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It has been a while since I put out a new blog. Life is crazy busy. Whenever you check back here and see an old date on a blog, never fear-I'm still here! Just busy. I don't get to check on my site very often, but I am still around and I still have birds. I can answer questions for you, also. Please contact me thru the Contact Us tab. :)

We had a very successful bird expo in Grapevine Texas over the Easter weekend. To be honest I didnt expect a lot of people traffic thru the expo, being a holiday and all, but I was pleasantly surprised! Some of the vendors were sold out of birds in just 2 hours! It is obvious this area of Texas has been waiting a long time for a bird mart. Hopefully there will be many more bird marts there for the public. As I get information on upcoming shows I will post them on the Bird Events tab.

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Air Sac Mites & treatment

I treat my birds with S76 on a schedule to help prevent air sac mites. Once your birds get them, they will always have them. The mites go dormant in the bird until the bird is stressed or ill then they strike.

Here is what I do: during breeding season I use S76 every 4 weeks for 2 days straight as the only water source. (If you breed in the summer months these mites seem to be more of a nuisance) You will mix enough for 2 days and keep it in the refrigerator. Pull your drinking vessels the night before and fill them early in the morning so the bird gets a good long drink after they wake up. If you have the more "sensitive" yellow backs, blue backs, or silver gouldians I treat them every 3 weeks during breeding time. It seems to benefit them more on that schedule. When my birds are not breeding I use S76 every 3 months. Only if I have an outbreak of mites, or I am bringing a new bird into my home do I use S76 as directed. I have purchased gouldians that had these mites and I didn't realize it. It is imperative that you keep new birds away from your other birds. An acquaintance of mine lost her entire bird room to air sac mites bringing in an infected bird, so it can be a devastating result if you aren't careful. Quaranteen for 6 weeks to be sure your new purchased birds are not ill. Get to know your breeder, and be very wary of buying from a pet store. Anyone can fib to you to make a sale, but try to go with a reputable breeder. AND! The lowest price does not always mean a good deal if the bird is sick or infected and the seller just wants to get rid of it.

Following is information I got from the internet:


Air sac mites can make your bird very ill. Read this brief information about symptoms & remedy:

How do I know if my bird has the air sac mite?
Signs include: Heavy breathing; open-mouth breathing; stain on feathers around nostrils; coughing (clicking sounds); sneezing and the birds stop singing. 

How long does it take my bird to get better after I apply SCATT?
The lightly to moderately effected birds show dramatic improvement in 24-48 hours. Severely infected birds can take weeks to bounce back. Treating with antibiotic for secondary infections on the lesions in the air sacs and lungs is important if they are severely infected. Amtyl is a good choice.

Should I disinfect my cage after applying SCATT?
The airsac mite is very persistent. On the second day of treatment with SCATT, the nests, cage and aviary must be cleaned and disinfected with, a pyrethrum-based product. Pyrethrum, an extract of the chrysanthemum flower is safe for use on birds and in their environment. These are great products, Avian Insect Liquidator, Control & Pestex. This treatment must be repeated each week for three weeks to break the life cycle (21 days) of the airsac mite.

Is SCATT safe to use before my birds start breeding?
You can treat your adult birds before you set them up for the breeding season if you have the mite.You don’t want to pass the mite onto the babies. One treatment should be all you need.


Cage Options and Sizes for your Pretty Little Birds

When it is time to buy a cage for a new bird always think of SPACE SPACE SPACE. Birds need to be able to stretch their wings and exercise in the cage. Although they might be attractive don't buy tall skinny cages! Your birds aren't helicopters! haha   My birds are in 30X30X18" double breeder cages. They aren't the prettiest on the shelf of the store but they allow plenty of room for about 4 small birds to reside there and be happy with the room. You can find deals on Ebay for new cages of this size, and several of the sellers ship free! Free is great! You can never buy too big a cage, just be sure it is one that is wider than it is tall, in the table top version cage.


Nesting Options For Your Pretty Little Birds

There are several nests to choose from for your birds. What you get will depend on the kind of bird you have.

