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A life dedicated to Aviculture
Breeder Profile of Mick and Karin Blake
Owners and operators
of
Karmic Aviaries Est 1984
at
"Papagei Paradise"
By Michael Blake © 2005

Here is a Photo of a one of our pairs of Red lories that we use to own. We no longer breed them.

 

Both Mick and Karin have been keeping birds, mainly Lovebirds & parrots for nigh on twenty-five years. Mick started keeping birds the year that Man walk on the moon.

Since we met after I was discharged from the army. I kept a few birds when I was younger.  My Dad bought me a pair of Zebra Finches on the 12 September 1969.  That started it all, but Karin had not had a pet before meeting me.  We started with budgies, java finches and zebra finches.  A couple of years later we started to get into native finches - doves and parrots and then came the lovebird "CRAZE".  Yes dozens and dozens of lovebirds for a many years.  Both Karin and I served on the committee of the Lovebird Society of Queensland as Secretary and Assistant Secretary.  As committee members for Avicultural Society of Queensland. Mick has also been the Australian Rep for Lori Journal International, as well as the Central Queensland rep for the Avicultural Society of Queensland Rockhampton Branch.

I also was a writer of many articles though the 1980’s and 90’s which have been printed and reprinted both here in Australia and over-sea also on the Internet this slowed down during my cancer scare. I have also given many lectured on both breeding/raising and showing, and have been a show judge for the last 18 years. We still host many bird chat at our place were friends come to chat about all things bird especially genetics of ringneck etc.

Then 1989 after Xmas holidays, Karin received a transfer to Rockhampton from her job in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.  So I quit my job of seven years and we shifted up to Rockhampton. By this stage we were keeping Ringneck's, Lories, Native Parrots and some finches & doves/quail both natives and foreign.  At first we bought a house right in the center of Rockhampton.  But both we[family] and our collection had grown too large for the backyard.  So in 1992 we bought 2.5 acres about 20 minutes north of Rockhampton at Pandorn {830 Belmont Rd], But We moved again in 2001 to 35km southwest of Rockhampton as our collection had grown out of control. Again out in the bush. Our collection is still growing; we now have birds in 4 locations. we are slowly amalgamating all of our birds back to a Eclectus ave property. As our Breeding Loans mature.

Despite the fact I have had a cancer scare& heart-attack and Karin had a major car crash a couple of year ago. As well as a cyclone or two we keep on keep on. We have been hand raising birds now on 23 years [as Karmic Aviaries] and have also been incubating parrot egg now about 19 years. We’ve also had a successful Incubation and hand rearing service for the last 9 years. Were with our Incubation and hand rearing service we transport both eggs and chicks up to 1200km and then return them back fully weaned.

Here is a Photo of a Chattering lory

that we use to own. We no longer breed them.

Check out the lorikeets that are breed now at MutationLorikeets

A young Blue & Gold Macaw Chick that was hatched and Hand raised by Mick here at karmic Incubation and hand rearing services

Both Karin and my collective experience now consists keeping, breeding & or incubating/hand-rearing of the following species-: Macaws (Scarlets & Blue and Gold’s), Amazon (blue-fronted and yellow-crowned), Greys, Cockatoo (including Blacks) Eclectus parrots (3 sup-species), Lories (Reds, Chattering, Black-caps, Duskies, Yellow-bibs black and Cardinals etc) Lorikeets (5 coloured mutation of Rainbows, Scaley-breasted, Musk’s , Red-collared, Little's, Purple-crowned and Varieds), Asiatic Alexandrines moustaches, plumheads, slatyheads & Ringnecks (21Colours including Lacewings, Olives, grizzels/pearls, Cobalt’s), Conures (Nanday, Jandaya, Suns, Peach-fronted, Green-cheeked, marroon-bellied & Blue-throated ), Quakers (blues & normals), plus most species of Australian parrots, African lovebirds all colours and species (including Madagascan now extinct in aviculture in Australia) & Finches others include species as Fruit pigeons and native doves. Both Karin and my collective experience as Aviculturist now spans over 50 years. I myself have over 38 years experience as AviculturistAt the moment in the morning I feed each pair their fruit and veggies and nectar for the Lorries & lorikeet. The larger Lorries like Black-capped, chattering and yellow-bibbed Lories etc get a higher protein mix. Most of our birds are kept in individual suspended aviaries.  The fruit and veggies are cut up fresh every day. The secret with the neo-tropic parrot like conure, amazons and to some extent both small and large macaws is lots of sprouted pulses.  We use apples (only red), oranges, silver beet, carrots, zucchinis, dried figs, paw paw and sprouted seed & pulses and from time to time other tropical fruits in season, example mangoes, lychees and jue-jue berries (a favorite food of red tailed black cockatoos in this area.  We see them in the dozens, systematically striping the branches and eating the berries.).  In the afternoon my big job is to feed a bit of apple or corn to each pair and collect the dishes for washing and feed nectar to any pair of Lorries with young.

A young Scarlet Macaw Chick that was hatched and Hand raised by Mick here at karmic Incubation and hand rearing services

This a lovely Blue Lacewing mutation of the Indian Ringneck parrot

 

 During the breeding season, I also becomes Mom (dad) to an array of baby parrots that are hand reared, some are artificially incubated and some are partly parent raised , we uses Roudybush ™ Formula 3 Handrearing Mix.

