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Re: Cordon blue questions

Posted by Molly Rice on 5/27/04
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    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
    >>>> wide.