Society  finches and Zebra finches love the wicker nests. If you have many of these little guys you will find they all retire together smushed in the nest all at the same time. Reminds me of the volkswagon at the circus the clowns drive. When the door opens clown after clown after clown pops out of it. You wonder how they all fit in there??! I don't offer the wicker nests to my gouldians for a couple of reasons. If they have babies in it there is never enough room for the young once they get bigger and sometimes their health suffers, or someone gets smooshed. I have also had gouldians to get their trimmed toenails caught in the wicker and either break a toe, a foot, or worse.

There are plastic boxes with a wide front opening. Societies also like these. They are nosy little birds and they seem to like to be able to look out from the resting spot to see what everyone else is doing.

For my gouldians I use the wide wooden boxes that have the side porch entry with  a perch, and a nice spacious nesting area next to that. Dad bird rests on the perch at night and guards the door where the hen sleeps with her eggs or babies. Gouldians are very private and they seem to like this type of box better. I have these available for sale if you are interested. Just contact me.

If you plan to let your birds breed and raise young be sure to get a nest box that has a lid so you can inspect the nest from time to time. I don't advise "peeking" in there for no reason at all, but sometimes you have to do nest checks to look for unhatched eggs, dead babies, or candling eggs to check for fertility.


See the pictures for a few choices of nest boxes. 3 gouldians have decided to share one box. Each has their own pile of eggs. Happy family! The wicker nest picture is dark but it's bedtime and the society finches are all crammed in there!




The Button Quail are hatching!

An exciting day around here right after Christmas! The quail brooder is doing its job and so far 3 tiny button quail have hatched. Lots more to go. These guys are tiny- smaller than a quarter! They will grow to about the size of a tennis ball. Button Quail make a nice addition to a flight floor to clean up tossed seeds. I have them pinned into an area of their brooder to keep them under and near a warming light. They begin pecking at food within 2 hours of hatch! I've added some crushed poultry crumble with a little of the baby mash I feed the gouldian parents. These tiny babies need lots of protein to grow up healthy and strong.

Hand Feeding Gouldian Finch chicks #2

These little guys are about 2 weeks of age. I really don't know the hatch date because their arrival was a total surprise! The mom and dad stopped caring for them (it was their first clutch) and so I had to pull the nest to take over their feedings. Their eyes are open and they have pin feathers. At this age they still cannot regulate their body temperature, so it is necessary to use a heating pad set to low to keep them around 98 degrees. Keep them inside something thathas a lid that can be tilted to vent, and put a small bowl of water inside to act as humidity. A thermometer is handy to keep tabs on the temperature. The warmth is necessary because a warm baby can digest his food properly. If the temp is too cool the food sits in the crop and can sour and become infected. Adding a little probiotic to the formula mixture can help with that, but still keep them warm until they are fully feathered.

Burping a Baby Gouldian Finch

The baby birds tend to all eat differently. This particular little birdie eats in small bites, so he has the tendancy to get more air in his crop. He is being a very good sport for this video! Carefully push in on the crop as the bird opens his beak to expel the air. Don't use this technique on a full crop.

Peeping in the air!

Hi all! If you are breeding your gouldian finches you should be hearing lots of tiny peeping sounds coming from your nest boxes. Mine are getting increasingly louder by the day as the babies grow bigger. They are truly little feathered brats begging from their parents. Sometimes they still beg when they are old enough to feed themselves! Sounds like some human children that never move out of mom and dads house. :)

Anyway, for all these new babies be sure you are giving mom and dad lots of great foods to choose from to feed their new chicks. High quality seed with add-ons (more on this later), fresh water, Ronivet treatment while in the nest and again once chicks fledge, and although some breeders frown on fresh veggies I offer fresh organic spinach leaves at this time. Parents love it and I think the vitamins in it are good for the chicks. I have found that emerging feathers benefit from the nutrients and the color comes in faster and more vibrant. The way the parents pull at and devour the spinach leaves causes me to think they may do this in the wild where they can find it during the rainy season, although they are seed eaters. That's just my opinion, and it has worked for me. You, of course, have to make that decision for yourself.

