|January - AGM||February - Open Forum||March - Roger Carr||April - Ian Standley|
|May - Young Stock Show||June - Andrew Luke||July - Ron Pearce & Marcel Buhler||September - Dr Rob Marshall|
|October - Members Show||November - Social Evening|
November - President's Social Evening & Bring & Buy
Our chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith, opened the meeting and welcomed everybody. Apologies were received from John Mullen, Ron Pearce and Tony Neale.
Everyone was advised of the forthcoming AGM and told that they had been emailed the paper work etc., although hard copies of 2013 AGM minutes were available for those without an email address. AGM Minutes
With that, John Gorrell, our President, said that after the first session of the auction he hoped everyone would enjoy the food he had provided as his Presidents buffet. (We certainly did)!
Malcolm Freemantle then acted as our auctioneer for the evening with his normal laid back style, although it was a hard sell night and if Jacky Fox hadnt brought all her birdie stuff it would have been a poor show!
We raised, with your help, a total of £270.70 on the evening: £180.50 from the Bring & Buy, a donation of £10 from George Wilson, a donation of £30.00 from Mike & Sara Ball (who couldnt make it as Mikes Dad had a fall), £1.20 from refreshments and £49 raffle. Well done to everyone there. The proceeds this year are down on last year, but it all helps to keep the club going in the right direction for 2014. (Food was for paid by the club, £95.07)
Everyone there seemed to enjoy the evening and many thanks go to Malcolm for his auctioneering, with all items sold!
I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 24th January at 7.45pm for our AGM. Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.
We need you all to support the AGM, as its your chance to have a say and make a difference and perhaps take on one of the many duties required to run this club!
(Any nominations for any committee position need to be returned to Tony Cash prior to the AGM).
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Members Show - October
The Members Show was poorly supported this year with only half of the normal entry! Apologies were received from Clive Mayers and it was nice to have Brian Scott attend with our judge, Roy Powell. So thank you to all who took the time to bring birds to the show; it was good to see you all and with everybody helping it made it a very enjoyable day for all.
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 President). Once Roy had started judging he gave a very clear running evaluation, explaining the reasons for his choices, sometimes judging from right to left and then from left to right to make it more interesting!
That aside, the best bird won on the day. We thank Roy Powell & his secretary Brian Scott who did the paper work!
We had a full ploughmans lunch after the judging of the major awards was completed, which generated lots of interest.
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.
Thanks to our Chairperson Chris Angus Smith for providing all refreshments and working in the kitchen with Jacky Fox.
The major awards were made as follows:
NORTHDOWNS BS September 11th - Dr Rob Marshall
NORTHDOWNS BS July 28th (Ron Pearce & Marcel Buhler)
NORTHDOWNS BS June 28th (Andrew Luke)
The meeting was called to order at 8.00pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith. Apologies were received from Gerald Binks, Pam & Malcolm Freemantle, Clive Mayers, John Mullen, Andrew McKendrick, Dereck Ham, Jacky Fox, Geoff Dell and Jeff Plummer.
Chris then welcomed Terry Smith back to our meeting, who, after a year of treatment since his accident, is able to speak and remember almost all about his birds and us breeders! Although still in a wheel chair and learning to walk again, it means hes back! Our thanks to his son for bring him to the meeting.
Before the introduction of our speaker I said a few words regarding the Wednesday September 11th meeting with Dr Rob Marshall, which will be starting at 7.30. We will also be opening the shutters to enlarge the hall to cater for the additional breeders who may attend.
Chris then introduced our speaker for the evening, Andrew Luke, who started with a brief of the evenings presentation:
· The bloodlines that our birds are based on
· The varieties we keep
· Our birdroom and management
· Our birds from 2001-2008
· The Molkentin stud (setup plus birds)
birds 2008 - 2013
Andrew said he and his dad, Tom, were helped to get back into the hobby in 1991 by Ken and Derrick Whaites, with some good birds which started them on the road to their current successes.
