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Breeding Budgerigars in Earthquake City

All hell broke loose as we leapt out of bed. The noise of breaking glass and falling crockery was horrendous.

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The Shape of Things to Come

Why would anyone want to keep, breed and exhibit budgerigars? And, supposing you did, where would you get the know-how?

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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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Tails You Lose! – Part 3

As readers may already be aware, I am trying to establish if the loss of tail feathers can be attributed to nutrition, feather mite infestation, lice or another unknown cause.

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BS Club Show 2010 – Colour Results Young Bird

BS Show 2010 Challenge Certificates – Colour line up for Young Birds.

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BS Club Show 2010 – Colour Results Any Age

BS Show 2010 Challenge Certificates – Colour line up

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It Is All About Tiny Changes

Building an Ideal is like completing a jigsaw puzzle and most of the difficulties are finding where the smallest pieces exist to be able to complete the picture.

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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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The Passion – Part 3 – Bread & Honey

“Passion” is what you need as a beginner to succeed with budgerigars – if only this were true and life was so simple! Let’s look at three other elements that play their part in successful budgerigar breeding. 3 – Money You are going to have to spend money and you won’t make any! It is […]

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The Passion – Part 2 – Father Time

Don’t kid yourself that you can buy time. You will need a lot of it. On getting started, don’t hang about. Knock up something modest in a shed or what ever. Get some birds and see if they are really what you want to do and you are prepared to give them the commitment.

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The Passion – Part 1 – Lady Luck

Lady Luck – she who is notoriously fickle and to whom we turn when things go wrong or when, with false modesty, we have done something right even without realising it.

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Preview – Budgerigar Society Club Show 2010

Come and meet many of the world’s top breeders at the Budgerigar Society Club Show at Doncaster on 2nd – 3rd October, 2010.

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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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Photos & Results from 2010 Australian National

Photographs and results from the Australian National Budgerigar Council 36th Annual Show, which was held in May/June 2010 in Rockhampton in Queensland.

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Jos Reynders & Daniel Lütolf on Feather Problems

Select wide and long feathers on the head region, but shorter feathers below the spot line on the wings and tails. Difficult, but not impossible. Attention must be paid to looking at all the primary, secondary and tail feathers when you are buying a bird and of course looking for developing cysts at the same time.

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Glue Story Sees Fancier Stick at It

The construction of this piped watering system required PVC pipes which had to be primed and glued – the former being a red priming fluid that apparently is highly toxic and required the pipes, after jointing, to be thoroughly flushed.

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Tails You Lose! – Part 2

Avian Polyomavirus (APV) infection, otherwise known as Budgerigar Fledging Disease, is the primary cause of tail feather loss although other factors are often involved. Budgerigar breeders recognise symptoms of APV in their birds as French Moult. Prevention is the only cure as there is no treatment for APV.

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Sheppard & Flanagan – Part 2 of 2

Feeding of quality budgerigars is a science according to Bruce and Colin, they both have a strong ethic in this area which has been developed over decades, and they expect that their programs will continue to develop as more is understood.

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Budgerigar Health Part 4 of 5 – Medicines

Budgerigars are particularly susceptible to environmental diseases that may cause catastrophic losses and illnesses that affect their wellness and ability to breed. Medicines are needed to cure and prevent these diseases such as coccidiosis, worms, lice and mites.

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Ignore the Ring Issue Date if your Stud is Ready to Breed

Is the Ring Issue date more important than grabbing that moment to begin your personal season? Personally, I grab the moment these days and get a round in from perhaps a third of the stud and get results on the perch early with whatever rings I have to hand.

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The Influential Effects of Artificial Lighting

After a few weeks it became obvious that breeding was poor and the question was – Why?. The old birdroom was breeding at the same time and producing good numbers of chicks as usual. In the new room, infertility abounded and what chicks there were, were not being fed properly. Dead tiny chicks appeared regularly.

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Jac Cuyten & Co – A View To The Future

One of the many highlights at the symposium, is the premiere of “Jac Cuyten & Co, A View To The Future”. This is a new film, by leading Dutch film maker Harry van Doorne, of Jac Cuyten, the Dutch champion breeder, author of “All About Feathers” and someone with with a great vision of the modern bird.

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An Insight into Budgerigars via Evolution and Selective Breeding

Charles Darwin devoted much of his later life to studying the Racing Pigeon and set up a breeding loft at his home in the village of Downe, Kent. However, we as budgerigar breeders are doing much the same thing by attempting to defeat Natural Selection, which incidentally as I certainly know we can never win!

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