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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Breeding Gouldians in Sydney and Colder Climates

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I got a question via email the other day: Hello. I am enquiring about purchasing some gouldian finches but have been informed that it is too cold to keep/breed them in an outdoor aviary in Sydney. I would appreciate your opinion. Thank you. My first thought was to say try it and see. But this […]

Colony Breeding in Finches

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Of all the birds I keep I do not colony breed. With the exception of two pair of Gouldians per flight everything else is bred in single pairs. This is not to say colonies don’t work, it is saying it is not necessary. The example is that if you have five pairs of a particular […]

Finch Breeding Basics

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

I have kept finches for over 30 years but seriously since 1984 when I moved to Broken Head, NSW.I am a finch breeder and that’s all I keep. I always try to improve whatever species I choose to breed because this is what I believe all true bird breeders should aspire to do. The following […]

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