The show was well supported and with 70 birds
exhibited and with everybody helping it made an enjoyable day for all.
Thank you to all who took the time to bring birds
to our members show; it was nice to see so many of you.
After being booked in the birds were placed on the
staging by all of our helpers under the guidance of our show managers Brian Duncombe /
Our judge for the day was Bob Whattam, who gave a
running evaluation whilst judging with constructive criticism on the birds with regard to
the new BS rulings explaining the reasons for his choices. Bob explained the problems with
the birds that were just that bit out of condition and also with some that had
ticking on the crown, which was why they were penalised as a fault.
That aside, the best bird won on the day and it
was in good condition. We thank Bob very much for his consideration to all the attendant
members and for the way he explained the faults and positioning of birds.
We had a ploughmans lunch after the judging
The Major Awards were presented by our president
(won most himself) and were as follows, with the rest on the attached sheet:
· Best in Show
· Best Young Bird in Show
All in all we had a very good day, with everyone
helping at some stage, for which I would like to thank you all again.
Dont forget that the next meeting is the
Bring and Buy, so please come, bring plenty and buy plenty, as it is our only
fundraiser of the year.
Thanks to our
Chairperson (Chris) for providing & donating all refreshments and to Bob for
adjudicating. There were three other donations (£32.00) thankyou.
This meeting took the
form of an open forum with birds you cannot show brought in for discussion by all. We had
a mixture of birds from a half sider (blue / green) which, when it moulted out the blue
feathers never grew back, owned by Nigel Darley who went on to explain the pedigree of the
bird and some history about these particular species.
It was interesting to
see a slate that was owned by Delia Smith and caused a considerable amount of comments
from various members, as many havent seen a slate before.
Most of the birds were
heavily flecked and some had feather problems such as tailless, main flights missing and
some with both faults. During the comments by various owners it would seem that some birds
were complete until they had their first major moult.
evening progressed with even more interaction between the members it seemed that the
format for the evening i.e., without a main speaker and everyone having a go etc, had gone
meeting there was a committee meeting to discuss various items, including the proposal to
be voted on at the next AGM re the open show sponsorship. The committee also agreed that
it would be a good ideal to have a sales table for birds at most meetings, which would
give the opportunity to sell surplus stock to the members. (Other clubs do it with some
The meeting was called to order with apologies
from G.Binks, A.Whitman, C.Ives, G.Wison, R.Watts, R.Pearce, W & H Bien and M.Ball
Our Chairperson then welcomed our Judge and speaker for the evening, Roy
Aplin, and our President Malcolm Freemantle and his wife Pam who were putting on their
annual buffet for the evening.
With the birds benched Roy started the judging by
placing cocks & hens in order, first to last as a normal class, and then putting his
Whilst the members watched you could hear light
conversation in the background about all sorts of topics and who did this and that etc.
Once the judging had finished the rest of us had to try and place them in order as best
pairings to breed from and were marked to see who came closest to the judges order
The winner of the judging competition was Jim
Lawrie with Dave Florrey coming a close second
A general discussion on various birds continued
with Roy giving explanations on his view of his pairings and why! There were all sorts of
birds there, from buffs to yellow feathered and flecked.
The evening concluded after the raffle and all
were wished a safe journey home.
The meeting was called to order with
apologies from Malcolm & Pam Freemantle, Jacky Fox, Clive Mayers, Terry Smith, Dave
Florrey and Gerald Binks. Our Chairperson then welcomed our speaker for the evening, Mick
Freeborn, who was the replacement for Beverley Hutt.
Mick started by telling us the history of
himself over the years in the hobby and his love of the budgiegar and all related aspects
of the showing and meetings / social side such as this evening. He talked about his first
show in 1964 where there were 2,600 birds benched of which only 400 were budgies, the rest
made up of foreign birds and canaries.
He mentioned the various studs he had
bought over the years and the influence that bringing in different types of feather and
deportment had had on his stud, which he has used to enhance his own bloodlines and
produce the quality stud of birds he now has.
Mick said judging was a great part of the
hobby for him, which he still enjoys and will carry on doing so as long as his health
allows him. One thing he won't do again is to judge on the Saturday (Coventry with show
team with him) and show on the Sunday in Cheshire, as this was so exhaustive (although he
won 5 CCs).
