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The Floor Birds of Europe

Many budgies sit on the floor of their aviaries for all or most of the day. Why do they do it and does it matter?

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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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Improving A Stud Of Exhibition Budgerigars – Brian Poole UK

Grey and Grey Greens have done consistently well over the years must form part of a stud.

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Developing A System For Breeding 'Rats' - Gerald Binks UK

Developing A System For Breeding ‘Rats’ – Gerald Binks UK

It is easy to breed ‘mice’, but the ‘rats’ are more difficult.

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Should you make repeat pairings in consecutive years? - Fred Wright UK

Should you make repeat pairings in consecutive years? – Fred Wright UK

Many fanciers I have talked with over the years, who have made repeat pairings, have been disappointed with the results.

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Inbreeding And Knowing When To Cull – Malcolm Freemantle UK

Inbreeding provides the small fancier with the necessary tools with which – when properly used – will put them on a par with larger and more comprehensive studs.

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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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"Don't change in midstream just because of what somebody else has said",  says Bill Bancroft UK

“Don’t change in midstream just because of what somebody else has said”, says Bill Bancroft UK

……after a bird has had its first moult it is physically fit and mature enough to breed.

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Stock Birds and Show Birds - Gerald Binks UK

Stock Birds and Show Birds – Gerald Binks UK

It is essential to define a show bird and a stock bird separately.

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Producing Fertile Eggs - Gerald Binks UK

Producing Fertile Eggs – Gerald Binks UK

Let us consider what happens when we put the chosen pair in the breeding cage with the nest box open, and leave the rest to nature.  The cocks, being usually very sure of themselves, are not unduly disturbed by their sudden new quarters.  They see a hen (which perhaps they have only heard at a […]

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Hatchability of the Modern Exhibition Budgerigar, Ken Yorke, Australia

Hatchability of the Modern Exhibition Budgerigar, Ken Yorke, Australia

Being competitive with exhibition budgerigars is about managing the quality of the birds.

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Advantages and Disadvantages Of Early and Late Breeding by Gerald Binks UK

Advantages and Disadvantages Of Early and Late Breeding by Gerald Binks UK

The “early breeding school” are off to another exciting season!

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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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Pairing Skills – Terry Tuxford UK

A skill which makes the difference between success and failure for the exhibitor.

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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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The Greywing Challenge

Focus on one or two particular colours or varieties.

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Breeding Exhibition Budgerigars

My Philosophy on Breeding Exhibition Budgerigars

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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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GSB Q & A – Part 3 – Fanciers

There is little doubt that in modern times Jo Mannes has led the hobby in Europe as a skilled breeder and is totally focused on his work.

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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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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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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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