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The Change of the Exhibition Budgerigar In Australia – Nigel Tonkin

Birds that I was successful in at the start of my breeding in 1983 and 1984 were thought to be strong.

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2012 Photo Gallery - Willie Dokter, Netherlands

2012 Photo Gallery – Willie Dokter, Netherlands

Admire the budgerigars from Willie Dokter.

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Reinhard Molkentin South Africa - Photo Gallery

Reinhard Molkentin South Africa – Photo Gallery

This stud became an important part in the development of the German and international budgerigar.

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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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Europe Changes Ring Issue Date – Again!

European Countries have again brought forward their ring issue date by yet another month, in view of the facts that surround our budgerigars coming into condition.

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New Photo Galleries

Due to the popularity of budgerigar photographs on Budgerigar.co.uk, we have decided to re-organise them on the site to make them even more accessible. The photographs shown in the galleries are clickable – once clicked they will expand in size and show in an easy-to-navigate slide show format.

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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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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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Concentrate on Quality Initially – Not Colour

As you gain experience, ask questions all the time. Many beginners feel they are being silly at a meeting of their chosen club, asking basic questions. Do not hold back – nobody minds especially any lecturers who feed off such questions and thrive on them.

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Budgerigar Hobby Has Worldwide Appeal

As fanciers to this new international website will know, it went live on the 29th January, 2010 – and it has been a worldwide success! As it can be viewed in any local language, it has opened a massive door to countries all over the world – and, even with my long standing in the hobby, I did not realise interest in our hobby was so widespread.

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Calling all National, State, Country and Area Budgerigar Societies

This international website for the exhibition budgerigar is unique and from January 2010 will gradually expand to become THE focal point for enthusiasts to become involved within its pages. So, here is an opportunity, free of charge, to publicise your budgerigar society through which new prospective members of our hobby may find information.

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Welcome to Budgerigar.co.uk

Welcome to the new Budgerigar.co.uk website – something brand new for the hobby in 2010!

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Quik Gel

Quik Gel provides an immediate and sustained source of energy to sick birds and is also used during critical times such as breeding. The disinfecting qualities of Quik Gel help protect against the spread of infection.

Quik Gel is a high energy emergency gel also containing vitamins and disinfecting agents. It is used to accelerate recovery from illness and temporarily prevent an infection from worsening while waiting for the results of culture tests. Very sick birds may need crop needle feeding.

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Dr Robert Marshall

Any fancier can easily find an emergency solution, via a step-by-step diagnosis of any sick bird, to see exactly the right course to follow and drug(s) to give.

Dr Marshall is also arranging for supplies of the relevant approved drugs to be available within the UK for distribution worldwide.

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Getting The Best from Your Stud

The desire to breed super exhibition budgerigars is the ambition of every fancier in every country. I am well aware of the fact that the Australian show scene and its structure and administration is different to the UK. That aside, we all have the same aim as it is the finest birds on display that we wish to breed and own for the simple reason of pride in having achieved something that money cannot buy.

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Daniel Lütolf – A Breeder Ahead Of His Time

In my time, I have interviewed hundreds of very good breeders in their aviaries in many parts of the world – all have contributed good ideas. Occasionally I come across a few breeders who seem to think more deeply than their contemporaries. One such breeder is Daniel Lütolf in Würenlos, close to Zürich, Switzerland. Lütolf […]

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Breeding Advice

One has to remember that today we strive to breed bigger and better birds. General feeding apart, you must always provide grits which possess granite like particles (insoluble) and shell particles (soluble). Not only should it be given but it must be changed every week to every pair.

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Importing & Exporting Budgerigars

It is inadvisable to return to the UK without having conformed with the rules. To do so risks the birds being impounded / destroyed at the exit port or port of arrival by the authorities and future imports by you will be affected.

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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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Creating A Stud

Spots are very important. You can breed outstanding birds, but if the spots are small the impact is lost. A bird without large spots is like a man in a dress suit without a bow tie. Both are unfinished.

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Gerald Binks – Andy Chick Interview – December 2008

When I started in November 1945 there were few birds around except in the pet shops and I knew nothing at all about show points or anything really. I was raw in the extreme. There were no Beginner Classes – you started in Novice and then went straight to Champion.

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Chasing “Buffalos”

The Buffalo Effect (BE ) is created when a bird possesses great width above the cere before it sweeps upward but in no way downwards! Think of the buffalo horns. They are wide but then from the horn tips the horns dip downwards to well below eye level before suddenly going up again to join the head.

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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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