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  1. AFBates

    Finch huddling

    Hi bird people! I have a society finch, one of a pair of males who get along fine (no biting, aggression), who has begun huddling in the space between the top of the little bamboo nest and the top of the cage. Both birds do that when scared, but he just does it all the time now. He's definitely...
  2. Atomiklan

    Red Bull Air Race...

    Charlie and Emma are so funny sometimes when they get really active and fly around the kitchen. I've started to notice a pattern in some of their flights. They have a tendency to come out the cage and do a loop around my head. They seem to try to get as close as possible too when looping. It's...
  3. Atomiklan

    Soooooo tough...

    Sigh, why are non hand raised finches soooooo hard to win over? Charlie and Emma have their good and bad days, but most of the time they are still pretty scared of me. I have had them now since September 1st of last year I think? I spend almost every day with them for at least 8-10 hours a day...
  4. Atomiklan

    My chicken nuggets!

    No explanation needed... :)
  5. Atomiklan

    Pictures Charlie & Emma are at it again!

    So Emma has picked out a favorite spot on a branch near the corner of their cage and seems to have decided this will be their new nesting site. I'm not saying it's an impossible spot, but it is quite funny watching Charlie try and try and try to make this spot work (well get it started at...
  6. Atomiklan

    Interesting observations

    So to those of you who followed my post from a few weeks ago about handling the finches daily, I ended up abandoning it completely. It started to become a "chase" with Charlie and was really stressing him out. We almost had an accident too so I put a stop to it. Its been a week or so now and I...
  7. Atomiklan

    Almost lost Emma!!!

    YIKES! "Almost" had an accident last weekend. This was very scary! Emma was out of the cage and a little frightened from something. I had a friend staying the weekend and he was in the foyer walking towards the front door. Well Emma flew into the foyer and landed on the ground on top of my...
  8. Atomiklan

    Divorce! Well... separation...

    So I am sad to announce that Charlie and Emma have been separated for the time being. I noticed that Emma was spending an unusual amount of time out of the nest. Usually they trade off pretty regularly. I decided to watch them closely and it turns out Charlie was being very aggressive towards...
  9. Atomiklan

    Second clutch

    So Charlie & Emma are on their second clutch (at least since arriving home with me) and interestingly enough, Emma decided to only lay 6 eggs this time. I know you may be asking, "I thought you weren't going to let them lay eggs this time?" Originally yes, that was the plan, but then I thought...
  10. Atomiklan

    Pictures Casa De Finch

    So I finally got around to building a new home for the chicken nuggets. Their original home was purchased at the store and it worked, but I wasn't happy with how I had it mounted in the cage, or the poor job I did lighting it. Whenever I needed to remove the coconut, it was always an ordeal and...
  11. Atomiklan

    At it again...

    Charlie and Emma are at it again. Emma laid her first egg of her second clutch today. I was originally planning on replacing eggs this time right out of the gate, but actually, I think I will let her lay all her eggs again one more time. I am curious to see if she stops right at 7 again. Third...
  12. Atomiklan

    Barking Finch

    Anyone out there hear their Society Finches making a barking like sound? It's usually when they get really frightened. Primarily Charlie does it. Seems to be a kind of high pitched alarm type call. A quick, sharp, "bark" is the best way I can describe it. Usually once to twice per second. I have...
  13. Atomiklan

    Nail clipping time!

    It is getting VERY close, if not past time for me to do some nail clipping. I am terrified to do this! Not because I am worried about cutting physically, I understand the process and what not to do. I am just sooooooo worried about stressing them out to the point that they become fearful of me...
  14. Atomiklan

    TOTAL PANIC!!!

    So the strangest thing just happened. I was sitting on the couch downstairs working. The birbs were hanging out in the cage in the kitchen. Blinds were closed with curtains drawn so nothing to see outside. No shadows. No loud noises. Absolutely nothing happened that would trigger them. I have...
  15. Atomiklan

    Territorial behavior

    Had another finch behavior question. I have noticed that a LOT of finch videos out there, particularly Zebra finch videos showcase territorial behavior in males. Are there large differences behavior wise between Zebra and Society finches? Let me explain. So far my two finches are sooooooo...
  16. Atomiklan

    Pictures Dummy Eggs

    Got the official dummy eggs in the mail a few days ago. Have not used them yet. Still letting Emma lay her full first ideal size clutch (see other post for explanation). When I got the eggs out of the packaging though, I was a little disappointed. Now I know probably 99.98% of you here are going...
  17. Atomiklan

    Less messy?

    I feel like I am taking over this sub forum lol. Sorry for posting so much. I have been working from home a lot lately so I can spend lots of time with the new birds in order to bond. As a result, I generate lots of questions as I observe their behavior. Why have they become less messy with...
  18. Atomiklan

    Catching Emma

    I intentionally caught Emma today, primarily to inspect her foot (which looked odd), and inspect her nails up close. This also gave me a chance to see how they would react to being netted. I felt so bad. More so for Charlie. Poor Charlie went NUTS when I caught his girlfriend! Made his high...
  19. Atomiklan

    Building trust

    So as I predicted, having a little more trouble now outside the cage. On a scale of 1 to 100, when I am sitting near the cage and play stand (where I work from home), Emma seems to trust me 98%, Charlie about 60% with respect to the new finger training I am trying to work on (Holding millet with...
  20. Atomiklan

    Living Room of TERROR

    As I anticipated, had a small spat today in the living room. Emma was being adventurous, but keeping close by (doing laps around my head near the cage). Well Charlie finally built up enough courage and charged full steam ahead out of the cage and around the corner. Emma of course decided to...
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