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Re: Cordon blue questions

Posted by Tiff on 5/27/04
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    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
    >>>>> wide.