Our next unreserved Gouldians will not be ready to ship until Fall 2007. If
you want to be next in line, I will need a deposit to hold them for you.
Be sure to read our:
How to care for your finch
The Egg Bound Gouldian Finch
Identifying the Dilute Gouldian Finch
Should I Breed to my Dilute Male Gouldian?
*Sprouting is for the birds!!!
Determining Sex of Gouldian Finches
Head Purple Breasted male:
Gouldian Finch is one of the most colorful finches. Their beautiful voice
makes you think of birds in a far off forest....it almost twinkles! They
come in many different variations of color. There are three head colors:
red, black, and yellow. The yellow color is often called orange. Their
breasts can be either purple or white and even their backs can be three
different colors! Their are blue backs, yellow backs, and the regular green
back. The other mutation is the dilute, which is really a green back split
to a yellow back and the color comes out muted.
We do ship these beautiful birds and have been successful at sending
out 10 to KY, 10 to Cincinnati, 20 to Reno and 20 up to Washington
State. KY bought 16 more this year (http://www.ridgetopaviary.com/id40.html)
as did a man in Ohio. Every bird has made it just fine. Our birds
are raised outdoors in a big flight with daily fresh foods so I
believe them to be hearty, but I cannot guarantee them as I do the
parrots for shipping. The $125 shipping charge though does insure
the birds during the actual shipping time and also covers airfare
and the crate. This charge only applies if Delta flies into your
area. Continental runs $145.Click here to
read more about shipping.
Red Headed Purple Breasted male:
When the babies first hatch, they look like this.
Those glowing dots stay on their mouths the whole time they are being fed.
Can you see the bright spots on their lips...do
finches have lips?
parent pairs are each capable of having quite a few babies in each clutch.
In the clutch to the above right, there are 6 babies, but we have had up to
8-9 in one box! You will probably hear that Gouldians are fragile and hard
to breed, but we have found them extremely hardy and very prolific. One of
our pairs last year gave us consistently 4 babies per clutch and gave us 5-6
||Even when the
babies are two to three days old, you can tell if they are going to
be a normal or a yellow back. You can see that in this clutch, there
are going to be 3 normals and 2 yellow backs. The two yellow backs
are on the right center, and right bottom. You can tell because of
their yellowish tint. See how the palate of the mouth is whiter than
the normals? And their backs are lighter. Below is a closeup on a
||Isn't God amazing
how he puts the florescent dots on their mouths so mom and dad know
where to put the food....even in the dark nestbox? It is so cool to
look in and see a nest full of glittering babies!
|These babies are
the same ones from the earlier picture, but just a little bit
older. Now, it is obvious who is a yellow back vs. who is a normal!
Then as they mature, the spots move outward and by the time they fledge,
they are on the sides of their faces; on their cheeks...do finches have
||The baby on the
right is a little big younger. You can still see the faint spots on
his cheeks. The baby on the left is getting some color in. He is
going to be a red head purple chest. See the red color above the
They start out all greenish grey and as the colors come in, it comes in as
spots that get bigger. Here are pictures of adults with their babies all
around them. On some of the babies, you still see the glowing spots on the
See the black spots of color beginning on some of the youngsters?? The
parents have yellow heads (almost an orange), red heads and black heads. I
also have purple chests and white chests. The male's beaks look tipped or
dipped in color as this black faced.
The females' beaks are solid grey and their colors are muted. It is
very hard to sex them while young so guaranteeing pairs on young
birds is not possible. In this picture, the male is on the left and
the female is on the right. You can see how the male's beak is white
with a red tip, and the females is gray with a little tiny red on
the bottom beak.
To read more about how to sex Gouldian Finches,
|This is a Red
Headed White Breasted male. The white breasts are really gorgeous,
because they stand out if you have a whole aviary of purple breasts!
The white just catches your eye :)
This Yellow Head male is
completely colored out and has had lots of babies! I know that they
look like Orange faced but the generic term is Yellow Head.
OK, I am out to confuse
you :) This bird is a Dilute. A Dilute Gouldian's back is lighter
green...my sister's and I call this finch "Mr. Pastel!" Most of our
parent birds came from a sweet older lady in Sun City who used to
handfeed Gouldians and Cordon Blues.
Here is a link to her page about handfed finches.
We ask $50 per baby, but they are not sexed or colored out yet. They color
out in about 6-10 months and are sexually mature at about 9-12 months.
We raise our birds in a big outside aviary where they get lots of fresh
foods. They tend to be stronger birds due to their muscles being developed
from being able to fly distances and due to vigor developed by acclimating
to the outside weather extremes.
supplement heat in the winter. I add a 270 watt red bulb and enclose the
bottom half of the aviary with painters plastic drop cloth. Not all breeders
in AZ add heat, but I like doing so for there are always those youngsters
who want to hop out of the nest box before they are ready and can't keep
warm by themselves.
Because of the efforts we put into shipping and the drive to the airport, I
will only ship when a minimum of 8 birds is bought at one time.
Some other finch sites are:
www.finchniche.com is an especially
good one!!!! This lady knows everything you could ever want to know about
another great one!!!
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