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Joining together individuals who share a common interest in breeding Carduelan species in captivity


Updated Monday, 09 June 2008

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THE VENEZUELAN BLACK HOODED RED SISKIN

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THE SUCCESS STORY OF THE RED SISKIN MAN OF LAS PALMAS, CANARY ISLANDS

All Rights Reserved By: G. A. Abbate, Sr.

P.O. Box 122, Elizabeth, NJ 07207-0122

 

 The Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskin has been in demand for more than half a century. Perhaps even more so today than when it was crossed with a canary to produce a red factor canary. Furthermore, every red factor color breeder throughout the entire world has or would like to have one or more Venezuelan Black hooded Red Siskin. In fact, the demand for this species is greater than any other species of birds amongst color breeders.
During my extensive travels throughout the world where I visited hundreds of bird fanciers, including color breeders; I noticed that every color breeder I visited either had some Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskins or they were inquiring as to where and how they could acquire some. Recallling from memory, many years ago I visited a highly reputable and successful red factor breeder in Argentina (I still remember his name, Mr. Iannuzzelli). I also wrote an article detailing that visit. The first thing that he asked me when I entered his birdroom was, "I would love to get a red siskin…Even a first or second cross would help me. I heard that in America many of these birds are plentiful. Can you help me?" My answer to him was, "Mr. Iannuzzelli, you have such good deep red factor canaries—why would you want a red siskin to improve the color of them?" He answered, "I was told if I introduced a red siskin into my red factor canaries’ blood line I would get a deeper and better red color." If I remember correctly, I told Mr. Iannuzzelli, "I don’t think that the red siskin would in any way improve your red canaries. It would probably take many many years and I doubt very much if you would achieve any better results." Nevertheless, the red siskin is still in great demand today.

 

The Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskin can be bred and produced in captivity very easily. Just as any good bird fancier breeds canaries, so can red siskins be produced. The only thing required is a captive bred breeding pair, a good healthy environment, practical maintenance, and most of all a good balanced diet. In addition, you will need to be dedicated and implement lots of common sense. If there were no government regulations in the U.S. it would of course help the situation as well. For example, if a bird fancier in New Jersey wants to keep a red siskin he must pay $35.00 to the State of New Jersey for a permit, plus is subject to inspection and God knows what else. Also, if a fancier from New Jersey wants to acquire a red siskin from a fancier in the State of New York, both fanciers must have a federal permit as well as a state permit. I don’t know what the cost of that would be. So, as a result of this, the law abiding bird fancier doesn’t even bother to go through all this nonsense! Thus, fewer siskins are bred in North America! Ironically, no imported birds were allowed to enter Australia for several decades. Yet there are no governing laws regarding breeding, etc., of the species within Australia. Siskins and other rare species of birds have been bred in captivity throughout Australia very effectively, including the Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskin. By talking to several fanciers throughout Australia, as I understand it, there were just a couple of pairs which have been brought in several decades ago. Now there are many many red siskins throughout Australia which have been bred by serious and dedicated fanciers and the same are abundantly propagating. Furthermore, throughout every country in Europe and especially Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, etc., the red siskins are bred by the thousands without any confusing and annoying government regulations whatsoever. In North America if a bird fancier could freely acquire breeding stock of red siskins from other breeders without government interference we could enjoy the same flourishing breeding activity. In fact, there are many many fanciers that breed red siskins in secret, because they don’t want to go through government bureaucracy and the requirements mentioned previously.

