We sold our start at breeding Linnies
and will not be breeding them. We discovered that they would be
producing at the same time as the Green Cheeks and I didn't want to add
more babies at our busy time.
I have a new love! The Linnie! Better known as the
One night we sat down to
dinner and Dad said, "Let's have a calm meal with no
birds present tonight." The girls and I kept quiet for a
few moments and then the snickering began. Little
did Dad know, but Leo was hiding in Mom's hair all
along. They are so little and quiet that no one
will know you are cuddling a feathered friend when you
wear a Linnie!
Linnie 'tidbits' kept popping into emails though and I learned
more and more. First off, you must understand that I like to
raise only those birds that "I" think make greeeeaat pets. This
doesn't mean my flock list is exclusive, we are also limited by
time and energy, but I do
definitely have a list of birds that I won't consider.
The above cutie is Lea (who is
a dark green split to blue). She is the mate for Leo,
who is featured talking down below. Lea makes the cute
giggling sound that endears so many to Linnies as she
scrambles in and out of our hair. Almost every meal at
our house, we have babies flying about and dipping into
our dinner plates.
And then there was the Avian Flight Suit headquarters!
Lorraine and Wanda were after me to figure out what size was
correct for this little bird that they knew nothing about and
had no easy access to. I had custom fit a Junior Small to fit
Vicki's Giggls, but it looked like a kid wearing his dad's huge
T-shirt. Not a good fit. Thus, Vicki visited with Zazzoo. We put
the Extra Small on Zazzoo and it was a good fit overall, but I
told the Headquarters that the shoulder straps could be just a
tad bit longer. Lorraine, who designed the flight suits, is so
customer friendly, that she took on the project of a special
Linnie size despite the Extra Small being a very good fit on
Zazzoo. We also sell flight suits
and train our babies in them while they are here at our home.
So, now I am hooked! Linnies are very unique! Their small
size makes them another "velcro bird" just like our Green Cheek
Conures. But, they tend to be more gentle. Their little beaks
and face shape make me think of a Bourke. As I read more about
them and heard Vicki raving about her little Zazzoo and Giggls, Linnie
intrigue set in.
about Linnies in their native habitat,
Leo, the Linnie, came to live here in Spring of 2007. His noises
brighten up our kitchen. His noises also made us all jump and look
around for a cat (he makes a perfect "Meow"). He talks up a storm
and the you tube videos here will endear him to you.
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I don't have that much experience with
Linnies yet, but we have LONG TIME experience with the flight suits. We
have had them on Congo Greys, Timneh Greys, Eclectus, Pionus, Blue
Crowns, Green Cheeks, and Linnies. NO bird is happy in them when they
first go on. Expect your Linnie to throw a fit! Likewise, I know they
can accept them if you are consistent. We have tried flight suits on 2
different weighing Linnies: one was 46.5 g and one was 49 g. I will try
them on an even smaller Linnie. But, on these 2 matures Linnies, the
extra small fit fine and fit just like the flight suits fit the zillion
of other birds we have had them on.
This is the XS on the
bigger Zazzoo. Fits great. See the tail below and how
the fit is perfect?
Flight suits?? On a Linnie!?!?
Don't they wriggle out? Not a chance. We put them on and off.
Leo was basically a wild Linnie and he has done amazingly well
with the flight suit. He weighs 46.5 g and Zazoo weighed 49 g.
Zazzoo is bigger. We tried varying sizes of flight suits on
these two. The size that worked the very best was the Extra
Small. We also tried on a Linnie custom size with shoulder
straps that were a bit longer and this suit was too big.
This is the first attempt
at a Custom Linnie size. See the gape in the material at
the base of the wing? When the suits are too big, birds
get their feet inside the suit and can't perch or walk.
This suit was too big.