Beginner Breeder and Exhibitor
Q. When did you first start to become interested in budgie and what sparked it off?
A. I have been interested in all cage birds from a very early age. First had an interest in budgies in the early 70’s when I met and became good friends of Brian & Louise Stevens from Welwyn. Got married in 1972 and decided to go back to Racing Pigeons until late 2011 when I decided to get some budgies as I was sick of all the losses with pigeons.
Q. What did your first aviary / breeding room look like?
A. My first Budgie room is my converted racing pigeon loft
Q. Where and when did you acquire your first budgerigar?
A. My first birds came from 3 main sources, Frank and Mark Ramshaw, Gren and Pat Norris, and my good friend Michael Browne from Ireland
Q. Do you still have birds from this bloodline?
Q. Which bloodlines having given you the must impact on your stud?
A. An unknown factor at present as this is my first breeding season
Q. Do you have a Specific Way of preparing your birds for the breeding season?
A. I have taken the advice of the above fanciers and increased the lighting hours and gradually increased the soft food from once a week for a week, then twice a week etc. until they were receiving it daily
Q. Do you pair your birds by visual appearance / bloodline or both?
A. At this early stage in the hobby both
Q. How many chick and clutches are your birds Allowed?
A. 4 or 5 chicks per nest and I will be taking 3 clutches this year
Q. What differences are there in your feeding programme in the breeding and non-breeding?
A. Just the addition of soft food in the breeding season. I have much to learn.
Q. What would you change about your setup if you had the chance (and infinite money to do?
A. Having just set my birdroom up with insulated walls lined with upvc sheeting, hopefully nothing else, apart from extractor fans and double glazed window units which will be arriving this week.
Q. Do you believe in preventatives medication? If so what do you use?
A. Only the basics. I don’t believe in a lot of the preventative medicines on the market, preferring to allow my birds to build up a natural immune system. I feel a lot of the medications today break down a bird’s natural immune system. I adopted the same approach when I had my pigeons, and very rarely had sick birds.
Q. How do you deal with birds with feather disorders?
A. Fingers crossed, but not had this problem as of yet, but would probably cull.
Q. Do you have a favourite mutation or Variety?
A. Spangles. But I would like to get some Lutino’s.
Q. Who do you admire most in the hobby?
A. Anyone who is prepared to help beginners/Novices with good sound advice, and has no secrets.
Q. What was the best bird you ever breed?
A. Unknown at the moment
Q. What was the best bird you have seen from Someone Else's stud?
A. Unknown at the moment
Q. What is the most important piece of advice you give a beginner, just starting out in the hobby?
A. Go to a good stud and purchase the best with what money you have available. Keep your ears and eyes open, and follow the advice given.
Q. What more can we do to promote the hobby?
A. Get into schools and encourage youngsters into the hobby.
Q. What do you enjoy must about the hobby? Are you still as enthusiastic as when you first started?
A. All aspects, being with the birds.
Q. What other hobbies or interests do you have ?
A. Model railways, stamp collecting. Still keep a few Racing Pigeons, and Fife and Gloster Canaries