Above: Beaming Keith Ferry (left) is presented with his trophy by NCA president Chris Smith. Left: Keith’s winning unflighted clear buff Norwich hen. Photo: Lynne Maxwell


A DELIGHTED KEITH Ferry did the double at this month’s National Exhibition, annexing the top titles for both best canary and best bird in show with an unflighted clear buff Norwich hen.

It’s the first time a Norwich canary has won best bird in show since the award was introduced at the National Exhibition by the National Council for Aviculture, in conjunction with the Parrot Society (PS), in 2016.

Mr Ferry understood that the decision of the seven section judges was unanimous, giving his Norwich a 12-point lead over its competitors at the PS show held at Stafford County Showground on October 3.

Speaking to Cage & Aviary Birds, Mr Ferry said: “I took best canary at the last show [2019] with a Norwich, but this is a step up and I’m really chuffed. I’ve been breeding Norwich for almost 50 years and will be showing this one again. She’s a 2021 bird, so this was her first show.”

Not content with those wins, Mr Ferry also took second and third best Norwich with a young unflighted buff cock and flighted variegated yellow cock respectively. He also did well with his Fifes, which he has only been breeding for five years.

Henry Cooper had best champion Fife and the same bird, a clear yellow cock bred this year, went on to win best Fife in show and came second best in all the canary sections. Mr Cooper said: “It’s nine years since I won best Fife in show, so it’s been a long time coming. Unusually, I also won all four clear classes, each with a different judge, so I must have done something right.”

Best junior canary exhibit in show was claimed by Will Gittins, 10, with a Fife canary hen, bred from a bird given to him by his grandpa Gordon Gittins and on her first outing to the Stafford show.

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