Tips and Personal experience
This hobby is not a joke. It's a huge responsibility; my first year is mostly disappointments and hard work.
It got too expensive and very time consuming. I definitely suggest that it is very important that you
spend time reading articles on Gouldians general information, feeding, breeding and especially it's health
and deceases before you buy this type of bird. Remember that all caged birds survival and happiness will
depend on you.
I housed my birds on a large outdoor aviary and no poster parents allowed.
- A low voltage light bulb turn-on at night is very important especially if you have a large aviary.
- If the birds gets scared by some night predators noise or movements outside the cage, the light
helps them see where they're going and avoid hitting their heads or their entire body to objects
and walls of the cage which can cause death.
- Build a small cage with a brooder's lamp and place it on one of the corners of the aviary.
- This set up is introduce during breeding season.
- If chicks fledge and can't fly back to their next box, they can go under the brooder's lamp at night
for heat they needed away from their parents. I have several chicks survived the cold nights
because of this technique which I've learned from another gouldian breeder.
- I also noticed that even some adult birds that does not feel well, use the brooder's lamp to regain
their body heat and have instant recovery.
- I always have the brooders lamp automatically turned on every night during winter.
- Another issue that I have to share if you have a colony set up is to avoid having to mix different breeds
especially during breeding season.
- I found out that a nesting owl finch is very aggressive and definitely protective and will chase any
bird within 3 feet of its nest. So if you have a gouldian nest with babies close to the owl finch nest, I
would say there is a 50/50 change that the baby goulds will survive because the owls will chase
away both gouldian parents and the chicks will die from hunger.
- Another breed to avoid mixing is the Strawberry finch and the cordon blue. They are as aggressive
as the owl finch.
- Be prepared to have a spare small cage for emergency purposes if you don't have a hospital cage.
- You will also need a small lamp shade or a portable heat panel to use as a heater.
- First aid medication and health drink like (Guardian Angel and Survived) had helped revived some of
- In addition to unlimited information from the internet; if possible, join a local bird club because you will
learn and meet a lot of nice people that shares the same interests and love of nature.
- I will be adding more tips and personal experiences. Please be back for updates.
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- THANK YOU AND HAPPY BIRDING.