I have been raising finches for several years now. One of my goals has been to successfully breed owl finches. After one and half years of trying without success, we finally have a baby owl finch.
We had just about given up on these. Now its time re evaluate and re think our process.
We went to the Baltimore Bird Fancier’s 2006 NFSS and ASFS shows this weekend. I was especially proud of our son Mark, who entered two Light Back Finches in the show. One of his birds (named Ra) won 4th overall in the show, 1st in section and 1st in class at the NFSS show. He even beat my Black Cheek and Continental Chestnut Flanked White. He also won 1st in the Youth division. I also showed one of my Owl Finches. Between Mark and I we had 6 birds entered in the show, which is the most we have ever shown (This is the third show we have entered). It was a wonderful way to spend our Saturday. I also bought some more birds (3 red headed white breasted gouldians, 1 black headed white breasted gouldian, a pair of Owl Finches, a grey society finch male which we are planning on breeding with our grey society hen, and another light back hen for Mark). We also learned a lot listening to the judges and are looking forward to the next show. Once these birds are out of quarantine and we are ready to start breeding life will be interesting!