November 28, 2017
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are winding down from a very busy fall show season. We have been very blessed for our exhibited birds to have done so well. One of our Lineolated Parakeets made Champion & Grand Champion, and some of our young English Budgerigars made it to the top bench as well! Requirement to make Champion; your bird must place in the top 3 best in show three times, under multiple judges. After the top bench wins have been made, you need to accrue 75 points for Champion and 100 for Grand. Each show, the high wins (top 5 usually) award a nominal amount of points. The reason behind the slow climb to this great achievement is by design. A true champion or grand champion bird in quality will consistently have high wins, and that is the mark of a well bred, perfectly conditioned and well trained animal. Many birds can have a stellar day, but to have them time and time again makes a CHAMP! We really want to encourage people to the professional side of aviculture and exhibition. Contact us with any question in the world…. we really want to make this hobby the shining light of your life as it is ours. Pet Owner, Breeder, and/or Exhibitor….. together we can make it all it can be.
September 01, 2017
Although I have always been available via email, I apologize for my lack of attention to our webpage this summer. Elena turns 4 in November and this is our last hurrah without a school start and I wanted to enjoy it. Not that I didn’t spend half of my day in the birdroom, but I didn’t do any handfeeding! So… as the seasons change and it turns bitter here in the northeast, I will be back at it.
We got a couple of day old ducklings for egg laying we have been enjoying, grew a raised bed of spray millet for high powered fresh nutrition, and watched the miracle of a determined bourke hen lay eggs in a resting flight, sit hatch and accept an English Budgie foster. Even though they are fuzzless, and are fed on their backs…. that mum took fabulous care of all 4 babies!
The large demand for our birds last year made a daunting wait list so we put a stay on any new deposits and we are finally almost caught up. We have one last Linnie deposit waitlister, and that is it! The prosperous summer of Bourke, Scarlet and English Budgie babies have cleared that list so message us if looking and we can sail you to the top of the list. We are accepting deposits only for babies on the ground, and keep a written list of people to notify when we have babies available from now on. The pressure to provide affects us and the birds alike!
Check the individual species pages in the top menu for availability and nestbox updates.
June 02, 2017
It has been a busy 6 weeks! I have been happily very busy hand feeding and taming 4 baby English Budgies. We are waiting for dna results on the youngest to come back for an anxious and patient waitlister. We have a couple of pairs laying now if you are interested in us handfeeding one for you, contact us.
Memorial Day weekend we attended the NECBE Quad (4 shows over the weekend with 4 judges) that included an SPBE parrot show. We won all 4 shows best in show! It was really exciting as there were so many pretty birds there. The show was between 22-28 parrots in each show, and the cockatiel show had I think 60 or so. Exhibition is a ton of fun, and I would love to get more people involved. Let me know if I can help get you started! Here are some photos of our birds that had a super day: 3 best in shows with a turquoise linnie bred by Cheryl King and 1 best in show with a scarlet chested parakeet we bred. The participants went to dinner after the Saturday show and we stayed overnight. It was a great weekend!
We finally have a pair of linnies laying. Very rare mutations possible. I hope not so we can take care of some of these waitlisters! We are still not accepting deposits on Linnies at this time.
We have an opaline (rosie) baby Bourke, that will be parent raised if interested, contact us.
April 25, 2017
We are anxiously awaiting two pairs of English Budgerigar to hatch. Fingers crossed we have better luck than this winter. A humidity issue in the breeding room caused some DIS clutches of Linnies which was so sad. We have remedied that and are hoping this go around is successful.
Other news: I finished my first newsletter as editor for the Lineolated Parakeet Society and it was well received. We will be setting up a table May 7th in Auburn, NH at the Birds of a Feather Avicultural Society spring expo. We will be selling herb salad along with millet and custom car window decals.
I am tearing up sod in the backyard for two more raised garden beds and I am planting them full of spray millet, and healthy greens (oakleaf lettuce, giant red mustard greens, and swiss chard to name a few). It is a fun hobby and I love that the birds benefit!
March 21, 2017
Caged birds are usually without the ability to self-medicate with natural herbs, tree bark, and roots that they would use in the wild to cure many ailments. We have been using a fabulous product for the past few years and are offering it online to our fans for a fabulous price with free shipping. Read more about Herb Salad by Twin Beaks Aviary for the best price online on our dedicated page here.
On Nestbox news, we have a couple of linnie pairs on eggs. The wait list is long and we do not want to take any more deposits until we have caught up. Thank you all for your support and patience.
March 01, 2017
We built a roomy 7 foot by 8 foot and 7 foot ceiling English Budgie flight last week, constructed new shelves in the breeding room so the cages are individual from one another for easier cleaning once the pair goes to the resting flights and did lots of painting. We were busy!
We had to take a break setting new pairs up during the construction, but will be procuring love for a pair of bourkes and a couple pairs of linnies this week.
We were blessed with a singleton linnie chick from our best quality pair in their first clutch. I am handfeeding that chick now, it is a cobalt. Waiting on the dna sexing to come in and I will contact the lucky person at the top of the wait list.