When he brought in the last stud they went
straight into the flights after he had fogged the bird room. He also fogged the bird room
again several times after they were settled in to prevent any diseases. All birds that
were put into the flights were in good condition and any in poor health didnt make
Mick has a knack for remembering most of
his birds and the ring number and what lines / parents they are from which surprises a lot
of breeders who visit him.
He said that when showing you need to
spend a lot of time preparing the birds if you want to win on the show bench. By catching
them up 6 weeks before a show and spraying them for feather condition also this will allow
them to put on weight / substance and give you time to examine them to check tails / spots
Mick said to wash and clean show cages as
they can smell, especially if you keep showing with the same seed in the bottom of the
cages and not clearing it out. The judges can smell this, which is not very nice and must
be detrimental to the birds!
Mick said that one of his best
achievements was when he got up very early and arrived to show in Weston Super Mare
at and won BIS against the Moss type birds being on show that day.
Mick went on to relate a couple of amusing
stories of various events over many years which, whilst very amusing, could be potential
political as well so no names mentioned! He does not have any problems with fertility or
breeding numbers, which he puts down to the soft food mixture he uses:
3 Slices of bread (brown or white)
1 Tablespoon of Soya
1 Tablespoon of Weatgerm Fennel
½ lb Soaking seed
Broccoli (4 crowns)
5 Slices of Fennell
2 Tablespoons of dried seaweed
1 Teaspoon of Selenavite
Once again, we all showed our appreciation
to the Speaker for a very entertaining evening.
The evening then concluded after the
raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.
The meeting was called to
order with apologies from Jacky Fox, Clive Mayers, Terry Smith, Jim Lawrie, John Gorrell,
Ricky Watts, Ron Pearce, Dave Florrey and Mike Ball. As four others were coming without
birds I phoned Roger Carr and explained that there might not be many birds to judge (Roger
was standing in for Bob McCabe who was standing in for Fred Wright). As Gerald was going
to be at the meeting he said he would do the honours, which would save Roger a journey.
After my explanation
our Chairperson then welcomed our judge for the evening, Gerald Binks.
Gerald started judging
the birds (37) at , after giving
us a couple of amusing stories (as he does!). Because it was a young stock show the
classes were grouped together cock and hen to simplify the judging.
Whilst judging Gerald
explained what features he was actually looking for in the birds and said that when there
were two very similar birds it was difficult to place them first and second and you needed
to take into account all of their features / faults. He also stressed that birds entered
deserved the time to allow them to perch.
As the judging went on
Gerald kept up the commentary and ensured that everyone could see what he was doing. He
asked Terry Mulley, a beginner, to join in the judging and comment on the birds, which was
a bit nerve racking to say the least but a good learning curve for Terry.
refreshments in between the judging everyone was looking at the birds and making their own
comparisons and anticipating the out come.
At the end of the
judging Gerald asked for any comments from the floor with regard to the judging and the
birds on the benches.
Our thanks to Brian Duncombe for assisting Gerald all
Our congratulations to
the main winners of the evening:
Cash & Gorrell: Best Champion & Best
bird in show YF Cin Grey Hen
N&S Darley:Best intermediate & Best Barhead - Light Green
A. Whitman: Best
Beginner - Lutino Cock
We would also like to thank all of those that helped with the setting up
and removal of the trestles, plus other jobs, which makes life a lot easier.
Once again, we all showed our appreciation to the Judge/ Speaker for a very entertaining evening.
The evening then concluded
after the raffle, when the birds were lifted and all were wished a safe journey home.
Chris introduced our speaker, Rodney Harris,
with a short story regarding the aviary visit the club had several years ago and then handed
over the floor to him.
Rodney started by
saying that this is the meeting he should have been at last year, but his dog was giving
birth and he couldnt leave her.
He then showed the models of ideal budgerigars
that he had made (Jelutong Rubber Tree) and spoke about the profile of the budgiegar
regarding width of bird with eye set back halfway back in the head. He said he made his
first model in 1968 and, when Mrs Moss saw it she asked for one as well, so he also made
her one. Mrs Moss was a good friend, who he would phone up and go and see and she would
help him with various problems.
He started showing birds as a novice and worked
his way up through the ranks. One of the tips Rodney gave was that when chicks were
hatching, if you held the egg to your ear and you heard a peck and a squeak,
that would mean everything was ok. However, when you checked later and you only heard
squeaking (no pecking noises) it meant that the chick was in distress. He said
he had saved many chicks by opening them up with his fingernail at this stage.
