Still on the subject of Animals

Here are my own personal feathered friends. 3 hens, 24 Japanese Quail, 7 budgerigars and 2 cockatiels (weiros), to be exact.

Mine are fed a poultry mix, along with budgie seeds, lettuce leaves and shredded cheddar cheese. Yes, I discovered years ago that they go mad for shredded cheese, maybe they think they’re worms.

When we first came to Australia in December 2010, we had only Scruffy the dog. Then came an aquarium with some goldfish and tropical fish. Then Angus and Julia, the pair of cockatiels. These were joined by 3 budgies – Prince, Tweety and Madonna. Prince is the only original budgie left, and he now has 6 other friends to keep him company in a large aviary cage.

We moved from rented accommodation in Ascot near Perth to our own house in Rockingham in August 2012. Soon after, we got 2 chicks, which had to be kept under a heat lamp for several weeks until they were fully feathered. We named the chicks Alice and Bella, after the girls from the Twilight film series. The original Bella passed away last March, and I got 2 young Leghorn pullets to keep Alice company. The 2 new girls are also named Alice and Bella.

The Mini Zoo expanded even further with the arrival of 3 Japanese Quail. The 2 females started laying eggs, and I purchased a cheap egg incubator and before we knew it, we had 20 more Japanese Quail.

Japanese Quail = Licensed Breeder = More eggs = more chicks = more adult Quail = ads on Gumtree = pin money, yay!

So, if you thought you’d pegged me by now, you haven’t even scratched the surface. I’m far, far crazier than you’d ever imagined! 😄😄😄

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And then, there are the visitors to our garden, that also get thrown a handful of birdfeed every morning. Last year we had an English pigeon that I named “Louie Cooey” that used to hang out with the local pigeons.

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I literally had this bird in the hand, it had been caught in the netting over the henhouse, and I managed to free it without harming it. It was quite tame and didn’t struggle at all in my hand.
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Some of the local birdlife at a nearby pond:

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