Specializing in Opaline Mutations
Hector's Opaline Lovebirds Aviary
Please enjoy viewing picture's. I raise birds for my personnel collection and those remaining I usually post as they become available. I do add photo's here and there of my personal breeding stock. I have continued welcoming breeders / Hobbyist or novice to come visit with-in California, Neighboring states or when visiting California. I share my knowledge in breeding to obtain desired colors through phone conversations within the continental United States and internationally. I've added new pictures of my personnel breeding pairs and also deleted pair's I no longer have. I'm not a bird Farm or a collector. I'm just someone who's had birds just about my entire life. I developed by bloodline from the get go. I do ad high end select birds from my friends in Sacramento and other states to add different blood.
My original site was eliminated but Domain reroutes here.http://opalinelovebirds.com/
I've been working on adding and deleting photos for your viewing pleasure to view progress through breeding peach face lovebirds. "2004 through 2014" in Gallery page very soon now which i'll upload in the next few weeks.
I have one of the cleanest bloodlines in the lower 48. I spent years selectively breeding blues and pallid to establish my bloodline in True blue white face Opaline, Cobalt, Edge dilute, blue turquoise, violet pied, recessive pied, turquoise, violet, pallid, blue and phenotype combinations.
About myself: I've bred birds since I was 8 year's old (51 years). I selectively breed to produce the best birds one can obtain. I've always produced very low numbers to not compromise quality. But after 51 years of breeding birds and my pending divorce which is now going on 3 years. I now spend my time visiting friends in Northern California and nearby states when ever possible or as time permits. In order to continue and accomplish my buckets list; I've reduced my collection to only top exhibition quality birds. Once I've accomplished it and clear of pending divorce. I plan to begin visiting my friends in the east coast, family and international friends as they've been waiting for years and then perhaps produce a little more for those interested in acquiring the best. Additionally I've bred Indian Ring Necks, Plum Heads, Rosellas, Canary's, Pigeons, Sierra Parakeets, Scarlet chested, Turquoisines, Bourkes, Elegant's, Blue Wings , Red Rumps, Cockatiels, Finches and more in many rare mutations.
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, Blue, Violet Pallid, Violet Edge Dilute, Orange Face Lutino Opaline in addition to phenotype combinations in single, dark factor and split Opaline.
If you’re just starting and not familiar with Opaline; There's Visual Red, Orange, White, Yellow and Apricot colored heads including a wide range of colors. You may view some of my breeding pairs for reference by clicking breeder or babies pages tab. Apricot is the result of white face violet crossed with aqua. These two mutation should never be crossed as their not compatible resulting in babies having a dirty foreheads (apricot) or face.
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. I do 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 that I don't raise more than I want to produce and rest them most of the year unlike most breeders.
I would write paragraphs or chapters on breeding and pairing's, but anything I could add is available on web through lovebird 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 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. 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 reasons unknown 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. With that said, I strongly advise against breeding and selling infected birds.
Bird's are and have always been a strict "hobby" I do have a normal job that covers for seed, medication and other circumstances associated with my hobby as many of you do also. Birds don't pay for my living expenses, Bird price's are based on market value and rarity of mutation, color or combination. So please do not 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 above; birds are a hobby.
If you're still confused and seek information on mutations or combination breeding results? Visit ALBS, Mutavi group or regional club web sites. Dirk Van den Abeele has a wonderful site I encourage all to visit. I've had and enjoyed birds since childhood. I retain birds until they molt to verify color from pairing for future breeding which may take up to 2 years before their bred. Lastly I can't emphasize enough to read in order to understand genetics. I would add to purchase a book or books on mutations written by authors like Dirk Van Den Abeele, Terry Martin, Alessandro D' Angieri
For inquiries or advice: 1 (323) 313-8367 (Cell)
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