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Male makes female very happy (almost).

Male makes female very happy (almost).
So sad, her cries were so sad and forlorn...you could hear the painful anguish in her voice. She was mostly silent but would occasionally call in vain to her lover but there was no response. I could no longer stand hearing her sad cries because I could easily feel her pain. Since her partner had died (age), I just HAD to find another male for my young 1 yr old female Zebra Finch. After a month long search I finally found a male finch yesterday (on sale yet).
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. . The difference was TOTALLY AMAZING, I mean really really amazing.. Now her exuberant song is one of extreme joy and pleasure You've never seen so much extreme happiness... she is ecstatic with joy. The most pleasant sweet chirping sounds she now makes. Yes, they are madly in love, lots of hugging, cuddling and mutual preening. I can see that it won't be long now.
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. . She is SOoooo anxious to mate. She keeps trying to lure him to her nest. She flies to him to get his attention then to her nest where she crouches down to wait for him...again and again and again. He excitedly joins her but doesn't know what to do so flies away. He is only a few months old and apparently not old enough to mate yet. Yes, She is a cougar finch, not a Zebra Finch, but soon it will not matter.
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. . The most important thing is that she is now so overwhelmingly happy. Now I love to hear their constant gentle but enthusiastic conversations. Nature the way it should be.
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. . In my home office I enjoy having passive company. I tried mice (ok, but smelly), fish (ok but not to interactive), crabs (indifferent), turtles and snails (boring). For 5 years now, I have a large finch cage just a few feet away and it's perfect. They are constantly hyper active and constantly in pleasant happy conversation.... quiet enough to easily ignore if desired, and they only require minimum maintenance. They always seem so happy and cheerful... it's catchy.
 

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I MUST have one of these. . . Yes., I must.
 
Fancy Pigeon = pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans)

"If all pigeons looked like this, I might not consider them flying rats!
This is the pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans) and it's honestly not photoshopped.
They're found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Photograph: by Chong Lip Mun"


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Well this makes it obvious that more guns makes us all safer.


http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/19/1473881/two-people-accidentally-shot-at-a-gun-show-safety-checkpoint-on-gun-appreciation-day/
Did you know that Nutella gets as hard as a brick when in a cold cupboard on an exterior wall (about 45-50 deg with outside temp -10). It can be dangerous when trying to extract it from the jar, chunks fly out like shrapnel.
$100 to $350.00 for a Pigeon at a show I went to this weekend. Jacobin Pigeons, but other breeds are less expensive. Breeders from all over the USA were at this specialty show = Fantails, Modena (like my Simon) and Jacobins.
I ALMOST came home with a Jacobin... fell in love with several, they are so gentle and so very beautiful, but too delicate to live in my Aviary with the others.
These guys take it very serious. One fellow from S Dakota (a heart surgeon) has a Pigeon loft 40' by 80' with many hundreds of Jacobin Pigeons. I only have 3.

Keep in mind that these have been caged for 3 days so are a bit messy.  
The Fantails are rather odd and I don't care for them.
The Modena (Like Simon) are very husky stocky birds with an attitude, but have very beautiful feather patterns.
The Jacobins have a beautiful arrangement of feathers that form a large Puff around the sides of the head. They don't fly too well, but can.
Fantail judging

Fantail - Yes that's how they normally look. How do they fly?


Faintail judging

Modena (Like my Simon Pigeon).

Modena

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Modena

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Modena

Jacobin

Jacobin

Jacobin, one I considered buying

Jacobin

Jacobin, One I considered buying

Jacobin, One I considered buying

Jacobin

Jacobin

Jacobin

Jacobin

Jacobin

$350 Jacobin

This fellow (Heart surgeon) has a 40x80 Jacobin loft for a hobby


Modena

Did you know that Nutella gets as hard as a brick when in a cold cupboard on an exterior wall (about 45-50 deg with outside temp -10).