March 2019      

March 2019 - Pete Smith

Pete started by giving a brief of his history in the keeping of birds in general, starting off with foreign birds and being a member of the Cirencester CBS.  His first ever show was at Gloucester, where he bought some budgies from the sales class, which was the start of him keeping budgies 21 years ago. 

Like many breeders he has moved about and built a few different aviary’s/sheds/lofts up to his new present one which is 20` X 10` with all wire breeding units (having tried all sorts of units etc and found these worked well for him).

Pete talked about his breeding results over the years and the different stock he had brought in from various breeders/bloodlines to try and breed the winning bird!

One thing which showed up from his meticulous records was that if a pair had clear eggs on the first round then it was 85% certain to have clear again in the 2nd round (interesting).

He said he was laid off / redundant from his job as youth officer a while ago as part of the general cut backs. He now works  2 days a week at Paradise Pets which he loves!

This then brought up a few interesting comments from various members.