Above: Example BS rings from 2014. The BS says the supply of alternative rings will be delayed because of the longer postal delivery, which takes between three to five days from both countries. According to the BS, the Belgian rings will be supplied about one week after the order is received. The German rings should be sent out the day after the order is received
THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY (BS) has confirmed that two European companies will produce rings during the temporary closure of current UK ring supplier, Avian ID.
Due to the coronavirus, Cornwall-based Avian ID posted on its website that it had been “instructed to close the factory” as it is “classed as a non-essential business,” a decision made by the UK government on March 26 as part of the lockdown. This will be in place for at least three weeks.
Avian ID’s statement continued: “We will keep you updated with any changes to this situation in the near future.”
BS members can continue to order rings through the BS (www.budgerigarsociety.com or tel: 01828 633 030), after officials negotiated with two alternative suppliers in Belgium and Germany for a minimum three-week period.
The price of the rings remains the same, but postal charges will increase by £4.30 for Belgian orders and by £7.30 for German orders.
Grant Findlay, BS administrator, told Cage & Aviary Birds that although the alternative rings will be the same colour as existing rings, they will differ slightly by not having the normal flat area where the year of issue is shown.
He said: “The colour will remain dark green, but rings will have a circle round instead of a flat to ensure they are still unique BS rings. The BS guarantee that these rings will be acceptable at BS patronage shows and birds wearing them can win major awards and CCs in the years ahead.”
The BS says ring orders received from March 23 have been processed and will be sent to members as soon as possible.
Mr Findlay added: “Members are delighted that the BS has moved so quickly to secure these emergency arrangements and ensure that members can still obtain their rings.”
● C&AB has contacted Avian ID for a comment.
● The BS has withdrawn its patronage for the entire 2020 show season or until the government lifts its ban on attendance at events. See Club News, page 16 for more details.
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