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.
I’m experimenting using open canary nests for zebra finches. Necessity was the mother of innovation. The original pair was nesting in a closed wicker nest. I offered the parents and their offspring box style nests, which were rejected. As there’s no practical way to band nestlings in wicker nests and the material is a sanitation disaster, I did not want to provide these.
I decided to try canary nests. Here, the nests are easily inspected. The plastic canary nests can be quickly removed and replaced. Cleaning and sterilizing these is no problem.
I’ve one pair in an open nest. The other nest was modified by a “dome” cut from a large size yogurt container.
The pair of birds in the top image have a chick in the nest now. That’s a brother – sister pair. Perhaps in 5 years or so I’ll have strains of zebra finches comparable to C. C. Little’s mice.
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Here are four young Zebra Finches with their father. The young were raised on a nestling that did not contain eggs or any other animal protein.
. . . except for the ones they hatched from, of course!
Back in the first week of December, I was given 2 pair of Zebra Finches. The original owner was having problems with their home heating and was concerned that the cold could kill the birds. As there quite clearly was an alpha pair, I moved the low couple on the pecking order to another cage. There were eggs in a nest when I got the birds. With all the commotion — and as it was the season for few hours of daylight — I didn’t have much hope for the eggs hatching.
Some weeks later, the parents started to eat a lot more food. This was particularly true for the soft food, that they previously had ignored. Looking in the nest, I saw a number of already fully feathered baby Zebra Finches.
The fresh food is based on bread crumbs mixed with fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains, the protein provided by beans, tofu or tempeh. No eggs or any other animal products are used.
It takes a number of generations to show that a diet gives good nutrition. But these four happy and healthy little guys demonstrate that Zebra Finches can raise young on a vegan diet.
Preparing chicken eggs for nestling food is time-consuming. Plus, there are the risks of spoilage and the transmission of disease. If chicken eggs are unnecessary, there’s no reason to rely on them as a protein source.
The top bird is the result of a Goldfinch X Crested Yellow Canary cross. The bottom bird is the Goldfinch father.
Inheritance in canaries
by Charles Benedict Davenport
Papers of the Station for Experimental Evolution, no. 10
Publisher Washington, D. C., Carnegie Institution of Washington
Click HERE for to access the book for free download.
Seed eating birds often don’t! For many avian species, this can be
compared to the hardtack survival diet that sailors used on voyages
before the invention of refrigeration. This is easily observed by
anyone who feeds the wild birds all year ‘round. During the harsh
months of winter when nothing else is available, hard-billed birds
seek out dry seed to survive. As soon as spring arrives in full, far
fewer outdoor birds visit the feeder. Once nature’s salad bar of
milky fresh seed, fruits, greens, and insects again is again well
stocked, our feathered neighbors prefer those items.
This article outlines some things that we can use for canaries and
finches to try to replace the fresh foods that birds find in the wild
during the best months of the year. Also, as these dietary items are
sold for human consumption, we can have at least some confidence in the quality. Products sold for animals receive much less scrutiny in terms of inspections. Indeed, some ingredients in feed are actually condemned for people.
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Click HERE to download the the Stafford Canary Club of America July 2015 newsletter as a PDF for the complete article.