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18 April 2012 @ 11:51 pm
Bluebird and plant surprise  
I got a bunch of plants in the mail today totally unexpected. One package was some Sarracenias I'd bought from a forum member but she'd been having stuff going on and was busy. She finally got around to sending them to me and they came a day early. Good thing I was home. The other was a gift from a forum member. It's funny because he kept apologizing for not sending it. Well it's a gift I wasn't going to be pushy. He didn't have to send anything. I just told him to give me a heads up when he did so I could be home. He didn't. Again luckily I was home. And good news. I think there's a new guy doing our mail. I like him loads better. I hope he's permanent and not covering while the jerk's on vacation or something. He actually left the packages in the shade on the patio instead of in the sun. Since I wasn't looking out the window and knew they were there this is a good thing.

The male bluebird has returned and has been standing on the box. I think he's trying to entice the female to go for another clutch. That would be great! I'd love to get pics if they have babies again and not miss the fledging this time. It will also be neat to see if any of the first clutch of babies survived and will be helping to raise the younger siblings. And perhaps I can finally get live mealworms to feed them with.

There's only one thing I'm worried about. The water I used to make the media for the tissue culture was drinking water not distilled water. That means there's minerals in it. I hope that won't contaminate or mess up the cultures. I just saw the D and this bottle was right next to the Distilled water so I grabbed it. I cooked up the formula and then I looked and noticed the bottle today. I had the ingredients from last year. I can't aford to buy more for a while so if I've messed this up it's a big waste of time, seeds and media. I'm mad at myself. I'm all out of distilled water too. I really need to get some. The price of culture supplies really went up this year. Like twice as much. I have to become a member of the site just to bring the prices back to reasonable which sucks. Last year I bought everything as a guest. So not good on the tissue front. I just suck at chemistry.

I'm handfeeding two baby pigeons right now. Not thrilled about it but they hatched on accident because I missed two eggs. Babies that hatch always die because I don't have proper nests set up, so I took them for handfeeding. I don't want to breed pigeons. But since two died a while ago I decided to take these babies to have replacements.

As far as birds I DO want I have decided to breed Tesla and his blue budgie girl. This will be the year. I need to keep the Phage line going and this will answer some genetics questions I have as well. I don't remember what those questions were but I'll know when I see the babies. Budgie handfeeding is something I do look forward to though baby budgies hurt a lot. So tomorrow I need to look for a breeding cage with box and do some budgie rearranging.

But things are going well otherwise.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Cheezey: Sunflowercheezey on April 19th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
That's good that you got your plants and you seem to have a competent postal carrier. Plants are so sensitive for shipping. I actually got some plants two days ago, and two of them were dead because the post office took a week to get it to me. I called the place and they said they shipped on the 11th and they only arrived on the 17th. They were really nice about it and said they'd send replacements right away, but really it should be the postal service making up that loss, not them, since it wasn't their fault. I know it doesn't take that long because I've gotten plants from the same company within a couple of days in a different order this same season.

That sucks about the water mistake and how supplies are expensive. I hope it turns out okay for you. Good luck with your birds, too!
Des: Owen Painedthagirion on April 19th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I really hope this will be our permanent guy but I worry he's just filling in. That's like the time the guy skimmed the dollar and the vendor paid me back for the dollar. They shouldn't have had to do that. It was the mailman's fault. It's nice that companies try to help but it's not fair when it's not their fault.

Yeah, I hope it won't affect the out come but it probably will and I made 25 jars. Thanks. I think the budgies will do well. I need to set them up today.
actipton80actipton80 on April 19th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I hope you get another clutch of bluebirds. They really are cute.

You can check the ingredients label on the drinking water jug, and it might tell what the minerals are. Then you can look them up and see if they harm your plants.

You could possibly get white lacewing daughters from Tesla and the blue girl. If she has no YF in her background that is. If Tesla is split to YF you will get yellow ones and YF ones, and if he is split to blue you will get yellow ones and white ones. If you get YF ones, it will mean that Peep is DF YF, since Tesla would have gotten either a blue gene or a YF gene from him. His green gene came from the Gaus girl.

