Monday, June 27, 2016

ENTER TO WIN ... Giving Away Ten Copies of Suspenseful, Prolife Novel.

Begins at midnight tonight. June 28 to August 8. Goodreads does the random selections.

Good Luck!


Goodreads Book Giveaway


Cast Me Not Away - The Saga of a Child's Survival by Zara Heritage

Cast Me Not Away - The Saga of a Child's Survival

by Zara Heritage


Giveaway ends August 08, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Hummingbirds in Spring, 2016 -- Rosie Bird Loves Wild Birds Too



The Hummingbird Wars ... "hand" feeding various varieties on our back porch. Love these little guys, migrating through our area right now and very hungry!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Update On My Two Books

This is to let you know that my Small Exotic Bird Book will be available soon. The Publisher says the text is finalized and photos are currently being situated within each chapter. I expect it to be approximately 8 inches by 11 inches ... not small. Smile. It covers a wide variety of small bird species. Below are the chapter headings to offer enticement. 

SMALL  EXOTIC  BIRDS
By Gail A. Lewis
(aka Rosie Bird)
            CHAPTERS
  1. Introduction                                                                                                  
  2. Keeping Small Exotic Birds 
  3. Selecting a Bird, Behaviors and Personalities
  4. Cages and Aviaries
  5. Diet and Nutrition
  6. Breeding, Mating and Sexing
  7. Brooding and Incubation
  8. Successful Parent Birds
  9. Banding Baby Birds
  10. Hand Feeding Baby Birds
  11. Hand Taming, Talking and More
  12. Health, Safety and Medications
  13. Beak and Nail or Wing Trimming
  14. Egg Binding - Help and Rescue
  15. Maintaining Records, Genetics and Choosing Names
  16. Birds with Other Pets
  17. Aggression in Birds
  18. Building Projects, Nest Boxes and Incubators
  19. Questions and Answers
  20. All About Bourke Parakeets, Author’s Specialty
  21. Birds Bring Joy – A Final Note

If You're ProLife
 Like Most of Us Are Who Love Birds

About my other book, the novel CAST ME NOT AWAY, written under the pseudonym Zara Heritage:  In order to advertise and let people know about it, a Go Fund Me page was created solely to enable me (the author) to send out complimentary copies to ProLife organizations encouraging them to share this novel with others. I can buy the books wholesale, but they still cost money, as does the postage to send them. That's the purpose of the Go Fund Me request page.

Donations of $25 or more get a signed copy and a bookmark. Click below to see what else is offered.
If you support LIFE, and are willing to encourage it, here's a link.

 
Peace, Blessings and Thank You!
 
 
 


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Baby Bourke Future Color Identification and Banding by Foot Sizes.



Our current two clutches in video. It was taken today. Rosie & Pretty Boy have four babies. Peaches and Stormy have five. Fuchsia's five eggs were infertile, so maybe next time. Our beautiful Lutino, Sunny, hasn't been accepted by any of the three males she's had access to. Still hopeful for her.

Love these wonderful little miracle birds. Peace & Blessings!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Bourke Babies for Sale. Many Varieties and Probable "Splits"


We prefer to only have one pair of Bourkes per cage,
however, babies temporarily change that.
Young Peaches and Storm produced two clutches the end of 2015 before we removed their nest box. They were late in the season because of their youth. Not old enough in the Spring, by Fall they wanted to breed so we let them.

In their first clutch she laid five eggs, and raised four very different babies. The second clutch held six eggs. Five hatched and they raised all five. Rosie Bird on You Tube has several video's of these babies. A link is given at the end of this post for the latest one.

A Lutino and a Rosy on perch in back.
Rubino on floor with Normal on front perch at right.
There are six babies remaining that are currently for sale.We don't ship our birds. Pick up needs to be somewhere between Reedsport, Oregon (north of us) or Coquille or Bandon, Oregon (south of us). We are located in North Bend, near Coos Bay on the South Coast of Oregon, by the Pacific Ocean. We're NOT near Bend, Oregon, which is in Eastern Oregon. People often get confused between North Bend (named because it's at the north bend of Coos Bay) and with Bend, Oregon ... two very different places.

