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SPANGLED BUDGERIGAR BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS - August 2009
Reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Chairman
Speakers, Judge & Chairman at the Spangle Day
(Chris Huxley, Eric Peake, Alan Marchant & Ghalib Al-Nasser)
Alan reflected on his early years in the hobby and the different start that he had from his partner. They were born and bred near each other with similar backgrounds and they have been in partnership for the past 26 years. Initially Alan kept Recessive Pieds and Dark-Eyed Clears. He felt that we need to spend more time with newcomers, not just selling them birds as during their initial 18 months they need all the support that they can get. In his early days his uncle was a successful novice and he visited local champions with him and that saved him a lot of money.
Alan advised members to start the breeding season with fit hens, as they are the ones that will drive the breeding season. Put the hen in a show cage and analyse its faults and decide what needs improving, then look for a cock that excels in those features. He feels that hens need to be kept in the same stud in which they were bred. He told the audience to minimise the stress factor in the birds. We are trying to breed a man-made bird and we should aim for birds with longevity and repeatability. He felt that there is a direct correlation between denser feather and migration of melanin causing flecking. The partnership started to clear the flecking by breeding a large number of birds and by keeping those with the feather quality, size and shape. Gradually they managed to get on top of the flecking by pairing the cleaner birds together. They started to improve on the backskull by obtaining outcrosses from Arthur Piper and Ray Winsper. To get a good backskull in the bird the eye needs to be 25% from the cere and 75% from backskull. Further outcrosses came from Brian Sweeting and he liked his birds with their really dense black spots. Alan felt that there is no point in buying a bird from a stud where the feature is not throughout the stud. The partnership recently visited Jerry Donovan and they have never before seen so many spangles in one place.
Eric Peake, Judge & President, with winners at the Spangle Day
(Jerry Donovan, Arnold Stevens, Eric Peake, Sue Clarke, Stuart Landsdowne & Philip Jeremiah)
The partnership brought 6 pairs of quality birds with them and asked the members to try to pair them up to breed buff, intermediate and yellow feather birds. This exercise was well appreciated by the members and found to be very useful
While Alan Marc
The Alf Ormerod Memorial Trophy for the 2008 Most Spangle Young Bird wins went to Jerry Donovan for the second year running with a massive 18 wins.
New President, Cy Thorne, with the outgoing President, Eric Peake, at the Spangle AGM
officers gave positive reports on their activities and the balance sheet looked very
healthy. Cy Thorne was inaugurated as the new President and Jerry Donovan was elected to
the post of President Elect. Janice Al-Nasser was elected as a new vice president. All
other officers remained the same and were announced as: Ghalib Al-Nasser and Stuart
Forbes, Life Vice Presidents; J. Al-Nasser, S. Amos, J. Attwood, F. Canham, B. & C.
Heale, R. Molkentin, F. Silva, R. Stringer & R. Thumwood, Vice Presidents; Ghalib
Al-Nasser, Chairman & Publicity Officer; Rod Clarke, Vice Chairman & Patronage
Secretary; John Cosby, Membership Secretary; Janice Al-Nasser, Treasurer; Ian Clarke,
editor; Sue Clarke, Trophy Steward; Bob Allen, Ian Brickwood and Clifton Wixon, committee
members. After the
The new president Cy Thorne, in closing the meeting, gave a special THANK YOU to the host society and especially to Marion & Bill Ralph who provided the refreshments throughout the day.