Join Date: Oct 2009
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It would have to be up to you Gabriel as to which one you choose. I have Scaly's and Rainbows. Many people will choose the pure Rainbow over a pure Scaly as the Rainbows are much more colourful. Scaly's are pretty plain until they lift up their wings and you see that brilliant red/orange under the wings. Temperament wise they are very similar and many of the colours that we now have originated through the Scaly. So they occurred as a spontaneous mutation in the Scaly and they then cross bred them over the other species to get the colour and then put the coloured offspring back to normal birds, so hybrid Scaly/Rainbow mutation back to normal Rainbow. Hope that makes sense.
With a hybrid Scaly/Rainbow ideally a hybrid should exhibit 50% of each parent, but it is possible for a hybrid to look more like one parent or the other. One of the things about lorikeet hybrids is that they are fertile and can reproduce, unlike hybrids from many of the seed eating birds that when cross bred the offspring are mules and cannot reproduce.
Personally I don't bother about the sanitation of perches either. In my opinion, and this is just my opinion, we tend to try to sanitize things far too much. Dirt never hurt us as kids and at least we got small doses of germs to help us build up a good functioning immune system. Now days we are inoculated against everything and scrubbed to within an inch of our lives. Not saying that inoculations is a bad thing but I don't think we need to keep things so sterile.
Birds get so much enjoyment from stripping the bark off their perches I don't think it is right to deprive them of that joy. I have many wild birds around me, including wild Rainbows and my birds are more likely to get an illness from them kissing my birds through the wire than from the perches. The wild ones get on my suspended aviaries all the time and play with my lorikeets.
One of the main perches I use is the branches of the crepe myrtle. They are safe for birds, are a good hard wood so they last longer than many of the perches made from softer wood. They also seem to branch off in all different directions and diameters so they give the birds good foot exercise. It doesn't really have a bark but the different sizes are great for the birds. The other one I try to get, which is not always easy is Iron Bark. This one has plenty of bark for the birds to chew and is really hard wood that even a Cockatoo has difficulty chewing through. Another good one is Casuarina or She Oak as it is also called.