Storm is a Normal Bourke, split to Lutino since his father is a Lutino. His mother is a Rosy. Peaches' parents are both Rosy Bourkes with dark eyes, and they seem to throw one or two Opaline Fallow babies with red eyes in every clutch. Peaches is a light pink, Opaline Fallow with red eyes and some yellow feathers on her wings. So far in two clutches they've had four Rosies, two Normals, two Lutino's and one Rubino. These offspring could be split to Lutino as their father is.

Lutino in front has a bright yellow back.
Rubino is behind her. They're siblings.

Very young Lutino, Rosy and Rubino, all siblings.

Very young Rubino Bourke hen. Rubino's have red eyes
and are rose colored with no black edging anywhere.

These Lovelies are for sale.

























































 
If you are able to travel to our beautiful coast, we can describe fascinating places to visit, such as world famous Shore Acres State Park, for instance. Many nice places to stay in Coos Bay or North Bend as well. Many hotels or motels, plus our favorite Bed & Breakfast:  http://www.coosbaymanor.com/

Write to rosie.birds@gmail.com with questions, or for more information.

Here is the link we promised to our video on You Tube of four baby Bourkes currently for sale as of February 20, 2016.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgQDyNoD0PU  Or view below:
 

 


Peace & Blessings!











Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bourke Parakeet Catch-Up

Opened this Blog to discover that the post made on Dec. 15 never went up and I can't seem to open the draft. Bleh! Not sure if I did something wrong, or if it's a BlogSpot malfunction ... nevertheless, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's.

On January 4 I had a left knee replacement and complications with the narcotic pain meds they gave me. Cannot take them. Hence, I've been white knuckling it since and have not blogged or knitted, or done much of anything. My hubby has had to care for the pets and me. Good thing he's such a great cook and a sweet guy (most of the time, smile).

To see the video from Dec. 15 that went up on You Tube by Rosie Bird, here it is. Great Grandmother, Rosie, visits her granddaughter's clutch.


 
This clutch of five are now eating on their own, all healthy and beautiful.
 

Peace & Blessings!
 
 

Friday, November 27, 2015

BOURKE PARAKEET BABIES AS THEY GROW, a Rosy, Lutino, Rubino & a Normal



Peaches and Storm's first clutch. She laid five eggs and hatched them all, but one red-eyed youngster disappeared within the first few days. The other four thrived. See them completely grown up at the end of this video.

Peaches is an Opaline Fallow Rosy hen out of Rosie and Pretty Boy, both Rosy Bourkes with dark eyes. Storm is a Normal Bourke. His father is a Lutino (yellow) and his mother is a Rosy. They produced a very diverse, beautiful clutch!

Peace & Blessings!
 
 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Bourke Parakeet Babies, Four Different Colors in Same Clutch

Had a request for updated photos of our recent baby Bourkes. We were preparing for my husband's surgery last Monday, hours away from home. Everything is going fine, but he will have at least six weeks before adequately recovering. Being a caregiver takes time and energy away from other endeavors.

The Lutino hen before her feathers were all in.

Sweet little Rubino, my favorite actually.
It's been quiet among most of the birds. Only one pair is currently producing. All others are on vacation until next year. Peaches and Stormy had their very first clutch later than everyone else.
Rubino in front, a Normal, Lutino and Rosy.
This beautiful mixed clutch is a thrill to get. Stormy is a Normal Bourke male who is split. His father is a Lutino and his mother is a Rosy. A grandparent must be a Normal, since he is. Peaches is out of our Rosie and Pretty Boy, both are Rosy Bourkes. Peaches, the mother of this clutch, is an opaline fallow with red eyes.
We're getting feathers here and very alert.
Only one young pair, Peaches and Stormy, have a nest box. All others had their three clutches in Spring and Summer, so will wait until next year.

We're growing up! Dad at door, Mom in center.

Mom in center, standing. Only 3 babies showing, but there are 4.

Here we are at six weeks, fledged and weaned already.
Rubino in front, Lutino and Normal. Rosy below.
Photo taken October 24, 2015.


PEACE & BLESSINGS TO ALL!

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

No Baby Bourke Peeps Yet

Bourke Parakeet, Peaches, is about to become a mother.
She is an opaline fallow hen with red eyes and very sweet.

I was able to candle two of Peaches' eggs. They are fertile. Since this is her first clutch she's very protective. I candled those two while she was briefly outside the nest box. When she hurriedly returned, I didn't get to inspect the remaining eggs as I didn't want to upset her.
 