In 2005 they had a new brick built bird room with 44 breeding units up and running; the bird room measuring 30ft x 18ft with a flat roof. He said the four windows and door are all double glazed, as are the two roof lights, which allow plenty of natural light into the bird room.
The ceiling and walls are covered in white plastic coated ply wood and the floor is tiled, so all of this is very easy to clean. The two large inside flights measuring 13.5ft x 7ft are separated by a corridor leading to the door. The flights are constructed of stainless steel and green melamine panels. The stainless steel panels help prevent feather damage caused by the usual climbing up wire mesh, they also make viewing the birds easier.
A box in a box type nest box is used and all are identical. The inner box is replaced between rounds for hygiene reasons, preventing the build up of bacteria and fungi. They are experimenting with 10 Mannes plastic type boxes at moment to see if they like them before buying the rest, but as of now, they have not noticed any difference in the breeding results.
Andrew said that the preparation area is complete with a sink and work top and hot and cold water. They now use normal tap water and not purified (as in the past) in the drinkers, as the condition / quality of the water has improved dramatically.
A two tiered trolley cage made from stainless steel has been made to house youngsters prior to going into the main flights and adults after coming out of the breeding cages. On one side wall there are 12 training cages with front opening doors and when they have aviary visits they fill them up with some of their potential show team, which helps to steady them with breeders moving around.
They also have lots of storage built in, which allows them to buy their seed in bulk and is very cost beneficial. They keep the bird room at 70% humidity by using electrical gadgets such as a De-humidifier and a Germ-o-kill air cleaner (UV Light). The bird room also includes 6ft x 6ft fluorescent lights with daylight bulbs wired up to a dimmer/time clock system, night lights and 4ft x 5ft tubular heaters wired to a thermostat set at a minimum of 10c. There is an extractor fan on one wall, as well as a ceiling mounted cooker hood to remove air from the bird room, so that the bird room is a healthy environment to be in.
In the feeding they use a lot of vegetables, which they saw and subsequently learnt from when they were at the Molkentin set up to bring in their outcrosses. It has proved to be very beneficial to their birds. They also put Eucalyptus branches in the flights as well as swings to occupy the birds and keep them active.
Their soft food is a mixture of sprouted seeds, breedmax, dried mixed herbs, garlic powder, porridge oats, vitamin e powder, Kelloggs frosties , groats, badmintons horse cereal, bio vit, clop, thrive, just silva, fertivit, probizyme, top s and magic together, which works very well for them.
The same basic seed mix is given to every cage all year round; this is 1 part mixed millet, two parts white millet, two parts plain canary and one part tonic seed. The three seed types are mixed together and then grated organic vegetables are added and mixed in. A mixture of at least five of the following is given daily: carrots + leaves, broccoli + stalk, beetroot + leaves, chicory, chard, parsley, sweet corn, celery, spinach, peppers red/green/yellow, pakchoey, parsnip, fennel, cauliflower (white only), brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage (green/red), cucumber, peas (tinned in water or fresh), courgette, radish, kale, turnips, green beans and chinese bean sprouts. The vegetable content is around 20% of the mixture. Variety is very important to gain the most goodness for the birds. A cup of sprouted seed is added to the seed/veg mix daily, together with a mixture of sunflower seed, oats, safflower, paddy rice, melon seed, chick peas, mung beans, yellow peas, green peas and two cups of sprouted oats.
The presentation showed birds from the early days of winning in 2001 up to the current day young of 2013, with complete commentary regarding how they progressed with using various outcrosses from some very top names.
Many thanks to Andrew for giving us a very professional and interesting power point presentation, with lots of useful commentary which was enjoyed by all (28) and for not wanting any expenses for the evening.
The evening then concluded with the raffle, after which all were wished a safe journey home.
