Re: Cordon blue questions
Posted by Molly Rice on 5/28/04
They are really so adorable and their little songs are very subtle.
It is really great when all of them start chattering-the Spices kinda
go ya-ya-ya. the Tits squeak and I'm not sure about the Bleus yet.
But it is fun. I'm going adding only one more type, a pair of
Gouldians, that are coming in August and then I'll be set. The nests
they have are the ones with a front opening and with straw type
material but now that I've said they are sleeping in them I may be
wrong. I watched them bed down last night and they are sleeping on
top of it. During the day they do go in and out tho.
On 5/27/04, Tiff wrote:
> 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