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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Babies and mutations...

Despite the disappointing gouldian season, there are still quite a few new babies in the aviary.  All the society babies are big enough to close band.  Can't wait until they all fledge.  The owl babies are no more, unfortunately.  Both died with full crops and without any obvious trauma, so not sure what happened.  Canaries lost their fledgling, also for unclear reasons, but are now raising a new baby.  The white javas took over the gouldian style nest box in their flight and are raising a family.  Sea green red faced parrot finches have weaned their brood of 3 and are sitting on 4 fertile eggs.  I don't think my new turquoisine hen likes my male so far.  Hopefully they'll bond as time passes.
BH PB SFYB male gouldian

hoping this new lovely big boy will win the heart of my eager BH WB BB gouldian hen who had had 3 clutches of infertile eggs with 2 different previous mates now

he's a nice big boy

well fed white java babies

pearl society babies (chestnut pearl, I think)

fawn society babies, 3 are dilutes with clear wing

better view of the all 4 babies

fawn babies

chocolate self babies - if male will be split to creamino

more fawn babies - hoping for some red browns

forbes parrot finch baby with his foster parents - he fledged today, but decided to snuggle with his parents back in the nest

new red factor canary baby

napping after a big meal

turquoisine male still trying to gain the favor of his new mate

weaned sea green baby - starting to molt into adult colors

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New babies, fledglings, and some new turqs...

red headed yellow gouldian pair - male is lilac breast and hen is purple breast
red headed parrot finch on left, sea green RH parrot finch

newly fledged baby sea green RH parrot finches
I am happy to report I got a pair of red fronted yellow opaline turquoisines - still young, but hoping they will eventually breed for me.  All the grasskeets are molting or resting or just happily maturing.  Perhaps breeding season will restart in the spring, but they may decide to rest until fall again.

The gouldians and shaft tails have started to lay new clutches - fingers crossed better fertility this round.  Society babies have hatched, and parrot finches have fledged - very comforting to have some babies around.
pearl society babies
pied fawn society hen guarding her brood
notice she's fostering 2 owl finch babies for me - the 2 on the bottom
dilute fawn society with babies

babies from dilute fawn society pair - the mother has red eyes

Here is the male with the hen hiding behind him.
Here's the hen in the foreground - unfortunately a bit washed out by the flash.  Scarlet male in the back.
OMG, is the turq hen having a stroke?  Nope, just enjoying the heat lamp, LOL.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Unfortunates and fortunates...

For some reason, all of the recent rounds of eggs from gouldians and shaft tails were infertile.  I've recently removed all the clear eggs to let the pairs try again.  At least all the society pairs have a lot of fertile eggs.  The forbes pair have 2 fertile eggs - they may have tossed their first baby though.  The seagreen red faced parrot finch pair are raising their 3 babies without any problems at all.

I've really grown to enjoy my shaft tails...