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  • Second-hand breeding cages: scrubbing up a treat

    Second-hand breeding cages: scrubbing up a treat

    20th November 2017

    Rust Never Sleeps, as the Neil Young album reminds us, though inexplicably Neil doesn’t mention second-hand cages. DAVE BROWN offers his own tips to make up for it. Photo: Dave Brown That’s how to do it, Poppy! Helpful Miss Brown…

  • 2017 aims for my canaries and finches

    2017 aims for my canaries and finches

    23rd January 2017

    Especially for fanciers who breed multiple varieties, stud plans will develop steadily from year to year, and it’s essential to have your objectives clearly in mind at the outset. Here DAVE BROWN explains his priorities for improving his show finches…

  • Digby and the Jungle Experience

    Digby and the Jungle Experience

    23rd January 2017

    ‘I’ve started, so I’ll finish’ was not a phrase in the vocabulary of BILL NAYLOR’s one-time boss Digby, for whom tropical houses were places of perpetual potential, inhabited by distinctly non-tropical residents BIRD park owner Digby Pugh always had several…

  • Colony breeding budgerigars

    Colony breeding budgerigars

    23rd January 2017

    Alongside or instead of an exhibition stud, it’s a great idea to keep a mixed breeding colony of budgerigars just for sheer pleasure. Fancy trying it? FRED WRIGHT offers his advice IF WE are going to get people interested in breeding…

  • Custom-built redpoll cage

    Custom-built redpoll cage

    23rd January 2017

    Two weeks ago, ANDY EARLY described how he came to know the late Frank Meaden. That connection led him to further contacts in the British bird fancy, and before long he was admiring a redpoll in a novel custom-built cage,…

  • Fife points and perfection

    Fife points and perfection

    23rd January 2017

    TERRY KELLY introduces the current points system for Fife canaries and comments on the recent near-obsession with length WHEN exhibited, the Fife canary falls into the category of “type” canaries, along with the Border and Norwich. In other words, the…

  • Fife canary points system for judges

    Fife canary points system for judges

    3rd November 2016

    Two weeks ago, TERRY KELLY introduced the concepts of type and the points allocation used by judges. Here he suggests how the points system really ought to be working WHILE the Fife canary is  judged mainly on type, some points…