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Thoughts from Tanglewood - Part One - Terry Tuxford puts GSB on the Spot

Thoughts from Tanglewood – Part One – Terry Tuxford puts GSB on the Spot

Gerald Binks has been breeding budgerigars for an incredible 67 years and I have been fortunate enough to know him for more than 30 of those.

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Feeding Exhibition Budgerigars - By Dr Rob Marshall B.V.Sc., M.A.V.C.Sc. (Avian Health)

Feeding Exhibition Budgerigars – By Dr Rob Marshall B.V.Sc., M.A.V.C.Sc. (Avian Health)

Protein additives are necessary for the big bodied, heavy feathered modern day budgerigar.

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Tips For Looking After Your Birds During Hot Weather – Nigel Tonkin, South Australia

Make provision for extremes of temperature when the weather gets hot.

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Seeds We Find In Our Mixtures – Terry Tuxford, UK

Seeds We Find In Our Mixtures – Terry Tuxford, UK

….. watching which seeds our birds eat and which are discarded and then balance our mixtures accordingly.

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Budgerigar Breeder Profile - George Booth UK

Budgerigar Breeder Profile – George Booth UK

…. we should get back to feeding a good quality diet and leave the “chemicals” where they originated; in the laboratory.

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Fred Wright Talks About His Feeding Methods - UK

Fred Wright Talks About His Feeding Methods – UK

In my book far too many Budgerigar fanciers are keeping and breeding too many birds

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Meet The Breeder - An Interview with Daniel Lutolf - Switzerland

Meet The Breeder – An Interview with Daniel Lutolf – Switzerland

The closest I mate my birds are cousins – you don’t marry your sister!

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Salad Leaves - Terry Tuxford, UK

Salad Leaves – Terry Tuxford, UK

Green food needs to be clean and contamination free.

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Gerald Binks Under The Spotlight

Gerald Binks Under The Spotlight

Gerald Binks responds to a number of fundamental questions.

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Going Forwards and Making Progress by Terry Tuxford UK

Going Forwards and Making Progress by Terry Tuxford UK

The situation where you have to take two steps back to take one forward is widely accepted.

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Myth Busters – As collected by Terry Tuxford – Don’t believe everything you are told!

Myth Busters – Don’t believe everything you are told!

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Dead In Shell Youngsters – Dr Colin Walker, Australia

Find out why those fertile eggs fail to hatch

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The Wonders of Chickweed by Terry Tuxford UK

The Wonders of Chickweed by Terry Tuxford UK

Benefits of feeding chickweed

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GSB Q & A – Part 1 – Feeding

Q & A on Feeding

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Drinking Water – Chlorine

Chlorine is a halogen – these can be killers above a dose of 100 parts per million in birds and small mammals.

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Breeding Room Thoughts

In 99 per cent of cases it is your husbandry and lack of attention that is at fault. You are the provider and in full charge of your livestock. I have personally made many mistakes over the years and have tried to learn in the process, but when I make the same error twice, I really get angry with myself!

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Nigel Tonkin on Bird Health

In this article, Nigel Tonkin (President of the Budgerigar Council of South Australia) discusses products he uses to maintain budgerigar health.

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Solutions to Difficult Hens – Part 2

I remember the late Harry Bryan telling me to use hens as young as 5 months of age when they were fit and in condition. He said at the time that they breed well at that age, but might not do so later if left after the conventional age of 9-10 months minimum.

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Solutions to Difficult Hens – Part 1

In my opinion, it is a matter of caring for your hens really well if you want success in the nest boxes. It takes a lot out of a bird being out of its normal “home” and this is one reason that one-day shows in the UK have become more popular.

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Yeast & Cod Liver Oil?

Do remember that “Best in Show” was written by myself in 1974 and I would strongly advise you obtain “The Challenge” from me first so that all that you read is fully up to date.

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Attack, Attack, Attack

There are a few breeders who have woken up that they have to attack quality now or give up. That is why I have attacked that myself and built up a great depth of quality so that breeders know they have a good chance of getting something to improve what they have at home. There are few aviaries around with the quality depth – perhaps only 10 in total in the UK.

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Preparing to Breed

In the last 6 weeks I have been working to get the aviary “winterised”. A very cold one by UK standards is forecast. So, having a cedarwood exterior, it needs treating every three years without fail. That has resulted in it still being as good today as it was when I purchased it in 1971. It would be massively expensive to replace as it covers 1200 square feet (110 sq metres).

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French Moult and Why You Get It

I am one of those breeders who believe in the old fashioned tried and tested methods of feeding. When it comes to feeding, it is THE vital factor to success. If it (the feeding) is out of balance by the smallest amount and by that I mean it is changed frequently and has an absence of essential vitamins to support the seed input, then failure will result in the number of chicks bred and FM will arise easily because YOU have allowed to do so!!

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Fertility & Feeding

I have found that in my book “The Challenge” fanciers love to read the “juicy bits” but when it comes to the two most important chapters in the whole book – the ones on feeding – they gloss over them. They are the vital chapters because without taking them step by step and understanding what is required, then a failed breeding season is very likely.

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