• My weekend at The Dome

    My weekend at The Dome

    4th November 2019

    Above: The main hall at the Club Show, after the awards had been placed JON ASHBY shares his experience of this year’s Budgerigar Society Club Show

  • Strategy and tactics

    Strategy and tactics

    17th October 2018

    Photo: For beginner fanciers, becoming a member of a club and participating in meetings, activities and club shows can help you to find sources of support and advice, says David   Having established last week that breeding to win isn’t…

  • First steps to the show bench

    First steps to the show bench

    30th July 2018

    Photo: Laura Keens. Jon pictured with his light green CC-winning bird at the Bedfordshire BS open show last month   Last week Fred Wright offered advice for fanciers thinking of showing their birds for the first time, and now Jon Ashby…

  • Keep these faults out of your budgie birdroom!

    Keep these faults out of your budgie birdroom!

    13th December 2017

    Above: Flecking is a big problem if it gets out of control, advises Fred. This bird also has a protruding beak, another potential fault FRED WRIGHT concludes his three-part series on good and bad points in budgies, with a review of…

  • Budgie Cs, Ds & Fs

    Budgie Cs, Ds & Fs

    29th November 2017

    Above: The cere is the fleshy area above the beak. ‘Blue for boys, brown for girls’ is the general rule Most established birdkeepers will be familiar with these terms, but for newcomers they need a bit of definition. FRED WRIGHT continues…

  • Two assessments of the Budgerigar Society Club Show

    Two assessments of the Budgerigar Society Club Show

    29th November 2017

    Above: Could the Club Show be moved so that the show hall and hotel are under one roof, asks Brian Reese?  The Budgerigar Society’s Club Show always generates discussion, and this year’s was no different. BRIAN REESE and ALAN PEARSON give…

  • Budgerigars: up there with the best

    Budgerigars: up there with the best

    21st November 2017

    Above: the birds’ nest-boxes are attached to the outside of the all-wire breeding cages In the October 19, 2016 issue, Fred Wright profiled novice Jeremy Edwards, probably England’s most westerly based budgie man, and owner of an super stud of birds.…

  • Budgie As & Bs

    Budgie As & Bs

    21st November 2017

    Above: parallel lines: a good example of a barhead budgerigar. This one is a grey green Experienced fanciers use these terms all the time, but beginners and ‘occasionals’ may need a reminder… here FRED WRIGHT kicks off a series of…

  • Budgerigars: changing rooms

    Budgerigars: changing rooms

    21st November 2017

    Photo: Fred Wright. Gerald & Pat de Beer: Pat was outstanding at show preparation, says Fred  Should we offer our budgerigars distinct spaces for breeding and show preparation, muses FRED WRIGHT? It’s not unusual to hear of fanciers keeping their…

  • Budgerigars: breeding the birds

    Budgerigars: breeding the birds

    21st November 2017

    Photo: Fred Wright. Don’t delay: you need to start preparing your young cock birds for the breeding season now FRED WRIGHT offers some advice to autumn breeders for bringing their birds into breeding condition at the right time. Over the…