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Destiny

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Most of my quail pictures turn out really terrible because they are so fast and close to the ground. They will get quite close to me if I stand still and they aren't even that worried about me when I am walking around the aviary. If fact, I think that I am more scared of stepping on them than they are scared of being stepped on. :eek: It is a genuine concern.

But if I move in for a close-up or try to line up a good picture, they are gone before I can snap off a shot! Half the time, the quail are just a beige blur. Also, they love to hang out right under where the parakeets roost, so the floor is always such a mess, I'm too embarrassed to post the pictures. :depressed:

That being said, I do have a few decent quail close-ups.

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And just in case all these close-up gave the false impression that button quail are big ... here is a distance shot.

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Gosh, they are so darn precious. I just love 'em.
 

Destiny

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Quails eggs are my fav oops! And that pancake looks really good :starscfe:

Your button quails have very pretty colours :laugh:
Almost everything on that plate came from our farm, except the flour in the pancake. The pancakes are made with blueberries I picked this morning and my mom's sourdough starter. And the green things are fresh figs from our tree.

It was a delicious homemade breakfast. I felt so blessed. :D

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Also, I finally found a fruit that my picky parakeets like - fresh fig! Which is honestly not that surprising. Anyone who has seen the inside of a fig knows that they are like 90% seeds!
 

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Almost everything on that plate came from our farm, except the flour in the pancake. The pancakes are made with blueberries I picked this morning and my mom's sourdough starter. And the green things are fresh figs from our tree.

It was a delicious homemade breakfast. I felt so blessed. :D

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Also, I finally found a fruit that my picky parakeets like - fresh fig! Which is honestly not that surprising. Anyone who has seen the inside of a fig knows that they are like 90% seeds!
Omg jealous... my dream is to live in a farm one day... a dream it is...

Eeks what is the name of the penguin-esque quail? They're all such adorable balls of fluff! :xflove:
 

Destiny

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** Sad Update **

I'm afraid I have some bad news. I lost a bird. One of my finches died during the night/early morning. He was fine the day before, when I did my evening walk-through. But when I looked in on the birds in the morning, he was missing. At first, I thought he was hiding or escaped somehow, but then I found his body. :(

It was Blaze, my orange headed gouldian finch.

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He seemed perfectly healthy and happy when I last saw him. He was singing on a branch and flying around actively with his best mate, Crimson. I do not think he was ill. And none of the other birds show any sign of illness.

Unfortunately, I do think I know how he died and I am at fault. I found him dead in this corner near the entry door, under the window.

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When I constructed the aviary, I covered the other window with coated wire as a protection, in case a bird flew into the glass. But I decided this window was less of a risk, because it is smaller and pretty opaque (i.e. dirty). And I was worried about putting up wire next to the door, in case a bird landed on the wire and flew out while I was going in or out. I didn't see birds having a problem with the window during their initial crazy flying. They mostly avoided that corner because there are no perches or easy spots to land by design, so I didn't think it was necessary to cover the window.

I think that Blaze must have flown into the glass, either during the night or early morning and broken his neck. He either didn't see the glass or was spooked into flying toward it. It would explain the location of his body and his sudden death. I feel terrible because, if that is how he died, I could have easily prevented it by covering both windows. I did realize there was a danger, but I talked myself out of doing simple preventative measures and it cost a life.

In the background of this picture, you can see the other window covered by mesh. I should have done this on both windows.

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I wish I had a time machine, so I could go back and fix my mistakes. :( I have put up wire mesh now, but it is too late to save my finch. He was too young to die.

R.I.P Blaze. You will be missed.

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Sleep well, little buddy. You will be missed.

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Blaze was a beautiful Finch. I am sorry you lost him. Keeping an aviary safe must be a full time job in addition to caring for all the birdies.
 

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I hear the pain in your words. I'm so very sorry for your loss. :bighug:
 

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Blaze's life was not a long one, but I am sure it was a very happy one.
 

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Thank you all for the kind words. I really appreciate it.

There have been no further losses, so I think I correctly identified the problem and it is fixed. Everyone is doing well.

In fact, I am happy to report that Misty is getting her flight feathers back and starting to fly! She is one of the birds who was severely clipped by a pet store before I got her. She had NO primaries at all, just little stubby wings, so it took forever for the feathers to grow back to a point where she could even arrest her falls.
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I started to notice her making glides and controlled descents first. Then the other day I caught her on a perch that is inaccessible from the ground. And the other day, I actually witnessed her achieve sustained upward flight! I am so happy for her. She is not as nimble as my other fliers, but she is making steady progress as the feathers come back in.

I am watching the other birds for progress and I think Sparkle is also flight-capable. Sparkle and Goldie are hard to tell apart (both lutino), but I think Sparkle is starting to fly now. Goldie has primaries, but they are uneven lengths. Her coordination is poor, so she flies rarely. Sparkle was clipped and could not fly. She is starting to experiment more and getting much better.