 

Approximately seven years ago a fellow fancier and friend from Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Carlos D. Suarez Rodriguez, went to the mainland of Europe and bought three pairs of red siskins. In November, 1990, during my visit he had in his possession approximately 600 healthy, colorful, large size beautiful Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskins out of those three original pairs. And believe it or not, out of those 600, roughly 300 youngsters were produced in his birdroom in 1990. Furthermore, in the same year Carlos produced nearly 600 baby siskins.
Let’s evaluate what our fellow fancier and friend, Carlos, does in his birdroom in order for him to achieve such phenomenal success. I have video tapes of my visits that I took of Carlos’s siskin room. They would really make your head spin. I showed part of this tape to the Texas Canary Club in Houston, where I was a guest speaker in July, 1991. A large crowd of fanciers viewed this tape. Everyone was truly amazed to see Carlos’s phenomenal achievement with his siskins. For those of you unable to visit Carlos or see the video tape, I will try and describe what I witnessed there. Perhaps it will encourage many of you to try to breed and propagate these little treasured species of birds—the Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskin.
Carlos’s house is located on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a couple of miles from the center of downtown Las Palmas. The area where Carlos’s house is located enjoys sunshine from every direction, very dry climate, plentiful supply of wild seed, wild greens and wild weeds are bountiful on the surrounding grounds. In other words, a lot of natural foods that the wild birds eat are found everywhere. The room where the siskins are bred and kept is above ground level and the L shaped room is approximately 40ft. long by 25ft. wide and approximately 15ft. high. This is an approximate size—I am not a very good estimater on measurements. Let me stress—it was a very huge room. Large glass windows all the way around the building, actually very close to the ceiling, provided lots of natural light. Thus the interior of the birdroom is a very delightful pleasant natural environment, ideal in every aspect.

 

Spacious all wire cages were situated in the center of the room which at that time were holding several hundred red siskins, young and old. Approximately 90% of the walls housed roughly 100 English type breeding box cages with professionally made cage fronts. They were stacked five rows high, beginning approximately 24" from the floor. Each row of cages could be divided into several double breeding cages approximately 36" x 16" high and 12" deep by either adding a wire partition or a solid partition. This part of Carlos’s room resembled very much my breeding room, as well as our beloved President, Bob Garguillo’s room, plus others where the partitions are removed at the end of the breeding season and the row of cages can be used as large holding cages. To say the least, Carlos’s birdroom was practically built by using common sense.
I carefully evaluated everything Carlos was doing in the birdroom. I will try to describe every detail in order for you to benefit by reading this unbelievable success story of a good fellow bird fancier.

On the bottom of every cage Carlos had several layers of simple-economical old newspaper that every time he cleaned the cages he removed the top layer assuring a clean healthy environment for his birds. I asked Carlos, "Why don’t you use sand or cedar shavings or any other product available on the market to make it easy for you to clean your cages?" He answered, "Nope, newspapers I don’t have to buy—I get them for free and I can keep my birds clean all the time. I don’t have to worry about bacteria or parasites that might build upi and accumulate in sand or cedar shavings, etc. After all, no one changes sand and cedar shavings everyday; yet, I can clean my cages by using newspapers daily." I agree with Carlos 100%. Unless anyone is able to clean the sand or cedar shavings every c ouple of days you are surely asking for trouble. If you allow this covering to stay in the cage for a long time—diseases, bacteria, parasites, you name it, may have the chance to build up.
A good mineral grit composed not only of oyster shells, but also egg shells, sea sand, plus other necessary minerals, was available in every cage in Carlos’s room. A good seed mixture containing small millet, canary seed, oat groats, good rape seed, unsterilized niger seed plus small hemp was his birds’ basic diet. Another words, a well lbalanced blend of seed was before the siskins at all times. However, I noticed that for economical reasons the common sense rule of not allowing the siskins to waste any seed surely prevailed. The mixture was eaten 100% without any waste. He supplied good millet spray every other day. The millet spray is attached with a clip on the side of the cages. By the way, the siskins cherish millet spray.

