Our crazy Melbourne "summer"

Ask your questions about breeding finches here.
Post Reply
User avatar
Darkangel1977
...............................
...............................
Posts: 86
Joined: 03 Oct 2016, 20:12
Location: Blackburn Victoria
Location: East suburbs of melbourne

Hello, just curious if our lack of summer this year and crazy weather has effected everyone's finch breeding? Particularly gouldians?
Blue Gouldian Admirer
User avatar
finchbreeder
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Posts: 10581
Joined: 27 Jun 2009, 20:00
Location: Midwest of West. Aust. Coast
Location: Midwest of West.Aust.Coast

I can only speak for this side of the country by saying that the extended spring here has canarys still building nests.
LML
LML
User avatar
Brisbane_Finches_333
...............................
...............................
Posts: 1933
Joined: 02 May 2019, 20:47
Location: Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane essentially had no spring. On the first day of spring, temperatures climbed to 34 degrees and stayed in the mid-30's for most of spring. We only got 15% of the average rain. Summer was even worse, with Brissie experiencing extremely dry, hot weather. Quite often it climbed to over 7 degrees above average in early summer, and usually stayed around 3-4 degrees above average. Thus, bird seed prices went through the roof from local growers and seeding grass was extremely rare.
Split Blue Gouldian, Plum-Headed Finch and African Silverbill Breeding Project 2020
Queensland Finch Society Member
2019 ABK Magazine Young Birdkeeper Winner
YouTube Channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCfbqdzIB_SeSjt6cZfRYOPg
User avatar
Darkangel1977
...............................
...............................
Posts: 86
Joined: 03 Oct 2016, 20:12
Location: Blackburn Victoria
Location: East suburbs of melbourne

Interesting, thanks for the info 👍
Blue Gouldian Admirer
User avatar
Brisbane_Finches_333
...............................
...............................
Posts: 1933
Joined: 02 May 2019, 20:47
Location: Brisbane, QLD

And we only got the start of our "rainy season" (which usually starts early November) two weeks ago with a week and a half of non stop rain.
Split Blue Gouldian, Plum-Headed Finch and African Silverbill Breeding Project 2020
Queensland Finch Society Member
2019 ABK Magazine Young Birdkeeper Winner
YouTube Channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCfbqdzIB_SeSjt6cZfRYOPg
User avatar
Darkangel1977
...............................
...............................
Posts: 86
Joined: 03 Oct 2016, 20:12
Location: Blackburn Victoria
Location: East suburbs of melbourne

Brisbane_Finches_333 wrote: 09 Mar 2020, 07:14 And we only got the start of our "rainy season" (which usually starts early November) two weeks ago with a week and a half of non stop rain.
Australia has certainly thrown some weird weather our way this year, my gouldians have only just laid their first egg which is a hell of alot later for me... I just thought that perhaps the lack of our usual hot weather down here was a factor in that, or perhaps for other people too. Hope everyone is having or has had success and thank You to those that reply 👍
Blue Gouldian Admirer
User avatar
finchbreeder
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Posts: 10581
Joined: 27 Jun 2009, 20:00
Location: Midwest of West. Aust. Coast
Location: Midwest of West.Aust.Coast

It is hot here, 40 today and much muggier this year than normal for our usually dry location. And most finches are showing little interest in breeding, including the Gouldians.
LML
LML
User avatar
Darkangel1977
...............................
...............................
Posts: 86
Joined: 03 Oct 2016, 20:12
Location: Blackburn Victoria
Location: East suburbs of melbourne

Probably a good idea for them if it's that hot and muggy.... poor buggers

It really is amazing though how tough our little finches are, hard to imagine life without them 🐤🐦🙂
Blue Gouldian Admirer
Post Reply

Return to “Breeding Finches”