We, the residents of Finch Manor, consist of 500-plus finches, two parakeets, 1 cat and the Old Caretaker.
Research on diet, breeding and domesticating finches remains our number one focus. Actually, the cat doesn't care, but he does alert me when there is an escapee from one of the flight rooms.
Based on the outcome of this research, a study in efficient production breeding of finches is planned.
Currently, a small surplus is being sold off from the breeding program. A move to larger quarters is anticipated in 2011. Sales on a regular basis should begin in 2012.
We believe that the availability of African wild-caught finches will be short-lived and our number one priority is to breed bloodlines and numbers, along with other serious breeders, in hopes of preserving many of these species for the future.
We also are mindful that some Australian species in captivitiy in the United States are in danger of being lost, and include those as well as part of our conservation efforts.