At the time of my visit, virtually, every cage in Carlos’s room, where the siskins were housed, including a big bunch of seeding head from grass and other seeding weeds available on the island. I mean a generous bunch of this seeding head either in a dry state as well as in a milky state was placed in every cage. (Could the supply of this wild seed be one of the reasons Carlos is so successful in breeding the siskins? I think so!)
In addition to the above, Carlos feeds his red siskins a good mixture of soakable seed which he soaks for about 24-48 hours, then washes thoroughly under running water. He feeds it to his siskins all year round, and even more so when they feed their youngsters.
A well blended nestling food composed of precooked and raw grains and cereal, with the addition of fresh eggs, plus vitamins and minerals was also fed to the siskins all year round. Again, even more so every day when they feed their youngsters. Carlos added to his nestling food finely ground American shelled almonds. Oh yes, Carlos brags about it. He said, "You see this? They come from California—only the very best almonds, of course. They are very good for the siskins." I said to him, "Carlos, everything that comes from America is good." Ha! Ha! Red Siskins, as well as all other species of birds, love to bathe. Carlos supplies bath water to his siskins as often as he can.

I mentioned to Carlos that whenever cage birds are houses—avian parasites are sure to be present and asked him, "What do you do to prevent the infestation of avian parasites? Carlos lifted a bottle of some kind of insecticide and he showed it to me and said, "I spray with this everytime it is necessary." I asked him, "At least once a week?" He answered, "Yes." Carlos handed me the bottle of spray and I read the ingredients. The effective ingredient was the usual pyrethrin. Similarly composed as the one we have available in the USA.For your information, the Canary Islands have somewhat of a sub tropical climate. Carlos follows the rules of nature. He begins his breeding season in the beginning of spring.

In addition to red siskins I noticed in Carlos’s room several very small canaries and I asked him, "What kind of canaries are those?" He said, "Oh, they are just small canaries that I use sometimes as foster parents. The small canaries make very good feeders." To conclude, Carlos works very hard in managing his red siskins. He spends many many hours in his birdroom during the breeding season. As he said, "I am in this room from early in the morning until it gets dark. I feed many baby siskins by hand with a little toothpick. I practically raise every baby siskin that hatches, either the siskins feed the babies themselves, the foster parents feed the babies, or I hand feed them myself."

In conclusion, what I have seen in Carlos’s room is sincere dedication and good common sense being well implemented. No question about it, the environment in the room, as well as the climate on the island is the ideal place to raise Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskins, as well as any other species of birds.
One more point I would like to bring out, I noticed there was no heating system or air conditioners in Carlos’s room. Obviously, in such an ideal climate it is not necessary. The temperature is just great for the birds, as well as for humans. Nevertheless, in our own birdrooms in North America we must simulate the perfect cllimate. It can be done by using common sense.

I wish all of you, by reading this successful story of a fellow fancier, Carlos, will be inspired to produce more and better siskins and that one day, I hope soon, they will be plentiful and readily available just as the canaries are today. We cannot be lazy—we must devote our time and efforts to achieve such spectacular results.

Keep in mind that the good niger seed and hemp seed which constituted a good portion of the diet of Carlos’s siskins, unfortunately, are not available in the USA. We must improvise in our own birdrooms by providing a well balanced seed diet and offering a variety of natural foods such as seeding heads and grasses which contrary to common belief we do have available in our areas. You cannot be laxidazy about your birds’ diets. Just seek and you will find. The imported niger seed and hemp seed we have access to in the U.S. go through a sterilizing process—the seeds are practically roasted like coffee, leaving the same with hardly any nutritional value and in my honest opinion I believe are even detrimental to the health of the birds. In fact, if you place plain niger and plain hemp before any kind of birds they will gorge themselves for hours and yet they obtain little nutritional value from it. The niger and hemp imported from Ethiopia or India, upon entering the U.S., must go through an intense roasting process to eliminate growth of a certain weed available in niger seed which our government is trying to prevent the infestation in our U.S. land. The process is important to the government because the niger seed is used heavily in wild bird mixtures which is fed to the wild birds outdoors. In the winter months, God knows how many wild birds gorge themselves on this seed and practically starve themselves to death. Thus, if you make an excess amount of niger available to the birds before long you will kill all the siskins and perhaps any other birds you feed this seed to. In the last 3-4 years the hemp and niger seed available in the USA will not sprout if you put it in water for 24 hours. It will swell when you squeeze the kernal and will look like a piece of charcoal. No nutritional value left in it whatsoever. The hemp is sterilized through a roasting process so people don’t try and grow marijuana plants.