I've also been working on "hand taming" the birds. A tricky challenge in an aviary setting. So far I am starting with luring them to me using millet sprays or treat sticks. I think they are starting to get the right idea.

At a training session earlier this week, Big Bertha was the first to take the bait.

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She was soon joined by Johnny Girl and Kiwi.

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Then I got a surprise visit from Sparkle, showing off her flight capabilities.

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And then Skye joined the party.

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Even Jasper the Finch wanted a piece!

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I think I could have gotten the whole flock on my arm, if there had been enough room. It was pretty amazing. Everyone wants some of that sweet sweeeet millet!

Speaking of the whole flock, I took this picture of (almost) everyone hanging out om the rope perches, enjoying the cool spray from the misting system. It has been such a hot summer. Keeping cool has been a struggle. I'm so glad I have a water faucet right in the aviary, so I can get them cooling mist easily.

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Wow. Unreal. So cool! And wonderful for these clipped birds to go to such a wonderful new life :loveshower:
 

Destiny

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I was so appalled when I realized how severely these poor birds had been clipped. This is a comparison shot of Kiwi (left) and Opal (right).

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Notice how stubby and short Opal's wings look? She is completely missing half of her wing.

And this is Misty and Sparkle who all came from the same pet shop with the same horrible wing clip:

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I'd had them for several months at this point and you can just barely see some flight feathers starting to peek out from behind their other feathers. This picture was taken on the birds' first day in the aviary in July.

I'm just so glad they can finally start to experience the joys of flight. :)
 

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**Aviary Training Update**

I've been having fun with more training exercises lately, which is code for "giving the birds fun snacks if they will land on me".

Millet luring has been quite successful so far.

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So I decided to up the stakes and see if anybody would accept oat groats from the palm of my hand.

They were a little leery at first since this was the first time I've tried this and it is a brand new treat item for them.

As usual, Kiwi was ready to take one for the team by tasting the potentially poisonous offerings. After he broke the ice, I had a few more brave souls approach.

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And then a couple more ...

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And soon it was a party.

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I was especially surprised by Lemondrop. She is one of my most timid parakeets. Yet she not only approached my hand, she climbed on board!

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I was so impressed. I didn't expect her to trust me so much. Getting Kiwi or Sparkle onto my hand is not that hard, but Lemondrop was very unexpected.

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A few days later, I decided to up the difficulty again.

This time, I offered seed in my hand in the middle of the room, instead of bringing my offering up next to a perch. I wanted to see if any birds would land right on me.

Can you guess who was first?

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If you guessed Kiwi, then you have been paying attention. He was soon joined by Big Bertha and Skye.

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My open hand was not as popular of a landing spot as the millet spray, but I was able to attract several birds in succession.

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My ultimate goal of some day raising my arms to summon a colorful flock of tamed parakeets is slowly approaching fruition.

A girl can dream ....
 

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These pictures are wonderful. Thank you for sharing, especially in the middle of the pandemic! Sorry to hear about your little finch. Any bird who lived here had a good life.
 

mak

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**Aviary Training Update**

I've been having fun with more training exercises lately, which is code for "giving the birds fun snacks if they will land on me".

Millet luring has been quite successful so far.

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So I decided to up the stakes and see if anybody would accept oat groats from the palm of my hand.

They were a little leery at first since this was the first time I've tried this and it is a brand new treat item for them.

As usual, Kiwi was ready to take one for the team by tasting the potentially poisonous offerings. After he broke the ice, I had a few more brave souls approach.

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And then a couple more ...

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And soon it was a party.

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I was especially surprised by Lemondrop. She is one of my most timid parakeets. Yet she not only approached my hand, she climbed on board!

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I was so impressed. I didn't expect her to trust me so much. Getting Kiwi or Sparkle onto my hand is not that hard, but Lemondrop was very unexpected.

...


A few days later, I decided to up the difficulty again.

This time, I offered seed in my hand in the middle of the room, instead of bringing my offering up next to a perch. I wanted to see if any birds would land right on me.

Can you guess who was first?

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If you guessed Kiwi, then you have been paying attention. He was soon joined by Big Bertha and Skye.

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My open hand was not as popular of a landing spot as the millet spray, but I was able to attract several birds in succession.

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My ultimate goal of some day raising my arms to summon a colorful flock of tamed parakeets is slowly approaching fruition.

A girl can dream ....
Looks like you have a finch who thinks he's a budgie! :lol:Great update and pics, thanks for sharing!
 
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alshgs

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I love this so much! I'm sorry for the loss of Blaze.

Your aviary is so beautiful. I would love to do something like this for some finches, parakeets & quail :)
 
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Mybluebird

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Sounds great! Not sure if I have a problem with my computer but I can't see any of the pictures from Sat on. :crycry2:

OK- I got them now! I have to right click each one and "load image".
 

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I love looking at all your birds. The quails are amazing - the grey ones seem to disappear into the background. Isn't it so nice to have the budgies land on you?
 
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