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  • Rethinking our bird shows

    Rethinking our bird shows

    16th January 2018

    Above: At bird shows, colourful species such as finches, waxbills, rosellas and colour budgerigars seem to interest hobbyists and non-birdkeepers more so than exhibition budgies or canaries. Does the established format of the bird exhibition need a bit of a redesign?…

  • Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    8th January 2018

    Above: A pair of orange-breasted chestnut-flanked white (CFW) zebra finches. Dave’s coveted pair also had the black-breasted mutation, an uncommon and interesting combination. Of course they had to be the ones to fall victim to rodents!  Take your eye fractionally…

  • Highlights of the 2017 Gouden Ring

    Highlights of the 2017 Gouden Ring

    8th January 2018

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. Agapornis heaven: a bank of Fischer’s lovebirds on the show bench. After a surprise success in 2014, DONALD SKINNER-REID attended the Gouden Ring Show in Belgium in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Here he shares some of the…

  • Graham Wellstead: Welcome to my menagerie!

    Graham Wellstead: Welcome to my menagerie!

    2nd January 2018

    Above: As a young boy, Graham would collect eggs from dozens of gamebird nests at an estate near his home and put them under his collection of broody bantams, made up of partridge Wyandotte Surrey birdman GRAHAM WELLSTEAD looks back to…

  • 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…

  • Let’s bring back the pets

    Let’s bring back the pets

    28th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Cleverest bird competitions could draw in a big audience as parrots and mynas offer up their party pieces  Pet classes are a great way to increase our appeal and provide lots of fun, says DAVE BROWN. So what…

  • Comment: Keep juniors out of the firing line

    Comment: Keep juniors out of the firing line

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Bowing out at the top: now retired from bantam showing, Poppy Brown has moved on to zebra finches  If other fanciers’ children show an interest in birdkeeping, we should do all we can to encourage them, not accuse…

  • Comment: Stars behind the scenes

    Comment: Stars behind the scenes

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Alfy Calford (right) ensured the Welsh ZFC paperwork was tip top Last year, this year, it’s always the same: we have a great time at show after show, yet none of it would happen without the dedication of the…

  • Comment: First impressions

    Comment: First impressions

    27th November 2017

    Above: Still picking up the rosettes: all-round canary breeder Paddy Dunne won best new colour canary at Guildford & District CBS open show last year How do you know if you can trust a newcomer? DAVE BROWN considers this and other…

  • Canaries: time for a new mix

    Canaries: time for a new mix

    27th November 2017

    Above: One kind of pleasure: Colin is the first to salute the fulfilling nature of show success Over the years, COLIN MOORE has exhibited his birds, specialised in a particular breed and bred many different varieties. Now, after reflection, he has…