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    Shane Gowland
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    The blue Gouldian finch is one of the most prized and attractive colour mutations in aviculture. The mutation first appeared in the 1940s, but it wasn
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    Tommy grimaldi
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    I have blue gouldians and I would like to find out what’s the name or brand of the worming and disease control.It is a lot of work even keeping them alive needs plenty of money and time.thank you Tommy

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    Rene M Perez
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    I use a uvb light for reptiles and all my blue-black gouldians never died on me uvb help them with calcium plus you will never have any problems with babies dying on you.

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    meadowlarkfarmsas
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    In addition to a lowered immune system, it has been our experience that the blue mutation has a lowered ability to process pro vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for growth, healthy skin, mucous membranes, and good vision. Vitamin A deficiency effects the epithelial lining membranes of the respiratory, alimentary, and reproductive tracts. This is why we often see sinus & respiratory infections in birds with a vitamin A deficiency.

    Mucous membranes are the bodies first defense against bacteria. When a vitamin A DEFICIENCY is present, the lack of healthy mucous membranes allows infection to gain entry into the body.

    Vitamin A is stored in the liver and found only in animal tissue, though carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A from plant sources. Therefore, a diet high in vitamin A goes a long way to keeping them healthy (or healthier depending on genome).

    Spirulina is one food that contains relatively high levels of vitamin A along with trace amounts of necessary iodine (which aids the thyroid – the thyroid drives many organs and bodily functions), is easily fed to the birds, and easily recognizable in the fecal samples (to confirm they are getting it into their system). It doesn’t take much to really help so is a cost effective means of delivering the vitamin. Merely sprinkling it over their food as if you were salting your own food is usually enough when starting with relatively healthy birds.

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    Shane Gowland
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    Great information, thank you for sharing.

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    ebrahim
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    Where cant i get these gouldians

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    Pauline John
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    I was sold a yellow gouldian and told it was split to blue. If I want a blue offspring. Do I need another split to blue

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    Johan van der Merwe
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    Thanks a lot!!! This will help a lot!!

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    Bird lover
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    I recently purchased two juvenile females at a bird show. The father is a blueback male w/ a red head. The mother is a yellow back female with a red head. I wonder what the babies will look like at maturity? They were hatched Jan 2018. Very helpful information regarding Vit A and other things necessary to keep them healthy.

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    Robin
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    Where can you purchase the blue gouldian finches?

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    Shane Gowland
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    Specialist breeders, mostly. Check with local bird clubs or the classified sections for hobbyist magazines in your country.

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    Nick
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    My take on it is you’re better off finding a split then a yellow because they have more recessive genes and will only weaken the offspring [email protected]

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    Martin O’Hara
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    I have a blue black head hen who days developed a cyst/Timor over her eye. It is nearly as big as a pea. I had a similar situation in the past. Is it a genetic problem?

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    Johan van der Merwe
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    It is.See Meadowlarkfarmsas report. Don’t breed with them.

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    Theodore
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    My blue back male gouldian gave my six offsprings with a green back(not split to blue) female. The offsprings will be all split to blue, or mixed with green backs?

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