Re: Cordon blue questions
Posted by Tiff on 5/27/04
On 5/27/04, Molly Rice wrote:
I just looked up the Blue Tit bird, i was unfamiliar, and god they
are beautiful and they have such cute faces too, I'll try to find
some when i have the room for a big aviary but unfortunately for now
its just my pair of blues in their 3 foot long cage. I also put fake
plants in with mine and they love them. What sort of nest are your
blues sleeping in? It sounds like you have a lovely flock i can't
wait till i can get an aviary. I listened to a recording of a blue
tit's song, with that and the cordon blues song your house must
sound so beautiful.
> I have them in a space with a pair of spice finch and a pair of
> Blue Tit. I also read that they were perchers but I think being
> around the nesters has changed their minds. I also have fake
> plants in the space so they climb around on the plants. I did
> have one egg on the floor a couple of weeks ago but I thought it
> might be the Spice since they are really into building a nest. The
> egg was just as you described so maybe that was the bleus/
> Anyway, I think other birds distract them so maybe you should
> adopt a couple more. Spices are really friendly, great birds-they
> have even learned to eat mealworms!
> On 5/27/04, Tiff wrote:
>> On 5/26/04, Molly Rice wrote:
>> Hi Molly, what kinda nest do you have yours in? And have you had
>> any eggs with them yet? This is interesting because i thought i
>> read they where perch sleeping birds but i guess i confused that
>> point. I got them one of those cheep woven wicker enclosed nests
>> once and they were afraid of it they wouldn't go in and i
>> noticed once when the female was on top of it she got her foot
>> caught so i got scared and took it out. Do you think getting
>> them a nest now would make them feel like they have to breed? I
>> have the book you suggested i was just hopeing there was a book
>> about waxbills in particular or blues.
>>> Hi Tiff! I have a pair of bleus but I am very new at this
>>> birdkeeping too. From what I have read it does not hurt them
>>> to lay eggs, raising the babies is the stressful part. If you
>>> don't want babies just take the eggs out. You can also buy
>>> fake eggs and put them in the nest for them to "practice"
>>> sitting on. They do like to have a nest to fiddle around with
>>> so maybe you could put one in their cage, mine sleep in theirs
>>> at night. The best book I have found is The Finch Handbook by
>>> Barron's, mostly general but very important info. Also you
>>> can go to this website and gets lots of info on finches too!
>>> Good luck!
>>> On 5/26/04, Tiff wrote:
>>>> On 5/22/04, Tiff wrote:
>>>> Hello Any one out there know of a book about these birds?
>>>>> I have a male and female pair of cordons and i'm not realy
>>>>> ready yet to attempt breeding them yet, i've read some bad
>>>>> stories about it. So my question is is it possible for
>>>>> them just to live in one cage togeather without breeding?
>>>>> They are in one cage now and they like each other i have
>>>>> seen them breed and since i don't have a nest for them it
>>>>> ends up in a broken egg at the bottom of the cage. I'm
>>>>> fine with that but is it ok for them.
>>>>> Also i am haveing real trouble finding any good books on
>>>>> these particular finches or waxbills in general, if anyone
>>>>> knows any it would be a real help.
>>>>> The egg at the bottom of the cage was white and very thin
>>>>> looking to me though i don't really know because i havn't
>>>>> done this before.
>>>>> The cage i have them in is 3 feet long and 2 feet high and