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Saturday, September 18, 2010

I mean bad, and more pictures...

Blush came out of her nest box this morning, and I see 4 live eggs!  Not sure if I was hallucinating the first or second time, but I'm thinking 9 total scarlet chest babies this round.  Red and Scarlet have 3 hatched babies with 2 more yet to hatch as of today.
Red, one of my gorgeous normal scarlet chested grasskeet males.  I interrupted his veggie snack - see some still on his beak.  His busy eating and feeding Scarlet so she can feed the 3 newly hatched babies.  Behind Red are some of my gouldians who are not breeding yet.
 As promised, here are some pictures of my new scarlet chest mutations - here is Blue, the young white chested blue splendid grasskeet male.  He is still molting into his adult feathers, but already getting his white chest, which is usually red on a normal splendid/scarlet chest.  He should be split for ino.
 Here is Snow White, the albino splendid hen.  She is the most vocal splendid hen I've ever seen, singing as well as the boys.  So well, in fact, I had to ask her breeder to make sure she is a she, not a he.  She is DNA sexed to be a hen.  The albino is the white chested blue combined with the lutino gene.
 Ruffus the rubino bourke male along with the new splendids.  I am still awaiting a rubino hen who will be his mate.
 Here he is again.  He doesn't have his full tail feathers as he is molting.
 Here is Rose, my rosey bourke hen on the left, with Apollo, my yellow turquoisine male who is red-bellied and molted into a bit of a red necklace this year as well.
 Sunnie is the new mate for Apollo and is a red-bellied yellow turquoisine hen.  She is replacing Sunny, my poor yellow turquoisine hen who didn't make it after several weeks of fighting off one infection after another.  She is still quite young and doesn't have all her adult colorings yet.  My male yellow faced star finch is to the left.
 The new zebra babies - 4 out of 6 survived, 3 CFWs and 1 normal gray.  Here are 2 of them.

One of my creamino shaft tails - this is the male.  I absolutely love their coloring.  Sadly, no one is in the breeding mood yet, but they are young birds.
From left to right, a yellow headed white breasted yellow split to blue male gouldian, a normal shaft tail hen, and Turkey, my normal split to yellow turquoisine male.  
Here's the yellow headed white breasted single factor yellow split to blue male gouldian again - he gets a second shot since he was the only one cooperative enough for a close-up ;D.
A straw-headed (either red head or orange head) purple breasted blue backed male gouldian in the foreground with a few gouldian hens in the background.
First 2 gouldian babies of the season!  While it's unfortunate I had to foster them under my helpful societies, I'm still glad they are here.  Looks to be 2 yellow babies - see the 2 little head under the breast of their foster father, a pied fawn society.
Here he is feeding one of them.


  1. What a collection...I’m starting to get very jealous.
    Do you keep your birds inside?

  2. They are in my greenhouse, which has pretty good insulation and I also can add-on a heater in the winter if needed. The air-conditioner doesn't work quite as well in the summer, but can manage to keep the temperature from getting into the 100 deg F range (40 deg C, I believe). The weather in TX is so variable (one day nice and warm, the next day super windy and cold) that I don't feel comfortable keeping the birds outside especially since I keep gouldians. I know of people who keep their scarlet chests in outdoor aviaries here in Texas, but not sure how many keep their gouldians outside. I am also very jealous of your birds! It's very very difficult to find such great specimens of grasskeets here in the US. Most birds are just okay, not nearly the extend of the colors of the ones on European websites.

  3. It's mainly continental Europe that has the latest colour mutations, rather than the Uk. Although some of the big UK breeders now have the violet splendid.

  4. Do you keep your scarlet crested splendids in the same aviary as your gouldians?