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Talking Lovies in their new home [pic heavy]

Hey everybody. I'm sorry I haven't been updating anything recently, I've just been so tied up with everything, I've travelled a little, I'm struggling with my head and things but I'm getting there

Not too long ago I posted this thread about my remaining peach faced lovebirds going to their new home ~ https://www.talkparrots.com/showthread.php?t=20594

I know I promised photos not long after then, but honestly, I haven't had the time to even think about it yet. I'll put up the first load of photos from the day they went in today and then the rest will have to come up tomorrow. Sorry!

Buttons sat on the door as soon as he came out of the carrier



Somebody came to check him out almost immediately



He ventured out a little further to see what the fuss was all about



One of her flock members



Blackjack flew straight into the shed to say hello to a few of the lovies inside there



Blackjack, Buttons and Berry start to mingle (even if they are all sat together)



Blackjack pushes his boundaries while the other two look on



Her black masked lovie coming to have a look at Berry and Buttons while Blackjack looks on from his new favourite spot



Berry and Buttons enjoying their new surroundings



Blackjack watches these two lovin on each other



Blackjack trying to make friends



What a cutie!



I love the colour contrasts



Blackjack jumping in the bath (you can see the video in the original thread)



Buttons isn't too sure about these guys



Buttons eyeing up those veggies



Buttons having his dip too



Blackjack dries off in the company of his new buddies



Blackjack, Berry and Buttons all together



These two are adorable





Soggy Blackjack




I really can't wait to show you all the update photos! I will put the dates on them so you will know what was taken when

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Just to clarify for myself, these were the guys you rehomed in the new aviary right? And this was their first time in there? It seems like they had an amazing transition! That aviary is absolutely beautiful and it seems like your birds were reserved in the beginning, but really started to find their place, even if they were unsure at first. She has such a beautiful lovie flock! I've never had particular experience with the breed, but I love all the different variations that are shown! So gorgeous.



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they are all adorable!! so many pretty colors
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I love this picture journel documenting their experience. They look like they went to a lovebird's dream place! Lovebirds are some of the cutest darn birds!

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Thank you all!

Yes this was their first day there. I will try and get the photos up from the updates throughout today because you wouldn't believe how well they're getting on


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I'm jealous..... Tell you that.

What a beautiful aviary. And, it's so clean! I agree it looks like a bird's paradise. So many, many good ideas. What a wonderful place for these guys to live.

I'm glad the little guys have such a good home.

Since I'm still pretty new here, where is this located? I'm not sure a setup like this would work here in Texas panhandle as we have some pretty harsh winters, but this shows what can be done. I've often, in my head, tried to think of how to have an outside aviary.

Also admire your devotion to your flock, Catalinadee, and your willingness to follow up.....wherever they are.
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I'm jealous..... Tell you that.

What a beautiful aviary. And, it's so clean! I agree it looks like a bird's paradise. So many, many good ideas. What a wonderful place for these guys to live.

I'm glad the little guys have such a good home.

Since I'm still pretty new here, where is this located? I'm not sure a setup like this would work here in Texas panhandle as we have some pretty harsh winters, but this shows what can be done. I've often, in my head, tried to think of how to have an outside aviary.

Also admire your devotion to your flock, Catalinadee, and your willingness to follow up.....wherever they are.
Thanks so much Eve! It was in their best interest to have them moved to a home where they could live in an all peach faced (okay, there's a black masked who thinks he's a peachie too) flock and although I am adding more aviaries and having my old ones set back up, it would mean more time being miserable and separated. Now they've been able to establish themselves with this new flock they've been a lot more settled and a lot more stable. It's so nice to see everybody getting along. The aviary is also pretty large, especially with the shed attached too. It's really lovely. She's always adding new things to it for them

Most of my birds are outside all year round. My birds will happily live outside in the snow and to be quite honest they seem to enjoy it. In the summer, if it's hot, just do things to keep them cool like mist down the aviary with a hose pipe, provide tons of fresh foods etc. and in the winter you can board it up more (what we do) at home. We live in the UK. We have a few sunny days a year, nasty winters (no snow this last time though!?) and it rains the majority of the year. No matter what the weather they always enjoy their aviary

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Thanks for the quick reply.
The problem here in the Panhandle is the extremes. Our winters can get as cold as several degrees below zero with 20degrees below zero windchill. Sometimes just purely 20 degrees below zero even w/o the wind. Blowing wind doesn't help, either. Cattle will die with that temp. Then, the summers can be over 100 degrees (which isn't that bad for birds as the misters you mention would be a great idea), but those winters........brrrrr. During winter, I go out 3-4 times a day to break the ice on my watering place for wild birds during the cold, cold weather, which is frozen solid each time on some days.

About the winter......one can adjust. During one very cold winter during an artic blast several years ago, I was outside with the sun shining, wearing just a fleece vest for warmth and enjoying the "warm" weather as I did some light work in the yard. When I went back inside, I looked at the temp.......it was 19 degrees! After having 20 below zero for most of a week, 19 degrees seemed positively ....."warm".

