Foreign finches

  • Born in the USA

    Born in the USA

    9th May 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Paul Reeves Photography. The longevity record for wild Baltimore orioles is 11 years, in captivity they have been kept for more than 14 years   Bright, tuneful and with an elegant mating display, the Baltimore oriole has lots going for…

  • Kicking off my birdkeeping adventure

    Kicking off my birdkeeping adventure

    27th April 2018

    Photo: Geoff Gradwell. Priceless memories: Geoff aged 11 with awards he had won as a junior. This was about the time that he joined the Foreign Bird League (FBL)   After more than half a century of keeping, breeding and…

  • New birdroom in sight

    New birdroom in sight

    20th April 2018

    Photo: Dave Brown. So far this year, Dave has more than 60 chicks in the birdroom with a good few normals scattered about   Things are going well in the birdroom for Dave Brown and he is making progress with his…

  • So far, so goodish this year

    So far, so goodish this year

    9th April 2018

    Photo: Tony Edwards. Tony had a major step forward with pink-eyed whites (albinos) in 2011 and usually gets good results from this colour.   Early days, but the 2018 breeding season has proved fruitful for TONY EDWARDS, with certain colours doing…

  • A taste for silverbills

    A taste for silverbills

    12th February 2018

    Above: Lee Clarke with the partnership’s winning zebra finches at the Australian Finch Society’s members’ show in 2016 When LEE CLARKE decided to come back to birdkeeping after a break of nearly 20 years, he picked up straight where he left…

  • Zebra finches: Setbacks early in the season

    Zebra finches: Setbacks early in the season

    22nd January 2018

    Photo: Dave Brown. Breeding is underway with the normals as Dave tries to enhance his line   Heavy feather around the vent, late pairings, weight gain and human error were just some of the factors that made an appearance during Dave Brown’s…

  • Do you have what it takes to help the AFS this year?

    Do you have what it takes to help the AFS this year?

    16th January 2018

    Above: Chairman Dave Harris mans the AFS stand at the 2017 National Exhibition where it launched an English version of the Dutch book Australian finches and their mutations THE AUSTRALIAN FINCH Society (AFS) is appealing to members old and new to…

  • Bengalese finches: The right way to branch out

    Bengalese finches: The right way to branch out

    18th December 2017

    Photo: Tony Edwards. As part of his new venture into other colours, Tony plans to pair this young crested dilute chocolate & white cock, which is split for albino, with an albino hen Starting out with a new colour or…

  • Feeding finches for show bench success

    Feeding finches for show bench success

    29th November 2017

    Photo: Tony Edwards. Tony uses clear, plastic or ceramic dishes to offer eggfood and soaked seed to his Bengalese finches. These ones are part of a mixed group currently being assessed. While Bengalese can survive on a basic diet, TONY EDWARDS…

  • Java sparrows: From bantams to budgies and beyond

    Java sparrows: From bantams to budgies and beyond

    29th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Savvy novice: it was a successful first outing to the Northern Ireland Gloster Club show for Adrian – he won best novice cinnamon as well as best novice buff. Dave Brown meets ADRIAN SHIELS, an exceptionally versatile and…