 

Personally, I substituted the niger for my siskins with kernals of freshly shelled sunflower, also sesame, poppy and flax seed. I caution, however, do not allow the siskins to eat an abundant amount of any seed, such as sunflower, flax, poppy or sesame. The same seeds in large quantity can be detrimental to the health of the birds. Feed your siskins and other birds a variety of seed. They must eat canary seed, some millet, oat groats. In other words, they must eat 100% of a well balanced mixture without any waste. This is the most sensible way to feed your birds. Any straight seed, as previously mentioned, when fed in large quantity will be detrimental. Just as humans feeding and gorging on only one type of food—eventually they cause an imbalance of nutrients in their diet and as a result become ill.

Try to feed wild grass seed and weeds in the milky stage, as well as the mature stage. The North American countrysides , as well as Australia, Europe, etc., are bountiful of all foods from nature. Take advantage, we have access to essential, healthy foods which can make you successful in your birdroom. However, remember to be careful where you gather the wild foods; it should not be contaminated by spray insecticides or contamination from wild birds, such as sparrows, starlings, etc. Make sure you wash everything thoroughly that you gather from the wild state. You may soak the wild foods and wild seed, etc., in water with an additional few drops of iodine. Soak for a couple of hours then wash thoroughly. The iodine will help eliminate any bacteria if there is any present in the food.


BREEDING AND MAINTENANCE OF EUROPEAN FINCHES

All Rights Reserved By: G. A. ABBATE, Sr.

P.O. Box 122 Elizabeth, NJ 07207-0122

 

The European Goldfinch is one of my preferred song birds that I have kept, bred and hybridized for over 50 years. In fact, The European Goldfinch is the preferred bird of many European bird fanciers—not only for his melodious song but also for the colorful attractive patterns of his plumage. These colorful birds make a very attractive and melodious addition to any aviary, especially an outdoor aviary. Their song can be distinguished from all the other birds present. Their colorful plumage is the most attractive, especially in a planted outdoor aviary. On a sunny day it is a pleasure to admire the bright red coloring around their beaks, the yellow in their wings and the brown and black plumage throughout the rest of their bodies. It makes a very attractive color combination!!
Providing that the proper environment and the proper diet are supplied to the European Goldfinches, they are easy to reproduce in captivity. Myself, plus many other fanciers throughout the world, including the U.S., have bred European Goldfinches in cages just like canaries. Some years ago I was amazed when I visited one of my old friends, Sal Amato, from Panaroma City, California. Upon arriving at his house, it was around the beginning of June, he stood me before a very small cage hanging on this porch. It contained a pair of Goldfinches with four healthy strong babies in the nest, just about fledging age. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The fact that the porch was a very busy traffic area, with quite a few people going in and out everyday, this pair of birds, plus a few others were going on breeding very prolifically in this not so "Ideal" environment. Sal and myself sat about 6-7 feet away from the cage on the porch. I couldn’t take my eyes away from the parent Goldfinches who despite our presence were intensively and vigorously feeding the four youngsters in the nest. I admired that sight for nearly two hours. Still, to this day, I can’t believe what I saw. Another friend of mine, Mr. Santo Chiromonte, like Sal, lives and works out of his home. They are both barbers. Santo’s barber shop was right next to his basement. If he didn’t have any customers you would find him in his basement taking care of his birds.
I visited Santo one day some time during the month of July. In a single breeding cage hanging on the wall in his basement he had a pair of European Goldfinches with five youngsters. As we entered the basement he said to me, "Come here, I have a surprise for you. Let’s approach very quietly, I don’t want the babies to jump off the nest." I said, "What babies?" He said, "Look, I have five baby European Goldfinches." Again, this was another sight that made my head spin. The condition of his basement was not the ideal condition that European Goldfinches or any other foreign bird would breed so easily, but it happened.