We have a colorful opaline (rosie) bourke we may be interested in parting with when weaned. It will be parent raised.
I purchased a new camera lens and have been working on my aviary photography with the help of a book my mum in law got me. Here is a recent one I like.
I am working on the next edition of the Linnie Ledger for the Lineolated Parakeet Society as I am the editor. I am looking forward to the spring exhibition schedule on the east coast.
We have begun offering disease testing along with the standard DNA sexing as it is done from the same blood sample. It is a very inexpensive way to have added peace of mind in bringing a new bird home if you have an existing one. Contact us for details.
January 25, 2017
Baby bourkes have started to fledge….. There is one opaline available we are waiting on the sexing results for.
One pair of linnies are on fertiles, and a pair of scarlets is on eggs (waiting to candle) and Eddie and Firelight are giving it another shot (lovebirds).
I am the new newsletter editor for the Lineolated Parakeet Society and have been assembling a proposal for a new and exciting physical printed and mailed edition of their Linnie Ledger. It will be packed with interesting species specific articles ranging from pet care and training, foraging and enrichment activities, exhibition standards and tips, as well as breeding protocols and discussion.
January 9th, 2017
We are hand feeding 3 baby bourkes. One hen is reserved if we get one, but there are two others available. The sexing data should be in a week from today.
We have two pairs of scarlets nesting as well, and a pair of linnies laid their first egg yesterday! Exciting times. We didn’t set any pairs up for a few months so we wouldn’t be hand feeding during Christmas, and I am happy to be back at it! Funny how I miss it after long.
Hope everyone had a nice Christmas Holiday. I am off to the Birds of a Feather Xmas party in New Hampshire in a couple of hours. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
December 11th, 2016
Cleaning is my zen activity. My daughter seems to be taking a shine to it as well!
Speaking of cleaning….. we use a bird safe cleaner we make here. 3 cups of hot water, 3 tablespoons baking soda & 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Fizzes up at the end, and does a great job getting the poop off.
November 29th, 2016
We have a normal male scarlet paired to an aqua hen that are laying as well as a normal bourke split to opaline (rosie) and ino with an opaline hen (both carry violet, and previous kids have had great color, especially in normals…. with nice size and substance). We set up a couple of pairs of linnies, with all mutations possible….. even violet! Fingers crossed they find new love, as these are first timers.
Our daughter Elena has really taken a shine to some young English Budgies and if all goes well… she may have more to play with come spring. Over Thanksgiving, the whole family enjoyed playing with the young budgies…. including Elena’s paternal great grandmother. It was a fabulous dinner and we feel so thankful for each other, and this hobby I get to enjoy so much.
November 05, 2016
We have just wrapped up exhibition season until spring. We had a great time, and I got to see a couple of linnies that were bred by us come and compete! It was great to see fresh faces and spend time with friends. At the final show of the season (we brought 3 linnies) we took best linnie in both shows and landed onto the top bench (top 10 birds in show) both times. Our green linnie male was 4th best out of 46 parrots! We look forward to earning more points hopefully next year as he has 52 out of 75 points needed to make champion. A lofty goal! He and his accomplished winning brother are being set up with hens as we speak. A very young dark green hen of ours landed top bench as well which was exciting.
We had a nice break from handfeeding babies for the last couple of months, and are ready to get back to it after Christmas. Funny how I miss it before long! We just set up a pair of bourkes, scarlet chested and some linnies. Most mutations are possible, with the exception of greywing as they are usually smaller birds and don’t do well exhibiting compared to the normal barred counterparts. We do work one line of greywing on lutino and creamino so sometimes we offer them.
We are starting a waiting list for violet, as well as greywing ino Lineolated parakeets as we have built up a diverse bloodline and can likely part with a few in 2017. Contact Us for pricing and details.
September 10, 2016
Our nestboxes our brimming with baby linnies! We have both parent raised and hand-fed and tamed babies available in most all mutations. If you would like to reserve yours now, click here.
September 08, 2016
My pet peachfaced lovebird named Eddie (we named the aviary after him) is a month away from 9 years old. He has always had pair bonds with male linnies and once a male lovebird, but has always been an overpreener on himself during breeding season. My husband one night after dinner said “honey… Eddie isn’t going to be around forever, would you want a baby from him before its too late?” So, I decided yes. He has always tried to help feed baby linnies I am handfeeding and really seemed to have that desire so I got him a wife. A beautiful hen bred by my good friend and fellow exhibitor in Iowa. Once introduced, they were quickly in love. Today I put on the nestbox and they ran to it with joy. I don’t know if at 9 years old he will be fertile still, but am looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Exciting times!
August 04-06, 2016
We attended the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) national convention in Cromwell, CT. We arrived Friday and left Sunday, attending a genetics talk, viewing the vendor hall, exhibiting in the show, and topped it all off with a great dinner and awards banquet Saturday night. We brought a couple of linnies for the exhibition on Saturday and in the first show took Best Linnie out of 11 linnies and that bird went on to take 6th Best in Show out of 98 Parrots! The other linnie we entered placed 2nd in the class, and took 13th Best in Show. We met lots of internet friends that we have formed bonds with over the last few years, with two of my best girlfriends flying in from Oregon, and the other traveled by RV from Iowa! This hobby has brought me such joy, and it is a real treat to spend time with other like minded people. Saturday night we didn’t go to bed until almost 5am! This was the first east coast convention in 42 years. It was such a treat to be in driving distance to go!
