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Exciting news

Okay, so I have been selling a lot of my birds, so far I have 12 left to go I think, 5 zebra finches, 4 Chinese painted quails, 2 diamond doves and a budgie.

In total I'll be keeping 6 budgies, Cosmo and his new partner I'm waiting on, Patrick and his new partner I'm waiting on and Bubbles and Bruce. I'll be keeping 4 zebra finches, Soots and Sweeps my grey pair and the white female that they had and the white chestnut flanked male that my friend gave me. I'm moving all of those remaining birds into my indoor aviary that has the breeding boxes in. I'm taking all the breeding boxes out and selling those too. So it'll be all those birds in there + Joey and Tobi my cockatiels.

So far I've managed to sell 4 zebra finches and 2 diamond doves. The lady was from a duck and chicken rescue and my advert only said 3 each but she thought it was unfair so gave me 20 for the lot. Her husband then realised that he liked the diamond doves and I said he could have them too for 10 but he only had a 20 and said I could just keep it because I've been so nice about it etc lovely people!

I've had more people interested in the rest and I'm hoping to sell them really fast, if not I shall call a local pet store and hopefully sell them there. If not I can still find somewhere.

Well anyways, because I'm moving all of the outdoor birds into the indoor aviary it means that I will have a spare aviary (the one next to Chalkie's).

I was told about a wild raptor adoption scheme sort of thing where you give a home to a wild bird of prey that needs to be rehabilitated or you look after a wild disabled bird of prey. So I'm speaking to somebody about it tomorrow and they're apparently really great. They will put up my brand new aviary for free to accommodate the bird and then they will pay for the food and everything. All I have to do is have them here this will be happening within the next few weeks.

Also being as I'm taking down my old aviary, I'm hoping that maybe Jack can have it

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Whao! that is all good news! so much nice things has gone your way.

I want to ask you about a little bit about owls since you owned them before. How much does it cost to feed a Barn Owl weekly? Can they live indoors? What can be a substition food for them beside mice and voles? where is the best place to buy their food?

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Thank you Tippa

I would say to feed a barn owl for a month it would cost roughly 15 maximum. To feed all of my birds of prey it's really cheap. I buy my boxes of chicks for like 12.50.

They CAN live indoors but only on a perch which I think would be a little sad unless you kept them free in a room (obviously away from your parrots!) and I would expect you to have them out every day. You could do that or build an indoor aviary. I've seen birds of prey kept in parrot cages and it made me furious, half the time I don't like birds in cages at all but we do it for their safety. Unless you could buy an absolutely enormous double macaw cage I wouldn't do it. You could have them on the floor on a weighted bow perch though, with newspaper around them. But please, allow them to fly every single day and take them out for fresh air as often as possible.

Barn owls don't actually eat voles in captivity as you can't buy them. I feed mine on day old cockerels, rats, mice and cut up quail. Also very high quality uncooked beef from a butchers is also fine providing you remove the fat.

My food supplier is http://www.honeybrookfarm.com/ and it sells the stuff really cheap. Buy your chicks in bags of 50's and buy a mini freezer, NOT FRIDGE.

I also get most of my equipment from these companies:
http://benlongfalconry.co.uk/index.p...mart&Itemid=26
http://www.falconfabrication.co.uk/

also Ian Vance but the link wouldn't load.

If you need any help or information let me know. Personally I wouldn't keep one indoors my self unless I absolutely had to and had plenty of time to let it outside for hours and hours

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So then how many birds will you have including your birds of prey?

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Cheers Daisy, yeah it's kind of cruel to keep them indoors. It's interesting though, maybe one day if i'm ever going to be rich, I'd have me a big house with massive garden to build my aviary, only then will I consider an owl. For now my flock is just perfect, manageable. I wouldn't want to go over the top and be a birds hoarder.

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Jessie, I don't know I have birds scattered at different homes too at the moment so it would be hard to count them all, I'll make it my job for the week though.

