Thanks Arthur, and No, you do not sound negative at allarthur wrote: ↑16 Oct 2019, 20:29Initially I thought that Orix's 3 to 5 pairs was a bit high . .
But I remember breeding Aberdeens in the early '70's in a similarly sized, typical beginner's, Noah's Ark Aviary = One pair of everything . . (and no pun intended) . . which certainly held more than 5 pair of birds, though only one pair were Abs
Aberdeens are no harder to breed than Cutties . . but the problem with the young from my pair was that they had deformed beaks . . an obvious sign of consanguinity
So if they were too inbred in the '70's . .
Perhaps they may be a bit more vigorous these days for whatever reason . . and this is not intended to besmirch genuine breeders of these rareties
If I had a lazy $600, I would put it on something in the Melbourne Cup, rather than invest in Aberdeens
PS . . Many of my posts seem to be negative, these days . . probably getting old and grumpy
But I would not want to see keen youngsters being driven from our wonderful hobby by negative experiences, without all of the arguments being available for their consideration
After that it is their decision . .
I understand what I am getting into, and I am aware of negative experiences, but I certainly am not that easy to get driven away from birdkeeping
My Avicultural goals is to work with most of the 'little brown jobs' (like Aberdeens and Javan Munias), that really are in the position they are in because of us, and the ongoing limit of genetic material, so I understand there is a fair bit of %@$* that at some point will come across the line
The bloke that I am purchasing from sent 46 birds, all pairs, over to WA a couple years ago, but I will see soon what state his birds are in