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Post by Suz on Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:28 pm

My son's birthday pressie - Spike2 the 16wk old parent reared normal cock 'tiel & Angel (darker due to baby colouring) 11wk old hand reared cock baby 'tiel



- Spike



- Angel

- Brodie wondering what kind of quails they are Smile

- Spike

- Angel

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Post by adamntitch on Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:37 pm

aww nice cockys

angel has a barred tail tho thts a female thing altho both may change sexs at 6 months thats when you will no for sure

thnk you got a pair not to males Smile

thought you where getting 4

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Post by Suz on Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:57 pm

no actually I'm going to have load within the next 2 months Smile I'm getting 2 baby girls provided the sexes are right in about 6 weeks and possibly 5 sets of breeders. The breeder wants to concentrate on her large breeds - Grey's, Macaws & cockatoos and has offered me the cockatiels she has left, Hubby's quite keen on having a 'tiel aviary (bonus 'cos that means more room for quails Very Happy) - I should have expected coming home from seeing Maggie with more than I bargained for, last time I was there for a coffee I came home with the aviary pair of CAG's that she had just collected from Liverpool lol

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Post by Suz on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:02 pm

Are you sure about Angel? Cos if you are that means I've taken the wrong baby home lol

There were 2 older males the plain coloured one (mine) & and a fancy ?? and 3 babies 2 girls & a boy - the boy was ment to be mine as the 2 girls are reserved. Oh well fingers crossed I don't get a phone call asking for him/her back Smile

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Post by adamntitch on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:03 pm

lol what you like such nice birds cockateils and popular birds as pets still think thats a pair there tho lol

lol thats means more quails for the bottom of aviary maybe some rarer species lol maybe calis gables blue scaled now there nice quails seen them on ninos website

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Post by adamntitch on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:04 pm

females usaly darker cheek patches and barred tails lol

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Post by Klaire on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:07 pm

Lovely pictures Suz, they're beautiful.
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Post by andoy on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:19 pm

that's a lovely birthday pressie.

Brings back memories. I used
to breed a few Cockatiels when I was younger. Mine had an annoying
habit of thowing their eggs out of the nest box, so I wasn't terribly
successful and only produced a few young.

I think the younger one is a typical immature male. He has too much yellow to be a female. By about 3-4 months old the face should become more prominent.
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Post by Harrie on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:46 pm

They are gorgeous - what a fantastic present.
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Post by andoy on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:50 pm

Immature males will also have barring on the tail feathers. I found this link for you...

http://www.birdhouse.resteddoginn.ca/sexing.php

"Male juveniles only
have spots on their PRIMARY flight feathers, FEMALE juveniles have spots on both PRIMARY and SECONDARY flight feathers"

otherwise, they are difficult to tell apart. Wait till he moults to be sure ;o)
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Post by adamntitch on Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:11 pm

i did look it up to make sure i was right but that web site seamed to be the only one saying males could have barred tails most males dont and most barred ones are hens altho easyer to listen to there voices and wait till moults

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Post by andoy on Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:00 pm

Well, I'm willing to bet half a kilo of mealworms that Angel is a chav and not a chavette ;o)

So what else are you going to put in with the Cockatiels Suz?

I know they get on with budgies, though they might have the odd squabble as birds do (usually over the highest perching space). I imagine you'll have to bring them in during winter, which is most of the year where you are Razz
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Post by Suz on Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:20 pm

Well just off the phone from the breeder & checked Angel's wing spot - he is definitely a boy. Thanks for the link Andoy Smile

I don't know what to put in with them, I've been thinking of getting some cali eggs, but I don't know if they'll mix

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Post by glenn on Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:26 pm

nice prezzie suz my kids want to move in lol
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Post by andoy on Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:32 pm

damn was hoping to get half a kilo of mealworms Sad

My culture of mealworms has gone all soggy and rancid. Think I put too much sliced apple
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Post by kenza on Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:00 pm

Fab pressy Suz, are you going to be out there all day trying to get them to talk back tehe?

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Post by andoy on Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:01 pm

Don't let me put anyone off keeping the more exotic quail species. Having seen Californian, Gambels, Mountain and Blue Scaled quail; they are a bit more on the nervous side and require a bit more care. More like keeping wild birds than chickens, Japanese or Bobwhite quail. So I'm not sure how well they would mix with other birds. Cockatiels and the parrot family have a more inquisitive/playful/relaxed nature, so they might make Californian and other quails feel more relaxed or they might have the opposite effect.
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