Rodney went on to tell many amusing stories of
the past. He explained about the shapes and styles of his models, which relate to the
various ideal budgerigars throughout the years. If you look on our website you will see
the 9½ model in a show cage and see how enormous it looks.
When a bird is sitting in
a show cage the eye should be just above the rear roof line, which will indicate the
bird is in correct proportion. Dont keep birds that are moon gazers (birds that tend
to look up all the time).
The new judging standards generated a lot
of conversation with regard to the major faults. Rodneys view is that he only needs
to judge a birds wing, because most birds from that point will have two major faults
and not be able to win anything. It would seem that most people present agreed with
Rodneys analysis that the new rulings are
detrimental and will add to the demise of open shows for standard/normal budgerigars
(these must be rescinded for the fancy to survive).
With regard to judging, Rodney stated that he
had not passed the BS judging courses but he had judged all round the world and does know
what a good budgerigar should be. Most people will know of Rodneys expertise as a
stockman and breeder of quality budgerigars with various types of feather and that he is
able to match pairings where other people cannot see the hidden features and attributes.
This enables him to produce exceptional birds from lesser parents.
The meeting finished off with a raffle and thanks
were extended to Rodney for a thoroughly informative and enjoyable evening.
The meeting was called to order at and our Chairperson
welcomed everyone. Apologies were received from G.Binks
As Allan Joyce hadnt turned up
we started the evening with Malcolm Freemantle running a questions and answers session
regarding breeding and ailments and any problems that were being incurred this season.
It seemed that one problem this year
was that cock birds were staying in the nest boxes with the hens and that the chicks were
coming out very early, so that the hen could get on to the next round. Even if you put
them back they were out again the next time you visited the cages.
There was a lot of conversation on
soft food regarding to use yes/no and also about going back to basics (almost political
Malcolm said he had just paired up
(March) and recommended others to follow suit, as the birds seemed very fit and willing to
I personally prefer starting in
September and call it my preliminary round, which allows me to sort out any problem birds
and put them aside, ready to try again in the summer.
We had broken for a cuppa and chat
amongst ourselves when Alan and his good lady turned up 9.20. They had been sitting on the
M3 for most of the evening! After a quick discussion we decided it was best if he just did
a chat rather then getting all his equipment out for a slide show.
Alan continued the evening with a
very interesting talk on his aviary and how everyone kept rebuilding their aviaries to try
and get them right. He explained about his breeding units and his allocation of cages to
the clearbobys, which are his main and favoured variety. He also stated that he
didnt change things in his aviary unless there
was a problem and then only one thing at a time. He said he used Bucktons seed as he felt
it was of good quality and competitively priced against others.
Alan said he only kept back the best
20 cocks so he had to use them, rather then using lesser cocks, which is what happens if
you keep back more. He stated that he learned a lot from beginners, as they would try all
sorts of things that the established breeder wouldnt and some of these things were
very successful. He stressed that a must was to be ruthless when you sort out
the birds to keep, as its the only way to improve your stud and try to keep up with
the current ideal bird.
When chicks were in the boxes he said
he would move them about so that they were all similar in size and would start coming out
of the nest box together.
Alan said he separated his cock and
hens aprox two months before pairing up, which he felt made them very keen to breed as
they could hear and see each other. One very good tip was to use an egg cup with
fluid/milk for the young chick not being fed and just hang its head over the edge and it would
suck up and stay alive.
He said not to be afraid to give your
birds fresh vegetables and fruit branches as the birds love them and they will enhance their fitness. He also
gave his birds a chicken carcass, which they devoured with delight. He said he thought
that the only good partnerships were husband and wife.
With that our Chairperson thanked Alan and all responded
in the usual way.
meeting was called to order at and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson.Apologies were received from Mike Ball & Jacky
Fox and then a minutes silence was held for John Harvey before our speaker, the well
known Roger Carr, was introduced.
Roger started by stating he was having a poor
breeding season with aprox one chick to every 10 eggs. He said that even though the birds
looked very fit they werent doing the business.
Roger then asked
those at the meeting their thoughts on what was a fit bird. There were lots of comments
and ideas from all in the room ranging from those with a wealth of experience and great
interaction from the less knowledgeable / beginners (so called) such as:
sell / keep noise levels up in bird room
Have your lights coming on twice
Build up your vitamins to the
Cock bird to bereally very fit, will bring hen in condition
Plenty of fresh air and good
ventilation / fan
Check your management
Breed outside to normal time
scales / when birds are natural ready and fit (September or March)
largest /buff to buffs.