I've had experienced hens that were not hand fed or hand tamed who allowed me to move them aside to see their eggs or babies without incident. They trusted me.
 
Peaches is hand fed and very tame. However, she will scold and peck at me if I simply place a finger on the edge of the door to her nest box. She's determined to protect her first clutch.
 
I looked in her box again this evening and don't see any egg shells. That's a definite indication that an egg has hatched. No hatches yet. Although, she did move a bit when she turned to scold me and at least one egg is dark and looks like it's on the verge of hatching. Perhaps tomorrow. Her first egg is 21 days old today. Our weather has been cool some days and that can delay hatching, which is usually 18 to 21 days for Bourkes.

Our male Bourke, Storm, is of Normal coloration, so we may end up
with a diverse clutch like this one from another pair a while back.
Since she and the male are inexperienced, it's possible that the first couple of eggs won't be fertile and only the later three will be. The first two were laid several days earlier than the others, which leads me to consider that possibility.
 
May all your birds stay healthy and happy,
Rosie (who also writes as Zara Heritage on Amazon.com.
My novel, Cast Me Not Away, is available as an eBook or in Print). 
 

 
 

Peace and Blessings.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Bourke Parakeet, Red-Eyed Opaline Fallow Hen on Eggs



Peaches on five eggs, first is due to hatch Labor Day.
Here is the only hen we still have producing. All others had their three clutches for the year. This will be Peaches' first clutch ever. She's two years old, but her mate, Stormy, was only hatched last January. He is feeding her regularly and even going into the box with her already. Most of my male Bourkes wait until the babies are two or more weeks old before they venture into the nest box with their mates and offspring.
 
Because of Stormy's youth, we will watch closely any babies that hatch. There is also the possibility that the eggs won't be fertile, but we witnessed several matings that looked successful to us. We are optimistic. So far, an opportunity to candle the eggs has not occurred. Since it's her first clutch, I'm leaving her alone more than I might otherwise.
 
We will let you know the outcome in a week or two.



As you can see, she changes position while on eggs.

Peaches' mate, a Normal Bourke we named Storm.
His father is a Lutino, so we hope to get interesting babies.

PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
 


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bourke Parakeet Baby Update

The last clutches of baby Bourkes from this summer have all gone to their new homes ... all 14 of them. Earlier clutches from these two and others were sold and gone before these babies arrived.
 

Rosie and Pretty Boy's 3rd Clutch of 2015
 


The same clutch from above, now out of the nest
and ready to sell to other bird lovers.


These four are from Fuchsia and Flame's 3rd Clutch.

Here are Fuchsia and Flame's four, all out of the nest
 and able to go to new homes. Miss them already.
 
One little lady, Peaches, is two years old and on her first clutch ever. She is a pretty Pink Opaline Fallow, red-eyed hen. Her mate, Stormy, is a Normal whose father was a Lutino (yellow and pink). If her eggs are fertile and hatch, it will be interesting to see what they look like.
 
I bought Stormy a few months ago and he only hatched last January. He's very young to be a father. If their mating was successful and the eggs hatch, I will watch very closely to be sure all the babies are adequately fed. Sometimes young fathers aren't very good at it ... yet, he's feeding his mate and that's a good sign. If necessary, I'll help with feeding the new hatchlings.

Will keep you updated on this late-in-the-year clutch.

May all your birds thrive.
Peace and Blessings.
 
 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Novel, CAST ME NOT AWAY, is Now Available


Link to Amazon:  CAST ME NOT AWAY

Historic Facts: In 1939 a secret program, Aktion T4, was instigated by the Nazi’s designed to rid Germany of all children deemed unworthy of life. Later, it expanded to include mentally or physically handicapped adults. It is estimated that over 275,000 died under this edict and it set the stage for the extermination of millions of Jews, gypsies, Catholics and other enemies of the state.

Through it, the Nazi’s determined that death by gas chamber was more efficient and less costly than lethal injection. Hitler’s Nazi Party was horrible and cruel to millions ...

but let us not forget that it first began with the children ...

 
SYNOPSIS of CAST ME NOT AWAY:  Fast forward to a time and place where the future meets the past, and the abortion/euthanasia movement reaches its inevitable conclusion. Family size is strictly regulated everywhere, not just in China. The unborn are routinely aborted and unwanted children are labeled as useless, and sent away to be gassed and their bodies incinerated.

