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Tyburn
03-10-2012, 09:00 PM
I call it The Pulver House of Birds :laugh:


Construction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-5t5HA2Y5c

Aviary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMNUrzlEEEo

Aviary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOtqMfB7UaA

I've lost two Birds this week though...Bonnie the Zebra finch had an accident on Tuesday 5th March inside the enclosure during the night, it was too dark for her to see inside the shed and something happened and she died overnight. then on Thursday 9th March, Mike the Society Finch who had been really struggling with the move to the aviary and was frightened to come out of the shed and into the flight even during the day was found floating in his drinking water outside in the middle of the afternoon...it shouldnt have been deep enough for him to drown in...I think the stress got to him and he kinda committed suicide :sad:

Other then that, all things are progressing very well. I hope to get new birds next week :)

Bonnie
03-11-2012, 04:02 AM
Mike seemed very nervous, but Bonnie looked like she was perfectly at home already. Sad they didn't make it, Dave. :sad:

Thanks for the videos. :)

Tyburn
03-11-2012, 01:36 PM
Mike seemed very nervous, but Bonnie looked like she was perfectly at home already. Sad they didn't make it, Dave. :sad:

Thanks for the videos. :)

Indeed...those are the last videos/pictures I had of the pair...I shall be working on my memorial videos this afternoon, and the official announcement will be made in the weekly blog on monday. :sad:

Its a nice Aviary though isnt it :)

Pastor Chris F
03-11-2012, 05:59 PM
Sorry to hear it Dave. Welcome back man.

Tyburn
03-11-2012, 09:13 PM
Sorry to hear it Dave. Welcome back man.

Thanks :sad: I'm hoping to buy some more birds this week and then have a fresh start so to speak.

Its also VERY good to be back :happydancing:

Bonnie
03-11-2012, 09:13 PM
Indeed...those are the last videos/pictures I had of the pair...I shall be working on my memorial videos this afternoon, and the official announcement will be made in the weekly blog on monday. :sad:

Its a nice Aviary though isnt it :)

It's very nice. Jens and Wyman and I can't think of the "tennis ball" bird's name :laugh: all looked like they were happily adjusted to their new environment. Great idea using the wooden coat hangers for perches! :cool:

How do you keep them warm, do you have a heater in the enclosed section? :unsure-1:

Tyburn
03-11-2012, 09:21 PM
It's very nice. Jens and Wyman and I can't think of the "tennis ball" bird's name :laugh: all looked like they were happily adjusted to their new environment. Great idea using the wooden coat hangers for perches! :cool:

How do you keep them warm, do you have a heater in the enclosed section? :unsure-1:

Very shortly I shall have a greenhouse heater in the shed. This doesnt really heat the shed but it will keep the shed above freezing point at all times. Without it snowing they shouldnt need a heater although in the winter I may well give a blast of a proper heater for an hour a night.

Remember these are desert birds, so they have the ability to withstand great heat and a certain amount of cold. I cant really have a heater out there without them either burning themselves on it, or the wood catching fire...I also have no electricity in the back garden

Basically these are questions we are going to address the experts across the summer so that next winter we are prepared, but for now, the worst is behind us and we should be getting reasonable weather from now on...if it really gets VERY cold, frosty or worse...I will probably stuff them back in their cages and bring them in for the nights :laugh:

The tennis ball bird is called Jojo :laugh:

Bonnie
03-11-2012, 09:24 PM
Very shortly I shall have a greenhouse heater in the shed. This doesnt really heat the shed but it will keep the shed above freezing point at all times. Without it snowing they shouldnt need a heater although in the winter I may well give a blast of a proper heater for an hour a night.

Remember these are desert birds, so they have the ability to withstand great heat and a certain amount of cold. I cant really have a heater out there without them either burning themselves on it, or the wood catching fire...I also have no electricity in the back garden

Basically these are questions we are going to address the experts across the summer so that next winter we are prepared, but for now, the worst is behind us and we should be getting reasonable weather from now on...if it really gets VERY cold, frosty or worse...I will probably stuff them back in their cages and bring them in for the nights :laugh:

The tennis ball bird is called Jojo :laugh:

Oh, yeah, "JoJo"! :laugh: Who was "Mike" named after? :unsure-1:

Tyburn
03-11-2012, 10:00 PM
Oh, yeah, "JoJo"! :laugh: Who was "Mike" named after? :unsure-1:

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I'm waiting for the memorial video before I tell him :unsure-1:

btw I hate the new sherdog design :laugh: and I also hate that imageshack now force you to register :angry:

flo
03-12-2012, 01:08 AM
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I'm waiting for the memorial video before I tell him :unsure-1:

btw I hate the new sherdog design :laugh: and I also hate that imageshack now force you to register :angry:

Seriously? I thought he was named after our Mike...:unsure-1: I have no clue who that other guy is. :unsure:

Tyburn
03-12-2012, 01:19 AM
Seriously? I thought he was named after our Mike...:unsure-1: I have no clue who that other guy is. :unsure:

No...if it was named after our mike...I might have well as called the bird "boobies" :laugh:

The guy in the photo is that silverback fighter from the IFL, he has an unpronounceable...and I mean IMPOSSIBLE surname, so I took the liberty of using his Christian name, otherwise it just wouldnt have worked.