I can tell you hundreds of stories like this that took place throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. I have seen European Goldfinches bred in Italy in conditions that reproduction would be considered an impossibility.

Many years ago before the first time I was wiped out with the contagious disease of all of my birds, I used to raise European Goldfinches, plus many other European birds, including black birds, thrushes, bullfinches, in addition to Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskins, etc. I was young, strong, energetic and a dedicated fancier with a lot of enthusiasm for the hobby of reproducing many species of legal wild birds in captivity to assure the conservation of the species forever especially the endangered species, such as Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskin Carduelis Cucullata, etc.

About 25 years ago I had three children who cooperated and helped me with the birds, and a couple of trusty workers who also helped me with the birds. I used to raise European Goldfinches as easy as canaries. Many fellow fanciers who used to visit me in those days were shocked and amazed of the number of European Goldfinches I used to raise and how easy I used to raise all the finches. In those days I had the European import breeding stock. The imports from Europe were much healthier and stronger than the Goldfinches that come from Australia and are presently available in the USA. Practically all the countries in Europe have banned the capture of most native birds. Many countries have even banned possession of most of the native wild birds. However, any fancier who can prove that the wild birds have been bred in captivity for many years, they will be allowed to keep them. Prior to a couple of years ago when I again lost all my birds; during my absence, one of my workers being unintentionally negligent introduced a questionable bird into my birdroom. That was the end of all the European Goldfinches in my possession, birds that I bred in captivity for over 25 years. Along with the European Goldfinches all of the birds in my birdroom were dead within a month—foul pox was the disease introduced in my birdroom. Remember, never introduce birds in your birdroom unless they have been quarantined for at least 30 days.
It took me several years to select a breeding stock composed of four pairs. Over the years I went through hundreds of European Goldfinches brought from Australia until I selected some strong, healthy, surviveable specimens. Every year I managed to produce a fair number of youngsters. I always produced colorful and strong specimens of many species of birds. Perhaps many of you have read and seen the photos I have published in some magazines. Really beautiful and colorful birds that I lost a couple of years ago. In fact, I lost everything I had. It happened during the height of the breeding season only by introducing into my breeding room a bird which appeared to be healthy. The bird had a virus and all kinds of diseases you could imagine—it really wiped me out. I had at least 6-7 nests of European Goldfinches, linnets, etc., etc.

Our COM USA President, Francisco Garguillo, came and visited me just a few days before the epidemic started in my birdroom. His head spun when I showed him the several nests full of baby European finches and other birds. What a shame, I lost everything! A couple of European Goldfinches survived the epidemic, along with a couple of odds and end birds. Luckily I took them to my office to take photos of them for publication. So, I have been working with the same birds to this date to establish what I now have, a good strong, healthy breeding stock. NO MORE INTRODUCTION OF ANY BIRDS IN MY BIRDROOM!

With the exception of my large planted aviary in Florida where I keep a large variety of birds, including the European Goldfinches, all my breeding here in New Jersey is done in double breeding cages. My European Goldfinches, for instance, are bred in the same double breeding cages that I breed my canaries, 36" wide 12" deep and about 16" high. These are all metal built English style box cages made out of sheet metal and wire, all white polyurethane finish. Several years ago I used all metal double breeding cages, but that was a lot of work to take care of the birds. With the previously mentioned type of cages my production of youngsters has tripled and the lost of youngsters almost zero. All my present cages are equipped with removable bottom grills which are kept scrupously clean at all times. Young Goldfinches as well as young Greenfinches and many other finches have a tendency to pick in their own excretion. Years ago I experienced loss of lots of young finches. I knocked my brain to find a solution for that disgusting problem which was eventually solved by introducing the grills on the bottom of all my cages.

