Specializing in Opaline and Color Mutations in all 3 species
Hector's Opaline Lovebirds, Exhibition&Budgie Aviary
FYI; to all my visitors. I haven't been able to upload new content due to PC software crashed and losing my photo files and folders. I have new PC and camera to start over. I will also be posting quite a few proven lovebird breeding pairs as I need space for Exhibition Budgie pairs.
After 30 years I'm restarting Exhibition (English), Australian Budgie's in Fallow & crested breeding program. I'm acquiring the best stock I can find nation wide and internationally. I've decided to only let lovebirds incubate one clutch per year & most likely sell more lovebird breeder pairs. I've accomplished breeding pedigreed mutations not readily available and will be switching gears to focus on Budgies.
Please enjoy viewing picture's. I've raised birds for my personnel collection and enjoyment. Birds meeting my standards are held back for future breeding stock. Those that don't are advertised for sale 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 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; I'm a hobbyist who's had birds my entire life and enjoy breeding raising and breeding them. Birds are my bloodline from the start just as I did with pigeons my father bought me from a poultry shop as a child. I do add a bird or birds to incorporate 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 or advise. I'm strict in producing low number's as I like quality versus quantity. Unfortunately I no longer offer shipping, however I will make exceptions.
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 bloodlines in blue "True blue" 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. I do have a Facebook account but rarely post pictures on social media. I may possibly link site to Facebook in the future.
About myself: I've bred birds since 8 year's of age (52 years). I selectively breed to produce the best birds from pairs put together from genetic makeup. I've always produced very low numbers to not compromise quality. But after 51 years I'm refocusing my energy in another direction' traveling when ever possible, 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 now visit 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 and knowing and speaking with 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 other rare species in rare mutations through the years.
My primary focus was developing 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. 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. With that said, I'm downsizing lovebirds kept, 6 pairs of English (Exhibition) budgies, Crested and fallow standard budgies in Texas Clear body. I'm continuing to sell proven breeding pairs to eventually keep only 8 of the best Love Bird pairs from 24 I have.
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 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 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 birds selected and paired.
I will gladly assist 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 and Instagram messages from around the world asking for advice or purchase. I will respond as time permits. I've deleted locations of other reputable breeder friends due to passing away. I will gradually be facing out breeding lovebirds in the coming year to concentrate on Exhibition. Site will remain up and transition photos and material on Budgies. A section will remain for lovebirds as I will maintain approximately 6 to 10 pairs for my personal enjoyment and for viewing on the TOP END birds.
The one thing that bothers 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 and 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 and time consuming. Most breeders / hobbyist choose to destroy (Euthanize) birds testing positive. Some however just think of selling and don't give a hoot of the outcome which in turn affects other breeders. Although there's no vaccination to date; treating infected birds with high quality medications can cure them of decease ending up with about 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 old 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, are immune and 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. 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 birds also get infected when shipped with other birds; air line carriers don't disinfect cargo bay every time a plane is used. Cargo is pretty much non stop.
Bird's are and have always been a strict "hobby". Birds don't pay for my living expenses, My bird price's are based on market value, rarity of mutation, color, combination and above all quality. 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. I've don't know of any hobbyist getting rich. On the contrary; when all costs are added to bird breeding; one will realize's you spend more than you get back from any sale.
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. 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.
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