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Another Wake Up Call For The Hobby

A beginner highlights some of the reasons why the hobby is failing to attract new members.

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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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Hobby Participation: Halting The Decline?

Throughout the world of budgerigars, there exists long standing concern about the loss of membership on a world wide basis.

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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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Tails You Lose! – Part 1

You can breed a super bird with all the right head qualities, depth of mask and so on, until it gets to 5-7 weeks of age and suddenly it loses its tail feathers! It can be earlier or later. The bird is what I have always thought – a borderline French Moult victim. The reasoning is that the tails are the longest feathers in the budgerigar body, and thus require a perfectly nutritious metabolism to sustain these feathers soundly to full growth and permanence, until the first normal moult.

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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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Letters Regarding Launch of Budgerigar.co.uk

A collection of just some of the many kind letters we have received concerning the launch of Budgerigar.co.uk. Thank you all very much for your feedback.

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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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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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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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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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