Hi fellow budgie breeders. I bit of a quick update to where the birds are at and a couple of issues that concern me.
I have managed to get a fair percentage of the pairs breeding, as with most aviaries some are breeding better than others. I have bred enough birds now to take the pressure off, I was in grave fear of losing the stud. Because of business commitments I didn’t really work the birds, over the previous three seasons, so the number of birds available to use was quite low. And many6 of the birds that were there to use were 2 or 3 years old and more.
I purchased a few birds at auctions all supposedly related to mine. These in the main have been a waste of time. Only a couple bred, although because these were my better birds I have bred some useful stuff out of them. Maybe they will do better next season we can only keep trying.
I find it interesting that the birds I purchased at auction behaved so badly, one would question some of the breeders who put these birds in the auctions. One bird in particular, had chronic diarrhoea when transferred her to my carry cage at the auction and I lost her a few days after the auction. Interestingly the breeder took no responsibility for this. And of course the disclaimers, of the Auction organising club takes no responsibility either. Really it won’t make much difference to me, but if it was a beginner or someone who saved up to buy that birds and put the years hopes in it they would be extremely pissed off. The breeder/seller, I now find out, from very reliable source , couldn’t be trusted as far as you could kick him. I can remember another incident with another breeder who is local to me, said in front of a group of budgie breeders, that he only put birds in Auctions that won’t bred for him or play up in the breeding cage. With these attitudes what hope has the hobby got?
These above scoundrels probably sit in meetings etc. ( and I know they do) and try to come up with ways to gain new membership for their budgie club and debate, how do we stop people leaving the hobby and how do we get more people involved in the hobby. Maybe they could stop being shifty and underhanded and treat others how they themselves would like to be treated. Get rid of the; them and us, closed groups that infiltrate most clubs.
Unfortunately many of my budgie mates are getting more and more pleasure out of their bird rooms and less and less pleasure out of their involvement with clubs.
Until next time. All the best for the festive season, don't drink too much and I wish you and all your families a happy healthe 2013