That's cool Tippa, don't worry about it. You don't have to be rich for a barn owl though, I see them at roughly 60-80

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Haha I didnt know you were down sizing

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I am indeed. I am over flowing with zebra finches! In order for me to do the thing with the wild birds of prey I need to downsize a lot to bring everything into the indoor aviary once we've got rid of the stuff that's already in it. I'll still have a lot of birds but they'll just be in different places. Like, I still have Chewee and Yoshi and Alex's, oh and Cheech and Chong. I also have the birds at my uncles too. So there's a fair few right now.

At mine I'll have 6 budgies, 4 zebra finches oh make it 5 though because of Marvin, 2 cockatiels, 1 green cheek conure and 1 Harris' hawk. So that is an enormous downsize for me. OH AND OF COURSE! Flash and Ralph my red-fronted kakarikis. And then add the bird that I'll be taking in. So that's 18 in total at my place.

Then there's the 4 I have at Alex's so that takes us up to 22 birds. Oh! And one CPQ at his too, which takes me to up to 23 birds.

Then at my uncles I have ... 2 bourkes parakeets, 1 red-rump parakeet, 2 golden pheasants, 20 budgies, 3 red-fronted kakarikis, 1 barn owl, 1 Indian eagle owl, about 10 chickens, 6 collared doves. So that's about 69 birds I own in total now that everything else has gone.

I'd also completely forgot to tell you guys some stuff as well...
Billie was not getting along with Cosmo at all, they started to fight and it got pretty serious when Billie was injured in one eye. I rehomed Billie to a lady who's budgie had passed away and she wanted another one. Cosmo is getting a new mate tomorrow I think.
I also had to sell Clover and Shamrock, it saddened me a lot. They went to a family who already had a parrotlet but as a pet and they wanted to get into breeding so luckily they stumbled across my advert. They still keep in touch with me and let me know how everything is going with them. I had to get rid of them because my darn zebra finches literally would not stop breeding no matter what and so I had cages upon cages upon cages full of the darn things and ran out of a big space to keep those guys and I didn't want to be unfair on them so they went to live in their lovely, big aviary in the garden where hopefully they can breed in peace.

I also got a nasty shock today, my two baby budgies (the green that is going to a friend of mine and Patrick the blue dominant pied) actually ganged up on some young (not quite fully feathered) CPQ and managed to actually kill the one of them. My nan came down from the bird room in tears because she's seen the budgies violently shaking the quail by the neck. I had to rush up but it was too late, the poor thing was stiff. It sucked as well not only because I sadly lost the bird but earlier that day I had to virtually revive the poor thing. He had been outside for his first 2 days out and the cold came in really fast, I opened their run thing and to my dismay he was on his side, fighting to breathe and hold his head up. I bought him inside and kept him in my conservatory in a plastic pet carrier, it gets really hot in there and I didn't have any heat lamps or anything. After about half an hour he perked up and was running around so I decided to put him back, and that's when about 2 hours later I found that he had been bullied to death. He was very scruffy looking and feathers were everywhere! I couldn't believe it! And its sibling (the survivor of the attack) managed to get out earlier that day and poor Jack had to help me throw the garden upside down looking for it. We eventually found it but it was a sight for sore eyes, so I had to look after that one too... my my! What a day of rubbish

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oh thats horrible Daisy man budgies can be little buggers, can't believe they took on a quail, I once had a budgie kill her daughter right before she weaned it was devastating and I couldnt believe she had done it, and I had another take off another budgies toe during breeding season

Well Im glad everything else is going well, can't wait to see your conure <3

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Thanks! Neither can I

Yeah I've had budgies throw their chicks out of the nests and if they're not already dead then they go down and kill them. Birds can be so harsh sometimes

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Have you ever seen a Hawk Headed Parrot being sold in UK before?

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No I haven't but I'd kill for one

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Oh yeah I also forgot to include BlackJack and Picasso! That takes me up to 71 birds

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I found two brreders of hawk heads in Canada that, a CAG and hawk headed will hopefully be my two future birds the CAG being the first, the hawk heads are $3500 over here.

Heres a picture of there babies

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We have got plenty of CAG in UK. When ever there I browse around for birds, CAG are always plentiful to be re-home. As for Hawk Headed, I don't think there is even one in the whole of UK.


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