Did you mean to put a comma between nepenthes and budgies in your tags? Right now you have a tag that is "nepenthes budgies."
Des: Owen Painedthagirion on April 19th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
I think there will be a new clutch. Both birds are now carrying nesting material. Yay!

Yeah, I'll check that then.

OH that's what it was. I forgot he's a Gaus/Phage mix. Lacewings! Here's hoping I get both types. Here's the pair.

Kick the budgie girl

I was going to post these tonight but you get a preview.

ARG! No that was a mistake. Thanks for letting me know. I'll go fix that now. Sigh, now I have to find that new tag and delete it or it will still show it with 0 entries. Haha, but nepentehs budgies. That's an interesting hybird.

EDIT: I just emailed my friend. There are two. Magnesium sulfate and potasium chloride. Why do I have a feeling I wasted my last ingredients of media?

Edited at 2012-04-19 06:23 pm (UTC)
actipton80actipton80 on April 19th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
They will be opaline lacewings actually because that's what Gaus and his daughter were. Tesla is definitely opaline. He got it from both parents because Peep was split to opaline from Seagrass. You have a 50% chance of female babies from that pair being lacewing. There is a 50% chance of those being bright yellow like Gaus. The others will be either white or YF depending on which gene Tesla got from Peep, but there won't be both white and YF unless I end up being wrong about how YF works because it's a complicated weird gene. If they are white, then you know that Peep is genetically white. Protist would be genetically DF YF then, because her babies by Peep were YF. I also hope that the blue girl isn't split to dilute. If she is, the lacewing babies laces won't show up well. This all depends on the blue budgie being genetically white too instead of genetically DF YF.

Tesla looks funny there. You can see the English in him with him being all puffed up like that. The little budgie looks funny too. She must be about to put him in his place.

Those are both neutral salts. I'll look them up later.
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on April 19th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you have kept better track of my budgies than I have hehe. Yeah, because the blue girl was "wild" I have no idea what she has in her. I'm betting she was a pet store budgie that got away from someone. There was a green male with her too that day but I only managed to catch her. But that's what this experiment is about. To get these answers. Blue girl needs a name. I've been trying to think of one.

Yeah, he didn't look very English to me until you pointed it out. I was even thinking that trait is being bred out. I wish I had some English again.

Ok yeah let me know what you find out about them.
actipton80actipton80 on April 20th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
No problem keeping track of your budgies. It's fun for me since I don't have the resources to breed my own budgies, and their genetics are fascinating to me.

Simon was half English, but he didn't look it unless he puffed up. I love my fat little English Nigel. He's so funny when he puffs up.

I'll look them up tomorrow probably.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Budgiesilvolf on April 19th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
Glad you have a new mailman. We have a nice lady who waves to me when she sees me and we chat sometimes. Years ago we had another nice lady and she was used to me cos of all the junk I bought off eBay lol.
My friend still has his pigeon that he saved and raised. He says the bird will have to be released soon though but I think his Dad is attached to the bird. It's sad they haven't given him a name. I think its cos they always planned to release him. I would still have named him but I'm like that.

We have live mealworms. I think they're cute. We feed them bran. I should make a video of them but I'm sure some idiot would freak out. I might just do it anyway.
It'll be interesting seeing how the baby budgies come out! I love budgie colours.
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on April 19th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
I hope I do. He came again today. I hope he's permanent and not covering the jerk I had. Service has already been much better. Hehe, I think my jerk was sick of all my ebay packages lately. Oh well.

Well that pigeon might not leave if you let him go. He could have learned to home there. So it's good he could stick around.

I want to raise my own because I'm tired of going to the pet store and they are out. I'll have to buy some and try to raise a generation before feeding to birds. Who cares what anyone says. I'd just do it.
Yes, I love all the potential colors they could make. Actipton really knows her budgie genetics and I'm excited about this cross.
kabuldurkabuldur on April 22nd, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, so now I know why you're hand rearing a couple of pigeons. Good luck with it. And good luck with your budgie breeding, too. BTW, I love that blue girl.