Lavender Waxbills

Suitable housing

Richard Prosser's housing

Richard had his pairs in normal single cages
Numerous unpaired birds were kept in 5' cages

My pairs are in a variety of cages - all more double breeder size
(two shown on the right).

The pair that has bred so far is in a double breeder with a large
bob-hole connection to a single breeder with a screened front.

This set-up is a throw back from Pin-tailed Parrot finch breeding
so these birds could escape from me and feel secure.

Richard didn't have this and it is noticeable that his birds became more secretive and less friendly in my set-up.

Cage or aviary is your choice.   I prefer flights.
Some articles report 2 to 3 pairs occupying the same territory in the wild, even when breeding.

This is somewhat hard to reconcile with the aggression that can be seen with more than one pair in a flight.   In the wild the territory is invariably larger than the space available in even a quite large aviary.
One pair per enclosure is not recommended.   A minor problem is that feather-plucking is common even with a few birds in a large cage.   It can even occur between pairs housed singly.

The main danger is birds living peaceably in a cage suddenly begin serious fighting when a pair forms and they decide to nest.

Temperature & Lighting
Termperature is less controversial.   No lower than 15C/ 60F, ideally minimum of 18C - 20C/ 70F , for breeding.

Light should be at least 12 hours a day (mine is 14), from full spectrum fluorescent tubes.
Link here to Arcadia for explanation of the benefits of their Bird Lamps/ tubes.   These tubes also bring out the Lavender's colour nicely but need to be replaced annually.
Slow delivery but good prices from this UK mail order - Fish, Fur & Feather.

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