Welcome to BFA (Beaks & Feathers Aviaries! )
I used to be a Fencing Contractor who ran a very successful Business in Western Sydney for over 20 years until my life was changed in a Motor Vehicle Accident in November 2011. I was no longer able to keep my Fencing Business running due to Permanent Shoulder Damage and had to close my Business and Retire.
What to do?? After working long hours for many years I was bored and needed something to fill the Void of my Business no longer being there.
My wife and I saw advertised a Bird Sale at Clarendon and decided to go and have a Look at the Birds. We paid our $2 and we were fascinated with the Birds and the amount of people interested in the birds. We both love birds but never really thought of it becoming a Business until my Accident and forced retirement.
Before the Bird Sale, we thought we might get some Cockatiels and Budgies and see what we could breed. We were also fascinated with these” New Parrots “called Conures we had seen at the Bird Sale. They were new to us anyway. This was where I saw my first Sun Conure.
We did some research on the Internet about Conures and were more interested in them .On Gumtree we saw one advertised and decided to buy it. He was our first purchase. We were told he was a Male and the man who sold us our first Conure said that you tell the sex of the bird by the colour of its Head. He was not a He but a She. First lesson was you can’t tell male from female without DNA sexing. My Wife named her JJ and JJ would step on her hand and was her first FID. Then we saw another ad for 6 Conures, Flight cages and breeding boxes for sale and decided why not we will see if we can breed Conures instead of Budgies and Cockatiels.
We went and picked up our 6 Conures, Flight Cages and breeding boxes and brought them home .Set them up outside the backdoor on the Pergola and were stunned when the next morning we discovered an egg laid in two of the nest boxes. We went and got books and Internet Sites on Conures and quickly tried to learn as much as we could about breeding .We started with JJ Yellow side GCC. The 6 conures Consisted of 1 Cinnamon hen and 1 Yellow side male and 4 Pineapples. We went on to learn of the different colours and what makes the colours (GENETICS) and then my wife discovered Pearlies and got her first one . I discovered Sun Conures and fell in Love with them and have my FID Louise who loves plenty of my time and attention .Louise was given to us (September 2013) I was told she was a he named Lou and was 12 years old. Lou was hand raised and when she came to live with my wife and myself, she didn’t like my wife and would try and bite her, didn’t like her cage touched or cleaned. She had been covered up with towels(which he had chewed holes in) and had a very dark crowded cage with a chewed up Happy Hut and lots of toys but didn’t like you to touch anything .Wasn’t used to being given fruit and veggies and sprouts and flowers to eat. We DNA’D Lou and she was a Louise not a Lou and we have both been patient with her and now she is a beautiful outgoing FID who is spoilt. In the 12 months we have had Louise she has come a long way .she loves to be a part of everything and loves my wife now but still picks me first and spends a lot of time with me snuggled in my shirt.
We have added to our Flock and (Mostly Conures Amazons, Caiques & Asiatic ).
We have learnt a lot about how to blood DNA to determine the sex of a Conure, How to nest sex a Green Cheek Conure, How to put on Leg Rings. Basic First Aid for Parrots. How to Sprout Seed. I also made two Brooders for the Hand raised Babies or one can be a Hospital Cage.
I also enjoy making Nesting Boxes, Wooden Happy Huts and Wire Fruit Bowls. I love to do a bit of Aviary building but often have to get help because of my Shoulder, but still enjoy doing what I can manage.
We have Sun Conures, Pied Sun Conures, Golden Capped Conures. Jandaya Conures, Peach Fronted Conures, Rose Crown Conures, Black Capped Conures, Green Cheek Conures in the following mutations (cinnamons, pineapples, yellow sided, Normal the same in Turquoise and SF & DF Jades (Misty),pearly Conures and Crimson Bellied Conures
caiques White Bellied & Black Headed, Alexandrine Parrots and Blue fronted Amazons And Double Yellow Headed and King Quails.
Love watching the young chicks born and my wife hand raises some of them for customers who want Hand Raised Parrots. Others we leave to be raised by their parents in the aviaries.
I am really happy my wife and I decided to go into the Avian Industry. We are both enjoying the satisfaction and challenges that breeding birds brings. We have had success and disappointments with our breeding pairs but we are enjoying it immensely.
We have met some characters at Bird Sales and at the Parrot Society Meetings and we are also on Social Media.
We enjoy meeting people who come and look around our Aviaries and love sharing what I have learnt so the people who buy Birds from us see how we look after them and when they take their new bird home from us they know the Basics of How to look after them and enjoy them for years to come. It is harder with the Hand raised Birds as it is very Hard not to get attached to them but as long as they go to loving homes that makes it easier.
We decided to use social media to promote our Aviary .We called our aviary Beaks and Feathers Aviaries and didn’t realise there was a Disease Called Psittacine Beak and Feather (PBFD).
We have had some comments on our choice of names for our aviary. We nearly changed it but thought what the hell we will not be overlooked with this as our name and it was unintentionally done. So that’s our story of how we started our venture into the Bird Breeding World.
Our Facebook Pages are:
Beaks & Feathers Aviaries
And our Facebook Groups are
Western Sydney Bird Group Australia Wide
Conures and Exotic Parrots 4 Beginners
We wanted to have a Friendly Helpful Group where anyone can ask a Question and not get jumped on. A lot of the groups have very opinionated people in them that make lots of people uncomfortable to ask questions especially if you are new to Birds and you ask a simple question and it leads to a nasty argument. People are very pro or con especially about Pellets Vs Seed, Material Happy Huts and other various topics that very quickly become very fiery topics. So by setting up our site we can help others with information we have learned or put them in contact with others that will share their knowledge and then it’s up to the individual person what they do with their FID.
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Welcome to BFA (Beaks & Feathers Aviaries) please feel free to look at our online birds and aviaries site. For any sales related inquiries please feel free to contact us