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. In fact Fred was so impressed he nipped back for another look.
Budgerigar breeder Jeremy Edwards comes from Cape Cornwall, near Penzance. He was originally involved with falconry before he moved across to budgies, and he counts stalwarts Geoff Tuplin and Brian Reese among his friends.
Jeremy’s birdroom is a 7m x 3.7m (23ft x 12ft) log cabin that has outside flights attached. Inside is fully fitted out with all-wire cages, with nest-boxes attached to the outside of these, and flights made from square-section aluminium frames down one side of the room. It’s one of the finest birdrooms I have seen!
It’s ventilated with louvre windows at each end and through the ridge of the roof. These openings can be controlled during the breeding season to reduce draughts and maintain temperature humidity. The whole room is insulated with 5cm (2in) polystyrene on the walls, floor and roof and covered with 3mm (1/10in) white plastic sheets. The floor is one piece of vinyl.
There is a sink unit with running water and two cupboards at one end. As little as possible is stored in the birdroom, leaving everything open for easy cleaning. There are three air vacs in the ceiling and two machines, which filter the air and passes over an ultraviolet light to reduce chances of viral infections and airborne problems. A fogger runs three times a day for 10 minutes each time using alternate disinfectants to help maintain humidity. This occurs just before the lights go on in the morning; before the lights go out during the afternoon rest period; and 10 minutes before lights go out in the evening.
A super addition to any birdroom is a dishwasher. The drinkers, nest-boxes, concaves, perches and finger drawers all go through this, which not only cleans but also sterilises using the high temperature wash.
There are 18 all-wire breeding cages measuring 60cm x 46cm x 41cm (24in x 18in x 16in), which are easy to clean, with no corners. These allow a free flow of air that benefits from the mist of the fogger and during the warmer months these are much cooler, allowing breeding to continue longer into the summer. They can also can be removed individually from the birdroom and pressure-washed. Using these cages and being able to wash them easily prevents disease, and if there is a problem it can be controlled quickly.
Jeremy’s nest-boxes are the popular German rigid plastic boxes with the door that lifts and releases the inner box for inspection. These are easy to use and are of an excellent construction, so can withstand the dishwasher without any problems.
The flights were made by a friend and are square-section aluminium with punch-bar panels. These are easy to clean and disinfect, with no corners to harbour dirt or disease, which also means they always look good.
There are four inside flights. Two measure 3m x 90cm x 60cm (11ft x 3ft x 2ft) and the other two are 1.5m x 90cm x 60cm (5ft x 3ft x 2ft). Each flight has its own outdoor flight, which is 1.8m x 1.5m x 60cm (6ft x 5ft x 2ft). No seed is fed in the outside flights, to discourage vermin.
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