- 3 x Red-billed Firefinches (suspect 1 male and 2 females);
- 6 x Double-barred Finches (at least);
- 3 x Painted Finches;
- Plus the usual assortment of Zebra Finches.
So it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. Apologies to my regular readers…
Here is a point form update:
- Work and life are very busy (so no change there);
- I’m not sure what I think about Fitbit buying Pebble (I don’t remember an acquisition like this ever going well);
- The finches are doing well, the Painteds seem happy and are breeding, the Zebras perhaps a little too happy…;
- Bird watching has taken a bit of a hit (closely related to amount of free time available unfortunately);
- Using a 1975 Mini Clubman as a daily driver seems to be going well (after the clutch was replaced).
|One of my Bengalese Finches in my aviary. Lovely little finches.|
Photos of one of the recent Painted Finches (Emblema pictum) that have hatched and fledged in my aviary.
- Unfortunately one of the three new Painted Finches mentioned in the previous post has died – causes unknown. The remaining two are doing well and the parents are apparently breeding again.
- After a number of failed attempts to keep a pair of Star Finches I have admitted defeat and sent my remaining male Star Finch to a finch keeper who has success in keeping the species. I think my aviaries may be too draughty?
- Following a successful breeding season I have moved the Gouldian Finch parents into the holding aviary for some rest and relaxation (or as much rest and relaxation as you can have with a group of young Gouldians and a flock of Zebra Finches).
A fair bit has happened in the last few months (I have been particularly slack in updating this blog):
- The fawn Zebra Finches have bred, five young hatched and three have survived (goes to show that even a Zebra Finch with a busted wing can still father a healthy brood);
- The Gouldian Finches bred again, raising a single offspring (this is the fourth brood for the season);
- The Painted Finches have bred, 3 have hatched, have left the nest and are doing very well.
I am particularly happy with the Painted Finches – I did not think I had a chance getting them to breed in a mixed and somewhat hectic aviary.
The two Gouldian Finches from the second clutch have had their coloured bands added. I’m adding these bands and recording the details in a spreadsheet to try and ensure I don’t inbreed. I expect the third clutch of eggs to hatch any day.
The most recent addition to the aviaries is a pair of Double-barred Finches. They are a finch I have always liked but for one reason or another have never purchased (one of those reasons is the lack of confidence I have in a bird shop selling me a pair, mine come from a breeder). I saw these finches in the wild in SE Queensland a few years ago.
|Zebra Finch (charcoal) with eye infection (after a few days of treatment).|
One of my charcoal Zebra Finches has been living inside for the last week, recovering from an eye infection (see photograph above). I have been cleaning his eye every day or so with a saline solution and it has cleared up quite well. The poor little guy couldn’t land on perches and was stuck on the ground in the aviary (their eyes are on the sides of their heads so with one eye clogged up completely he was in trouble). He appears to be able to see well now so I think he may be returned to the aviary soon.
UPDATE: Unfortunately this finch died after it was returned to the aviary.
All five Gouldian Finches that hatched from the first batch of eggs have survived and are now living in the larger aviary (with the Zebra Finch colony). Of the four Gouldians Finches that hatched from the second batch of eggs two have survived. They are still with their parents but are becoming increasingly independent.
The parents now appear to be going for round three… Stay tuned.
All five Gouldian Finches have fledged and are progressing well. Some of them still require feeding by their parents but they are increasingly fossicking for seed on the aviary floor and visiting the seed bowl. It will be many months before I can work out what is what (in terms of males and females). The parents have already relined the nest and laid more eggs (I had hoped to remove the nest box before this happened as I didn’t want to stress them with multiple clutches this season but they beat me to it).
My pair of Painted Finches have constructed an elaborate nest in a wicker basket. I cannot tell if there are any eggs in there but there always seems to be a parent on duty so I am optimistic.