Our chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith opened
the meeting and welcomed everybody. Tony Cash then read out apologies from Clive Mayers,
Tony Neale, Andrew McKendrick, Gerald Binks and Richard Hutchins.
Everyone was advised of the forthcoming AGM
and told that they had been emailed the paper work etc.
Malcolm Freemantle, our outgoing President, said that after the first session of the
auction he hoped everyone would enjoy the food that he and Pam had provided as their last
Presidents buffet. A big thank you to Pam and Malcolm, for preparing and
donating all the food and drinks.
Ricky Watts then acted as our auctioneer
for the evening.
We raised, with your help, a total of £300.00
on the evening (£200.39 bring & buy which includes a donation of £50 from Gerald
Binks, £8.78 refreshments and £35 raffle) and another donation of £5.83 from Mike &
Sara Ball to round it up to the £300. Well done to everyone there; the proceeds this year
are up on last year and it all helps to keep the club going in the right direction for
Everyone there seemed to enjoy the evening
and many thanks go to Ricky for his auctioneering as it was, as usual, a very hard sell!
The Members Show
was very well supported with 82 birds exhibited. Apologies were received from Ricky
Watts, Lee Benton, John Mullen, Jim Lawrie, Richard Hutchins and Mike Ball.
It was nice to
have the company of Geoff Dell and Jeff Plummer on the day, although they missed out on a
super lunch! (They know what I mean) So thank you to all who took the
time to bring birds to the show; it was good to see so many of you and with everybody
helping it made a very enjoyable day for all.
One new member
signed up on the day Dee Selby from Waterlooville in Hampshire.
After being booked
in, the birds were placed on the staging by all of our helpers under the guidance of our
show manager, Brian Duncombe who was assisted by John Gorrell.
Our judge for the
day was Fred Wright, who started by saying a bit about himself and his relationship with
Northdowns BS, as he judged the very first open show in Newbury.
Once started Fred
gave a very clear running evaluation whilst judging, explaining the reasons for his
choices and also explaining to the audience about the new rules regarding major faults on
flecking and that birds have to be compete to win major prizes.
Fred 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 lovely condition. We thank Fred very
much for his consideration to new members / beginners and for the way he explained the
faults and positioning of birds.
We had a full
ploughmans lunch, after which the judging of the major awards was completed which
generated lots of interest.
The Major Awards
were made as follows, with the remainder on the attached sheet:
· Best in Show
Dell & Plummer
· Best Young Bird in Show
Tony Neale & Son
· Best Junior Bird
Brian Mansell - Best Intermedate Bird.
Clive Mayers Best Beginner
Dell & Plummers Goldenface BIS
Jacky Fox - Best Champion YB
Tony Neale & Son Best YB
Alex Whitman - Best Novice AA
Best Junior Julie Clarke
Best in Show Dell Plummer.
All in all we had
a very good day, with everyone helping at some stage for which I would like to thank you
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.
Malcolm Freemantle (his last year) is providing a buffet on the evening, so come and enjoy
Thanks to our
Chairperson Chris Angus Smith for providing & donating all refreshments. (Again)!
member, past secretary / chairman and Budgerigar World Editor, Terry Tuxford made a
welcome return to Northdowns Budgerigar Society and captivated a group of fanciers with
his stories of how he first became involved in the hobby following a successful career as
a musician. He explained how in his early years he had a desire to judge and take up
opportunities to travel overseas both judging and lecturing. Both of which, he has been
very fortunate to be successful in.
He spoke about his involvement with Budgerigar World and
explained some of the difficulties that have faced the magazine in recent times. He said,
"BW had an enormous positive impact on the hobby for many years, it is really
unfortunate that the present owner has allowed it to suffer."
The second part of the evening
was entitled "Myth Busting" which involved audience participation to discuss an
offer views and opinions about some of the urban myths that surround our hobby. Terry is
keen to expand his list of Myths and would welcome suggestions.
The meeting started at and everyone was welcomed by our
Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.Apologies were
received from Gerald Binks, Clive Mayers, Andrew McKendrick, Tony Neale, John Mullen,
Malcolm Parsons and Tony Jeffery (28 attended).