I was going to meet him this month when the plans for American Dreams Tour Three were expansive enough to include nigh on the entire southern states of the US....but when that started to shrink because of financial pressures (namely I had to self fund rather then use inheritance money) He obviously couldnt make New York :laugh:

Then when the Jennyfields Settlement blew up four months ago, I cancelled the tour completely. I was due to be in the United States...well...NOW...but we decided to go for Markenfield instead. So instead of Las Vegas/New York/and the guy in the photograph above...I have a new house :ashamed:

We could re-arrange America...but we couldnt re-arrange getting this house.

Course now his namesake went as far as drowning himself in his own drinking water because he couldnt cope with freedom of an aviary, I dont know how Mike will react...I DO know his Wife will be gutted, coz she loves birds and knows heaps about them :blink: that is a very long story :laugh:

Pastor Chris F
03-12-2012, 03:32 AM
No...if it was named after our mike...I might have well as called the bird "boobies" :laugh:

:laugh: no JOKE. Our Mike is one of a kind

Bonnie
03-12-2012, 03:42 AM
No...if it was named after our mike...I might have well as called the bird "boobies" :laugh:

The guy in the photo is that silverback fighter from the IFL, he has an unpronounceable...and I mean IMPOSSIBLE surname, so I took the liberty of using his Christian name, otherwise it just wouldnt have worked.



What is his surname and what southern state is Mike from? :)

flo
03-12-2012, 09:46 AM
That *is* a very nice aviary and it's great that your Nan is so supportive with the project.

But isn't it too cold to have the birds outside? Aren't they indoor birds? I'm no expert though, I've never had birds...

After I get younger plants from the nursery I have to acclimatize them in the garage before I can put them out this time of year (and some have to stay in the garage every winter, even though they're several years old). At least, that's how it works with rhododendrons, lol.

Tyburn
03-12-2012, 11:56 AM
What is his surname and what southern state is Mike from? :)

His name is Mike Ciesnolevicz for obvious reasons I was not about to call a society finch that surname :blink:

:laugh: I dont know if hes from a southern state or not...all I know is I was due to meet him in Nevada...that doesnt mean he's native to that state, particularly considering his occupation, he probably just moved their for business purposes, same as he probably did when he was at MFS....infact I'm pretty sure he spends lots of time in canada also for some reason...We couldnt meet on ADT2 because he was in Canada for the whole time I was in the US :rolleyes:

Tyburn
03-12-2012, 12:00 PM
That *is* a very nice aviary and it's great that your Nan is so supportive with the project.

But isn't it too cold to have the birds outside? Aren't they indoor birds? I'm no expert though, I've never had birds...

After I get younger plants from the nursery I have to acclimatize them in the garage before I can put them out this time of year (and some have to stay in the garage every winter, even though they're several years old). At least, that's how it works with rhododendrons, lol.

These birds can be outdoor or indoor...the problem with my birds is they have been indoor and are now making the change to outdoor. The next set of birds may do better because they will go right into the aviary rather then spending a few years indoors first

On the whole finches and budgies should be able to cope with the outdoors, just like the tits, finches, starlings, sparrows, blackbirds that exist in the absolute wild

flo
03-12-2012, 05:36 PM
These birds can be outdoor or indoor...the problem with my birds is they have been indoor and are now making the change to outdoor. The next set of birds may do better because they will go right into the aviary rather then spending a few years indoors first

On the whole finches and budgies should be able to cope with the outdoors, just like the tits, finches, starlings, sparrows, blackbirds that exist in the absolute wild

Oh, okay, thanks. I thought they were"tropical", that's why I was confused. :wacko: That is a very nice set-up you have made for them and it also looks very escape-proof (with the fine mesh and the double entry doors). Cool!

Tyburn
03-13-2012, 12:43 AM
Oh, okay, thanks. I thought they were"tropical", that's why I was confused. :wacko: That is a very nice set-up you have made for them and it also looks very escape-proof (with the fine mesh and the double entry doors). Cool!

Tropical...no...but they could be classed as desert birds. almost all the birds you can buy in England like Finches, Budgies, etc are native to Australia. So they are used to VERY hot weather, but also very arid weather and should have the genetic capability to cope with the sort of cold you find in a desert at night.

Obviously, these birds are all born in captivity, since the bird flue pandemic its been illegal to import finches...I didnt know that until this morning. So we are reliant obviously on captivity born birds that have never experienced the conditions of Australia...sooo we are working off genetics, rather then experience...and of course my birds are acclimatized to living indoors...so they will need to get used to harsher conditions outside.

