Aviaries & birdrooms

  • Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    8th January 2018

    Above: A pair of orange-breasted chestnut-flanked white (CFW) zebra finches. Dave’s coveted pair also had the black-breasted mutation, an uncommon and interesting combination. Of course they had to be the ones to fall victim to rodents!  Take your eye fractionally…

  • The mechanics behind moulting

    The mechanics behind moulting

    4th December 2017

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Paul Reeves Photography. This American goldfinch cock is mid-way through the moult; its old feathers will drop out and be replaced by new ones  All avian species go through the moult, but what exactly does this annual process involve? PAUL…

  • Show-cage training: a bit of shelf-help

    Show-cage training: a bit of shelf-help

    21st November 2017

    Above: show-offs: no less than budgies or canaries, zebbies benefit from show training Never skimp on space for your birds to undertake show-cage training – it’s as important as breeding, says DAVE BROWN. Regardless of how good a show bird…

  • Broom Broom: must-have cleaning utensils

    Broom Broom: must-have cleaning utensils

    21st November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. From dental to ventral: gently brushing a canary’s underparts  Got your cleaning checklist sorted for the winter? DAVE BROWN lists some of his must-have hygiene utensils. Regular cleaning of the aviary or birdroom is a must if we…

  • Second-hand breeding cages: scrubbing up a treat

    Second-hand breeding cages: scrubbing up a treat

    20th November 2017

    Rust Never Sleeps, as the Neil Young album reminds us, though inexplicably Neil doesn’t mention second-hand cages. DAVE BROWN offers his own tips to make up for it. Photo: Dave Brown That’s how to do it, Poppy! Helpful Miss Brown…