We have returned from the weekend of shows in West Warwick, RI and are tired but happy. Our scarlet chested parakeet Martin won Best in Show both shows on Saturday and our linnies not far behind. The first show of the weekend the top 4 best in show were all our birds. Sunday we didn’t do as well as Saturday but still found 4 of the 6 birds we brought landing on top bench each show. Full show report to follow as soon as the official results are in. Top Bench is the top 10 birds of the show, judging the winner of each different species represented against one another. Below is a photo of the first “Top Bench” of the weekend show. Our scarlet 1st, and our 3 linnies took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. It was a great weekend and it was such a joy to spend time with some friends I don’t get to see as much as I would like. Show attendance ranged between 20 and 31 birds. I would love to see more people becoming involved with exhibition and would love to teach you what I have learned. It is not intimidating like you may think.
May 16, 2016
We are so thrilled about all the excitement and joy this hobby brings us. We have a couple of pairs of linnies laying, and are show box training for a 4 part show at the end of the month. We have a healthy wait list for the linnies and hope the pairs do well. Everything seems super so far. We have a dark green/turq hen paired to a mauve and a normal green/turquoise x lutino (possible dark factor, chance split turq). We can’t wait to see how the babies look, as these are new pairs.
May 01, 2016
Spring was good to us. We had some beautiful and sweet birds born and fly off to their new homes. We have taken some time off and are ready to get back to it. LED lights and newly designed nestboxes have been installed on the 40x20x20 roomy breeding cages that we don’t divide. We have just set up a few pairs of linnies. Today I weighed all the birds as they were paired up and they all have gained between 8 and 10 grams since moving into the new flights last November (they weren’t thin or small then!). Muscle! The birds we paired are young and inexperienced, between 14-24 months, and first timers. Never know how it will turn out, but they are in condition and shining. Fingers crossed.
April 18, 2016
Just starting to perch and become playful. Will be weaned in 3-4 weeks. Contact us for information to reserve her.
April 3rd – We had a great time seeing friends at the BOAF Spring Mart. Next bird event we can make will be an exhibition the weekend of May 28th in Rhode Island.
Our single factor violet pairing gave us 3 beautiful babies in violet! We hope to pick a winner from the trio and exhibit them this year. The parents are caring for new hatches now and if any are not carrying a violet factor… we can be persuaded to part with them.
We have just set up a dark green/turquoise hen x mauve linnie pair, and a cobalt hen x sf greywing lutino/turquoise male will be starting the second clutch as they only had a single chick in the first one.
We have 2 pairs of Bourke’s hatching babies…. and one pair of scarlet chested parakeets.
We have added two new pages to the website…. one describes what to expect with a scarlet chested parakeet as a hand tamed pet, and the other describes minimum cage requirements and provides a link to an affordable great sized flight cage.
March 1st 2016
We have been blessed with babies. Let us know with this form what you are looking for, we just may have it!
Photo taken on Valentines Day below shows 3 Linnie babies with a scarlet. These are reserved, but we have more on the horizon.
DECEMBER 13, 2015
We have set up a couple of gorgeous pairs of Linnie and Bourke. We will keep the site posted with any updates.
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
This clutch of scarlets sold, but we will have more in the spring. Reserve yours now.
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
NOVEMBER 01, 2015
New aviary is getting the stainless steel wire installed this week. It is coming together and looking fabulous. The birds are going to love it as much as we are!
OCTOBER 26, 2015
Normal scarlet chested parakeet male x cinnamon scarlet chested hen have 4 hatchlings that have all been legbanded and are growing well! Contact us if you want one or a pair of same sex handfed as pets, and we would do that on request.
Here is a photo of dad:
OCTOBER 17, 2015
We attended our final exhibition for the year, the Massachusetts Caged Bird Association show in Lowell, MA. We had 3 birds that made it to top bench! A turquoise linnie took 3rd, a green linnie took 6th, and a juvenile scarlet chested parakeet took 9th Best in Show! We met some wonderful new people, and got to catch up with some old ones. We look forward to 2016.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
We exhibited in our first show this past weekend in New Hampshire and had a great time. We placed Best Novice, and took a second Best in Show with a green lineolated cock.
We had the opportunity to spend time talking at the show about the fabulous life of a great man in Aviculture that passed away last week, Dr. Al Decoteau. He will be missed by many, many people.
We are 3/4 through construction of our new aviary. Visit Here to see the progress……
We always encourage emails or calls from anyone that wants help or advice about breeding or exhibiting. A species is only as good as what the breeders are doing…. we need to talk often and work together to make things great.
Don’t see what you are looking for? Contact us…. we just may have it but haven’t posted it yet.