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Linda S. Rubin
The first in a
series of new
mutations and genetic
techniques. Breeding Smart
provides an overview of
breeding through optimum
husbandry management. What is
truly unique is the second half
that discusses linebreeding, and
how to recognize and establish
new color and pattern mutations.
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|Book Reviews & Testimonials
Book Review: Cockatiels Made Easy! by Linda S. Rubin
Reviewer: Dr. Rainer R. Erhart
"Well, there is help on the horizon and anyone seriously interested in color genetics should
take a look at Linda Rubin's book: COCKATIEL GENETICS MADE EASY! Though this book is
primarily directed to breeders of cockatiel mutations, there is enough information in this
volume to teach anyone the secrets of dealing with recessive, sex-linked, and dominant
I have been a teacher at both high school and college levels and know that the key to good
teaching is organization, simplicity and repetition. Well, you will find all of these in the fifteen
chapters of this book. It takes you step by step from the simplest pairing to complex
Each chapter is arranged like a true workshop by giving you an introduction to a specific color
mutation, demonstrating how the colors can be combined, then asking you to do a similar
problem and finally giving you a little quiz at the end which tests whether you have truly
mastered that chapter.
I found that the materials kept me interested which is a sure sign that the book uses a sound
strategy and that it will give much pleasure and knowledge to all who had almost given up on
learning how to predict colors when working with color mutations."
Reviewer: Dr. Rainer R. Erhart, American Cage Bird Magazine, Volume 65, No. 12. p. 37.
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Testimonial: Ultimate Parrot Guide by Linda S. Rubin
"Another typical work by this author. The Ultimate Parrot Guide is well written, concise, informative,
and a pleasure to read. An excellent choice for the beginner or the novice parrot owner."
Reviewer: T. White, Warwick, Rhode Island
Testimonial - Cockatiels: Breeding Smart - E-book by Linda S. Rubin
This book is something I have really been waiting for the last 20 years, while
I was enjoying the rewarding hobby of breeding cockatiels that I mainly
engaged for my own pleasure, but also for hand-raising pets and producing
beautiful individuals. It was to see the humble "tiel" - in Italy the cockatiel is
considered something of a second-class parrot - rise to its full potential as a
wonderful pet, but also as an interesting subject for genetic investigation and
study. At last, no more of the "darker cockatiel, or lighter, with a shade of
yellow, cream, or white," but a serious investigation of the things we don't
know of the many 'shades' of this captivating bird.
Cockatiels: Breeding Smart! provides serious, sound advice on how to produce healthier, prettier,
stronger specimens for the advanced breeder as well as the beginner. Did I forget something? Ah,
yes! A chance to obtain it via e-mail in e-book format, a detail that for me - now relocated on a small
island in the middle of the Atlantic - really makes it a must have!!!
Reviewer: Cristina, Italy.
Book Review: Multiple Bird Households ~ Caring for a Parrot by Linda S. Rubin
Reviewer: Nagels at epinions
For Parents of Multiples or Those For the Birds
Written: Dec 24 '06 (Updated Dec 27 '06)
Pros: Great photos. Useful for owners of many species of birds.
The Bottom Line: This is a nice little book for the multiple bird owner. It might be best read
before adding to the family.
The blue bird that materialized in our backyard last summer seemed out of place. We’d never seen a
blue bird at the feeder before, and after several days we decided to try to get a closer look at this rare,
Spud Acres phenomenon. It let us get close enough to determine he/she was a parakeet. Ever the
bulldog, Mrs. Spudman decided a capture was in the bird’s best interest with a string of near hundred
degree days on the horizon. The next day she captured the unwary bird as it fed, and it had the run or fly of the screened
porch for several days while we selected just the right cage and all the necessary bird supplies.
We had saved Pretty Girl from what we thought was certain death, but despite the avian amenities we’d provided, something
was still lacking – a full-time companion. Thus Jazz became the second bird in our home; both birds thrive on each other’s
company, but the dynamics of our mini aviary had changed. Thus emerged our need for a book like Multiple Birds.
Caring for a Parrot - Multiple Bird Households - is a 64 page book by Linda Rubin. The author established Tangowood Aviary in
1976 and has raised cockatiels and parrots for 30 years; she serves on the board of directors of the American Federation of
Aviculture. Linda Rubin is also the author of “Cockatiel Genetics Made Easy”. The book (Multiple Bird Households) is
ostensibly for parrot owners, but is also useful for owners of smaller birds like parakeets or finches. It addresses many of
the concerns we have/had for our two parakeet family members.
More Than One – Addresses the viability of starting a multiple bird household and shares the behavioral characteristics of specific bird types. There’s even
a rare picture of a black myna bird in this chapter. Those who still are resolved to keep more than one bird after reading this chapter will be quite interested
in reading the appropriate second chapter.
Selecting a Bird – Here learn about the compatibility of birds, how to choose a healthy bird, the rationale of quarantining a new bird, and how to introduce a
new bird to the flock or single bird already established.
Housing the Flock – Here learn more about introducing the new bird, cages and aviaries and flock control.
Caring for the Flock – In this chapter learn about nutrition and hobby breeding, cage hygiene, and bathing your birds. A list of healthy vegetables includes
yams and sweet potatoes. I learned that corn on the cob (or niblets) is a special favorite of parrots and is an excellent source of fiber.
Health Care - This chapter addresses preventing disease, additional hygiene information, and veterinary visits.
Taming and Training - Here read about taming and training techniques, teaching your bird to talk, and your relationship to the flock. The author gives
specific instruction and advice on wing clipping and the use of training treats.
Special Needs Birds – In this final chapter read about the special needs of geriatric and handicapped birds. Only special people have the kindness and
patience to be able to care for these birds. In addition you’ll find information about hand-feeding and first aid as well as caring for unweened birds. The
author advises leaving the care of the unweened to the experienced bird handlers.
On page 62 is a “Resources” page with mailing and web addresses of bird organizations.
At first I thought I’d made a mistake purchasing this book because of the word “parrot” in its title. However, much of the information included is just
as appropriate for a parakeet owner. I like the book’s flow and continuity as well as its useful content, shared with language easily understood by the
novice. The occasional “Expert Advice” boxes dispersed throughout the book contain great information in a condensed format.
The photographs in Multiple Bird Households are spectacular. They are bright, colorful, vivid, and an extremely positive addition to the book. The full
page pictures of birds are particularly striking revealing details not usually evident in smaller photographs.
I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone interested in housing more that one bird. As the author suggests, if one can’t spend a generous
amount of time with his or her bird, he or she should find a companion for the bird or give it to someone who will. A solitary bird spending most of
its existence, caged, alone and ignored is a sad prospect.
Reviewer: Nagels at http://www.epinions.com/content_296562953860.