Advice For Beginners


Assuming the newbie has been in the pastime for a few years and now wants to advance, how does one go about getting the expertise to breed the show bench winners? A beginner would most likely have a tiny shed, say 8ft6ft, which is insufficient for breeding.

Assume the tiny shed is unsuitable for modification; I would not trash it; if re-erected in a corner, it will be great for storing nest boxes, exhibition cages, and potentially seed, among other things.

Bigger Shed Required

I believe the smallest size achievable is 12ft8ft. The entrance should be placed at one end, off-center, so that cages may be built on the rear wall. If and when an outside flight is created, the window should be in the center of the 12ft length opposite the cages and should have at least one opening light. If not, make sure the whole length of the window is covered with wire netting. Some consideration should be given to the supply of a roof light while creating the new shed; it is simple to install at this point. However, be sure that it does not intrude on the area designated for your cages.

Building Your Cages

As previously said, build your cages towards the rear wall. You should acquire four cages around three feet long, and three rows will give you twelve breeding cages. It should be sufficient for the majority of novices. The cages should be around 18 inches tall “depth and height are the same.

You may create a set of stairs, say 3 feet wide, on the front wall, and instead of ascending from floor to ceiling, consider adding cabinets in the bottom, say 30 feet “high. This place is great for storing seed and other items, and the birds will enjoy it just as much as if it were directly on the floor. When constructing the flight, remember to include access portals to allow the birds to be captured and fed more easily. I would recommend at least two doors, not too high, because the birds would fly over your head.

The total width of the flight and cages is about 4′ 6″, leaving a corridor of approximately 3′ 6″. You may think this is too broad, but I promise you that it is exactly fine, particularly if you put your nestboxes on the outside of the cages. Remember, there will come a day when you will have company, and you will enjoy the extra breadth. Nest boxes available in a variety of sizes and styles; select one that best suits your needs; birds seldom have preferences. Feed the greatest quality seed available; feeding cheap seed is a waste of money. Have some form of floor covering whenever feasible; it not only looks wonderful but is also much simpler to clean. Now comes the hard part. We may presume that the first supply you began with with insufficient for display reasons, so where do we obtain more stock?

Don’t Rush into Buying

Allow yourself plenty of time. Do not purchase the first birds that are presented to you. Examine the show results to discover who is winning in the breeder’s category. In the first year, I would avoid champions since their prices would be considerably more than those of a decent novice, and the stock given could be too nice for the raw beginner. To successfully maintain a stud, time and expertise are required, and the pricey bird from a champion need skilled management to produce the greatest outcomes. I honestly believe that finding a decent newbie with nice breeding birds is the best option. If feasible, try to collect two or three pairs of birds that are linked. Pair them up for the first year, and if the kids are as good as or better than the parents, you’ve done well. The second year, you may begin crossing the juveniles, but one word of caution: only the best should be utilized.

Re-invest Your Money

If your breeding was enough, you should have a few birds to sell. If you think something isn’t up to par, sell it. However, the reality is that you will have a tough time selling for a fraction of the sum you spent. For the money you’ll have to pay to obtain superior stock, you’ll probably have to sell up to eight birds. That is, unfortunately, how it works. Don’t be too depressed; we’ve all been through the same thing. Even today, I have to sell a few before I can afford to replace them. I hope I have not turned you off; remember, it is a terrific activity that may provide you with a lot of fun. The exhibition side is fantastic. The rush you’ll feel when the first rosette is pinned to the cage is incredible. You will, however, be a loser. Because your time will come, be a good loser.

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