Specializing in Opaline Mutations
Hector's Opaline Lovebirds Aviary
After loosing so many quality birds and babies during and after moving from my home of almost 30 years. I had no choice but to repurchase my bloodline back and re-establish it for the last two years. But sadly; I've also come to the conclusion and realization I don't want continue breeding the way I've done in the past. I love and enjoy having birds. But my now estranged wife's arrogance and asumption my hobby is a business has impacted and played a roll on my decision to not continue breeding. I plan on keeping a few birds for my personnel pleasure. I will continue welcoming breeders / Hobbyist or novice to come visit with-in California, Neighboring states or when visiting California. I will share my knowledge in breeding to obtain desired colors.
I eliminated my original site except Domain reroutes here.http://opalinelovebirds.com/
I'm working on adding photos for your viewing pleasure to view my progress through breeding love birds. "2004 through 2014" in Gallery page.
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, blue and phenotype combinations. developing pallid and recessive pied.
About myself: I've bred birds since age 8 (51 years). I selectively bred 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; I've began to visit friends in Northern California and nearby states when ever possible or as time permits. In order to continue and accomplish my buckets list; I have to reduce my collection. Once I've accomplished it and clear of pending divorce. I plan to begin visiting my friends and family internationally as they've been waiting for past 2 years.
My primary focus was White face Opaline Violet in Blue series. True Blue (which in reality is a selectively bred turquoise), Dominant Violet pied, Turquoise, blue turquoise, Recessive turquoise pied, blue and violet Pallid, Violet Edge Dilute, White Face Lutino and Red Headed Lutino Opaline in addition to phenotype combinations in single and 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 will gladly give out some of my friends numbers with same hobby so you may contact them directly. I will also help anyone with input and pairing. I love to help as this a hobby for me. I was taught to teach by breeder's who have since past away. I receive emails from around the world these days asking advice.
I could add links or even 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. If you 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 cure! That's why its so important to have any new bird tested for it. Once its in, its in. 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. Adult birds over 2 two years old for an unknown reason don't get infected. It mostly affects babies and young birds up to year or more old. Some birds will make a full recovery for reasons unknown that still puzzles scientists. Those that do, are immune and will pass on immunity to off spring. So be careful and research PBFD.
I let some pairs to produce while the other's are resting or maturing. Bird's are and have always been a strict "hobby" I have a normal job that pay's for seed, medication and other circumstances associated with my hobby, birds don't pay for my living expenses.
If you're still confused and seeking 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 enjoyed birds since childhood. I will retain birds until they molt to verify color from pairing for future breeding which may take up to 2 years before their bred.
For inquiries or advice: 1 (323) 313-8367 (Cell)
E-Mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org