Above: Intermediate young bird section at the 2017 Club Show. If affected members had to ring chicks with spare 2017 rings, they won’t be able to exhibit these birds in young bird classes for 2018

THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY (BS) is offering compensation to more than 140 members who were affected by late ring deliveries last December.

The decision was made by the BS General Council (GC) at a meeting on February 17, after we reported that ring manufacturer A.C. Hughes had experienced difficulty in fulfilling all ring orders on time this winter (see Editor’s Letter, January 24 issue).

The BS’s contract for ring orders is between the member and the BS, so as a gesture of goodwill the society plans to write to all affected members to offer a refund of their ring order and postage costs.

The BS has informed Cage & Aviary Birds that it has also taken the matter of compensation up with A.C. Hughes.

BS members affected were those who ordered on the days before the November 22, 2017 deadline: orders placed on November 20, 21 and 22. The BS says A.C. Hughes did not fulfil these orders and post by the agreed date of December 22, 2017, which resulted in members not receiving their rings until early January.

Society administrator Grant Findlay said: “Those members involved received their rings by January 10, 2018, at the latest. So in effect they would be able to ring birds born in 2018 with 2018 rings.

“However, many of these members had paired up expecting the rings around Christmas time.

“For those who had chicks, many had to ring with 2017 rings, if they had rings left over from last year, or simply couldn’t ring the chicks at all.”

According to the BS, this may affect fanciers’ ability to exhibit in young bird classes this year, particularly at the early shows, since only birds ringed with the current year’s rings can be shown in young bird classes.

■ Another key point discussed at the GC meeting was the retirement of Mr Findlay from the Council. This will take effect from the first meeting of the new GC, which will be elected in the coming weeks. The new GC will have its first meeting at Scotch Corner on April 27.

Mr Findlay, who will continue to attend council meetings as society administrator, said: “I’ve enjoyed my time as an elected member of Council since 1992 and during the past 26 years service I was vice-chairman for five years, chairman for 10 years and administrator for five years.”

A new Council candidate, Scottish BS treasurer James Muir, has decided to stand as the representative for BS members in Scotland.

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