ולדוברי האנגלית שבינינו,
ניתן להצטרף לחוויה הלימודית בפורומים הבאים ביאהו:
Because of the fact that the weather has been crazy all
this year in
these fall days some of my the seed eating birds are still molting.
Normally this time of the year in the past all birds were in full
song and finished their molt. Everything is late in 2006.
I have about ten pairs of Gouldians set up for breeding, but
unfortunately they cannot make up their mind if they are going
forward or backward. (Beautiful Kim from New Jersey, that yellow
grey head Gouldian with a bright colorful purple chest that you told
me was a male? Well, that male laid so far nine eggs.) GOOD MALE
EH! Most of my other pairs of Gouldians started carrying nesting
material in their nest box, some finished building a nest and instead
of laying eggs, they dismantle the nest all over. I hope that things
stabilize and get serious on producing some colorful birds for the
2006-2007 breeding season.
I am maintaining in the bird room a comfortable temperature of
seventy plus degrees. That is the temperature that I have maintained
for years during the winter months. Seventy degrees is comfortable
for me, for the employees, and for the birds as well? I know as a
fact that in my bird room however, my Gouldians breed better in
temperatures of 90 plus degrees. Maybe 90+ degrees is the
temperature of the York Peninsula of Australia, there is where the
Gouldians breed in their natural habitat. I was there a couple times
several years ago and I experienced temperatures of nearly 100
degrees Fahrenheit and wild Gouldians thrive in that temperature.
However, their activity of eating and drinking was more intensive
during the cold hours of the morning and late PM hours.
I still cannot tell if some of my European Goldfinch youngsters that
hatched around July and August are male or female. Coming in color
has been very slow. However, the ones that were hatched in late May
and early June are now almost in full color and the sex can be
distinguished. I produced 42 young Goldfinches this year. I
expected to produce more than 42, but some of the pairs didn't even
think about building a nest. Crazy season!?
Unfortunately most of my red-orange colorbred are not finished with
their molt as of yet. I will not show any birds that have not
displayed uniformity of coloration and excellent plumage. However, I
predict that in a couple of weeks most of my birds will be in A1
I produce nearly 500 Timbrados youngsters. I never had a chance to
listen to their song; they went out of my bird room like hotcakes.
It seems that everyone likes the Timbrados. Unfortunately I keep the
Timbrados with all the other birds including Carduelans, God knows
what song they would have developed. I have a few Timbrados in a
sound proof room together with European Finches, as soon as they
finish their molt I will have them in my office and I will be able to
listen to the end result.
At this time of the year and all year round we make sure that the
birds receive a bath at least every other day. We have been adding
apple cider vinegar to the bathing water. All birds seem to get
great benefit from drinking and bathing in the water coupled with
apple cider vinegar.
We also spray at least every two weeks with a Pyrethrum/Petroleum
spray. We mist the birds and bird room lightly to minimize the
infestation of avian parasites. We also spray all birds with a fine
mist of cold water with the addition of a tablespoon of Listerine to
each quart of water. By spraying with this concoction the birds seem
to tight their plumages a little faster.
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G.A. Abbate in windy, crazy weather New Jersey—The Garden State