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Hardiest Bird Breeds

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by PoultryQueen29, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I was wondering if there is any type of finch/small pidgeon/etc. that I could keep in my screened-in porch all year. I can provide little things like a heat lamp or a fan or cover up the cage and my porch could potentially be a little play flight if it is necessry.
  2. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    For pigeons, if you can get a hand-raised bird, they can be both beautiful and tame. Some breeds are generally more tame than others. Mookies may interest you as they are both pretty and pretty popular as a pet breed due to their more outgoing and friendly nature. Some of the pouters, like the pygmy pouter, are also good for that. Both are smaller pigeon breeds. I love the Lahores, but they are much larger! XD Cape doves sure are pretty, and ringneck doves have a lot of different color morphs and can be very gentle and tame. I am not sure on the heat requirements for any of the above.
  3. AquaEyes

    AquaEyes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Look into finches native to Europe -- goldfinches, greenfinches, bullfinches, European serins, hawfinches, etc. If you're interested in softbills, you could look into Pekin robins and their close relatives, silver-eared mesias. They will need protection from cold winds and rain, but should be fine in your winter temperatures. Perhaps you can cover the porch with plastic in winter for extra protection.

  4. NYboy

    NYboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    White plains
    Fantail pigeons, they are funny little birds. You should get a pair, you can replace any eggs wiith fakes. They do fine in winter without heat, if no drafts and dry. They come in lots of colors, I have saddles they are all white with black wngs.
  5. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Thanks guys! I'll look at them and see if I can handle it.

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