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Hi guys, just wondering if any of you keep finches. I have a son with autism and other than adoring my ferrets, he has developed a real fascination with small birds, I would really like to keep this interest going with him as he has very few things that he likes and its a great way to get him into the routine of caring for animals. I have a decent sized back garden and a 8ft x 10ft shed that I was thinking about making an outside aviary and attaching it to my shed and cutting out a few holes and having a small inside area. 

It would be great to see if any of you guys have something like this.

 

Cheers.

Gavin

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What a man Del Boy, I’ve noticed a few times you’ve stepped up an tried to sort somebody, good man an I hope all the good ye do come back ten fold😉😀

I'm in Dublin I'll give you some of this years canary young and a mule or two I bred if you'd like 

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My father had them for years when we were growing up.

The Gouldian's were my favourite, beautiful birds. Zebra's are noisy little characters. We also had Canaries, Bengalese, Chaffinch, Green Finch, etc......

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53 minutes ago, peterhunter86 said:

I'd get him a few zebra finches to start with their hardy enough and real easy to breed, perfect starter bird

I don’t mind zebras noise but some do and autistic kids don’t like lot of noise , just s thought? 

My ex just bought her autistic boy

(20yr old)

a blue budgie he asked for apparently he’s content with it only been couple weeks yet.

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2 minutes ago, forest of dean redneck said:

I don’t mind zebras noise but some do and autistic kids don’t like lot of noise , just s thought? 

My ex just bought her autistic boy

(20yr old)

a blue budgie he asked for apparently he’s content with it only been couple weeks yet.

I don't think they make that much noise from what I remember and his lad likes  birds so hopefully he'll be ok with them

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14 minutes ago, W. Katchum said:

Bengalese are nice wee birds to have about, so are some of the canary’s tho

I like the bengalese had them years but never bred them their eggs were always dud they were cnuts for eating Millit seeds wouldn't touch anything else,I read years later that millit can make them infertile 

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5 minutes ago, peterhunter86 said:

I like the bengalese had them years but never bred them their eggs were always dud they were cnuts for eating Millit seeds wouldn't touch anything else,I read years later that millit can make them infertile 

Generally they won’t breed as fast as zebras anyway, them fcukers like feathered mice the speed they breed😂😂 excellent if ye got kids involved tho as they get to see it 😀 

an millet is like crack for most types in sure, feed them enough of it an they start refusing other foods an begin losing condition, our budgie gets a spray ever now an again but the fcuker keeps trying to fly in kitchen an get in bottom cupboard now cos she knows that’s where it’s kept🤣🤣🤣

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2 hours ago, gav1212 said:

Hi guys, just wondering if any of you keep finches. I have a son with autism and other than adoring my ferrets, he has developed a real fascination with small birds, I would really like to keep this interest going with him as he has very few things that he likes and its a great way to get him into the routine of caring for animals. I have a decent sized back garden and a 8ft x 10ft shed that I was thinking about making an outside aviary and attaching it to my shed and cutting out a few holes and having a small inside area. 

It would be great to see if any of you guys have something like this.

 

Cheers.

Gavin

As said start with bengalese and zebras, both very hardy, breed well and live together in harmony, if his interest grows you can move onto more specialist types, if you want a singing cage bird try a goldfinch/canary mule, lovely song and happy on there own  🕊🕊🕊

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2 hours ago, forest of dean redneck said:

I don’t mind zebras noise but some do and autistic kids don’t like lot of noise , just s thought? 

My ex just bought her autistic boy

(20yr old)

a blue budgie he asked for apparently he’s content with it only been couple weeks yet.

He is fine with noise - we had him down at a shop that had hundreds of the birds and it didn't bother him in the slightest 

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7 minutes ago, gav1212 said:

Just wondering, what your guys thoughts over the winter months with an outside aviary? 

Bengalese and zebras will be British bred so pretty used to our weather, I used to put a tarp on top the flight in winter to keep the rain out and you can drop it down over the sides at night if it's particularly harsh  you  can also put a small tube heater in the shed part of the aviary 👍

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9 minutes ago, Greyman said:

Bengalese and zebras will be British bred so pretty used to our weather, I used to put a tarp on top the flight in winter to keep the rain out and you can drop it down over the sides at night if it's particularly harsh  you  can also put a small tube heater in the shed part of the aviary 👍

Thanks for that Greyman

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