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Crimson Finch Photos

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

I have had a good season with the crimson finches and bred some really nice birds. I took some time out during the week to take a few photos. I hope you like the photos of some of the young. Breeding Crimson Finches has been a successful process, so I will follow this up in […]

Testing Seed For Germination

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

The bird seed growing areas in eastern Australia have been badly affected by drought for the past two years. Stocks of seed are low and good quality seed is hard to get. Always test your seed when you purchase it to determine the germination percentage. Old seed of poor germination ability is obviously not as […]

Sprouting Seed For Siskins

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

This time of year the siskins both red and yellow are well into the breeding season and sprouting seed is an important part of the diet especially when feeding young. I use a mix of 40% grey striped sunflower, 40% safflower and 20% niger. These 3 seeds sprout at the same time as each other […]

Seeding Grasses – Quick and easy bird nutrition

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

An easy way to boost the health of your finches is to feed them a diet full of fresh foods. Seeding grasses are very prevalent at this time of year and should be fed as often as possible to your birds. I am in the process of developing an area devoted to growing grasses, especially […]

Finch Health – Watch out for worms

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

The cooler months are probably the most productive time for most finch-keepers. It is the time of year that all the Australian finches and most of the foreign finches will enter their peak breeding time.  Bird health is essential. Birds should be free of internal parasites and maintained this, so make sure your bird worming […]

Blue Headed Cordon Bleu Or Blue Cap Finch

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Blue Headed Cordon Bleu – (Uraeginthus cyanocephala) If you have ever seen the blue cap male in his courting dance and noticed the way he fans out his feathers at the front of his forehead forming a type of cap, you will understand why he is called the blue cap. Blue caps are an African […]

Spring into Action – September Bird Breeding

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Now is the time to get ready to act in the garden. Time to sow the grasses that will get you into the early summer. Again, sow seed in trays for an early start. I always find that a seedling 75-100 mm high sown into the garden bed will always get ahead of the weeds […]

Feeding finches through Winter

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

These notes are for the area i live in which is classed as a subtropical climate and obviously things that grow here may not grow at the same time in other colder or warmer areas, but try it anyway. Winter is the worst time for finches as they are very tender at this time of […]

Red Faced Red Wing Pytilia – Mutation, Hybrid or Unique Species?

Monday, August 4th, 2008

In Australia, the Pytilia family of finches are popular members of many collections. Most finch breeders confidently talk about Melbas, (green winged Pytilias), Auroras (Red Winged Pytilias), the Yellow Winged Pytilias, which have yellow wings and a red head, but seem to struggle on the details when it comes to the black sheep of the […]

Breeding the Star Finch

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Star Finch (neochmia ruficadua) Found across Northern Australia from the Pilbara, Western Australia to Cape York. The Star Finch species is well established in Australian aviculture. Although there are probably several sub-species of this finch, the birds we keep are probably a mixture of some from the west and some from the east. These birds […]

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