March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019

Northdowns Aviary Visit to Steve Bailey - June 2019

For me any Aviary visit is good, as I am still learning about the hobby and the different breeders / showmen do things slightly different so it was at Steveís.

Steveís Aviary is housed in his garage, which is the first time I had seen this. Steve had some good birds which he was keen to show off and quite rightly so.

The more senior members of the club (and I donít mean the older ones) spent a fair bit of time reminiscing over days gone by and other showmen. Steve is obviously a very knowledgeable member of the hobby and this was evident from what he was saying.

Steve gave us a warm welcome and was keen to tell us about his birds and his various procedures and routines. We spent approx. three hours with Steve and it was well worth the visit.

Paul Munro

Northdowns Young Stock Show - May 2019

It was a disappointing turn out by members with only three bringing birds to show. In total there were twelve birds, eight of which were shown by Derek Ham.

Due to the lack of birds it was decided to restrict the classes to

  • Best Bar Head Cin Grey Spangle

  • Best Novice Young Bird and

  • Best Opposite Sex Young Bird.

The Best Bar Head was won by Graham Cornwall and the other two classes were won by Derek Ham.

I would like to thank our Judge Les Underwood for coming up from Portsmouth to do the honours and to Sue Wadley for doing the refreshments.

April 2019

Unfortunately, Ron Payne cancelled at the last moment as he woke up with blood shot eye. He said, "It doesn't look pretty but they have told me I should recover in a couple of weeks. Apparently I have a hematoma in the eye."

However, the meeting went extremely well thanks to John Bird. He fully participated in the meeting sharing his views on the hobby as well as letting us know how he and his daughter care for their birds.

It was nice to see Charlie Edwards - a blast from the past!

Graham Cornwall presented Harry Wadley
with his Presidents Chain of Office.

Harry Wadley will be arranging a couple of aviary visits in Oxfordshire to replace the cancelled visit in June.

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 aviaryís/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.