We have four new members, Bill Farr, Wally Sheppard, Mick Small,
and Peter Merritt, who all joined when I was at the South Hampshire meeting.
birds benched (8 pairs as requested) Ron started by giving a brief of the format for the
evening and by asking us to pair up the birds as if they were the only birds in our stud.He gave us 45 minutes to do so, after which he
would comment on the various pairings and give his ideas for improving the birds, bearing
in mind the new guide lines laid down by the BS on major faults.
had all paired up what we thought to be the best pairings to breed from, we stopped for a
tea break and general chat.
Ron then started to give various comments regarding the
quality of the birds benched and the faults and good features that were in front of him.
that out of the way Ron collected the pairing sheets from individual breeders and asked
them to come up and explain the pairings they had chosen.We had breeders from top champions like Allan Joyce to new beginners like
Peter Christmas.Ron gave advice to each
individual on their pairings and suggested another bird as an alternative to help breed
better youngsters in his opinion or to balance the faults in the pair.
discussion on various birds continued with Ron giving explanations on his view of pairings
and why, assuming that this was his stud and all he had to work with! There were all sorts
of birds there, from buffs to yellow feathered and flecked with golden faces and double
on to talk in general about the modern birds of today and asked if we were going too far
with the quest to cover the face with feather. That is not to say that some feathering
around the face is desirable and makes the bird look neat and not beaky.
He said the other problem with trying to increase the
feather was the tailless wonders and the cysts that occurred on the wing butts and tails.He admitted he had the odd super bird in his stud
but had decided not to use them as it would only spread that factor into the rest of his
stud - a balance had to be maintained in the pairings of the buff feature for the stud to
the judging, which was based on Rons best pair of the evening A4 to B6, the winner
was announced as Lee Benton and Peter Christmas, who had teamed up together and were
awarded the trophy for their efforts.
we all thanked Ron in the usual way for his professional commentary and the advice given
to us all and for not taking any expenses on the night. We then had the raffle and all
were wished a safe journey home.
The meeting started at
and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith. Apologies were
received from Andrew McKendrick, Tony Neale, John Mullen, Malcolm Parsons and Tony
The Chairperson introduced our speakers,
Terry & Linda Jukes, who had travelled down from Stoke on Trent and were giving a
slide show and talk on the past & present.
Terry started by saying that they joined the
hobby in 1976 and had built up a good stud of birds. They had an exceptionally good
breeding season in 1999, which raised the standard of the stud, but then had a fire
(caused by an electrical fault) and lost all of the birds while they were away for two
weeks in November 2002 on holiday in the USA. They arrived back at to find the
aviary burnt down and had to witness the devastation and loss of everything they had
Terry said he tries to
help other people and stop them making mistakes. His new set up includes 33 breeding
units, sink and running water, which he says is a must. Music is played in the birdroom at
all times and there is a burglar alarm to deter the uninvited. Late November they pair up
all of the cages, because the more you breed the more likely you will produce a good
percentage of quality birds.
Birds are fussy about who they want to
breed with, especially the better birds and some wont breed with certain coloured
In 1999 Linda qualified as
a BS judge, which has benefits to clubs to engage two judges traveling together /
All the time the conversation was flowing,
with the odd prompt from Linda, we were seeing birds from the past [Before Nov2002] as
well as the new stud being developed now, including a very good Grey Spangle cock with
directional feathering to die for.
Terry said they had been working with the
spangle variety to try and get the correct markings in the spot as well as improve the
wing markings. They now had lights fixed at high level which are Ultra violet =
brighter light (full spectrum) and never used a hospital cage, only a stock cage and heat
Terry said they used
Kaytree extract. The soft food is hand fed to chicks using crop needles and rubber tubing
and during 10 15 years only 2 have been killed by choking. Only part fill crop and
wait 3 5 seconds before removing tube and they wont spit it up.
Washed oats in F10 solution is only a
small part of all the preparation we watched on the presentation, with almost a green
grocers stock being used to supplement the soft food being given to the stock with the
addition of honey added as well (Similar to Reinhard Molkentin).
Terry said they had several aviary visits
each year and before each one he used his fogging machine with a solution of F10, which we
saw on the screen and again when they have gone.
Part 2 of the evening was devoted to their
young stock and over year bred birds, with some Opalines with exceptional directional
feathering as well as some flecking, ticked, grisie or whatever you like to call it;
its now a major fault and will not win any major awards but very useful stock birds
to work with.
There was a super Grey
cock, clean as a whistle but a little short in the body, which Terry said needed a long
stylish hen to mate to him to hopefully overcome that fault.
Once again, we all showed our appreciation
to the speakers for a very entertaining evening.
