Hellooooooo, I've been meaning to post an update thread for the last few months, so here goes!
So I made a post over a month ago now regarding the sudden and sad death of Comet.
Since then we've had a futher two losses to The Flock, Miss Gloria Chlorian sadly had a fit in front of me and died in my hands whilst she had just hatched 3 babies, which sadly didn't make it either.
Miss Gloria Chlorian 2013 – 2015
I also sadly lost one of my rescue chicks, who had a lot of health problems due to inbreeding.
She wasn't even a year old
Bumble 2015 – 2015
Now for the Aviary Upgrade!
With a new aviary comes new life, and a new chapter... sadly Bumble only enjoyed life in the upgrade for a month or so, and poor Gloria didn't manage to enjoy it at all...
But the rest of The Flock are having a grand old time, and of course there's some new arrivals!
This is Cooper, a normal grey male cockatiel.
He was found flying around being chased and attacked by the wild birds when someone managed to capture him and take him to a local vet. The vet had contacts with a friend of mine who keeps and breeding exotic finches, pheasants and some other types of small parakeets such as elegents and kakariki's. He offered to take him in as a temporary house guest and then contacted me asking if I was willing to take him in. Of course I said yes and he brought him down with his medicines and eye drops. He had to be syringe fed medicine twice a day which was quite a handful. But I managed. He's made good progress and his eye is returning to normal, and his head feathers are slowly starting to grow back.
When I was given him:
Another Rescue, a female budgie... currently has no name!
Her old owner posted her online for free as she was fighting with her cage mate.
The picture he shown me of the bird, she was young and in good condition...
The bird I collected was the same bird, but older and in poor condition.
I contacted various people in the Avian Community and they all suggested she had one thing,
Stress Moult... and she had it bad!
This is her on arrival to The Flock...
She's now doing much better and settled into Flock life amazingly, her feather condition is improving day by day, there's only a few patches of bad feathers now.
She's also formed a sisterly bond with Jocie...
And she seems to be pairing up with Paddy!
And now for the New Arrivals!
So as you know, just before I started the aviary upgrade I took in two male Cockatiels from a friend of mine who couldn't look after them anymore.
Cheeky and Chalky...
Obviously they needed some lady friends!
So my first female Cockatiel came in.... Meet Pearl!
She settled in well and quickly formed a strong bond with Chalky, so now I only needed to find Cheeky a mate right? Wrong. Que Coopers arrival.. leaving me with 3 Cocks & 1 Hen. So now I needed to find 2 females!..
After a month of searching the woman who I bought Pearl of contacted me saying she had an older hen for sale and asking if I was interested, of course I said yes... and that's when the second hen arrived!
Meet... (name not decided) Petunia/Peggy/I dont know? Ideas?!
Then finally, I managed to track down my 3rd and final hen!
Meet Little Miss Lola!
And there's that, 6 cockatiels!
I've also added 6 quails back into The Flock!
Some of you may know I used to have 2 Chinese Painted Quails, who I decided to rehome over a year ago as I felt I couldn't offer them the best possible environment. Now that I have my brand new avairy with a large outside space, I thought hey why not!
I have 1 cock and 5 hens, The cock's the silver bird.
I've also added another new species... a pair of Kakariki.
Kiwi & Mango,
However I am still undecided on if they will be staying or not... they're lovely birds and they get on well with the rest of The Flock however they are extremely active and occasionally crash into the more laid back cockatiels, which then panick and set the budgies off and it's like a big bird chain reaction... But I'm waiting to see how things pan out.
Okay, I'm nearly done now I promise!
I may be getting two of my chicks back from this years clutch with Jocey and Louie.
It's either going to be Mini Jocey and Mini Louie or Mini Jocey and an Albino.
At present, all birds are happily living together in the aviary apart from Louie and Astrid who are in the breeding cage, and I hopefully should get some chicks from them!
And looking towards the future, I'm thinking about keeping and breeding smaller birds,
Java Sparrows and Zebra Finches to start with!
And I've also started sprouting my own seeds!
But for now, that's all! Thanks for taking time to read this thread, I know it's been a long one but I hope you enjoyed the pictures and getting up to date with The Flock!
Wow James...what an update. Sorry for your loss of Bumble..
Awesome on the rescues, that tiel is looking so much better under your care. You have a beautiful bunch of bird's, thank's for sharing the wonderful pic's, and alway's good to see you post my friend...
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
HI James. I have been keeping up with your FB page and noticed the new arrivals. Certainly busy at your aviary, Bumble was so cute but she did get to experience a happy life for a short while. Miss Gloria was a huge loss I am sure so sorry .
All of your birds are thriving and in great health you are amazing . Keep up the posts when you have time LOL and good to hear from you once more.
What beautiful birds! Now, on average, does your house or your aviary have more square feet?
It's a wonderful setup and you're doing wonderfully with the rescues. I'm so sorry for your loss of Bumble, it seemed promising but I know all her short life was well spent in your care. The tiels are all very beautiful--I think that hen looks like a Petunia or Zinnia, her feathers look like flower petals
It's a great update and I look forward to hearing all about them!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Thank you for such lovely photos of your beautiful birds - it's like bird heaven (I'm a little jealous)
I'm very sorry for the sad loss of some of your flock - that picture of Bumble in particular was just adorable. RIP little birdies.
As for the kakarikis, I can easily imagine the scene - it made me laugh they are the funniest and most energetic birds ever I hope they can stay.
First of all..... OMG this is a huge aviary!!!
Very well done on caring for those birdies!!!! Your rescues are doing great and they look so happy! I love the tiels!
I am very sorry for your big losses... may they rest in peace..
Oh... and I hope you can keep the kakarikis!!