But generally love birds, fire finches, Zebra Finches, Society finches, Star finches, Budgies and canaries...should all be alright in aviaries...gouldian finches there is some debate over because they scare to easy...I mean, my friend lost all hers, that were kept in doors...over fireworks night...no joke...the fireworks from outside scared them so much they all died :blink:

When you have a lot of birds, you oughta get some ground birds to clear the shyte up...like Quail....I desperatly want Quail but there is a bloody shortage of those at present also!

Java Sparrows...I dont know if you can keep those in Aviaries...I suppose so...but they might be really expensive. My Friend, unbelievably has THREE Java Sparrows, and they look like they might be breeding...she says that if they do, I can take some of the offspring...they live well with finches, and they are absolutely gorgeous...they look like miniature black and white puffins, thats the only way to describe them, and hers are absolutely beautiful...I couldnt believe it when I saw them...she told me that a friend of hers had become ill, couldnt take them and given them away, she said they were "some kind of finch" I looked into the cage and saw three vibrant Java Sparrows...I said "OMG I think you have Java Sparrows!!"...and when I got home the first thing I did was to check on google images...and sure enough, they are unmistakable...I saw one in the pet shop when I first bought Jens

If they breed...I will have been entrusted with something terribly precious :ashamed:

Tyburn
03-13-2012, 12:51 AM
:laugh: according to google Java Sparrows are supposed to be "hardy" but...can anything native to a pacific island really be that hardy? :laugh::laugh:

No offence to any polynesians we may have on these boards :laugh:

flo
03-13-2012, 01:53 AM
That is all really interesting! I told you I didn't know anything about birds (although I love the outdoor birds of the PNW and try to keep food and water out for them). I looked up the Java Sparrow, it's just gorgeous. Actually, it reminds me of a miniature puffin only more ornate. I hope you can get one!!!

Of course, after reading your comment about Polynesians I spent the next 10 minutes looking at the Maori rugby team's hakas. :) :happydancing:

rearnakedchoke
03-13-2012, 02:07 PM
be careful of psittacosis

Tyburn
03-13-2012, 07:17 PM
That is all really interesting! I told you I didn't know anything about birds (although I love the outdoor birds of the PNW and try to keep food and water out for them). I looked up the Java Sparrow, it's just gorgeous. Actually, it reminds me of a miniature puffin only more ornate. I hope you can get one!!!

Of course, after reading your comment about Polynesians I spent the next 10 minutes looking at the Maori rugby team's hakas. :) :happydancing:

:laugh: I get distracted like that sometimes :laugh:

Tyburn
03-13-2012, 07:21 PM
be careful of psittacosis

I have to say that I WAS concerned when I came to put Joshua to bed and all five tail feathers came off in my hands!! I think it was a natural shedding coz he has no other symptoms and since then no other feather drops...to be honnest his tail feathers were the worst I've EVER seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPDrIQMMyOs

Tyburn
03-15-2012, 01:32 AM
feeding time at the zoo :laugh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtjegQyff6I

Tyburn
03-25-2012, 03:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oigusiL3c0g

Joshua the new budgie is settling in. :)

Tyburn
03-25-2012, 04:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GldmRh5AYi4

this cat cracks me up! dont worry the birds are totally safe :laugh:

flo
03-25-2012, 07:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oigusiL3c0g

Joshua the new budgie is settling in. :)
Did you name him a la Gandalf the Gray? Isn't that nice how well he gets along with Jens...I'm not surprised he's happy in his new digs, it must be 6 times larger than what he's used to. He's a beauty, Dave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GldmRh5AYi4

this cat cracks me up! dont worry the birds are totally safe :laugh:

I can't believe you didn't have the "Jaws" theme playing for your opening, lol!!!

Tyburn
03-25-2012, 08:52 PM
Did you name him a la Gandalf the Gray? Isn't that nice how well he gets along with Jens...I'm not surprised he's happy in his new digs, it must be 6 times larger than what he's used to. He's a beauty, Dave.



I can't believe you didn't have the "Jaws" theme playing for your opening, lol!!!

:laugh: No...I named him after my friend at work called Josh...and I called him the white, coz...he's white :laugh:

He's settled in well...but he's also a tad bit hostile...today he upset Jens. He would sit on the lip of the hatch and wait for Jens to go to feed, then he would loudly squark and fly at him forcing Jens back to the wire. Then he would go back to the lip. I watched him do it several times, so I shouted at him and got inside the aviary myself...when he did it again I put him in the shed and locked it.

He went absolutely mad. He could see the outside due to the finch hatch and the shed partition being see through, but he couldnt get out. I left him like that for half an hour. obviously he had food and water in the cage, and Jens and Wyman got to eat. Then I let him out...He sat on the wire, and when Jens and Wyman went to feed he left them alone.

i'd say he threw a tantrum but learned quickly from his mistake.