Hector's Opaline Lovebirds, Exhibition&Budgie Aviary the Original SoCal birds
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Please enjoy viewing picture's of my personnel collection and enjoyment since childhood. I'm not a bird Farm and will not practice those methods! I'm a hobbyist who's had birds my entire life and enjoy raising them. Birds I have are my bloodline that I've established after buying a large number of birds that turned out to be sub-quality. I started working some good birds I was able to obtain and started just as I did with pigeons my father bought me as a child to develop quality birds. I do add a bird or birds to incorporate only from close friends in Sacramento and other states to diversify bloodline. I'm well known around the bird world and get contacted to purchase my bloodline from within the states and internationally. I'm strict in producing low number's for quality versus quantity. I sell my birds at more than reasonable price, IE my powder blue Edge Dilute 40% less than my competitors prices who don't have them. I don't put extra value if the bird is Opaline, Pied etc.. Bird prices are based on pedigree. My bloodline and my close friends have been shipped throughout the states, it's territory's and internationally.
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I established one of the cleanest bloodlines in the lower 48. I have spent years selectively breeding blues and pallid to establish quality bloodlines in blue white face and Opaline, Cobalt, Edge dilute also known as American silver and Marble, blue turquoise, violet dominant pied, recessive pied in green, turquoise and blue series (white), turquoise, violet, pallid, and phenotype combinations. Lutino and various other mutations were sold. I and my close friends have Quality and Rare Mutations developed by us. Our newest is Misty in Peach Face.
About myself: I've bred birds since 8 year's of age (52 years). I've selectively bred to produce the best birds from pairs based on genetic makeup which is tracked with software program. I've always produced very low numbers to not compromise quality' but after 51 years I'm refocusing my energy in another direction. I travel extensively now being retired, visiting friends in Northern California, in other states or attending bird show's in lower 48, Canada and Europe throughout the year. In order to continue; I've reduced my lovebird collection to only top level birds and added Exhibition (English) Budgies to restart budgie program. My bird knowledge' I educated myself in genetics by reading books, knowing and speaking with top breeders in the United States and internationally. I've bred Indian Ring Necks, Plum Heads, Rosellas, Canary's, Pigeons, Sierra Parakeets (super rare), Parotlets, Scarlet chested, Turquoisines, Bourkes, Elegant's, Blue Wings , Red Rumps, Cockatiels, Finches and other rare species in rare mutations through the years or better said decades.
My primary focus in Peach Face lovebirds was and is White face Opaline in Violet, Blue single and double factor, Dominant Violet pied, Turquoise, Blue turquoise, Recessive turquoise pied, Blue recessive pied, Violet pallid, Edge dilute (Marble) in violet and blues and phenotype combinations (Powder Blue - Gray Wing) in single and dark factor visual's. My birds are clean pedigree, blue X blue will produce only blue, Edge X Edge = 100 % Edge. Only my phenotype pairs will produce various mutations. I've downsized lovebirds and added 16 pairs of English (Exhibition) budgies, some Crested, fallow, Texas Clear body and lacewing in American budgies. My goal is to only keep 10 to 16 Love Bird pairs from the 21 I still have from the 60 pairs I had.
If you’re a novice just 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 my breeding pairs and gallery for reference by clicking page tab' however my birds are white head or white face only and have deleted pictures of birds I no longer keep or have. Apricot is the result of white face violet crossed with aqua or orange face with either the blue or violet. White face should never be crossed with these two mutations as their not compatible resulting in babies having dirty foreheads (apricot) or face . I highly encourage everyone to read how sex linked, dominant, recessive, co-dominant or incomplete genetics work and interact when making up pairs so you'll have a better understanding of what will be produced once a pair or pairs have chicks you won't be surprised with results by your pairing and also to purchase the right birds from the start. The aqua is a nice mutation no doubt, but this mutation has also been compromised due to bad cross breeding by most breeders seeking to produce as many birds as possible to make a profit and disregarding correct pairings. I won't do that as that's why by bloodline is sought nationwide and internationally. Unfortunately most of the time I do not have any available due to selling any available inventory to clients waiting sometimes months to obtain my birds. Some though have little patience and buy from another breeder and follow up asking me why they're unable to reproduce high end birds? I will not comment and advise to seek answers from seller as it would be inappropriate for me to comment on a bird not knowing its background.
On another topic' I've been gradually phasing out breeding lovebirds to one clutch per year to concentrate on my Exhibition Budgies. I will be transitioning site to reflect more photos and material on Budgies to balance with lovebirds. What's not for sale in Lovebirds is my New Mutation's (Misty), Gray Rump and Gray Wings in Peach Face which are in the development stage or recessive pied.
The one thing that bother's me is breeders not knowing what PBFD is. PBFD is an infectious disease past on by an infected bird but doesn't show illness. PBFD can spread by feather dust, eating from same seed bowl, kept in same cage or upon being shipped. It's not a flu or a cold as some claim! It's a virus and there's no known vaccination once a bird has it. That's why its important to quarantine new birds for no less than 30 day's. Once its in, its in and will take some time to eradicate. This where the hobbyist or breeder must make decision to either completely stop breeding, not sell for a minimum of a year or have all birds euthanized. Most breeders / hobbyist choose to destroy (Euthanize) all birds testing positive. However I must be clear this virus is now found world wide. Although there's no vaccination to date available to treat infected birds, there is a vaccine available in Australia to vaccinate young birds, but it' expensive and not available outside of Australia but has had positive results. Treating infected birds with high quality medications (not over the counter) can cure them of decease ending up with about 90 to 95% success rate. But this is not a novice can do as over medication can also result in poisoning. Adult birds over 2 two years of age or more for an unknown reason rarely 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 reasons that still puzzles scientists, Those that do will be immune to it and hens will pass on immunity to off spring just like in people. But be careful and research PBFD. From personnel experience; I've treated birds that were infected and had great success reversing infection using medicine I imported from Australia and South Africa keeping them medication for 3 to 4 months with 98% success in isolation, some have taken longer and a few I had to euthanize. 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 want to highly emphasize birds also get infected when shipped with other birds; air line carriers don't disinfect planes cargo bay every time a plane is used. If PBFD appears in your program? I highly suggest you take all nest boxes away and avoid breeding for approximately one year. Virus will become dormant provided no new bird is brought in. Remember to not buy or add any new bird during this time. If you do? PBFD will re-appear and mutate into another strain. I always advise novice's to buy and use Virkon S in powder form to disinfect cages, nest boxes and perches bi-weekly.
Now as for me, Bird's are and have always been a strict "hobby". Birds have never paid my living expenses, My bird price's are based pedigree of bloodline, rarity of mutation, color, phenotype combination and above all quality.
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 and book written and published in English. I encourage all to visit his site and acquire his book. Lastly I can't emphasize enough reading to understand genetics. I highly recommend purchasing a book or books on mutations written by authors such as Dirk Van Den Abeele, Terry Martin, Alessandro D' Angieri, Ralph Smith (Smitty) or any reading material you're able to find.
If you like information on Exhibition Budgies, join a local club or visit ABS or BSA national and international club websites
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I offer bird supplies for local pick up only; Volkman lovebird and parakeet seed, vitamins, acrylic seed hopper, water dispensers, eggfood, Petamine, Cuttle bone & clips, perches in Southern California.
Specializing in Opaline and Color Mutations in all 3 species