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12/3/07 9:13 A

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The finches are doing swell. One pair has set-up housekeeping in one corner, in a bunch a faux flowers. It's the worst nest I've ever seen LOL. I guess they will improve as they get older.

Haven't seen any of our winter birds yet. Have you?

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12/1/07 3:13 P

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We still have carolina wrens in the garden and I saw some gold finches that are now in their winter colors and it's December!
our weather has been so mild here it is just now getting down to the 30's

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12/1/07 11:56 A

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hi ginger,
i have to say, you are the nicest group leader from all of the groups i belong to.
i fell off of the spark wagon months ago, with losing sammie and rocky and poncho's egg laying problems. so far no more problems for an entire month. today i am staring over. i actually tracked my calories and did 250 reps on my ablounger so far.
i have been having problems with a falcon/hawk. i just chased him away 5 mintutes ago. i know he is out there when i have seeds outside and not a single bird/squirrel is around. i have chased him away everyday now for an entire week. he likes to sit in my almond tree or under the everygreens. today he was sitting 5 feet away from the seeds like a big statue just waiting to pounce on some poor unsuspecting bird. i even have a bunny that spends the day under my austrain pine tree. he has his little rump next to the tree trunk and he eats the leaves all day long. perfect place to hide from the raptor.
my conures don't talk. have fun with the baby, it fun to watch them grow and discover new things. what kind of a conure is it? i have a plain green conure and a nanaday conure.

hope everyone has a great weekend.

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12/1/07 10:43 A

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emoticon HYPNOTIC HOW ARE YOU THESE DAYS? WE MISS HEARING FROM YOU!HOW ARE YOUR BIRDS? DO YOUR CONURES TALK AT ALL?MY DAUGHTER JUST GOT A BABY ABOUT 6 ONTHS OLD.WE ARE HAVING A STORM HERE AND I AM FEEDING ALL MY OUTDOOR BIRDS EVERY DAY!HOJI HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOUR BIRDS!

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11/13/07 9:00 A

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I have one big flight cage and we're getting ready to increase its length by more then half, so they are all going in together. I bought them being pretty sure they were hens, well at least one anyway. One sings alot for a hen but not the full male song, as you say - has that lighter beak and no other male markings (orange ckeek pathches, etc.) They are so pretty, and unlike any of my cocks that I could not resist, even though there were many that were clearly males. I like to have my babies with markings so that I can tell one from the other, so they stay individuals to me. I like know who is Alistar, who is Colin, which is Elton or Julian.

Yeah, the zebras are like little chickens, eggs either way. For birth control you just take away the eggs as you see them.

I think the new girls will be Eleanor and Jane (Miss Marple).

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11/12/07 6:37 P

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keep them in separate cages

the bright orange/red beaks are male

the dull orange beaks are female

while the females will lay eggs without males the eggs will not be fertile without the males & females being together.

I use to put the health pairs together to mate and sell mating pairs for $50 to $75 a pair

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11/12/07 2:54 P

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Well, my males only period has come to end (I think) I bought two zebra hens this weekend. Oh well, there goes the coop!

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11/10/07 8:40 P

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I have three parrots, a white face amazon,an african grey and a sun concor and two parakeets
the sun concor is hand tame and all the parrots talk and were given to us by people who no longer wanted them
they have their own room that we run a small heater in since they are tropical birds

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11/9/07 9:59 A

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It's interesting the different experiences people have. My finches love cuttle bone.

I have only males (don't want any babies) the zebras are pretty loud for finches. Females are quieter but the eggs might be a nuisance. The societies are much more quiet (and more peaceful, the zebras are a little aggressive).

Finches are cage birds and don't like to handled. Society finches never existed in the wild, they are a species developed by us (in China I think). I would recommend them for a beginner, an apartment, and they are pretty tolerant about the heat. I keep a little heater (oil-radiator style, no fire hazard) in their room to keep it from getting too cold at night. Finches are very social and so should be kept in small flocks and in even numbers (6 is a good # for zebras and 4 or more societies). Birds of the same gender will pair bond.

Parakeets are not too loud if you want a bird that will interact with you and be more of a pet. Keeping two, since they are social would be good, from what I've been told.

I have a cat and 2 dogs, so I didn't really have enough time to give to 'hand' birds.

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11/8/07 6:01 P

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hi guys,
well i have only 12 birds now. a moluccan, 3 amazons, 2 conures, 5 cockatiels and a pionus parrot.
i had about 40 finches. they are cute but the zebra females lay eggs all over the place. each time a female lays an egg she loses 10% of her skeletal calcium to the point that they don't have enough to make the shell around the egg, then the egg is the consistency of a hard boiled egg that they can't pass, they get egg bound and die of albumin poisening. so finches need a lot ofcalcium, most won't eat the cuttle bone so my vet gave me a powder called osteoform which you mix into the seeds. then if the birds don't get any sunlight (vitamin D), you need to give multivitamins in the water. vitamin d is needed for calcium absorption.
of all of the birds i have i think 1 of best for a apartment is a pionus parrot. they are very quiet and curious, very playful, good talkers and very sweet. i think cockatiels aren't too noisy either, but if you only have 1 it will squawk if it's lonely. at least 2 can keep each other company.

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11/8/07 3:25 P

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Welcome to the forum! :)

How noisy are finches? I live in an apartment and would love to own a pet bird. Will they land on your hand or are they mainly cage-birds.

Would like pets, but I'd have to turn up the heat when I'm not home for them. I have fish, but they have their own heater.

We used to have a cockatiel when I was growing up. I loved him dearly and was devastated when we lost our pets in a housefire.

Any suggestions for an apartment-dweller?

Also, when my parents kept the cockatiel, we had troubles with those little white moths. Was it a problem with the food?

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11/8/07 1:11 P

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Hi,
I have 9 finches in large flight in my sewing and craft room; 4 societies, 4 zebras, and a canary!
I live in the city (Baltimore) and we don't get so many different sorts outside, but I love what we do get. Lots of sparrows, mourning doves, an occational cardinal, goldfinch, or blue jay. In the spring we get robins galore, in the winter we get slate-coloured juncos, titmice (or is titmouses), and chickadees.
My name is Hoji.

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