The two pairs of European Goldfinches that I have at this time are kept together in pairs in a double breeding cage all year round. I feed all my European Goldfinches, plus other European finches, such as Greenfinches, Linnets, Siskins, as well as Venezuelan Black Hooded Red Siskins, etc., in the same manner I feed my Canaries—a seed mixture containing basically canary grass seed, rape seed, oat groats, a small amount of flax seed and sesame seed. The mixture also contains processed fish, poultry meat, other meats, such as beef, etc., processed eggs, a variety of greens, plus fruits and vegetables, vitamins and minerals, all combined to constitute a well balanced diet with practically every nutrient mother nature supplies them in their wild state. All the birds are fed 1 level teaspoon each of the mixture. The mixture is supplied in a deep dish. In other words, I make sure that the European Goldfinches, etc., which are very much like children—who love candy more than good nutritious food, eat the seed 100%. European Goldfinches love to eat oily seed, such as flax, sesame, niger, etc. Be careful, any species of birds who are allowed to eat excess amounts of oily seeds will surely become sick. They will not be in good breeding condition because of the imbalance in their diet and eventually they will become so sick that death will surely result.

All of the above mentioned birds must eat the canary seed, oat groats, millet seed, as well as a small amount of oily seed. So, supplying 1 level teaspoon of a good well balanced mixture for 24 hours they will be forced to eat 100% of the mixture. All the finches love to eat soak seed, wild seed in the milky stage, plus a variety of greens and some fruits. I supply all my birds with a soak seed mixture composed of canary seed, millet seed, rape seed, safflower seed, niger seed, etc. I don’t like to sprout the seed, I only soak it 24-48 hours, then I thoroughly wash it under cold running water, then I feed it to the European Goldfinches, plus all the other birds in my birdroom, more so and more often when they feed their youngsters. During the nonbreeding season I feed soak seed about 2-3 times a week. In addition, all my birds have before them, all the time, cuttlebone and a good, well composed mineral grit mixture which contains sterilized egg shells, oyster shells, plus other mollusk shells, with many sources of minerals which are essential for good health and for good reproduction. During spring, summer and fall European Goldfinches and all the other birds, as a matter of fact, receive seeding grasses from chicory, dandelions, Shepherd’s purse, chickweed, plus any other wild seed that the wild birds eat in their wild state.

During my many trips to Australia, when I visited bird fanciers and breeders, practically every cage contained a bountiful supply of what they call milk thistle, plus other seeding weeds and grasses which all the birds devoured with gusto, including the largest of the hookbills. Again, many years ago when I was young and entergetic, during the very early spring while in New Jersey everything would still be covered with frost, I would travel from New Jersey to southern Virginia, close to North Carolina, to gather chickweed, dandelions, and other seeding grasses for all my birds. The chickweed used to be loaded with seeds in the milky stage which my canaries, finches and all my other birds relished. Also, this extra treat stimulated them for breeding. Yes, indeed, when I was young I used to do lots of work to produce strong healthy birds. I used to gather insects, such as small caterpillars and other bugs. I would supply these to my chaffinches and bullfinches.

Success with cagebird breeding is achieved only if the fancier is dedicated!! If you provide what mother nature offers them in their wild state or as close as possible to what they have access to in the wild state—you can be a success! No one can breed European Goldfinches or many other species of birds with just a mixture of dry seed and water and a piece of green occasionally. One time during my travels I met a gentleman who primarily was a budgie breeder. In addlition to budgies he had a couple pairs of European Goldfinches. He fed the European Goldfinches millet seed plus some other dry seed. Believe me, those European Goldfinches never reproduced themselves, they looked like hell and I don’t think they lived very long.

In captivity European Goldfinches must receive a well balanced diet, as mentioned above. Again, I repeat, a variety of uncontaminated wild seed which is available in the wild state must be provided. It must be fresh and clean. If anyone has a true pair of European Goldfinches and if the same are freshly imported they must keep them in captivity a couple of years before any breeding results can be achieved.

