Feather imping

Recently I was in the news a fair bit. A story about feather imping went viral on Facebook and the news media picked it up and ran with it. The case, a tawny frogmouth (a member of the nightjar family) became stuck in a fence and lost some of its primary flight feathers. We used […]

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Half-Sider Budgerigars

It is that time of the year again, babies are hatching, parents are feeding and the chicks are starting to feather up. It is my favourite time of year as a budgie fancier – it is the time when all of our hard work is, hopefully, rewarded with beautiful young birds on the perch and […]

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First aid for aviary birds

Recognising a sick bird in the aviary firstly requires knowing what is normal for your birds and when these normal signs change and become abnormal.  Appetite, behaviours, body condition and droppings may change from normal. Sick birds may hide their illness until they are critically ill.  This is called the preservation reflex.  Therefore, it is vitally […]

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Fallow Budgerigars

Photo Fallow Cock owned by Mark Hawke. The English Fallow budgerigar mutation is one of approximately 30 mutations affecting the colour of budgerigars. At least three types of Fallow, the German, English and Scottish, all named after their country of origin, have been established, although none of these types is common. They are superficially similar, […]

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The Crested Budgerigar

CREST: Information kindly provided by Mark Hawke. The Crested Budgerigar. Photo by Mark Hawke. Budgerigar bred by Shephard & Flanagan 2018 National Winner Penrith Crest Class Budgerigar fanciers have heard about, or seen, the Crested variety and a few have appreciated their merits by taking up the challenge of breeding them. My aim is to […]

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Upcoming AGM 2018

Our website has links to loads of useful documentation and the bottom of the home page, including links to key AGM documents. For easy access, here are links to a few key documents for you. AGM Agenda AGM update and advise

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2018 Auction List

The 2018 Auction is coming soon. Here is an Auction List that we will keep updating. 2018 Auction List

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Why Fertile Eggs Fail to Hatch

BUDGERIGAR BREEDERS often comment on fertile eggs, which fail to hatch because the chicks die during incubation. There are a number of reasons for these failures, which will be discussed below. In the first few days chick death is usually due to inadequate incubation. This can be from half hearted or intermittent sitting by the […]

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Methods for preventing French Moult through management.

French moult is the colloquial name for a condition that results in the loss of feathers in young budgerigars. Also known as budgerigar fledgling disease, French Moult can be caused by 2 different viruses: avian circovirus (also known as psittacine beak and feather disease) and avian polyomavirus. In this article we will address avian polyomavirus […]

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