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  • Degrees of separation

    Degrees of separation

    15th January 2020

    With birds soon approaching breeding condition, GARY BRALSFORD recommends keeping potential mates close, but safely apart WITH 2019 now past, we welcome 2020 and all that the softbill keeper/breeder wishes for! Spring is only three month away and all our…

  • Diary of a show day

    Diary of a show day

    15th January 2020

    ADAM KENDALL shares his memories of a favourite event from the season just completed: the North Wales FFCC show THE alarm sounds. I can just about make out it’s 5am and time to creep round the house to shower and…

  • The Lütolf stud: birdroom and flights

    The Lütolf stud: birdroom and flights

    2nd January 2020

    Writing exclusively for Cage & Aviary Birds, Fred Wright begins a major series on the new birdroom and latest-bred birds of Switzerland’s master breeder DANIEL LÜTOLF BEFORE we talk about Daniel’s birdroom, we need to think about why he is probably…

  • The charm of the English Cinnamon

    The charm of the English Cinnamon

    2nd January 2020

    Despite its long and complicated history, the true Cinnamon canary is still with us – in the hands of a tiny group of breeders. DONALD SKINNER-REID reckons it deserves wider appreciation WHEN I was in my 40s, my friend Maria…

  • A hobbyist’s progression

    A hobbyist’s progression

    2nd January 2020

    Although known for breeding colour canaries, STEVE LINES has a passion for other colourful hardbills, too. Here he shares advice for keepers of these exotic birds with Dave Brown I first visited Steve Lines a few years back to learn about…

  • Too much of a good thing

    Too much of a good thing

    2nd January 2020

    Vitamin E may be needed for bird health and longevity, but watch it with your breeding hens, warns GERRY PARKER  THIS week I’m going to talk about some incidents that have caused problems for me and my mates over the…

  • Fife Fancy Diary with Steve Dominey

    Fife Fancy Diary with Steve Dominey

    5th December 2019

    Above: Off to a terrific start: novice partnership Grimmer & Hornby’s yellow cinnamon won best in show at the recent National Exhibition. Photo: Steve Dominey STEVE DOMINEY shares his tips for those novices who are the future of the hobby…

  • 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

  • The go-away birds you’d like to stay

    The go-away birds you’d like to stay

    4th November 2019

    Western grey plantain-eater ©Shutterstock/Natalia Kuzmina BILL NAYLOR describes some fascinating relatives of the turacos, and adds tips on their management in captivity ONE of the most common bird sounds of the African forests, is the chorus of calls, often not…

  • When a fancier no longer fancies it

    When a fancier no longer fancies it

    21st June 2019

    Downside (above): the pressure to earn those winning rosettes can be stressful. Photo: Dave Brown It’s a free choice to give up birdkeeping, but it’s one that all too often the ex-fancier comes to regret. DAVE BROWN has some positive suggestions…