Today, the Goldfinches which are available on the U.S. market are, as I said before, originated from Australia. They were introduced in Australia either by accident or intentionally. These Goldfinches, as I understand, are so plentiful that the Australian Government doesn’t mind exporting them. They are plentiful like the English Sparrows are in the USA. Practically all the European Goldfinches coming in from Australia, within a short period of time, develop some kind of scales on their feet which is caused by an internal parasite. I have seen European Goldfinches with the size of their feet as big as my thumb loaded with scales. Before Ivermectin was discovered there was no hope for survival. Many of these beautiful birds simply became crippled and subsequently death would follow—their feet were really a big mess. When we discovered Ivermectin it was practically a miracle for the European Goldfinches, as well as any other birds. Many times in the past I have written about the best way to administer Ivermectin to the birds. However, let me repeat it in case any of you missed the past information on Ivermectin.

Despite many other authors’ suggestions to put 1 drop of Ivermectin directly on the skin of the bird’s back, I believe this procedure is not only stressful to the bird but also a lot of work for the fancier. Can you imagine putting a drop of medication on several hundred birds?

For several years I, plus many others, used the following method with excellent results: remove all the water the night before from all the cages. In other words, make the birds very thirsty. First thing in the morning mix 1cc of 1% Ivermectin in 16ozs. Of drinking water, shake vigorously and place this mixture before the thirsty birds. One good drink will eliminate all internal parasites, subsequently clearing up the scales on their feet, beak, etc. Repeat treatment in 2 weeks.

Any further questions on the above subjects I will be glad to answer by E-Mail or any other method of your choice. E-Mail all the questions and comments to: ABBA2222@AOL.COM. Also visit our Web Page at: WWW.ABBASEED.COM.

Good Luck to everyone!


A well known German breeder who is specialising in larger finches is travelling to the USA would like to study some of the species native to the Lakes regions ( Superior,Michigan,Huron,Ontario etc), if anyone can help with information where these large finches ( Grosbeaks,Crossbills etc.) are common and can easily be seen please contact me and I'll pass the message to him. Should anyone like to join him on the expedition or if anyone has any suggestion please let me know. johnq@bb.com.au



ICS secretary Ms Claudia Krobb has received an interesting letter from the Avicultural Society of Pakistan,  should anyone like to join their club or if anyone has any question please contact Mr. Zaheer Minhas 
zminhas@hotmail.com


Dear Sir/Madam


My name is Zaheer Minhas, I am Founder Member/General Secretary of
'AVICULTURE
SOCIETY OF PAKISTAN". This is the first NGO registered by Government of
Pakistan which
deals with birds. Our club motto is to "preserve wildlife through captive
breeding of birds". Our
members keep parrots, finches, doves, pigeons, peacocks, pheasants and
quails. We have 30
members of which two are from Holland. We arrange aviculture tours,
seminars and hold exhibitions
of birds. Our native birds are finches (nuns, strawberry finch, spice
finch, baya
weaver,SilverBill),Indian blue peacock, Rain quail,Chukur Partige, Monal
Pheasant, Western
Tragopan, Grey francolin, and in parrots are Ring Necked Parrot,
Alexandrine, Blossom Headed.
Apart from local parrots the Australian, African and American parrots
are widely kept and breed in
our country. I am personally fond of love birds and cocktiels. Our club
members  have few problems in
which we need your assistance/guidance and help.
1-We don't have written material available on breeding and keeping of
different types of parrots. We
need books/video tapes/magazines for our club library.
2- We need information/medicines on various types of diseases and their
cure.
3-We need international members from all over the world.
4-We want to import/export parrots to different countries.
5-Help us to promote birds of Pakistan.
We hope that you will personally look into the matter and a favorable
response is awaited from your
side. If you need any information on our local flora and fauna please
feel free to write me. I shall wait for your early and positive response.
Zaheer Minhas
General Secretary
Aviculture Society of Pakistan
593-Nargis Block,
Allama Iqbal Town,
Lahore.
Pakistan
please email me on: zminhas@hotmail.com

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