Getting 2 pairs of mannikins!

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02 Apr 2012, 18:51

Hey, i am getting 2 pairs of mannikins tomorrow. i am just wondering how hard are they to breed and what nests do they prefer.

are they anything like bengalese?
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02 Apr 2012, 19:02

Mannikins, Society Finches and Bengalese are all the same bird under another name. True Manakins are a family of softbill birds native to South America.
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02 Apr 2012, 19:59

Are they just as easy as the bengalese to breed then? I currently provide open canary nests to my bengalese which they seem to prefer. Im thinking that these birds would prefer a nest box?
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02 Apr 2012, 20:02

They ARE Bengalese! All of them would prefer a nest box to a canary basket. Do you have a picture of the Mannikins?
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02 Apr 2012, 20:37

not yet as i not bought them yet. But they are the chestnut breasted variation
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02 Apr 2012, 21:17

Tintola, judging by where this topic is I think we can safely say he means chestnut breasted mannikins.
Chestnuts prefer to build their own nests in brush, and certainly aren't as easy as bengos... depending on what conditions you are able to provide :)
Just to be clear, chestnut breasted mannikins are very much NOT bengalese.
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02 Apr 2012, 21:25

Jayburd wrote:Tintola, judging by where this topic is I think we can safely say he means chestnut breasted mannikins.
Chestnuts prefer to build their own nests in brush, and certainly aren't as easy as bengos... depending on what conditions you are able to provide :)
Just to be clear, chestnut breasted mannikins are very much NOT bengalese.
I thought he was talking about Bully's J :lol: :lol:
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02 Apr 2012, 21:34

:oops: Crossed wires! I thought he was talking about Bengalese Mannikins. Nowhere in the initial posts were Chestnuts mentioned. Jayburd's got it covered. :thumbup: I didn't see that it was in the Chestnut section. My fault :( grovel, grovel.
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02 Apr 2012, 21:42

The chestnuts i have breed have used the brush in the shelter or in the open flight to build there nest never a box .
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03 Apr 2012, 00:07

I have standard breeding cages. with the boxes hanging on the outside
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