. Some acted like they were catching up with old freinds, some boys tried to jump them, and some hooked up like they had ben planning this rendezvous for weeks. Pics below

 

Everyone squeeze in now for the group shot. Hey, guys get in...too late

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Twitch with Macaroni - compare the size difference between the show birds and the pet birds - well illustrated here. Twitch is a gret looking bird. He has some Henry George bloodlines (I know, we are not meant to talk about bloddlines - LOL)

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Boys chatting

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Who said on here they loved Dom Pied Spangles?

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A Cec Gearing bred hen - heavily flecked, but good spots

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A very good Lutino, at first refusing to smile for the camera, checking out my original Clearwing, and considering potential mates in the 2nd picture

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An opaline sky blue hen who looks like she could be split to viloet - thanks Libby - and here she is, ready to pounce

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A lutino I got from Lib, and can you believe that Jester is giving lessons on correct posture and stance? LOL

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An opaline spangle grey green from Fran

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One clearwing sitting next to Cino - thanks Deb

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The other clearwing next to a friend she made in the last 5 minutes - did not get too good a look, but I hope it is the grey boy who is split clearwing

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The cutest pair though is the Cec Gearing bred grey green spangle who I got as 3 month old, and she has paired up with a Hand Sibum grey boy. Look at her head in the pics where she is getting a scratch - she has filled out so well.

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One Hen, a light green Cinnamon Wing was a bit sickly looking so she is getting a check up, Casear is on the road to recovery but will sleep inside for a few more weeks, and Wilde is a bit under the weather. i am down to only 3 more inside birds. Soon my garage will belong to my car again - LOL.

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Great pictures Dave B) Even better seeing the ones I recognise ( from your holiday in Perth ) growing on so well....the Cec Gearing little spangle baby is "growing into her genes" :(

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Gorgeous photos Dave! :( I hope Caesar pulls up well and join his friends outside soon B)

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Great photos Dave, it must be so quiet in your house now the budgies are moving out. I have had to move my inside budgies to the dining room, hubby complained that they are too noisy in the loungeroom and he could not hear the telly.

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I can see the backyard as a maze of aviaries some time in the very near future! New bird room, flights etc - looks like you are getting serious with those budgies! :wub:

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I can see the backyard as a maze of aviaries some time in the very near future! New bird room, flights etc - looks like you are getting serious with those budgies! ;)

 

Not going to happen - i love my grass too much. it is as mucha sickness as anything else.

 

I have the large flight, and I am building the new breeding room, but the grass has hardly been modified, nor the paved area. very few changes to the landscape actually. As for new flights, I just made an exisitng aviary better.

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I believe there is a large gap between birdroom and flights for "future expansion" ;)

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I cleaned the aviary and the backyard this weekend, to give the birds a better home and a better view. You wil notice in the aviary shot there are some natural branches under the dowel perches. These are to help the birds that do not fly well, to climb up the branches to get to the perches.

 

Aviary Internal

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Aviary External

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Birds view

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I also took some small vids of the birds - unfortunately there is no sound - but I will upload these later.

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What's the news in Caesar?

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Gorgeous lawn Dave. you must have cringed when you saw our lawn in my bird room topic :unsure:

 

I am so pleased your birds are settling in nice. Your Gearing hen is adorable... she is welcome to visit me any time ^_^

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What's the news in Caesar?
Not really sure. No mega, no other illnesses. he wa not throwing up. Thinking maybe was that it was a common cold, budgie variety.He is fine now, in the aviary
Gorgeous lawn Dave. you must have cringed when you saw our lawn in my bird room topic :unsure: I am so pleased your birds are settling in nice. Your Gearing hen is adorable... she is welcome to visit me any time ^_^
I really cringed when I cam home from WA and my lawn was pretty much dead. It had taken a lot of work to get it back to what it now looks like.She has developed very well, and unfortunately for you, she will not be going anywhere.

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Sherbert - my first clearwing

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Dave sherbet looks the exact same as one of my first birds but the only difference is mine is a male no a female he is my favourite bird

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looking good dave as per usual love looking at your pics

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I really like your birds-- so pretty. I think if I ever get back to breeding, I will want a large variety of bright colours like yours. Love the aviary set up too... it's always quite soothing looking through your photos!

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I really like your birds-- so pretty. I think if I ever get back to breeding, I will want a large variety of bright colours like yours. Love the aviary set up too... it's always quite soothing looking through your photos!

 

Thanks Krosp. I have gone from the pet type to the show type. I like so many different birds. If I was to want to go and be a spectacularly successful show breeder, I would specialise more, and I may not have an aviary of colourful birds. I might just have a few varieties. The thing is, I love them all. I came home today, and in shirt and tie still, with good dress pants, i went in the aviary, and they all just flew around me. It is so cool. I love their different looks, i love their different personalities.

 

I find them so relaxing, they are good for my health.

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I like pet types better, and I'm not planning to get into the competition, so I imagine that I will go for the colourful variety of pet types if I eventually get back into breeding.

 

*enters dream land*....

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lately i have been waking up in the middle of the night, sometimes due to my birds.

 

Last night I woke up and they were all in a panic. I thought there might be something in the avairy - rat or mouse - so armed witht he torch, i went downstairs and outside for a look.

 

The reason they were all panicking was simple - I had put a ladder in there to help the slightly disabled, and the hens had been chewing through the small dowel rungs on the ladder. Well, in the middle of the night, with a few probably perched on it, the remaning chewed rung gave way. The ladder fell to the ground, the birds fell, and the others were all spooked. Now, it takes them time to settle and find their way back to a perch, so they were all in a bit of a huff, well most. The only thing hurt was pride, and of course the ladder.

 

So now it seems, they are doing things to cause them, and me, night problems - :)

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:) I have a very funny image in my head of the ladder splitting in half and budgies going everywhere :)

 

Mine get night frights at times (due to my overly spooky tiels who jump at shadows) and i have lights that i turn on for about 30 mins to help them settle back down to sleep.

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