Please enjoy viewing picture's. I raise birds for my personnel collection and add photo's as those meeting my standards become available for future breeding stock. Those that don't are advertised available but are top notch. I welcome breeders / Hobbyist or novice to come visit with-in California, Neighboring states or when visiting California if time and date permit. I receive a large number of inquiries from throughout the continental United States and internationally to acquire my bloodline. I add new pictures of breeding pairs and will delete birds / pair's once sold. I'm not a bird Farm or a collector; just had birds just about my entire life and enjoy breeding for new color's; birds I keep are my bloodline from the start just as I did with pigeons being my first birds my father bought me from a poultry shop. I do add a bird or birds to incorporate come from friends in Sacramento and other states to diversify bloodline. I'm well known around the bird world and get contacted almost daily for purchase. One reason It's a miracle if I have even 1 bird available as I have a waiting list. Unfortunately I can't add every one who wants my birds as I'm strict in producing low number's as I like quality versus quantity. I no longer ship unfortunately for various reasons.
My original site; http://opalinelovebirds.com/ was eliminated but Domain reroutes here.
I established one of the cleanest bloodlines in the lower 48. I spent years selectively breeding blues and pallid to establish bloodline in real blue "True blue" in white face and Opaline. I also raise Cobalt, Edge dilute, blue turquoise, violet dominant pied, recessive pied in green' Turquoise and blue, turquoise, violet, pallid, and phenotype combinations. Lutino and various other mutations were sold and eliminated. I do have a Facebook account but rarely post pictures. I may possibly link site to Facebook in the future.
About myself: I've bred birds since I was 8 year's old (52 years). I selectively breed to produce the best birds one can obtain from pairs put together from genetic makeup. I've always produced very low numbers to not compromise quality. But after 51 years and finally divorced (PRICELESS) I'm refocusing my energy in another direction spending my time traveling when ever I get a chance or visiting friends in Northern California and nearby states or attending bird show's. In order to continue and accomplish my buckets list I've reduced my collection to only top exhibition quality birds and added Exhibition (English) Budgies to restart budgie program. I plan on visiting my friends in the east coast, family and international friends more often after being handed this priceless gift. With that said; I educated myself in genetics by reading books, meeting and knowing top breeders. I've bred Indian Ring Necks, Plum Heads, Rosellas, Canary's, Pigeons, Sierra Parakeets (super rare), Scarlet chested, Turquoisines, Bourkes, Elegant's, Blue Wings , Red Rumps, Cockatiels, Finches and more in many rare mutations through the years.
My primary focus was and is White face Opaline in Violet, Blue series, Dominant Violet pied, Turquoise, blue turquoise, Recessive turquoise pied, Blue recessive pied, Violet Pallid, Edge Dilute in violet' turquoise' pallid and american cinnamon in addition to phenotype combinations in single and dark factor visual or sex linked to Opaline. I have downsized to keeping only 24 pairs in lovebirds and 6 pairs of English budgies
If you’re starting and not familiar with Opaline; They can be Visual Red, Orange, White, Yellow and Apricot colored heads in a wide range of colors. You may view some of my breeding pairs for reference by clicking breeder or babies pages tab; however my birds are white head or face only. Apricot is the result of white face violet crossed with aqua or orange face. White face should never be crossed with these two mutations as their not compatible resulting in babies having a dirty foreheads (apricot) or face. I highly encourage everyone to read how a sex linked, dominant, recessive, co-dominant genetics work and interact when making up pairs so that you will have a better understanding of outcome once a pair or pairs have chicks you won't be surprised with results.
I'll gladly give out some of my friends numbers that raise top end birds so you may contact them directly in Sacramento and Hanford California, Ohio, Nebraska, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, Texas and so on. I will also help anyone with input for proper pairings. I was taught to teach by breeder's who have since past away. As stated above I receive emails, Texts, Instagram from around the world these days asking advice or for purchasing as a result of having high quality birds. The problem is I don't raise more than I want to produce to protect by breeding pairs.
I could write paragraphs or chapters on breeding and pairing's, but anything I could add is available on the internet on lovebird clubs and hobby forums, you tube and bird club web sites. Experience in selectively breeding for color or phenotype is learned through the years. If you'd like to know how to hand feed? you tube has wonderful video's on it.
The one thing that bothers me is breeders not knowing what PBFD is. PBFD is an infectious disease past on by an infected bird. It can spread by feather dust, eating from same seed bowl, kept in same cage or flight. It's not a flu or a cold. There's no known vaccination; That's why its so important to have any new bird tested for it. Once its in, its in and will take some time to eradicate. This is where a breeder / hobbyist must stop breeding and not sell any birds until all test negative which can be expensive testing. Most breeders / hobbyist choose to destroy (Euthanize) all birds testing positive. Some however just think of selling and give a hoot. Although there's no vaccination to date; treating infected birds with high quality medications can cure them of it ending up with about 95% success rate. But this is not a novice can do as over medication can result in poisoning. Adult birds over 2 two years old for an unknown reason don't get infected. It mostly affects babies and young birds up to a year or more old. Some birds will make a full recovery on their own for that still puzzles scientists. Those that do, are immune and will pass on immunity to off spring just like in people. So be careful and research PBFD. From personnel experience; I've treated birds that were infected and had great success curing them from this infection using medicine I imported from Australia and South Africa keeping them medication for 3 to 4 months with 98% success, some have taken longer. With that said, I strongly advise against breeding and selling infected birds. Infected birds normally come from bird farms as their too busy producing quantity versus quality. I also want to highly emphasize a lot of birds get infected from being shipped via air cargo with other birds or from cargo bay not being disinfected air line carriers which is impossible for them to do so every time plane in used as cargo is pretty much non stop.
Bird's are and have always been a strict "hobby" I have a normal job that covers cost for seed, medication and other circumstances associated with my hobby as many of you also have. Birds don't pay for my living expenses, Bird price's are based on market value, rarity of mutation, color or combination. So please don't ask for discount as one must remember there's cost's associated with raising birds such as feed, vitamins, antibiotics, cages, time consumption. As stated; birds are a hobby.
If you're confused and seek information on mutations or combination breeding results? Visit ALBS, The Mutavi group or your regional club web site. Dirk Van den Abeele has a wonderful site I encourage all to visit. I've had and enjoyed birds since childhood and retain birds until they molt to verify outcome from pairing's for future breeding which may take up to 2 years before their bred. Lastly I can't emphasize enough reading to understand genetics. I highly recommend purchasing a book or books on mutations written by authors like Dirk Van Den Abeele, Terry Martin, Alessandro D' Angieri, Ralph Smith (Smitty) or what ever material you're able to find.
For inquiries or advice: 1 (323) 313-8367 (Cell)
E-Mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializing in Opaline Mutations
Hector's Opaline Lovebirds Aviary