We are not planing on moving again, We have just purchased the 3 acres block out the front of our property and the 5 acres block next door so we should have no close neighbors.

In the future we are hoping to increase our collection to include parrots like Ornate, Cardinal & Black Lories, Yellow-cronwed, Double yellow-headed and maybe white-fronted Amazons and some of the Large Hybrid and Pure Dwarf Macaws like yellow-collarded and Red-Fronted Macaws as well as Caique both black-heaed (which me now have) and White-bellied species. Also some of the rare pyrrhura conures like Crimson-bellied, Pearly, Painted and black-capped as all of these are now been breed more regularly now days long as I live long enough. We are also looking at increasing our number of Peach-Fronted & Blue- throated Conures

Our 3 youngsters underfoot are now, Monica 14, Gary 11 and Paul 8. Karin went back to work full time to support my habit and I gave up work over 9 year ago to be a full time bird breeder, I still have other thing that keep me busy as I'm also accomplished potter, artist and Sculptor . I suppose I should be glad that the kids are starting to learn to weld and hand feed babies so I can really enjoy my hobby (parrots).  The moral behind this story is behind every good Parrot (Bird) Keeper there is an even better family.

 

 

 I have put pen to paper to thank Karin my lovely wife and my three lovely Children for all the years that have been and all the years ahead. 

P.S.      Oh Karin, the pair of Black Lories are on the way ha ha! I bloody wish

P.P.S.  Karin how about a pair or two of Red-fronted Macaws, Hey!

© By Mick Blake owner of  Karmic Aviaries & Karmic Parrot Farm

 

Here is Mick with some of his friends

Here is Mick nice Tat.and grandpa glasses

Gordon Dosser and Mad Mick Blake serving up spit roasted pork at an Aviary Visit by the Bundy Bird club.

At Karmic Aviaries Baree Mount Morgan Queensland

Jamie Hunt presenting a set of Club Coffee cup to Mick Blake owner of Karmic Aviaries

to the left of screen is Travis a family friend and Snake Handler. in Background are Mick & Karin's Kids so Middle of photo is Paulie then Monica and at the back is Gary

The night comes to an end with a pit fire and a few rumbos and the Bundy Club at just head down the mountain to Rocky to motels ready for the Sundays Aviary Visits with the Rocky Finch & Parrot club

Earlier in the Night the Crowd got a little light Entertainment. and Floor Show.

Here is Karin with a couple Hahn's Macaws here favorite macaw

Here is Karin with Jacko

Mick with a couple of young Scarlet Macaws

Mick at the Denist with a friend or three.

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

Some Mick's sculptures

Check out more at Mick's Basilisk Gallery

The Blake's also love their Mutation lorikeets

This is a Lutino Scaley breasted Lorikeet Hen

at her nest box

   
   
   
   
Karmic Aviaries is a closed Facility
and is NOT OPEN to the Public
Michael and Karin Blake
Queensland 4714
We are NOT OPEN to the Public
This means we are a closed flock Facility and for Quarantine purpose no visitor allowed.
*This page latest update on 30/03/2005*

This and all pages on the Karmic web site have been made by

Mick Blake

 

This send to me by E-mail and I would like to share with you.

What is a Breeder?

A Breeder (with a capital B) is one who thirsts for knowledge and
never really knows it all, one who wrestles with decisions of
conscience, convenience, and commitment.

A Breeder is one who sacrifices personal interests, finances, time,
friendships, fancy furniture, and deep pile carpeting!

Who gives up the dreams of a long, luxurious cruise in favor of
turning that all-important Show into this year's "vacation".

The Breeder goes without sleep, but never without coffee{Tea}! Hours are
spent planning a breeding or watching anxiously over the birth
process, and afterwards, over every little sneeze, wiggle or cry.

The Breeder skips dinner parties because that litter is due or the
babies have to be fed at eight. She disregards birth fluids and puts
mouth to mouth to save a gasping newborn, literally blowing life into
a tiny, helpless creature that may be the culmination of a lifetime of
dreams.

A Breeder's lap is a marvelous place where generations of proud and
noble champions once snoozed.

A Breeder's hands are strong and firm and often soiled, but ever so
gentle and sensitive to the thrusts of a puppy's wet nose.

A Breeder's back and knees are usually arthritic from stooping,
bending, and sitting in the birthing box, but are strong enough to
enable the breeder to show the next choice pup to a championship.

A Breeder's shoulders are stooped and often heaped with abuse from
competitors, but they're wide enough to support the weight of a
thousand defeats and frustrations.

A Breeder's arms are always able to wield a mop, support an armful of
puppies, or lend a helping hand to a newcomer.

A Breeder's ears are wondrous things, sometimes red (from being talked
about) or strangely shaped (from being pressed against a phone
receiver), often deaf to criticism, yet always fine-tuned to the
whimper of a sick puppy.

A Breeder's eyes are blurred from pedigree research and sometimes
blind to her own dog's faults, but they are ever so keen to the
competition's faults and are always searching for the perfect specimen.

A Breeder's brain is foggy on faces, but it can recall pedigrees
faster than an IBM computer. It's so full of knowledge that sometimes
it blows a fuse: it catalogues thousands of good bonings, fine ears,
and perfect heads...and buries in the soul, the failures and the ones
that didn't turn out.

The Breeder's heart is often broken, but it beats strongly with hope
everlasting...and it is always in the right place!

Oh, yes, there are breeders, and then, there are Breeders!

~ Author Unknown~