We then had the raffle which had twelve
prizes including 5 bottles of wine which raised £50 on the evening (Thanks to all).
The meeting started at and everyone was welcomed by our
Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.Apologies were
received from Clive Mayer, Ron Payne, Jim Lawrie, Ron Pearce, Gerald Binks and Terry
Mick Freeborn, our judge for the
evening, started judging the birds (52) at , after explaining how he was going to judge them and that he would make some
allowance because of condition as most birds this year seemed to be in-between moults.
Whilst judging Mick 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, as 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.
Because it was a young stock show
the classes were grouped together cock and hen to simplify the judging and
Mick said that condition was not paramount, as it was a members young bird show. Also,
reclassification would happen if required as no one would be wrong classed.
As the judging went on Mick kept up a running commentary
and ensured that everyone could see what he was doing. He asked for questions and comments
as he was judging.
Whilst having refreshments before
the main awards were judged everyone was looking at the birds and making their own
comparisons and comments regarding them?
At the end of
the judging Mick asked for any comments from the floor with regard to the judging and then
proceeded to walk round with various breeders explaining about the birds and the faults
and the reasons why they were placed where they were on the benches.
Our thanks to Brian Duncombe
and our show manager who did a great job again assisted by David Rice!
Our congratulations to the main
winners of the evening:
Cash & Gorrell: Best bird in show Opl Grey
Green Pied Cock
Cash & Gorrell: Best Barhead-Opl
Grey Green Pied Cock
Cash & Gorrell:Best
champion Opl Grey Green Pied Cock
intermediate Sky Blue Cock
A. Whitman: Best Novice - Grey Cock
Tony Neale & Son : Best Beginner Lacewing Cock
Julie Clarke : Best Junior Cin Green Hen - (Great
to have a junior in the club again)
We would also
like to thank all (35) of those that helped with the setting up and removal of the
trestles, plus other jobs, which makes life a lot easier. We had three more members paid
up on the night and it was also nice to see Steve Bailey again who travelled up with Mick
Once again, we all showed our
appreciation to the Judge / Speaker for a very entertaining evening and not taking any
The evening then concluded with
the raffle (£59.00), after which the birds were lifted and all were wished a safe journey
The meeting was
called to order at and everyone
was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.She
gave a warm welcome to a new member, Peter Christmas before talking a little bit about her
trip down under.
Apologies were received from
Ron Payne, Julie & Richard Hutchins, Grayham Cornwall and Delia Smith.
Chris then gave a short
introduction about our speaker for tonight, Harry Hockaday.
Harry started by giving a brief
about himself regarding birds and the hobby in general. He spoke about the nice people in
the hobby and said that was probably the reason why he started back in the hobby again
after all the messages / contacts made to him by many breeders.
He then started with the
presentation, with the screen showing the caption stud of birds or collection of
birds? He went into great detail to explain the difference between the two, in that
a stud of birds is when you use a particular blood line and work with it to bring out the
best features working towards what you, the breeder, perceive to be the bird of your
choice / the ideal budgie.Therefore, when you
pair up birds within that stud even the weakest chicks should be carrying some of the good
features youre working with, like the distance from the cere across to the eye from
a frontal view.
A good stockman
will always succeed with his stud, as he works with it to improve all the time.He will go to a stud to purchase the outcross that
possesses the main features in depth in that stud that he is lacking and use it to add
that feature onto his stud, without putting in any of the hidden bad features if he can.
A collection of birds is where
you buy in birds from many different aviaries and pair them up to others in the collection
you already have.You might breed the odd good
bird and some very poor that you discard all the time, but you can still breed that odd
winner which keeps you near the top of the showing list.
There are three kinds of breeders,
Line Breeders, In breeders and Out crossers, but to succeed to the top it is best to breed
with related stock (Harrys opinion). When
breeding stock you must breed show birds with style, balance and deportment as well as
stock birds, or you will never catch the judges eye if they are slumping across the
your birds look at the feather ie: shortness of feather will give you rounder spots and
the longer feather will give you the throw required to give that blow on the head, which
we all are trying to achieve. Why are breeders trying to breed cock headed hens as
its not desirable at all and not as nature intended? Breed
good looking hens and they will breed you good quality youngsters.
