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Update on The Challenge

Limited stock left of “The Challenge”

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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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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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Trichomoniasis Threat to Common British Birds

The decline in various indigenous British wild birds – specifically Greenfinches and Chaffinches – has been blamed on our “old friend” Trichomoniasis.

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Show Winners

I recently received photographs of a few 2010 show winners. Unfortunately, though I can see these are quality unmoulted 2010 young birds, they are crouching and not displaying their true quality for assessment.

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Facebook and Amazon

I receive many requests to join social networking websites, such as Facebook. Secondly, it has been brought to my attention that Amazon continues to sell first editions of “The Challenge” on a steady basis.

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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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Thoughts on Nesting Boxes – Ancient and Modern

It was not long before I realised that breeders were, like myself, having many problems, particularly when trying to retrieve the box for inspection, unhooking it, then seeing the hen, or the pair, dashing around and trying not to drop the box with one hand. Needless to say, at best, the eggs were scattered all over the place and many times damaged.

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Hatching Assistance Guide

As we know, opening too early can reveal the chick which still has not absorbed the yolk into its body and it is pale and weak. The outcome is death! Opening too late and the chick for various reasons also dies, unless helped a fraction earlier. Close observation and timing are therefore vital assets to your husbandry.

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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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