Various feeding methods /
cod liver oil in seed
Breed all year round with your
troublesome birds so you catch them at their height of fitness
Dont be governed by the
ring date / show season
Keep back brothers & sisters
of your best lines
Distinguish between stock and
show birds, as stock birds can be bred at any time as they are in your stud for that
12 15 breeding units is
enough for the normal working person to manage with full time job
Roger then talked about the size of the birds today and asked if
it was the frame of the bird or just feather? This subject went on for some considerable
time, which led on to the genetics of birds.He
related this to humans regarding size and weight of children not looking like their
parents but relating to the grandparents and great grandparents etc.So look and keep good records if you want to
improve your stud.
We then discussed the ideal budgie and what we thought of the
various proposals regarding length and deportment, as most birds wining on the show bench
are big long birds.
The discussion then turned to the new BS rules on showing birds
with so called major faults and what they are not allowed to win.
Flecking grizzling and ticked will be a matter of opinion by the
judges, which will lead to the type of controversy we had a few years ago along with
others, so it will very interesting to see what transpires in the near future.
It seemed we could have gone on all night as the meeting was so
interesting with total interaction from all, but all good things must end and we all
thanked Roger for a great evenings entertainment and finished of with the raffle.
Our thanks to Stella Harvey for the donations of various birdie
things which raised £27 towards club funds.
I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 27th March
when Alan Joyce will be with us at .Please ring me if
you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.
The meeting was called
to order at and everyone was
welcomed by our Chairperson.Apologies were
received from Ricky Watts, Ron Pearce and John and Stella Harvey. (John is very ill)
The Presidents Report:
Gerald started by
saying a few words regarding John Harvey and the dedication he has to the hobby and the
work he puts in to help other clubs.Also his
efforts to prepare his birds for shows, which, as we know, helps him to win (our members
show two years on the trot).
He then went on to
thank everyone connected to the club for the work they did and apologised if he had
Gerald then asked
Malcolm Freemantle, our President Elect, to come forward to receive the chain of office.
Malcolm thanked Gerald
and spoke about the good work Gerald had done for the hobby in general and the fact that
where ever you went in the world Gerald was well known.He said it was an honour to be president of Northdowns BS again and that he looked
forward to an enjoyable year ahead.
Before any of the other
proceedings Ken Trapnell stood and said a few words regarding the sad death of Mick
Hatcher who (if you read the front page of this web site) was a founder member of this
The Chairperson then
gave her report:
Chris Angus-Smith said
she had enjoyed the year very much and that having good speakers made it even better. She
went on to thank her committee for all of their hard work during the year and welcomed
Malcolm Freemantle back as our President.
Membership Secretarys report:
Tony Cash started with
thanking the committee for all their work during the year, which contributed to the
success of the club. He said the club had picked up 5 new members during the year and,
with two more about to rejoin the club, we now had approx 46 members (which included life
and other free memberships). All of the meetings had been well attended during the year
because of the quality of the program / speakers and he hoped this would continue during
2009 and beyond.
He confirmed that the
hall was booked for the year 2009 (and (2010 provisionally) on the last Friday of each month, with the exception
of September because of the Club Show.Also,
the October meeting, being the Members show, would be held on Saturday 31st
October from to .
Barbara Davis went
through the profit and loss/balance sheet reports that had been given out to everyone. She
said that she recommended that the subs were raised by £1 to all members in 2010, except
for juniors. Barbara said that the rent for
the hire of the hall for 2009 had already been paid, hence the prepayment of £269.50
showing on the balance sheet.
The subject of
Other Assets was brought up and it was explained that these had been written
off (the crockery that Ricky Watts was trying to sell, hopefully for the sum of £50 -
£70) and if he succeeded it would be a bonus to club funds.
Malcolm took over the
chair for the election of Chairman and the election of the 2009 Committee.
Thank you for all your
support (23).A copy of elected officers is
attached for your perusal and, as you can see, a full programme for 2009.
As mentioned at the
AGM, and voted for by the majority, it was agreed the new committee would investigate the
possibility of holding an open show.They
would bring back their proposals to the 2010 AGM, including all procedures and costs with
the various options of sponsorship / marketing possibilitys, to run a show without
incurring costs to the members or effecting the clubs financial standing.
I look forward to
seeing you all on Friday 27th February when Roger Carr entertains us at .Please ring me if you
cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.