Europe Changes Ring Issue Date – Again!

It has been brought to our notice that most, if not all, 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.

This is to catch them on the rise when they should be paired and when there is still good natural light to induce getting them started. So European rings are now issued on 1st October each year – the third time this has changed!

As the very experienced fanciers know, weather patterns have changed and it is the responsibility of all societies to take notice and act accordingly to help their members breed as many birds as possible.

Furthermore, they will sell more rings in the process. Two consecutive bad seasons and you are virtually “dead” in the hobby apart from highly being dis-sprited and so many leave the hobby for other interests as a result.

Those countries (in the Northern Hemisphere) that persist in retaining a ring issue date of 1st January, need seriously to re-visit and act accordingly. It is their responsibility to help their members and encourage every one of them to breed plenty of birds. The old excuse that “the breeder can breed any time he wants” does not apply, as most will pair just prior to the ring date involved in the dark days of winter when it is so hard to get the birds started.

Information supplied by Dieter Keller, Germany, Editor, “Wellensittich Magazine”

Note: A reminder – if needed. There was always the big October moult in years gone by. For the past 15-20 years, at least, that does not occur. Proof enough that our budgerigar world has changed where breeding is concerned.


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About the Author: Gerald Binks began breeding budgerigars when he was 12 years old and is now arguably the most knowledgeable budgerigar fancier in the world. He has bred his fair share of Best in Show birds, judged in no less than 20 countries, founded the World Budgerigar Association, and has published two of the three classic books on the hobby. His stud in the UK attracts fanciers from near and far and is always high on the list for those wishing to purchase BA23 quality budgerigars.

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  1. Darren Mckeown says:

    I agree that our ring issue date should be looked at, but for me it should be after the club show, if the date is moved to what I think may be November 2012.

    As it should be the final show of the season in my opinion then the ring issue date can follow.

    Darren McKeown
    United Kingdom

  2. Barry Lowe says:

    I agree the ring date should be moved to 1st November and cannot understand the reluctance of the BS to do this.

    We need to get in line with Europe to help new bird breeders make a good start in the hobby.

    Barry Lowe
    United Kingdom

  3. I would like a 1st October date.

    My birds get very fit in September and that is when I start my breeding season, when I have improved my stock to the point where I felt I could compete at a higher level then I would have to start looking at ring issue dates and when I started breeding.

    Until then I shall continue to start in September.

    Bring on October 1st!

    Gareth Simmons
    United Kingdom

  4. Bruce Ross says:

    I wish we would get in line with Europe and have an earlier ring issue date.

    We could have earlier shows and have them spread out more.

    Bruce Ross
    United Kingdom

  5. Billy Aitken says:

    I agree we should be looking at moving the ringing date – possibly to November?

    However, we would still need to look at other considerations, such as when the show season starts and shows being affected by exhibitors being on holiday. This year’s shows have been hit badly with low numbers.

    Billy Aitken,
    United Kingdom

  6. The BS don’t seem to want to change with the times, there seems to be the rest of the world and the BS.

    The same applies to thinking about the outdated AI rule.

    Come on BS, look to the future!

    Many UK breeders now breed all year round, weather patterns have indeed changed and we no longer have the harsh winters of 40 years ago (except perhaps up the North of Scotland but not in lowlands or here in the central belt).

    We get good results pairing up mid to end September as the birds are coming out of their major moult. Yes we still get that here in Scotland.

    A ring date of 1 October would suit many UK breeders.

    Donald Bruton
    United Kingdom

  7. European fanciers can show at the BS club show with current breed birds that are three months older than current birds bred under the Budgerigar Society rules

  8. As per revised rules 2010 of Budgerigar Society of Pakistan (BSP) amended ring policy as under:


    (a) Ring Issue Date will be 1st January of each year sent to paid up members only and made on the Society’s official Membership/Ring Order Form. Price of rings will be agreed and announce each year in AGM and adjust as per ring manufacturer price and currency exchange rate fluctuation.

    (b) Only owner bred rung birds using the unique ring code number of the actual exhibitor will be accepted at society shows.

    (c) Ring secretary of society will keep record of all matters related with rings to members.

    Also interpreting that in show rules ‘rings’ from January 1, 2007, all exhibits must have BSP own rings, no bird will be able to participate in any show without society owner breed policy further BSP members can exhibit in show members should be consider eligible for voting who are entering birds in two consecutive WBO shows BSP Annual Shows and none member or unrecognized rung birds are not be exhibit however BSP member are in full liberty to hold more then one society membership.

    I already expressed my analytical views on hatchability context to climate/weather impact with reference to Pakistan and Asian countries

    In 2009 seen that rings was issued in the month of October and after BSP Annual Show.Its really big challenge in my opinion.

    Thank you Gerald Binks and Dieter Keller, Germany, Editor, “Wellensittich Magazine” for sharing info.

    Habib Ur Rehman,Pakistan

  9. Barrie Shutt says:

    Forget about ring dates and breed when your birds are fit

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