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  1. wombat333

    Eclectus species (Mike.wigan,)

    If the wings when folded back and flat come almost down to the end of the tail then he is probably a Solomon.The Red Sided tails are a little longer.I bred many Solomons and as Harlequin says a picture of the tail would be helpful.I found the colour line at the tail end underside was a lighter shade of grey too on the Solomons.
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    Cape parrots

    Havn't the true Capes(Robustus Robustus) been listed as Cites App 1 recently?
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    Quinoa

    I use it regularly.I pour boiling water on it first thing and about an hour later pop it in the microwave for two minutes.Swells up and absorbs most of the water.Add a little egg food and any supplements to be given.My birds love it.It has made all the difference with my breeding of the Madagascan lovebirds,not noted for being easy.
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    Tracing birds origins

    Hello GG.I have been ringing my birds for about 20 years and to date I have never had any parental objection.They are removed from the nestbox one at a time after the parents have vacated.I close the entrance with a rolled cloth as some adults will lunge in defence of their chicks and could damage them in doing so.Rings are applied normally and I always use Olivio spread.This is not to assist squeezing the ring on but to mask the new ring smell and newness.It has worked for me.I use a combination of Aluminium and Stainless steel. Lovebirds get aluminium as do BHC's.senegals ,meyers and Amazons up to the size of Yellow Crown and Blue Fronts,although I will not use Aluminium on any Appendix 1 bird in view of the fact that Soft metal wears and the numbers become unreadable which negates the defra certificate.I prefer closed stainless steel for these over a microchip as the ring is instantly readable whereas who among us has a microchip reader readily to hand. I once had a Grey headed parrot crush an aluminium ring which I picked up straight away and removed it without damage. I told Hughes of my experience and asked them to advise future buyers that Aluminium was unsuitable for this species.Hundreds of A/greys are bred which seem to accept Aluminium without problem though.I think its fair to say that when ringing your birds it pays not to be too prescriptive and if you are sensible with regard to species and their capability then you can use aluminium or S/S depending on experience
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    Tracing birds origins

    AV could be the breeders initials,number identifies the individual bird.Year as GG said usually runs across the ring rather than round the band. I tried to identify a breeder from ring initials some months back and drew a total blank as many people are suspicious of this sort of enquiry. Parrot society Breeder register from 2004 might help with the initials you have but not conclusive and not all subscribe to this useful document.Good luck
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    Tracing birds origins

    I dont agree that the closed ring is indicative of hand rearing.All captive bred birds should be closed rung where possible for many and obvious reasons,I ring all my chicks and hand rear none of them.I know Galah breeders who allow parent rearing and remove for taming down when fully weaned allowing the parents to fully express there natural behaviours.
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    Johnson & Jeff or tidymix

    Are you saying Bartholomews are going to knock AS 5 on the head or Gem.I have heard nothing on this.Bartholomews will tell anyone who asks where there local stockists are if postage is prohibitive.I get the 15kg sacks for about £20 which I think is good value for this mix. I dont get the waste that I found I got with Tidy mix. Johnson and Jeff unfortuneately will only deal with you through the retail network or at the major shows.I was impressed that he had the location and address of my local stockist in his head when I enquired about deals for larger quantities,but was adamant I had to go through them even though the delivery lorry passed my front door.We all strive to get the best product for the best price but couldn't remove the retail element on that one
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    Johnson & Jeff or tidymix

    sorry missed the last post by GG.Very informative and answers my question.Cant understand why dietec cant sell this in bulk as it is one of the mixes my birds prefer.I judge this on the waste,ie those bits they wont/dont eat.I get very little waste.I also buy there Parrot Tropical for some pairs that need a higher fat content through dark and striped sunflowers,but again there are nooooo peanuts.
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    Johnson & Jeff or tidymix