When I said "add-ons" earlier I am referring to these products: Herb salad (shop wisely for this/prices can vary to the extreme), Miracle Meal, crushed egg shell, charcoal, baby mash, a pinch of high quality vitamins. I mix this together fresh everyday since it has a bit of vitamin coating on it. The birds pick through and eat what they want as they need it. Mix this into a high quality seed mix. Please dont buy the pet store seed brands unless you just run out and have no other choice. These are usually coated with dyes and cheap vitamins are added to it. Purchase a great seed mixed just for gouldians from a trusted breeder and retailer online. Ive mentioned a few on the links page.

Google Ronivet-S 12%, Herb Salad, the need for calcium (cuttle bone),and miracle meal. These are great products and are beneficial to your birdies. Always read all you can on the Gouldian Finch. Their numbers are decreasing in the wild-They are a beautiful creation made by God and deserve to be well cared for.

Have a great day!


Pain-Free Euthanasia For Your Small Bird

At some point you may be confronted with the possibility of having to euthanize your loved bird.  When life is noticeably uncomfortable for a bird, the right thing to do is to help them pass as easy as possible. 

Just recently I had to do this to two of my birds that were sickly & elderly, with no hope of recovery.  It was hard because these two had been with me for a long time, but I knew it was the right thing to do.

A bird friend of mine recommended the following.  Using this process, the birds just fall asleep without pain.

You will need the following:

  • Plastic container with a lid, big enough for the bird but not extra room.
  • Straw or tube- I use an ink pen casing.
  • Tape
  • Helium balloon

First, poke a few holes in the bottom of the plastic container.  This allows the helium gas to slowly push out the oxygen.

Second, prepare a hole for the straw to fit in the top lid.  Fit the straw in the hole and tape it to create a seal.

Third, when ready place the bird in the container with the lid on. 

Fourth, untie the balloon, keep it pinched, at the same time fit it on the tube.  Release the gas slowly into the container.  Your bird should fall asleep quickly. Just in case there isn't enough helium in one balloon have another one ready to go also. A 2nd person can be ready with the back up balloon.

I hold my finger on the top of the straw several minutes after the birds show no movement, to be sure they have passed.

This particular container can hold 2 birds at once.


Note - The holes in the bottom allow the air to be pushed out when the gas is released.  The helium gas does not burn the birds lungs or cause pain.  I have only tried this on small birds (canaries).

Attracting Birds to Your Backyard - Tips for Attracting Birds to Your Backyard

Having birds visiting your backyard can be a wonderful thing, just like making party decorations from scratch. Imagine being able to watch singing cheerful birds from your own living room couch. However, you need to have the right setting in order for birds to visit and stay. This means you need to set up your home so that it is attractive to birds by investing in a few essential items and keeping your yard bird friendly.

Watching birds in your area from the comfort of your own home is a rewarding experience. Planting native trees and shrubs can make it even more attractive to birds. Try to model your garden and backyard on the natural forests and wildness areas which can give you a better chance of attracting bird to your backyard. However, you don't want to let the area grow too natural and overgrown which can make it harder for birds to navigate through and can also attract other unwanted critters such as snakes. ...

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The Inspiration of Birds Songs

The vocal ability of birds has inspired poets and musicians, from Chaucer to Wordsworth, from Handel to Respighi. Birdsong can be a natural phenomenon of intense beauty. But our enjoyment is incidental to the main purpose, which is one bird communicating with others. Birds became the world's master musicians in order to convey to potential mates, rivals and predators all the important things they have to say, from "Clear off!" to "Come on!" And their songs have been shaped by their environment, just as the rap musician of New York delivers a different "tune" to the yodeller in the Swiss mountains. The musical detail would have impressed
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Breeding Season Prep

Breeding time for your birds may be starting or not, depending on your particular birds. Many of mine are already starting nests and I have fertile eggs already. Some birds may not show signs of being ready until next month. Don't pair your birds unless the signs are there- either of the pair dancing about with a feather (or any type of nesting material it finds) in its mouth, lots of singing from the male AND the female showing interest in his advances. Do NOT put a female in with a male if she is not ready. He can actually kill her if he is too agressive. Also, before pairing be sure to clip the birds toenails (not too short), give S76 or other mite treatment as a preventative, and also I give a round of a product called Ronivet. It cleans out the system of any parasites or illness before breeding. I also begin giving supplements to encourage breeding, liquid calcium, vitamins, breeding season seed, and millet. If you are planning to breed your birds hopefully you read my earlier post about length of daylight for your birds. As our days are shorter this time of year, the birds light hours are also shorter. Lengthing their day by adding about 15 minutes per week to their lights until you reach 13 to 14 hours will bring them into breeding season. This is somewhat like forcing flower bulbs to bloom by putting them in the freezer to simulate winter, then planting them soon after to get them to bloom early. The longer day for the bird signals them that they have more daylight to feed their young, as this is important so the babies don't go hungry over a long night time.

