Spade is a sf grey, df violet, opaline. He is split for ino, cinnamon, and recessive pied.
Bianca is albino.She is masking sf or df violet, and possibly spangle. She is split for recessive pied.
May 1, 2011
Bianca has spent almost all day in the nestbox today, shes in there having a high old time chewing up wood pieces and such and throwing them all over the place.
May 12, 2011
Egg 1 is here for Bianca!
May 14, 2011
Binca has laid another egg tonight!
May 15, 2011
As of tonight Bianca and Spade have 3 little eggs.
May 17, 2011
We have another egg! Here is a picture of the first 3 little eggs as of tonight, Bianca laid the 4th egg after I took the picture so there are only 3 shown.
May 19, 2011
We are up to 4 eggs today!
Since Spade and Bianca have had a clutch before I was not too worried about the eggs being fertile like with first time pairs, and I am happy to say that all of their eggs are fertile so far! The only ones I am not sure yet are those that were laid in the last couple days and it is too early to tell just yet.
May 21, 2011
We now have 5 eggs for Bianca and Spade!
All of the eggs are starting to darken with the growing chicks inside. I checked a day or 2 ago and saw lots of new little heartbeats! Here is a picture for today.
May 22, 2011
We have one more egg today for Bianca!.
Can you see the eggs all changing color, turning to a darker more pearly white color with the growning chicks inside?
May 25, 2011
Bianca has 7 little fertile eggs in her box today!
If you look at the eggs in this picture the egg in the front right is the newest one, you can tell by how much more yellow it looks compared to the other ones around it that are more white in color with developing chicks.
May 27, 2011
We are up to 8 eggs for Bianca and Spade!
May 29, 2011
I am beginning to believe there is something in the water here that is a budgie equivilent to miricle grow... Bianca now has 9 eggs!
June 1, 2011
No more eggs yesterday so our final number of eggs for Bianca and Spade in this clutch is 9! Only a few more days until they will start to hatch! When I went to give them their morning egg food I checked the last eggs to be laid and they all look fertile too!
June 3, 2011
I can hear atleast 2 of Biancas babies cheeping from inside the eggs on their way out! We should have some little pinkies by tomorrow!
June 4, 2011
Biancas and Spades first chick has hatched! Here is the new little pinkie.
June 5, 2011
2 more chicks have hatched so we now have 3! Both of the newest chicks have ruby eyes, and with the mutations of the parents they could be little boys or girls we will see!
June 6, 2011
I cleaned the nestboxes for the first time today since I was starting to see a little poop in the box. It was SO easy with these boxes! I ordered some extra tray inserts and I just slid the one they were on out(carefully of course ) and filled a new one with shavings put the babies and unhatched eggs back on it and slid it back in! Took all of 30 seconds and the other trays can be cleaned and disinfected for the next swap.
So here are Bianca And Spades 4 little pinkies! They all look fat and healthy!
June 8, 2011
The oldest babies are 6 days old today! Can you see the baby in the back right yawning in this picture? So cute!
June 10, 2011
I banded the first babies today since they were 7-8 days old... man are these babies big!! I BARELY got them on a couple of the 7 day old ones! Momma is doing a great job keeping everyone full and growing great!
June 12, 2011
Here are the 5 little ones today! They are getting so big!
June 14, 2011
Here are the babies today! Their ages are 6-11 days old.
They change from the time I see them in the morning till the evening. They are getting cuter every day!
June 16, 2011
They are really changing now especially since their feathers are starting to come in! They have the cutest little faces I just wanna squeeze em.
I was not expecting any more lacewings, and Tacori my only lacewing from their last clutch is only 4-5 months old right now so it will be a bit before I can breed her. But yesterday I was cleaning the box and one of the inos from Bianca and Spade looks to have pigmint in her 2 tail feathers just like Tacori did What are the odds of the genes combining again!? Like one in a million?
They are 8-13 days today.
June 20, 2011
Here are the 5 cute little chickies of Bianca and Spade today!
The oldest is a opaline grey. All of the girls from them will be opalines, all boys won't Not sure on the youngest ones yep but they are looking like they could be recessive pieds
Baby 1- 17 days
Baby 3- 16 days. This litle girl is the lacewing!
Baby 5- 12 days
Baby 2- 16 days
Baby 4- 14 days
June 25, 2011
Here are the fluffies today! FYI- none of these babies are yellowfaces, the mommas just love their veggies! (Among which are red peppers, carrots, and tomatoes ) so what we have are a bunch of multi colored veggie babies lol. It fades after a couple days of being away from mom (which you can see on the babies I have been hand feeding a couple days that are back to white again) But she preens them every day with veggie face so theres not much I can do about it. Just a heads up so nobody gets confused.
Ok enough blabbing here they are!
June 28, 2011
Here are the babies I am hand feeding today, and their mutations and sexes that I can tell at this point. Like a dork I somehow missed baby 5 in the craziness of trying to take 12 babies pics, but he looks just like baby 4 only a boy lol.
Baby 1- Male.
25 Days old.
Baby 4- Female.
22 days old.
July 2, 2011
I got a bunch of new toys for the little fluffies big weaning cage! And I got a new sheet to cover 3 sides of the cage for added protection from drafts, and to help keep in their constant messes.
The 5 oldest babies went from the smaller weaning cage to the bigger one this morning, they are mostly staying on the floor so far though unless I come over to the cage, then its a frenzy to see who can climb the highest first so (because obviously this is what determines who gets fed first in their little minds! ) and then they cant figure how to climb down so they flap to the floor. Too cute! Anyways here is the cage with 5 of the munchkins in it so far
July 3, 2011
Time for some new baby pics of the little ones I am hand feeding!
Baby 1- 30 days old
Baby 5- 25 days old
Baby 4- 27 days old
July 6, 2011
Here are the fluffies today!
A boy- Grey. Df violet. Opaline.
A girl- Grey. Df violet. Opaline.
A boy- Grey. Df violet. Opaline.
July 11, 2011
Today was the first day I woke up to give them their first hand feeding and NOBODY was squawking at me! I didn't hardly know what to do with myself! They have all been trying lots of new foods and are busy being little monkeys in their cage with all the new toys.
I will try and get some updated pics soon! I am sorry the updates and pics have been slim this last week, we are building a new room for the birds and have been working on it all weekend so it has been taking up the little time I have when I am not caring for tha babies and working, but they are all doing great and weaning is coming along just perfect!
July 20, 2011
We have been working on step ups and eating lots of veggies this week, and they have been flying and exploring all over the place.
Only 8 days until the first baby goes to their new home at 8 weeks old, can you believe how old they are?! It seems like I was just writing on this journal when they were laying the eggs! They grow up so fast!
Here are some final pics of everyone before they go to their new homes!