When pairing up, most breeders catch
up a good looking cock bird then go to the flight to look for the correct hen for him. What I do is compare two cock birds, ie: look at the
desired features the two birds have, decide what you trying to put on to your birds and
use the best one to breed with the lesser ones daughter carrying the desired feature
you are trying to add to your stock. The daughter will have the feature you are trying to
improve and because you have a stud of birds with most of the features built in the good
features will prevail and come out in the youngsters.
Part two of the evening was dedicated to showing the birds from when he sold
his stud to Alan Adams to the current young he has bred now, using the same techniques as
described above.The proof was there for all
to see and the presentation finished up showing a super bird with the caption Did it
Work? (I think it did!).
We then had a
short question and answer session, which again highlighted the new proposed judging rules.
This led to very interesting comments from many breeders airing their own opinions
regarding the way forward, which in the end will be dictated by all of us breeders in what we breed and show.
The meeting was called to order at and
everyone was welcomed by our Vice Chairman Grayham Cornwall (Chris still down under).
Apologies were received from John Mullen, Clive
Mayers, Will Bien and Nigel Darley.
Grayham then introduced our speaker for the
evening, Phil Reaney, giving a short history of him in birds and that he is also now a
recognised show cage manufacture (MDF).
Phil took to the floor and explained what he was
going to talk about during the evening. He started by saying how long he had
been in the hobby and about the different breeders he had received help and stock from in
the early years. (Also how he came back into the hobby in 94 and brought in Mannes
Part one of the evening was called
Analysis of shows, with the percentages of birds shown at various shows.
Generally 15% lower were benched than entered, with the numbers in section classes getting
less, which showed that changes needed to take place in the showing of our birds for the
future of our hobby. When asked if these ideals had been put forward to our governing body
for examination his reply was that it fell on deaf ears!
Some of the ideals were simple and practical to
implement and made sense to most in the meeting (38), which would make the CC`s worth
winning and give larger classes in front of the judges to adjudicate.
He then showed a video of his mainly young birds,
which most people would love to have in their aviaries because of the quality of feather
that his birds carry. He continued with a running commentary of the blood
lines and the tremendous influence that birds purchased from Jo Mannes in Germany had
put on the birds in his stud.
Phil started the second part of the evening with a
Genetics slide show that explained basic genetic traits in a simple format,
e.g. using G to represent a green gene and B to represent a blue gene, which would be
the expected result from crossing a pure light green bird with a blue one. GG x BB =
all chicks GB that are light green split for blue.
He went on to explain the modes of inheritance of
other features such as sex linkage, double factors and feather types (broad feather and
narrow feather). Phil gave a running commentary, taking questions from the floor and
giving explanations to ensure everyone understood what was showing on the screen.
He explained that similar principles applied to
Yellow and Buff feathered birds, where you are able to produce yellow split buff chicks
which are not as impressive as their buff siblings but capable of producing buff birds if
paired correctly. These yellow split buff birds are the ones that produce the super
surprises for new owners from time to time - how often do we hear the comment about a
super chick "the parents look nothing" (they are yellow split buff birds).
A detailed explanation was given on various
breeding techniques, line breeding (related stock), inbreeding (very closely related
stock), out crossing (generally allsorts) and backcrossing (grandparents etc). The various
"ups and downs were explained and also which pitfalls were to be avoided.
When purchasing birds Phil advised to buy features
such as spot, body length, depth of shoulder and, most importantly, fertility.
However, remember when using the above breeding techniques that families of birds also
have hidden faults which inbreeding could bring to the surface and you would then have to
work around. General discussions on different aspects of his talk took us to the end of
Phils talk concluded at with a round
of applause in appreciation of an excellent presentation.
After the raffle the evening then concluded and
all were wished a safe journey home.
Please dont forget that we have Harry
Hockaday coming down next month.
We also welcomed four new members to the
The meeting was called to order at and everyone was welcomed by our
Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith. Apologies were
received from Ron Payne, John Bishop, Clive Mayers, Terry Smith, Jim Lawrie, George
Sutcliffe and Richard Hutchins. Chris then introduced our guest speaker for the evening,
Dave Guppy, who was assisted by Clifton Wixon.
Their day started off in the pub at
lunch time (why not!) after which they went to see Mike Balls aviary in Surrey where they spent an interesting afternoon
looking at quality birds in depth.After that
they travelled down to Fareham in
Hampshire to visit Tony Cashs aviary and were joined by David Rice (need bigger
Dave started by explaining how he
started breeding birds in a coal shed at the age of 11. It wasnt until later that he
got into Clearwings, although he has always like Normal Greens.
