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#728370 - 03/13/02 05:26 PM Re: Hobbies
Bernard Offline
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Registered: 07/06/01
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Loc: North Groton, NH
Since I mentioned my birds above, I thought I'd let everyone know that one of my parakeets hatched a baby over the weekend. It's happened many times before and it's still as exciting as ever.

The first day or so, there's just a barely audible little peep from the nest box but already, just 3-4 days old the peeps are getting stronger. It's a minor miracle that the tiny little things survive, the are soooo small when they're born. \:\)
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#728371 - 03/16/02 06:53 PM Re: Hobbies
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Bernard:

Congratulations! Hubby is a huge bird lover, and we've raised Goffin's ****atoos and a variety of waxbill finches. Never tried parakeets, although my daughter has a hand-raised one that is delightful to have around.

Is there nothing uglier than a newly hatched parakeet, unless it's a parrot? AND I mean that in an endearing way. It's so exciting when they're born.

Do you have a single breeding pair? What is their setup?

Nina

[Doggone autocensor! Perhaps I should have said we've raised Goffin's smallish white hookbill parrots native to the southern Pacific???]

[ March 16, 2002: Message edited by: Nina ]

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#728372 - 03/16/02 06:58 PM Re: Hobbies
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
 Quote:
Originally posted by jodi:


Quarter Horse = Yamaha (it's a cowpony, for pete's sake)
Thoroughbred = Charles Walter (elegant, refined)
Warmblood = Steinway (WAY overpriced) ;\)

][/b]



My favorite horse breeds are Arabians (having grown up in Scottsdale, it's practically required) and Morgans. I'm trying to figure out where they belong in this hierarchy...

Morgan = Schimmel (a real workhorse, well-built)

Arabian = Seiler (beautiful, gorgeous and exotic)

Nina

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#728373 - 03/17/02 01:37 AM Re: Hobbies
Eldon Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 597
Loc: Illinois
Nina,
Ha! Ha! I just couldn't ever bring myself to say Schimmel and Morgan in the same breath! :rolleyes:
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#728374 - 03/17/02 06:19 PM Re: Hobbies
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Eldon:

Why not?

Cluelessly
Nina

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#728375 - 03/17/02 07:08 PM Re: Hobbies
Eldon Offline
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Loc: Illinois
Nina,
I'm just kidding. I just like Schimmels LOTS better than Morgans! But paints and quarters are my favs. I'd take anything over any Warmblood. \:D
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#728376 - 03/18/02 09:41 AM Re: Hobbies
Nina Offline
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Hi, Eldon:

No problem, I just thought it was a joke I wasn't getting (wouldn't be the first time). ;\)

My all-time favorite horse was a wonderful black Morgan mare; I would have ridden her anywhere and I believe she would have safely taken me down the side of a cliff if need be. But I've seen others that were pretty dense.

Arabians are lovely to look at but, IMHO, have been overbred for a particular show look for way too long now. They've always been a small breed but now I know the breeders are becoming nervous that they have gotten too small. Imagine putting down mega-thousands for a stud fee, only to have your next potential champion max out at 13.5 hands, too small for the ring! (but beautiful, nonetheless...)

Probably the best would be a half-Arab half-Morgan for me!

Nina
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#728377 - 03/18/02 05:31 PM Re: Hobbies
Bernard Offline
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Registered: 07/06/01
Posts: 3857
Loc: North Groton, NH
Nina, Thanks for the note. I'm sad to say that disaster struck last Wednesday. I went into the kitchen around 11 pm and lo! the mother keet was on the floor dead! I couldn't believe it, this has never happened to me before. So I panicked because I didn't know how to take care of the 4 day old. Well, I took it out of the nest box and kept it with me in bed all night to keep it warm (needless to say I didn't get any sleep for fear of crushing the helpless little thing). I made some oatmeal and fed it some of the pasty-like fluid that forms around the oat kernels. I had no idea if that was a good idea or bad idea but I couldn't reach anyone at that time of night so I took a chance. It survived the night and Thrusday morning a receptionist at my vet's said she would love to hand feed it and raise it. So I bought some substitute mother's milk for birds on the way and she is now taking care of it. Whew. I've had birds die on me before but none has ever left me with a baby the size of a half-dollar. You're right about appearance, but after spending the night with the scrawny little thing it really grew on me, big time.

As of last week I had one breeding pair--of course now I don't have any. I've had about 3 different breeding pairs at different times over the years. I have some nest boxes hanging on the wall near the ceiling (high ceilings: 10').

About 4 years ago, I had a love bird pair that bred and produced a lovely little bird that I still have. The father past on last year (which made me very sad--he was the most adorable little bird) but the mother (Venus) is still alive and has a new lover (Niro).
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#728378 - 03/18/02 06:27 PM Re: Hobbies
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Hi, Bernard:

Why, that little hussy of a love bird! ;\)

Sorry to hear about your parakeet, it's amazing how quickly they can fall ill and die. I've never had to hand-raise such a tiny bird myself, when we've done it we usually leave it to the parents until they're much older. Someone will get a wonderful pet out of the arrangement, though!

I assume your birds are inside? We've never had success until we built a large outdoor aviary, but our climate (particularly in the winter) is a lot more favorable than yours. I think our birds, particularly the finches, really needed a lot more quiet and privacy than we were able to provide indoors.

Good luck on matchmaking for a replacement 'keet.

Nina

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