    Is the AS5 mix discussed here the same as the AS5 mix sold by Bartholomews in Chichester.When I spoke with them over the mix they told me that they had developed this mix and many others in conjunction with Avian Specifics(Steve Beaver) so by breeders for breeders ect.I think this mix is excellent value and has a wide range of ingredients,and most importantly uses mainly white sunflower(lower in fat) and absolutely no peanuts.Never tried it soaked as I use a quality belgian pigeon mix for that,with added buckwheat saffs and whole oats. I also think that with tidy mix being hulled ect there is no stimulation for the birds who are not working there way into the kernels,providing some foraging requirements. I have tried both and several others too and until I see something that offers quality and value I prefer the AS5.Mine comes straight from Chichester through my local stockist. Bartholomews 01243 775747 If there are two products out there with the same name I would like to know and I can then see the difference
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    Eclectus sub species???

    the wings on Sols are a good indication in conjunction with the tail.The wings come almost to the end of the short tailed Solomons.Most of the other subs have longer tails.Also the underside of the ***** is greyish where the others have a much darker underside. Yours has a short tail and yellow feathers with no blue eye ring probably indicating a mix as you believe
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    Help with African Cape Parrot

    apologies to anyone that I may have upset,but this thread is jumping from he to she and back.I would be certain its a hen and knowing this may help to begin the understanding of why its playing up.Its at that age where it is ready to breed and as said,this passes,comes and goes with the hormonal rushes.I'm no expert but have bred this species (grey heads)for 10 years and have a fair knowledge of there behaviours
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    Help with African Cape Parrot

    I dont think there is much doubt that this is a hen bird and is significantly darker on the throat than any of my grey heads so would also support the view that you have P.R. Fuscicollis.The rarer of those available here.I know only one breeder who is alraedy identified above and he is in Wales.Other true species pairs are being weeded out and put together so the picture may improve
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    Help with African Cape Parrot

    If your bird is as old as you believe and its head is not all grey then your bird is almost certainly a hen.One of my adult cock birds though has the entire head and nape suffused with pink feathers.He is proven for me.The heads and beaks are a different size between ***** and hens but you would need to see more to be able to compare the difference. Also both the Grey headed and the brown necked show brown down the throat.The brown necked are the rarer.I have only ever seen one true Cape in the UK and that was several years ago.A picture would confirm Good luck
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    Bird Trek Ad

    not sure if this will stir things up or not but I cannot see anything wrong with asking to swap birds kept and surplus for other birds required. As a breeder of parent reared birds I would very much prefer to exchange my stock for similar to ensure future unrelated pairings that will have the natural instincts pased on through the parents .It makes no sense to me to sell my stock when I can swop/source what I want from like minded breeders.Exchanges are a regular feature of birdkeeping these days .All the zooilogcal collections do it as a preference.Seems like the concern with the original advert might simply come from the diversity of what was wanted in exchange.No harm in keeping a diverse range of species.Looking at the list above its quite diverse.Have too add though that if I advertised a bird for sale and someone offered me a tank for it I might say yes.I could then load it up and blast some new ponds for my geese
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    blue fronted amazons

    They will get fat and sluggish if not given sufficient room to fly.Mine are in 16ft flights with perches set 18" from roof at each end.Also have a third perch low down about halfway down the flight.They have to fly up from this perch which makes them work harder,providing more excercise.Boxes are pretty standard at 12"x12" x30".Not too fussy over the boxes.Diet is maintainence seed mix AS5 or Tropical(Dont think I can name the Brand on here)+ fruit and veg and then in Feb/Mar whack up the extras to include Soaked pulses and seeds plus breeder extras supplements.I dont sprout my mix,just soak for between 24 and 48 hours.Have to say that I dont think the summerhouse is ideal,could be a little dry for them in the spring/summer when temperature rises.My flights are covered to half way and open for the other half.They are a pleasure to watch hanging upside down in the rain.If they cant get it this way you will see the hen getting in the water pots just before hatching is due .Have bred from two pairs this year including a 1st breeding from a self bred hen.All parent reared without complications
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