Browsing Archive: August, 2010

Trent Valley Open Show 2010

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Sunday, August 29, 2010, In : Shows 
I had a good day, I stewarded for L Stanley and one of the colours he did was the Dominant Pieds, it was a Gold show so there were CCs for any age and young birds. I was happy when he put my young Dominant Pied into first place and left it there! Later after judging our colours and waiting for the other judges to finish, he said that he hadn't seen any birds that stood out except for a young Dominant Pied! Our big colour had been the Grey Greens so if my Pied stood out I was very happy, since...
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Breeding Cages

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Birdroom 
Well I've finally got started on last major work planned for my birdroom which is 12 breeding cages with a cupboard beneath. The cupboard is nearly complete and since it is the most complex part of the build it should not be to long before the cages are finished.

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Showing Record So Far

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Shows 
I've shown at three Open shows so far; Melton Mowbrary B.S., North West Leicestershire B.S. and Leicestershire B.S. In the first two I got Beginner YB 1st, 2nd and 3rd. At Leicestershire, I fared poorly incomparison getting Beginner AA 2nd and YB 3rd, but I did get a 3rd place in the Cinnamon line up.

Entries seem to be way down, the Leicestershire show was almost exactly 200 entries less than last year (368 vs. 565 last year). Is the weather playing havoc with the condition of the birds?



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Big Fella has not got a Tail

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Youngsters 
Some weeks ago he dropped both flights, I checked and saw a tail growing but nothing was showing a few weeks later. Both tails were stumpy, they easily came out and they were deformed. I sprayed with a dry iodine anticeptic spray, but I doubt he'll grow a proper tail again.

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Half-height Flights warning

Posted by Phil Hodgkins on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Problems 
I've bought three birds this year, all from birdrooms which use half-height flights for their main flights. All three have broken their necks in my full-height flight, the first two at the start of the summer and the last today. I thought the last one was safe, he rarely got off the floor and I never saw him higher than the lowest perch.

I've not had any other bird break their neck, but they've either been bred by me or came from birdrooms with full-height flights. So be warned if you have ful...
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