In this time of darkness, Mira Hastings and Grayson Stevens join a cadre of other brave individuals who stand against this mountain of evil by putting their lives on the line to rescue ill-fated children from certain death. In a bold attempt to bring down the beast, they publicly expose the greed and corruption that drives the system. Declared enemies of the state, Mira and Gray are forced underground as they flee the wrath of a vengeful government. On the run they encounter danger at every turn. But, with the aid of a network of supporters, they also encounter hope, joy…and love.
God Bless our Children. There, but for the Grace of God, go we.
 
Peace & Blessings,
 
 
 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bourke Parakeet Babies, Parent and Hand Fed For Sale on Oregon's South Coast

 
HELLO ALL!
 
These lovely Rosy Bourke babies are for sale.
All are hand fed and banded.
I've been so busy with my novel, "Cast Me Not Away," that is to be published soon, that I've not been able to do my favorite past time: blogging here.
 
Another time consumer: I agreed to hand feed baby Bourkes for two people. When I do this, I don't normally ask for a deposit. Feeding baby Bourkes is an act of love, but time consuming and more expensive than with parent fed babies, so I should take a deposit.


I removed two of Fuchsia's offspring and two of Rosie's to hand feed. They are ready, but the buyers are not. As has happened before, one said, "Oh, I thought North Bend was near Bend." Bend is in Eastern Oregon far from the south coast of Oregon where I live, near Coos Bay. No matter how often I emphasize where I am, there are still mistakes. The other buyer had a family emergency. Does happen.
 
So, I have four pretty babies waiting for new homes. Also have some parent fed Bourkes that I'll let go for $75 each or the very tame, hand fed youngsters are $125 each. Also, have two adult bachelors, both red-eyed opaline fallow Rosies that I'll consider selling. Both were hand fed and very tame. Kept them for a Lutino hen, but she's now paired with a Normal brown fellow.


I cannot ship. It's too far to PDX. I will meet people south of us in Coquille or Bandon, Oregon, or north of us to Reedsport or possibly Florence. We will be making a trip to Eugene in August if I still have birds at that time. More are coming, but they will be parent fed. I band all birds with closed bands giving hatch number, year of hatch and our initials: EGL.

If interested, write to me at:  rosie.birds@gmail.com


Peace & Blessings!
 


Sunday, May 3, 2015

BOURKE PARAKEET DIET AND OTHER ISSUES, A QUESTION

Recent Inquiry. Some emails result from Rosie Bird Videos, and possibly not from this blog.
Rosy Bourke hen and her chicks.
QUESTION:

Good morning,

Please can you answer a few questions for me? I have recently acquired a pair of Rosie's and have not been able to get more info on them:

What seed do the eat? They don't seem to eat the parakeet seed but are in the budgie seed.
What supplement, veggies or fruit can they have?
Can they be put together in a cage with show budgies?
Do they have to be separated from other birds to be able to breed?

Grit, oyster shell, white mineral block, cuttlebone,
nestling food and brown rabbit circular salt block .


ANSWER:

Bourkes  primarily eat budgie seed, but can eat finch seed and some things in cockatiel seed. They like vegetables. I give mine cooked corn, peas, green beans and carrots. Fresh broccoli and/or kale are both very good. Mine won't eat fruit ... a few will try apple, but not fond of it. They should always have at least cuttlebone available. Other good things are mineral block, oyster shell and rabbit salt blocks (for the vitamin D in them).

When breeding I give mine egg food (boiled egg, including shell and bread crumbs blended together).

Bourkes can be housed with other birds in an aviary of adequate size. Larger birds may harass them, however. If you have a mated pair, the males will usually chase one another, and hens will also chase the other hen (an exception might be siblings, but more often than not, they will still be aggressive to the competition). Housed in an aviary, always provide more nest boxes than you have pairs. A budgie or cockatiel box is fine. In a smaller cage, it's okay to put young birds together until mature during breeding season. Then there may be problems if both sexes are present. I've had no trouble housing just hens, or just males together. Mix the sexes, however, and there will be problems when there's plenty of daylight (or artificial light) to simulate breeding season.

Please go to my website and enter "breeding" into the Search box. Many early posts will come up on this topic. There's even one on egg food.  Here is a link to one of them:
 
 
Lutino Bourke hen.
Peace and Blessings!