Back in the ’80s, bird stores were common in the New York City metropolitan area. Now — along with the local pet shop and aquarium store — nearly all are gone. Owned and operated by Peter Dimidis since 1980, Pete’s Bird Garden at 6727 Kennedy Blvd, 07047, is one of the happy exceptional few bird stores still in business.
At Pete’s Bird Garden, you’ll find a wide range of finches, canaries, small hookbills and parrots, too. European Goldfinches are available. Peter Dimidis is knowledgeable about many kinds of birds, including European Finches.
A colorful pair of budgerigars
I’m hoping to establish inbred strains of finches, after the fashion of The Jackson Laboratory mice.
The image shows the first round from a brother – sister mating. (Only 11 generations to go?) The second round was 5 chicks and the parents again have young in the nest.
The grandparents since they arrived here, the parents and the chicks are on a diet that does NOT include animal protein — specifically chicken egg. Protein is supplied by beans, nuts, and soy products (tofu, tempeh and soy yogurt). Cuttlebone is still being used.