He acquired birds in the past from
the late Ken Gray & Phil Proctor and had reasonable success using those blood lines
and also had good wins on the show bench. He explained the difficulties in trying to
improve the Clearwings by using Light Greens as out crosses, hoping they werent
split for cinnamon or Opaline, as they are undesirable features to put into Clearwings.
There was a lot of open discussion
regarding using the Spangle variety into the Clearwings and the fact that all types of
pairings have been tried and set aside as not having a real value in the improvement of
the variety. This led on to the Opaline Clearwing and the reason they are not accepted as
true Clearwings in the BS classification and have to be shown as AOC classes.The Spangle variety was discussed again with regard
to the fact that the type and colour had been spoilt by introducing the Cinnamon and
Opaline factors into a bird that used to have beautiful markings on the wings / spots.
Dave said that he and others were
getting disillusioned with trying to breed and improve a variety in line with the
governing bodys guide lines, which are laid down by the colour standard committee.He said that was why he was also concentrating on
breeding Lutinos as another variety of budgerigar, having acquired some from Steve Cox.
Having four panel judges in the hall
it was inevitable that judging and the new guide lines (to be implemented next year) were
discussed. The general consensus was that shows will get lower numbers on the bench, with
breeders not benching any birds with slight faults on them and that we will be seeing more
double factor spangles etc., winning in the future.
Also, most breeders believe that the judges of today do a good job using
their own discretion regarding faults on birds, without being told to suck
eggs to coin a phase. The question was asked who was going to police the
judges and what penalties would be imposed on them?
At the end of the evening Chris Angus-Smith led
the thanks to our guest speakers and the raffle was held with 10 prizes, including five
bottles of wine (thanks to members for their donations).All were wished a safe journey home.
The meeting was called to order
at and everyone was welcomed by
our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith. Apologies
were received from Andrew McKendrick, Tony & Janet Jeffery and Richard Hutchins.
The Presidents Report (President Elect didnt Arrived)
The President, Malcolm
Freemantle, started by saying a thank you to everyone connected to the club for the work
they did and apologised if he had forgotten anyone.He
said that both Chris and Tony had put in a tremendous amount of work over the year to
ensure that Northdowns remained one of the best clubs in the south and that
there had been some great meetings with entertaining speakers.
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.
Chris then went on to welcome
the new members, two of which were the Tony & Janet Jeffery
partnership.As most of you know, Janet is
show secretary for the L&SC BS and many other open shows in the south and Tony acts as
show manager at almost as many shows.
welcomed Malcolm Parsons from Worthing, who is the General Secretary for the L&SC BS and
the new members who joined late last year, John & Caz Clarke, David Rice, George
Sutcliffe and Lee Benton. So we are heading in right direction, with a full programme for
2011 and the 2012 programme well under way.
General and Membership Secretarys report:
Tony Cash started by thanking the committee for all their work during the year, which
had contributed to the success of the club. He said the club had picked up 7 new members
during the year and now had 49 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 2011 and beyond.
He confirmed that the hall was
booked for the year 2011 (and 2012 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 29th
October from to .
Barbara Davis went through the
profit and loss/balance sheet reports that had been sent/given out to members. Barbara
said that, compared to 2009, the income had gone down slightly and the expenditure had
also gone up, but we still made a profit.
(Accounts Proposed by John
Gorrell Seconded by Brian Duncombe)
Election of Officers:
Malcolm took over the chair for
the election of Chairperson.
The majority attending the AGM
voted to put on hold the running of an Open Show, which was proposed by Tony Cash and
seconded by John Gorrell. On the back of that Malcolm Parsons was asked to step up and
explain to everyone about the Southern Classic Open show and how it is now a standalone
show run by the fanciers after support from various societies / organizations was
He explained that the group
didnt want to be owned or beholden to any club or society, but wanted to continue as
a freelance run show.However, it needed
support from clubs like Northdowns and others within the Hampshire / Dorset borders or
individuals, which would eventually help it to attain a Champion show status.
Malcolm was thanked for his
appraisal of the show and Tony Cash said he would support them in whatever way he could.He said he would also support the South Hampshire
club, as he was to be their new 2011 president, reiterating that we all must support the
shows in the area or they would just disappear, never to return.
Tony Cash said he looked
forward to seeing everyone on Friday 25th February, when Dave Guppy would be entertaining from .Please ring him if you
cannot make it and he will offer your apologies to the meeting.