Monday, July 29, 2013

Bourke Parakeet Breeding Update, Including Visiting Horses

Below are the six Rosy Bourke babies produced in second clutches from Flame and Fuchsia and from Rosie and Pretty Boy. Elderly Rhett and Cherry hatched only one egg in their second clutch and that red-eyed baby only lived ten days.
Second clutch of 2013 Rosy Bourke parakeets.
These are parent fed, four from Flame and Fuchsia
and two from Rosie and Pretty Boy. Both sets of
 parents had a baby with red eyes this time.

Recently sold hand fed, tame Rosy Bourke parakeets.
Male on right is Songster. Female is Peaches.
Both went to new California homes last week.

Peaches on left is a hen. Songster on right is male.

Neighbor's horses escaped and paid us a visit yesterday. Took these photos of them grazing in front of our home. We have plenty of room for them to roam and they enjoyed running circles around the house.



They're very friendly and asked for treats, but I didn't give them any. Breaking out of their own fenced area is not to be encouraged. However, I enjoy having them visit once in a while...just don't enjoy the packages they leave.
 Blessings to you and all your pets,
and blessings to those that belong to your neighbors too!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bourke Parakeets to New Homes

This lovely little lady is the excited new owner of a hand fed female Bourke. She's taking her home, and her mother shared this photo with us.

Bye Peaches. We know you will be loved.

Named "Peaches," this bird is the youngest from a clutch of three out of Rosie and Pretty Boy last November. Although it's unusual for us to do this, we clipped Peaches' wings to help her new owner keep track of her. A bird on a curtain rod is a problem for a child and Peaches is a strong flier.
Hopefully, by the time her flight feathers grow back Peaches will be bonded to her new owner and easier to retrieve. Her mother, Rosie, will come to me when I call her.

Bird at left is my red-eyed "Sweetheart." Bird on my hand is
Songster. He went to San Francisco on Sunday. Will miss him.

Another view of Peaches before leaving us. She is a
sweet little Rosy Bourke hen.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cobalt Blue Linnie, Hand Fed and Rowdy

Update on 12/11/2013 ... Have decided to keep "Blue." Our other pair is on babies, so hopefully we will get a mate for this bird and make it happy. Smile. Besides, he's growing on me. Very tame and fun.


Beautiful hand fed cobalt blue Lineolated parakeet. He loves attention and loves his toys. He is the first Lineolated parakeet I've owned, although we've since added a mated turquoise pair. I hoped to get a youngster from them to mate with him, but am reconsidering raising Linnies as I have too many birds and want to continue specializing in Bourke and Splendid parakeets.

"Mr. Blue" was hatched in November, 2012.
Linnies come from South America. Although small, they act more like a large parrot than like the smaller parakeets. They pick things up with their feet, and do a lot of climbing, even upside down.

He loves to walk through the openings on this swing.

I call him a male, but he hasn't been DNA tested to verify sex. His breeder believes he's male, but another breeder commented on the lack of black at the tip of his tail, so possibly a hen. However, a third breeder says that's not a conclusive means of identifying sex. Have a DNA test kit, but haven't sent it in. Cost is just under $30 to DNA a bird using pulled (not shed) feathers.

His wings were clipped when we bought him.
First through one way.

Then back again. He loves the ladder too and it's funny to
watch him move quickly from one bar to the next.
Why sell such a gorgeous bird? Well... Blue wants attention and we've so many other birds that he isn't getting all that he desires. Hence, unlike most Linnies, he can get noisy. He was raised with Love Birds and Parrotlets that are louder than Bourke parakeets. Lineolated parakeets are great mimics and he sounds like a Love Bird or a Parrotlet. Since we added another pair of Linnies, he is beginning to mimic them, but I've decided to continue specializing in Bourkes and Splendids. And, I simply have too many birds right now.

Might consider letting the other Linnie pair go too. They are a 7-year-old proven pair. Wings are not clipped. Not hand fed, but calm birds. If interested, contact me at Thanks.

Pair of turquoise Lineolated Parakeets.

Peace and Blessings.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Lady Gouldian Finches For Sale (Update, these are sold)


If you are in Southern Oregon, have I got a deal for you. Five young Lady Gouldian finches have almost completed their molts. These three males are lovely singers. The two hens were hand fed and more tame than the others. All are related. Contact for prices and information.

Three young Lady Gouldian males. All hatched early this year.

Bird at far right isn't for sale. He's healthy, just unwilling to molt.

Bird on far right in photo above is their father who refuses to complete a molt. He and his hen have been separated for several months and she completed her molt and is lovely. Perhaps when his sons are gone, he will finally complete his own molt. He may need to be in a cage by himself for a while.
The young pair of Lady Gouldians I acquired over a year ago went to nest as soon as I got them, even though neither had completed their molts. They've raised some lovely offspring. By separating them, she finished her molt, but he hasn't. Yet, birds from their last two clutches are now brightly colored and gorgeous.
If you want to see beautiful birds, I recommend waiting to put young male and female Lady Gouldians together until they've completed their first molt. Obviously, it hasn't hurt mine to breed early, but it is nice to see their eventual wonderful colors.
Once this guy has completed a molt, I'll return him to his hen and a joy-filled life again.

Peace and Blessings.