In the December 12, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, following on from his article on how ‘an egg becomes an egg’ last month, Paul Donovan examines the loving interesting relationship between chicks and their mothers.


In news, we find out how breakthrough research could have a “transformative impact” on the number of UK wildlife crime convictions, and report on why Norway’s bid for the European Union (EU) to downgrade the protection of the barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) has fallen flat.


Condition is the goal: novice Jon Ashby relays advice given to him by various senior fanciers, as well as some methods that have worked for him, on making sure your budgerigar stud is primed and ready to breed.


After Malcolm Barnett‘s shock retirement from the Border canary exhibition scene, the great competitor looks back over his career and choose some key advice for Border fanciers.


Following on from his article in the November 28 issue, Dr David Waugh continues discussing the Santa Marta parakeet, with further thoughts on how managing artificial nests and various plant species for reforestation will benefit this Endangered species.


Plus all of the usual news stories, features, columns and club news.