Don't add the extra light too fast. A little at a time is best.

Pretty soon eggs will appear, so be ready to prepare your parent birds with egg food, fresh greens, fruit bits, etc so they can offer lots of healthy food for the chicks. Fresh water everyday! :)

End of molt! :>

Your birds molt should be coming to a close! No more snow flake feathers floating about! If you have males and females they may be flirting already, but it's too soon to put them together for breeding. The days are too short to begin nesting, and most of the females are not going to be ready. After molting they still need time to rebuild from the previous breeding season and gain strength for the new season. Your male canary should really start to sing again now that molt is over.

End of season blues & molting

Your canary may be looking a little listless about now (Fall is coming!) and may not be singing as he used to. As our days begin getting shorter your feathered friends are taking notice and going in to their yearly molt. This is a magical but critical time for your bird. Feathers will begin to build up in the cage, mostly down, and they will sit on the perch looking a bit under the weather. Never fear! It will pass. BUT- you must take care of your bird in this time. He needs extra protein to strenghthen him as he molts. Birds get weak in the molting season and they can become sick as their resistance to disease is lower. Look for molting supplements. I get many of my supplies from www.friskyfinches.com. They offer a great molt aid that is added to the birds drinking water. That one product takes care of the bird throughout the molt, and gives the new feathers health and shine! Also offer a pan of water for bathing. Your birdie will love you for it! Pull up a chair and watch as he splashes and dips in the water. This helps wash away dander, helps with scales on the legs, and gives a rinse to the feathers molting away. Just be sure he is good and dry before lights out, as a wet bird gets cold at night! Look forward to a newly feathered friend who will sing very soon! :>

Basic Canary Care

Keeping your bird happy and healthy is very simple! A little basic knowledge is all you need. Provided are some tips for you to apply, but searching the web will give you a plethora of information. Also provided at The Canary Coop is a links page with recommended bird websites that you will find very helpful!

Always provide your canary with the largest cage you can afford. Width is always better than height, when it comes to cages. Canaries need to be able to flap their wings several times in flight to get proper exercise. If you can’t find what you need in a pet store, then please shop online. Ebay has some great choices in cages at affordable prices.  

Never put your canary in direct sunlight. The heat is too much for them. (Full spectrum lighting is ideal! Check out OTT- lite for birds.) Keep them away from drafts. Never put a canary outside unattended! There is always a predator lurking somewhere. Even mosquitoes are the enemy. They bite birds and make them very sick.

Provide fresh water, non-chlorinated if possible, and fresh canary seed every day. Be sure to thoroughly clean the water dishes daily and rinse well to remove all residues of soap, etc. Slimy water dishes can make your new canary very ill.  Fresh greens and orange bits are great, but don’t leave it in the cage longer than an hour. It can go bad and make your bird sick. Never ever give him avocado. Millet is a favorite but offer it sparingly, as too much can make your bird overweight.

If your canary stops singing he may be molting. He may also be sick. If you are experiencing this let us know.

Your bird needs to have a good night’s rest. Be sure to turn the light off after he has had about 10-11 hrs of light.  It’s a good idea to cover your bird cage at night. They feel a little more secure and it ensures any night drafts don’t blow across them. The lamp you  read by can keep your bird awake too long, so covering him helps with that. Too much light or too little light can affect his health. You can Google information about this topic to get more details.

Your canary will provide you with years of companionship and song, if properly cared for. They don’t need regular vet checkups, but if your bird does get sick see an avian vet. Talk to your bird! He will look for you each day to see what you are bringing him, and likes you to talk to him. Remember, canaries are not a bird that wants to sit on your finger. Enjoy him from the outside of his cage.

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