Everyday Life In The Noonan Aviary


The birdroom measures 28′ 12′ in length and is located in the garage. Because the home central heating boiler is also present, the temperature stays somewhat steady. There are two enormous flights, one for hens and one for cocks, and I have recently added three 6′ 3′ aluminium flights for young birds and sales birds, as well as a number of mobile stock cages for fledglings and the show team. Lighting is planned to turn on from 6 a.m. until 12 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. There are two wide windows, so it never gets dark, but the reduced light level causes the birds to tweet and noise and activity to calm down.

The day begins about 7:30 a.m., when the birdroom is opened. The noise level increases when the door is opened, indicating that food is on its way. Budgies are fed a 50/50 blend of canary seed and white millet, supplemented with tonic seed, seeding grasses, and chickweed when available. Baskets dangle from the roofs of the flights, and the placement of the greenfood produces enormous excitement as everyone tries to be the first to get to the sweetest bit. Some are more intelligent and wait on the floor underneath the basket to grab the bits that fall to the ground undetected. Murphy’s Pro-System supplies necessary minerals that are always accessible, as well as vitamin pills that are added to the water every day. At the start of the mating season, I am feeding naken oats mixed with cod liver oil and glucose on a weekly basis. The birds seem to thrive on this routine, and the aviary is a swarm of activity and commotion.

On the right wall, 30 all-wire breeding cages are arranged in three rows. Strips of Correx are placed under each row to gather droppings and seed husks. This approach makes cleaning relatively simple since the Correx is simply removed and scraped with a paint scraper, then reinstalled and cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. The nest boxes are extremely light and are attached to the front of the cages using hooks. Cleaning is simple once again since a number of extra boxes are stored. The filthy one is removed, the chicks are placed to a clean box, and the parents seem unconcerned. Every day, the mating couples are given soft food made up of dried carrots and egg-food combined with pulverized toasted eggshells and organic minerals. When chicks are not adequately fed by their parents, they are examined every night and those discovered to have empty crops are fed with a proprietary parrot hand-rearing diet straight into the crop. This is also done during the first few days after the chicks have left their mothers.

The aviary is treated with Emtryl once a year to defend against trichomoniasis and with Ivomec on a regular basis to deal with parasites like as mites and worms. It is critical for the overall health of the aviary that illness be avoided rather than treated.

Finally, like with any pastime, it is important to maintain records, especially when it is growing as fast as budgerigar breeding. It is critical to understand your birds’ paternity in order to determine which birds are excellent parents and which need close monitoring. It is quite important to have information on breeding pairs, colors, and variations, as well as the ability to review your data for each year. When selling birds, it is highly helpful to be able to provide a pedigree so that the buyer can know where their specific birds come from. I’m using Birdstud 3.00, an Australian computer application for Windows that is now accessible in the UK. I’ve tried most of the other programs on the market and must say that this is by far the greatest and simplest to use tool I’ve come across, plus it’s constantly updated.

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