My husband and I have been breeding birds now for over 20 years, here and in New Zealand. We bred cockatiels, canaries, gold finches, turquoise parrots and king quail when we lived in Wellington NZ only to give it up for a few years when we started our own family. We moved to the Gold Coast in 2000 and it didn’t take us long to be bitten by the “bird bug” once again, starting out with Ruby our pet Eclectus parrot and 2 hand tamed pet cockatiels and grew from there.
The birdlife here in Australia is truly amazing with some of the most beautiful birds in the world.
We breed many of our birds as companion, hand raised, hand tamed pets and start spoon feeding them from the age of 2-3 weeks old (pin feather stage) on a quality commercialized hand rearing formula, they are then weaned onto a quality seed mix, maintenance pellets (which are full of vitamins and minerals), fresh fruit and vegetables which are given daily along with fresh clean water.
Our lorikeets are fed and weaned onto Vetafarm nectar pellets (high in vitamins and minerals) which they love along with fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh water given daily.
My children who are now teenagers also assist at times in the hand feeding of our babies. Each and every one of our babies are handled, talked to, taught how to “step up” onto your finger and made a fuss of every day in a family environment, even our two dogs are use to them and keep a watchful eye over them during the day, chasing off any predators.
Socializing babies at an early age is very important and makes for a very calm, relaxed, happy little parrot that enjoys spending time out of its cage and with you!
Our birds are housed in both suspended and conventional type aviaries with walk ways between them. The roofs and walkways of the aviaries are insulated which helps to keep the birds cooler in the hot summer heat and warmer in the winter months. Our birds are given lots of toys to play with which are changed often (they love to swing on their plastic chains) which keep them amused and happy during the day. We also supply them with plenty of natural perches to chew on which are changed regularly.
Suspended Type Aviaries
Conventional Type Aviaries
Our birds are not bred all year round as we prefer to give them a well deserved break during autumn and winter each year, this helps to reduce any stress that might otherwise occur.
Our birds are wormed every 3-4 months and sprayed for mites regularly.
The health and well being of our birds is always our main priority.