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Right here are the update photos

These are from the 1st of May. As you can see, they're still a little shy and don't want to mingle all that much, though they are all tolerant of sitting with one another



Blackjack, Buttons and Berry starting to mingle just a little bit more



These were from May 17th. As you can see, Blackjack is fitting right in





May 20th. A bond has bloomed between BJ and this massive gal. I never thought he would bond with another since Picasso died as he had been very standoffish. Good on the old man!







12th June. Blackjack still glued to the big girls side while they look at the little one down below. Berry watches on



Blackjack enjoying some alone time (I'm assuming you can all see that this is everybody's favourite spot)





14th June. Blackjack hanging around and Buttons is enjoying some millet











The most recent ones. 26th June. Blackjack encourages everybody to try some broccoli

















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Thanks for the quick reply.
The problem here in the Panhandle is the extremes. Our winters can get as cold as several degrees below zero with 20degrees below zero windchill. Sometimes just purely 20 degrees below zero even w/o the wind. Blowing wind doesn't help, either. Cattle will die with that temp. Then, the summers can be over 100 degrees (which isn't that bad for birds as the misters you mention would be a great idea), but those winters........brrrrr. During winter, I go out 3-4 times a day to break the ice on my watering place for wild birds during the cold, cold weather, which is frozen solid each time on some days.

About the winter......one can adjust. During one very cold winter during an artic blast several years ago, I was outside with the sun shining, wearing just a fleece vest for warmth and enjoying the "warm" weather as I did some light work in the yard. When I went back inside, I looked at the temp.......it was 19 degrees! After having 20 below zero for most of a week, 19 degrees seemed positively ....."warm".
You could always provide them with heaters throughout the winter? In the outdoor bird room (a converted garage) we have a huge tubular heater that does the trick. You can put them in aviaries and add a guard around it so the birds don't burn

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Your lovies look so happy. That is a great home they moved to. Seriously....how is the outdoor aviary with so many birds kept so clean!

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Thank you And I have no idea. I miss having quails so much (on a quest to find more, been let down a few times) because they kept the budgie aviary nice and tidy!

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As everyone has already mentioned you have beautiful aviaries. I am so jealous. And that the mask gets along with the peachies is fantastic. Great job and thankyou for sharing.
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[QUOTE=catalinadee;252369]You could always provide them with heaters throughout the winter? In the outdoor bird room (a converted garage) we have a huge tubular heater that does the trick. You can put them in aviaries and add a guard around it so the birds don't burn [/QUOTE ] Of course, my house birds would stay in the house.

But........I was fantasizing how/where to house two baby doves I had rescued from our cat last week. I'm still working on the plans my head in case this comes around again. The house for them to stay in during bad weather would have to be somewhat small. Say about 7ft highx3ft widex7ft long and well insulated. Had even thought about having 2 laying hens within the aviary with the doves to provide some heat and so we could have fresh eggs.
I'd thought of using a 60watt light bulb, shielded to make the light come out below and on top so it wouldn't be shining in their faces, but not sure that would provide enough heat in an enclosed area.

Still working on the plan.
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Awesome pictures again!! Those are really neat rope perches, and natural perches too!
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As everyone has already mentioned you have beautiful aviaries. I am so jealous. And that the mask gets along with the peachies is fantastic. Great job and thankyou for sharing.
Oh these are the girl's who the lovies have moved to, not mine Mine are really looking run down because they're wooden and have been up for 10+ years easily now My Harris' hawks has been up for a few years and his poop is really strong and wears down the side he sits on and my American kestrel has a fairly new aviary as of last year so that one's still nice

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You could always provide them with heaters throughout the winter? In the outdoor bird room (a converted garage) we have a huge tubular heater that does the trick. You can put them in aviaries and add a guard around it so the birds don't burn
After reading your suggestion, I did some research and found this:

Looks like the ticket should I pursue this idea. Thank you so very, very much!!!
The comments say to cover it with a wire cage or something like that, and to protect the wires (probs with a metal tube) to keep birds from chewing it.
Here it is:
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> Note that the emitter itself of (even a 60 watt unit) gets very hot---and can badly burn your pet or your fingers---even thought it may not feel very hot from 1" away. Be sure your pet cannot reach the surface of the emitter. And DO NOT touch the surface to check if it is working.
> I suggest installing the emitter in a wire-cage holder on the side (not the top) of your pet's cage or aquarium, so that your pet can choose its own preferred amount of warmth by distance from the emitter.
> I suggest installing using a switch with an indicator light, which will tell you whether the emitter is on or off without burning your fingers.
or
If your lamp-holder has a switch tape it in the "on" position with blue painter's tape.
> If your pet is a bird, or otherwise a plastic-chewer, be sure to be sure that it cannot get at the electrical cord.

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Yeah the cages you surround them with are called bulb guards and I use them around my heat lamps/emitters. Emitters seem to get even hotter than the bulbs! I made the mistake of trying to unscrew a hot one from my common boas enclosure The way they work is that the metal DOES heat up, but on contact you don't stick to it... if that makes any sense? It stops burns from the animals not being able to move away. I think

A ceramic heat emitter would be great for an aviary though

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This is lovies' paradise, gorgeous!
Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful pics!
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This is lovies' paradise, gorgeous!
Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful pics!
No problem!

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