Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Aviary - New Arrivals

We picked up the last of the birds yesterday afternoon.

So a little bit more about the birds.

We thought very carefully as to what birds to have, no point in putting birds together which don't get on and the ones we have chosen are hardy and can survive harsh winters, they have the roosting box which is very cosy and their will be a heat lamp/night light put in their sometime so if it the weather gets severe they will still be warm.

The avairy must contain, an iodine block and some cuttlefish the birds get essential nutrients from these.

There is a dish of grit on the ground for the quails and also another dish in the roosting/feeding area, grit is essential the birds need this to aid their digestion.

All the birds are paired, 6 Zebra Finches.

Easy to identify the cocks from the hens, the cock bird has the bright orange cheek patches.

They are very productive when it comes to breeding, most bird keepers (unless they have breeding rooms/sheds) only allow breeding in the Spring and Summer months. So no nest boxes will be placed in ours now.

They can lay up to 6 eggs and will have several broods

The quails are happy, just going around picking up and bits of seed which fall to the ground, and they also have a quail mix as the feeding area for the other birds is inside and they will not get that much else. They have dish on the ground which is a mix of fine seed and chick crumbs.

They very occasionally will sit on their eggs , they will lay the eggs anywhere, if collected and put under a bush there is a chance the female will hatch them out, but not very often and the male can often be very aggressive to they young, most people hatch the eggs out in an incubator, we did this when we used to keep them so will probably do this again at some point.

1 pair of Diamond Doves, as you will see the cock bird has no tail feathers, he had been kept in a cage indoors and when he was caught his tail feathers came out, but they do grow back and won't take long and he can fly around fine, he was so happy when the female arrived. The cock birds have a brighter ring around the eyes, they will only have one or two chicks at a time. They will eat the finch food and they also have a cockatiel mix and will eat any small seed really and millet and maybe some greens.

These are the new arrivals and the last ones we our having, so the aviary is not over crowded.

These beauties are Bourke's

They are a very small parrot and around the size of a budgie.

The hen is the one on the left.

When we picked up these yesterday we also saw their young, they can produce some beautiful colours, we kept Bourke's before and they soon got to know and trust us and would come an land on me, very gentle birds. These will lay between 3 and 6 eggs, and they eat the same as all the other birds we have and also like a bit of fruit.

So we can sit back and enjoy watching them now, we go in and out the aviary regularly so they will soon be happy and trust us, in the winter months we are putting the garden chairs in the greenhouse so we can sit and watch them.

They have plenty of room and everything they want, and I have to add they are in far better conditions then where they came from. They will be very much loved.