- BABY HAND-REARED BIRDS
Posted by Norma on Tuesday 27th November 2012 at 11:38:53
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- MY NEW BUDGIE BREEDING CAGES
Posted by Norma on Sunday 28th October 2012 at 14:05:54
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Things are very quiet now with winter setting in.
Posted by Norma on Saturday 14th April 2012 at 19:38:24
2 comments on this post - most recent Friday 20th April 2012 at 11:27:49
Winter is coming and it looks like my birds are resting now. My Budgies have laid eggs but it looks like none of the eggs are going to hatch, perhaps because it is getting colder especially at night time.
I have 2 female Cockatiels who are also sitting on eggs, I will have to wait and see if they hatch.
Since returning from my holiday in the UK, only one baby Budgie hatched in January.
My daughter said it was because my birds missed me, but this I cannot answer, as I have been back now 3 months plus.
My new Koi that I placed into my new fish pond that I had built last year, have produced baby fish, far to many to count.
I know nothing about fish and as far as I understand by reading some information on the web, it seems that some people have trouble getting Koi to breed.
My knowledge as I stated before is zero, but whatever I am doing must be working as I have so many baby fish now that I will have to build another pond or sell some fish.
My eldest son gave me 2 Koi that he had in an aquarium, he said the tank was not giving them enough room. Since he gave them to me they have practically doubled in size. At a guess I would put them around 35+ centimeters.
My son-in-law also gave me 7 koi that were in a small pond in his garden, but as my great-grand daughter kept going into the pond he also decided to give his fish to me. They were quite small and now they are around 15+ centimeters.
About a month ago I decided that I would let the water level drop so that I could clean out the bottom. As I was standing looking at the pond trying to decide the best way to clean it out, I saw a very small white thing seeming to be swimming in the water. On closer inspection I realized it was a baby fish, it was about 2 centimeters. Then I noticed a lot of little baby fish which seemed to be sucking on the walls.
I decided then that there was no ways I could clean out the dirt at the bottom as I would perhaps disturb any eggs there. Since then I have had 3 lots of baby fish. The first lot are now around 7 centimeters, the second lot are around 5 centimeters, and the last lot are now 3 centimetres. I have all sort of colours, black, gold, white, and some with all sorts of a mixture of colours, quite beautiful to watch.
I sometimes switch off the pump and the filter as the young like to come up and eat from the side where the water rushes in. I love to just keep low down behind a tall plant trying to keep a low profile so that the big ones don't stir up the dirt, so that I can watch the little ones eating from the side, or just swimming round and around playing follow the leader.
My pond water is clear on some days, but if the fish notice me looking in, the big ones go to the bottom and stir up the dirt so that it forms a dirt cloud in the water to hide the baby fish. Now I must decide what to do. If anyone has suggestions please contact me as I have no idea what to do next.
Duke my old Doberman of 13 years guarding my birds.
The 2 Aviaries built inside the entertainment centre.
Comment submitted by Christie on Friday 20th April 2012 at 11:27:49
Hi, How can I have my bird sexed? I have an 13 year old African grey called Tazz. Al these years we thought Tazz is a male, but now I do not know any more. Tazz has about September 2009 (2 years ago) decided I am no longer his owner and he has adopted my Fiancé. From then up till now Tazz has no tolerance for females. If we let him out, he charges for me just to attack me. Even the girl that works in my house and cleans his cage is no longer safe. Is there anyone you can suggest I speak to regarding this behavior? Thank You Christie de Beer
I can sypathize with you. You can take your bird to an avian vet to be sexed. You do not say where you live? There is an list of avian vets on this site. under bird accessories.
Comment submitted by Hannelie Wattenbach on Sunday 15th April 2012 at 17:36:59
Hi Norma, Just wants to say that it was a great honor meeting you and that I enjoyed your blog and photo's thoroughly. Keep up the great breeding work you do and the love for your birds and other pets! Kind regards Hannelie
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Yesterday I said goodbye to my beloved birds.
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