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    Tutbury, Staffordshire
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    Song Sparrows, Grey Singers, colour-breeding silver LB zebras, parent-rearing CPQ.

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  1. SueG


    Thanks, for that kevwilts Good advice. Still thinking about what to introduce next season. I like the look of Minlas and could separate them or Pekins into their own aviary during breeding season, so that may be what I need to plan for rather than trying to get three different species breeding in one space. I haven't had any problems with both Pekins and Bulbuls nesting in same flight, but that may be because they're different-enough in temperament and nest at different height levels. Planning to make my first trip to Zwolle in February for the birdmarket (http://www.volierevriend.nl/index.php?page=nieuw) so plenty of time to decide before then what I'm looking for! Suggestions welcome!!
  2. SueG

    What are your plans for Stafford

    Well done, Shaun - that's brilliant! Especially at such a big show. Definitely a lot to be said for becoming an expert in one bird - as opposed to trying something new every year as I seem to do...
  3. SueG

    new member... kind of

    Wow! That's quite a list of birds! Noticed you've picked four from your 'past' list to try again (bib, spice, green, gouldian) - and ones you didn't breed first time around?? If so, good on you for having another go and really hope you find your pairs.
  4. SueG


    Apparently they're an OK bird to mix with Pekin Robins - one pair of each in an aviary.
  5. SueG


    Anyone know any breeders of Red-Tailed or Chestnut-Tailed Minla? Looking for a pair for next season. Sue
  6. I booked a table on my own in the end - no. 757 (come and say 'Hi'!). I'll be taking a fair few birds off the "restricted" list and will send the notification form (such as it is...) back to the PS before the 28th September deadline. Will be interesting to see whether I get an inspector at my table... My guess is that these forms go the same way as all those paper sales forms we hand in at the end of show
  7. SueG


    I've got a spare hen, Mike. I was going to sell her as part of a spare pair at Stafford in July, but would sell her separately for £35 if you're still after a hen? I'm in Tutbury. She's one I bred last year and has been laying eggs on the cage floor!
  8. I'm one of those who doesn't usually have much to sell in March - my season doesn't start until April, and my spare stock mostly sells at the Autumn show. If there was the opportunity to sell a few birds on a society table, I'd be up for that and happy to chip in to table cost. It might also look good for FF to have more of a Society presence? Maybe focused on the forum as the place where most of us got the advice and support that helped us really get into the hobby? On that note, I'll be there but probably arriving on an 'ordinary' punter's day ticket. I've got a few birds I'm thinking of offering for sale but haven't made my mind up yet, and will probably aim to pre-buy pair of Zosterops.
  9. SueG


    Having been quite concerned about where the PS had put us, I actually liked the position on the balcony that we had. Good light, wide corridor, and a wall behind the birds so no chance of anyone knocking over (or running off with) a cage. Probably wouldn't work if there'd been more FF members but for me it was good position - and I'd sold up everything bar a few odd cock birds by 11am, so home to settle my new Bulbuls by 1pm (thanks Simon Mills for the birds and Colin, as always, for the advice). I agree about the lack of waxbills tho' - might explain why the few I'd brought went so quickly, even the unsexed youngsters! I think the new rules would put people off, I'd been worried about bringing song sparrows but all of mine were pre-sold so didn't have any on the stand. Not that I noticed any "inspectors"... I did think that the show wasn't far off needing to take on bouncers tho' - there seemed to be even more trouble than previous years with theft and just general hassling of stall holders from dodgy types. One reason I now leave at lunchtime, is because I can't stand all those afternoon chancers that turn up trying to barter and hassle you. Other than that, a good day for me but then I wasn't looking to buy birds other than the one pair. Will be interesting to see how the Spring show goes.
  10. SueG

    Stafford Show October 2016.

    Just seen this thread, and also read the thread on the FSSUK site you mentioned Colin (link here). I'm actually really sad and disappointed about all this. The Autumn Stafford show is an important point in my bird-keeping year, one I really look forward to. All those chicks I've nurtured over the Summer go off to new breeders, and I get to do the big aviary/birdroom clean and settle my remaining birds down for winter. I even have this 'thing' that I start planning Christmas once the Stafford and my birdrooms are done But this year... an expensive table (£33), in less-good spot up on the balcony, and half of my birds on an ill-informed and unworkable "restricted" list (I'm more than a little worried that I'm going to end up in an argument with some Parrot Society 'inspector', or on some future 'banned' list along with my birds ). And now I can't even go and talk to the FSSUK guys about that softbill aviary I want to set up (tho' I understand why they've decided not to attend)! I think the Parrot Society wants my money but not me or my birds. Roll on Spring Show...
  11. SueG

    Stafford Show October 2016.

    Hi Jan Got my table no. now - 811. I requested FF area so I'm assuming it's in there? Taking Golden Song Sparrows, Blue-face Parrot Finch, Zebras (normals and silvers), Indian Silverbills (Opal split). Just had a look again at the info on PSUK site about species to declare. Still doesn't make any sense (what on earth does "or similar" mean in relation to species?!!)and it's impossible to do anything with the form online. So I'm working on assumption that because I ticked the box saying I agree with everything the Society asks me to agree with (or words to that effect...) I'm covered. Failing that I'll put a big arrow on my stand saying "Box B birds over here" !
  12. SueG

    October Stafford Bird Show 2016 Tables.

    Hi I know I'm leaving this late (!), but how do I make sure I get a table in the area Hayley has reserved? If that's still happening?? Sue
  13. Agree with most of the comments. This feels like a box being ticked rather than a serious attempt to monitor bird traffic. Signing the form (printing it out and signing it???) seems about as effective as those daft 'birds sold' sheets we hand in. My understanding is that DEFRA and other inspectors patrol the shows in order to check that birds look healthy and are tabled correctly, I don't see how they would be able to check the origin of most of the birds sold beyond trusting what the table holder tells them.
  14. Is it just me, but I can't find any information about what time entry is for breeders tables? The website is just showing the 9.30am public opening time. Anyone know?