This page is still under construction Nov 2015
I have always been interested in birds, since my early days growing up along the banks of the Richmond River in Casino. As kids we would trap wild finches. This was back in days when that sort of thing was normal, today of course all Australian native finches are protected and rightly so, there are more than enough finches in captivity to keep everyone happy.
I like breeding Finches, particularly Gouldian Finches, they are a real challenge. I have them in all three head colours, Red, Yellow & Black. As well as normals and yellow backs in both purple and white breast.
I house them in three separate aviaries all of which have large flights attached to ensure the birds have plenty of sunshine and fresh air as well as a covered area where they can rest & breed.
I do keep a small number of Zebra finches as well, mainly marked whites.
My other interest is Australian Native Bees. These are a small stingless bee and while they do produce a very light tasty honey, it is only in very small quantities and I don’t attempt to harvest it. They are great native pollinators and are just nice to have around as a talking point.
The hives can be “split” once per year resulting in a doubling of the hives.
This splitting needs to be undertaken in the early spring to give the bees time to rebuild their hive and also to keep out predators, such as a small wasp that will lay eggs in the hive, given the opportunity, which hatch into grubs that slowly destroy the hive, The wasp is more active during the summer months, so by splitting the hive in early spring the bees have time to seal and protect the new hive from this pest.