Above: Les Carr with his well-stocked Sunrise Aviculture show stand. Cage & Aviary Birds would like to thank Mr Carr for his long-term support as a regular advertiser


WELL-KNOWN BIRD-BREEDING EQUIPMENT company Sunrise Aviculture has closed its doors and ceased trading after three decades.

On July 31, Sunrise Aviculture, based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, closed following the retirement of company owner Les Carr. A part of the business has since been transferred to Superior Birdroom Products. This family-run business, also based in Rotherham, specialise in products for both bird breeders, keepers and exhibitors.

“After more than 30 years, I now feel it is time to step back,” Mr Carr told Cage & Aviary Birds. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported Sunrise Aviculture over the years and will truly miss many of the friends I have made in the hobby.”

This year also marks 51 years that Mr Carr has worked in the bird industry. He explained: “I started work at the age of 15 at a local company which some readers may remember: Reliable Thermostat Company. This company produced the Vision Incubator, the first incubator where you could watch the eggs hatch.”

After 16 years, having worked his way up to foreman training as a sheet-metal worker, the company closed. Mr Carr used the skills he had learned and changed direction, working on refrigerated display units for the hospitality sector. “But I still kept an interest in the bird world,” he said.

Five years later, Mr Carr was given the opportunity to acquire the premises he had worked at when he was 15 years old. Here, Sunrise Aviculture opened its doors.

“I slowly built the business up, working and producing in the shop during the week,” he said.

Highlights for Mr Carr over the 30 years include attending the National Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, and being credited in The New Incubation Book, written by A.F. Anderson and G.E.S. Robbins.

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