Thanks! Is that you with the gorgeous, shiny red hair? Love the photo!
Rescue parrots! Wow! I love birds. Of any type. I used to raise African finches, Australian finches and canaries. We had a pet lovebird and cockatiel. The cockatiel had a mate for a while and they raised babies…but we found a new home (with friends) for Tilly.
(Reason: When Tilly came, Nacho left us (mentally). As soon as Tilly was gone, Nacho our pet, returned. Long story.)
I had an free-fly aviary for all the finches (trees, plants, fountains, etc) and a few other portable, smaller aviaries for some species. The canaries were in cages for breeding purposes. Just works out better.
But we never had the honor welcoming a parrot or a macaw into our home. Just the itty bitty species of birds. The owl finches were my all time favorites. The gouldians and cordon blues were also a fav! Our Java Rice Finches, being a rambunctious lot, had their own quarters! But they were very prolific and quite popular at the pet stores that bought from me.
Yes, I had Society finches, and the ever popular Zebra finches…however, I eventually had to remove them from the main aviary. You won’t believe this! Because owl finches and zebra finches have similar courting dances and songs…I had “Zebrowls” hatched…and my little owl finch managed to woo a Shaftail finch as well. So I had “Shaftowls”, too. In a free fly aviary, you don’t always see what goes on in the very first hour of dawn…which is their favorite time to ‘get it on’. In the daytime, you do see the dancing and singing and hopping about…but I never dreamed there was cross-over going on! After the fact, when the shaftowls and zebrowls emerged from the nest, I did some reading and research. Sure 'nuff…it is because the song and dance is similar…in other words “hey baby, you’re talking my language! let’s go!”
Anyways, I had to give up my aviary when we moved from our large home in 1999. My aviary was built into a sun porch of the old home! And the back sun room housed the other portable aviaries.
But, no room here at our smaller home. And I must say, we are traveling to the wilderness 6 weeks out of the year, and with all of our children married and grown, it is a huge imposition to ask someone to tend to aviaries. Impossible, really.
Well, I’ve gone on much too long!
Hope I didn’t bore ya to tears! :eyebrow: