Why would you buy a baby bird from Exotic Wings & Pet Things?
Well, for starters, we have over thirty years of experience raising healthy, happy babies and uniting them with families across Canada. The key to successfully uniting bird to owner is education. Customers are made aware of all aspects of bird ownership, and the most important points are outlined in a care sheet that each new bird owner takes home for reference.
Our breeding birds are pre-screened for disease and health issues. All birds in size from green cheek conure and up are vaccinated for polyomavirus. The baby birds are left with their parents for the first three weeks of their life to ensure a great start to building a healthy immune system. Babies are fed with Higgins handfeeding formula and abundance weaned using zupreem pellets and a cooked bean, vegetable, rice, lentil, and pasta mix.
We have a veterinarian on site every other Thursday to monitor the aviary, and is also available by appointment to see customers with any issues or questions they may have. All birds are sent home completely weaned, socialized, and wings are clipped and nails groomed for both their safety and yours. We also provide one week of bird sitting and your first grooming for free.
We offer a 7 day health guarantee. You must provide your bird with suitable shelter, food, water, vitamins and minerals from time of purchase. We suggest that within three days of purchase, you bring your bird to an avian vet for a complete examination. Should any health problem occur or be discovered, inform us IMMEDIATELY, otherwise the health guarantee is VOID. Exotic Wings & Pet Things is not responsible for any unauthorized vet fees. The health guarantee does not apply if there is another bird in your home or if the bird leaves the store unclipped by owner's request.
We cannot guarantee the gender or temperament of a bird. Our handfed birds are tame but may take some time to adjust to a new home, new family, and new surroundings.
We continue to be available to answer all questions for our customers even after you take your baby bird home!
Current Selection Updated Every Wednesday!
Available birds are still being handfed and are NOT ready to go home - Fully weaned birds will have the description "ready to go home" underneath their picture.
Handfed: Baby bird formula is fed 3-4 times per day and bird does not eat on their own yet.
Weaned: Bird is transitioning from formula to pellet/seed and learning to eat on their own.
We will not allow you to take your bird home until it has been eating pellet/seed on it's own for a full week - We will NOT make exceptions. Thank you for your cooperation.
|Common Name:||Linnie, Barred Parakeet|
|Latin Name:||Bolborhynchus Lineola|
|Average Lifespan:||15 Years|
|Average Length:||6 inches|
|Average Weight:||47 - 55 grams|
|Song Type:||Repetitive, Laugh|
Good for apartments, ability to learn words but not great.
Brighter than Cobalts. Also called Aqua Marine
Rich blue colour with black bars in the feathering.
greyish colour and when you look at the little bird in the sunlight it glimmers a hue of mauve.
Cream yellow with red eyes. Flight feathers are white. Beak and feet are flesh-coloured. White tipping may appear on the tail of males.
Mostly green with black bars in the feathering. This is the wild (normal) colouring
Similar to wild colouring but less vibrant
Deep yellow with red eyes. The beak and feet are flesh-colour.
Grey on wings. Can appear with any colour mutation.
This mutation is sex-linked and incomplete dominant. Greywings are also known as dilute as the grey makes the base colouring less vibrant.
Linnies are often nicknamed “apartment birds” due to their low volume and small size. They are not very destructive and are lower maintenance than other birds. Linnies are calm birds who enjoy sitting on your shoulder while you go about your day. They also love to explore and tend to walk more than they fly. A unique characteristic, Linnie’s sleep on their perch in a horizontal position! They also like to hold their food which is why a larger pellet is acceptable for this species. Linnies make great pets for beginner and first-time bird owners and can bond with multiple people, making them a great bird for families and children. Linnies are gentle and can mimic some words but aren’t the greatest talker.
Although Linnies are lower maintenance than other avian companions, they still need attention and affection from their owner to avoid feelings of neglect and to remain hand tame. Interacting with your Linnie doesn’t mean constant physical affection, they are more than happy to sit on your shoulder and chat in your ear while you go about your day. Linnies can be very cuddly birds and their small size makes it very easy to spend time with them during the day. Allowing at least one hour for your linnie to be out of the cage and interacting with you will give them the affection and attention they need to keep them healthy and happy.
Linnies eat throughout the day and love fruits and veggies, especially apples! As for a daily diet, Linnies eat a seed mix and can be transitioned to a pellet diet. If your linnie is not on a pellet diet it is important to supplement the vitamins and minerals with fresh fruits and veggies and other enrichment foods.
|Age of Maturity:||7 Months|
|Average Clutch Size:||4 - 6 Eggs|
Horizontal nest boxes are preferred, but Linnies have used vertical nest boxes as well. For vertical boxes, 7"L x 71/8"W x 8 1/2"H is common and for horizontal boxes, 9 3/8" L x 6 1/8 "W x 6 3/8" H is often used. Prevue has vertical and horizontal nest boxes that are often used for Linnie breeding. The best nesting material for Linnies is shavings. The reason for this is that their nails grow so fast that using softer nesting material can be hazardous as they may get tangled in it. Linnies start breeding in the spring but if you keep them in a warm environment with good lighting, they will breed all year. Linnies lay 4-6 eggs per clutch and lay each egg every 24-48 hours. Incubation begins after the second egg has been laid. Incubation lasts 18-24 days and babies fledge at 5-7 weeks old.
Mutations & Genetics:
The wild (natural) colour for a Linnie is green. In captivity, mutations include green series, and blue series. The blue series includes turquoise, cobalt, slate/mauve and creamino. The green series includes wild green, dark green, olive and lutino. Blue series is recessive to dominant green series and Ino mutations are sex-linked.
Dark factors determine the colour mutation of the linnie. Dark factors are usually represented by D (single factor dark) and DD (double factor dark) and wild colour having no dark factors.
Greywing is a mutation that can occur on both green and blue series and exists as single factor and double factor. Greywing is sex-linked and incomplete dominant. Females can only be single factor but look like a double factor. Males can be both single and double factor.
Stable - Least Concern
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