I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 26th July, when Ron Pearce is our Judge / Speaker for our Pairing Up competition. Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting
NORTHDOWNS BS May 31st 2013 (Young Stock Show)
I would also like to thank all (33) of those that helped with the setting up and removal of the trestles, plus other jobs, which makes life a lot easier. We had two more members pay up on the night and it was also nice to see Mick Freeborn & Steve Cox again.
Once again, we all showed our appreciation to the Judge / Speaker for a very entertaining evening and for not taking any expenses.
The evening then concluded after the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.
NORTHDOWNS BS April 2013
There were many other headings which were discussed in detail as well - too many to put in this reportt. I just chose the above headings to give a taste of the enjoyable evening we had; each heading was given a full explanation by Ian with odd comments from the floor!
NORTHDOWNS BS March 2013
Tony Cash called the meeting to order at 8.05pm and, before handing over to the Chair to welcome the guest speaker and everyone attending the meeting, Tony spoke on club business regarding Patronage, which the club has awarded in full to Dorset & District BS, The Southern Classic and South Hampshire BS.
He also showed and asked members to sign the BS voting slip that he had produced with regard to omitting the Beginner or Intermediate section and which he will send to the BS office!
Tony then ran through the 2014 programme that he has just completed to allow the members to digest the future events and to tell others.
With Tony finished, he handed over to the Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith. Apologies were received from Richard & Julie Hutchins, Jacky Fox, Andrew McKendrick, John Mullen, Clive Mayers, Alex Whitman and Will Bien,
Chris then introduced our speaker, the well-known Roger Carr.
Once back in his chair he explained the reason, which was that everyone had to look at the front cover bird and then the inside cover to see whose it was. He was then going around the room to ask everyone their opinion on that bird compared to the current day Budgie. This became very interesting as some of the BW magazines went way back and what was noticeable was that really early birds had nice round spots with no sign of any ticking/flecking /grizzle.
After the break and raffle which we had early as a couple who had travelled far needed to leave a bit earlier, 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.
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.
The evening then concluded and all were wished a safe journey home.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 26th April when Ian Standley from Kent will be entertaining us from 7.45pm. Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.
NORTHDOWNS BS February 2013
The meeting was called to order at 8.05pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith. Apologies were received from Richard & Julie Hutchins, Jacky Fox and Will Bien. We welcomed a new member tonight from the past (12years ago) in Keith Harrald who lives in Blackwater.
The evening was an open forum type meeting and as we had Steve Cox and Mick Freeborn there as members of the meeting, I asked them to sit at the top table with me to help answer the questions from the floor as sometimes its hard work on your own!
I started it off by showing what I had printed off from the BS web site and also the Photostat of the Cage & Aviary comments on the BS with various proposals etc., (although we should really wait for the BS magazine with the details and the consultation paper on removing the Intermediate section and not the Beginner, as most breeders think this is the better option).
We had lots of discussion on this, with many different ideas on the way forward! Listed below are the main bullet points from the BS web site: we discussed most of the items with both positive & negative comments, which goes to prove its not easy to please all!
Decisions made at the
BS GC meeting 2 February 2013
We also talked in depth on the breeding problems that we are having at the moment, with the result that most are struggling with dead day old chicks and with the parents not staying in breeding condition long enough to bring off 2 rounds of chicks or feed them / wean them off properly.
With constructive advice from our panel I think most learnt something on the night, so many thanks to Steve & Mick for joining me in making it an interesting evening.
The evening then concluded after the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 29th March, when Roger Carr will be entertaining us from 7.45pm. Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.
A.G.M. January 2013
Election of Officers:
Graham Cornwall, as Vice Chairman, took over the chair for the election of Chairperson. See Officers page for those elected.
On AOB it was voted in that the Presidents evening shouldnt be a burden on cost to the incumbent and that a receipt for providing the food & drinks would be reimbursed, as the club is in a good financial state! Proposed by David Rice Seconded by Barbara Davis
Thank you for all of your support. The AGM finished at 8.32 and we then had a tea break ready for part 2, which was on breeding problems. This threw up all the usual problems we all have year on year.