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South Hampshire - December 2016
December fun night again! If you can remember back to this time last year, the Social and Christmas raffle at Wellow was a great success and it excelled again with a turnout of 39 members / guests!
(Apologies were received from John Burton, Kevin Burnett and John Mullen).
With everyone there with a drink in hand we started with the first round of skittles before the meal, which was being served at 8.30pm.
After the meal we had part one of the Christmas draw (73 Prizes), followed by the second round of skittles. This was played with some hilarious moments to say the least, with Andrew McKendrick the main winner again this year with 22 points (1 less then last year) and Kerry Bellows with 19 points as best lady, but lost in a play off to Andrew who won the bottle of Champagne.
We then had part two of the draw until the conclusion of the evening, when Mick Freeborn, our President, thanked Peter Merritt and his family for all the hard work they had put in to make the evening a success, especially Pete’s grandson for picking up and replacing the skittles etc.
Steve Bailey, our Chairman, then thanked everyone for coming and the staff for the quality food and service they provided. He said what a good atmosphere there was in our club these days, which would stand us in good stead for the future, especially with a good program of events for the coming year.
With that said we finished the evening after he had wished everyone a good breeding season, a merry Christmas and a safe journey home.
South Hampshire - November 2016
Steve Bailey, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from David Blackeby, Neil Cawley, Martin Terry, John Burton, Pam Freemantle, Kevin Burnett and Mark Edwards.
With that Tony Cash explained the format for the evening, with the paperwork I had printed off to be filled in by the members; they had to assume it was a sales section and select the best 3 birds they would buy & why.
With all the 10 birds benched and ready for the fun judging, our Judge for the evening was Andrew McKendrick, so while he was doing his judging we carried on with club business.
Peter Merritt started reading out and explaining in detail the Open Show accounts, which showed an overall profit of £244.33. This was achieved by the generosity of all who donated birds for the auction and money for various items on our sponsors’ board, which we run each year for the club.
Steve then mentioned the London & Southern Counties BS Inter Club competition to be held on Sunday and thanked all who supported it by entering their birds as part of the team of 12 classes; he said it would be nice to win this year as we have been 2nd two years running!
He then handed over to Tony to say a few words about our last meeting, which was the Members Show.
Everyone was asked to keep their paper work on them until part 2 of the evening.
After lots of lively discussion and the sharing of ideas between the members it was time for a tea break. Once the break was over I asked Andrew McKendrick to start part 2 and explain his own choices on which birds he would buy.
He said he had some heavy feathered birds and needed to refine them, so he picked as his 1st buy a Grey cock which excelled in style & deportment and was very tidy and complete, which would help resolve some of his problems. He carried on with the next 5 birds in his selection explaining in the same way.
I then asked various members to come up with their selection and give their reasons for wanting to buy the birds they had chosen, which was very entertaining as most members had a go.
As the evening was drawing to a close it was evident that most members chose different birds for various reasons, as we all have different problems / requirements needed in our birds to improve them. So many thanks to all who brought birds along for the evening.
The evening was very interesting, especially with comments from the floor as well! It was an enjoyable evening with most members participating, which is what club meetings are all about.
After the raffle Steve Bailey, our Chairman, also thanked the members for bringing their birds.
He then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire October 2016
Jim Lawrie, our Vice Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out for Steve Bailey, Peter Church, Brian Bailey, Kevin Burnett, Pam Freemantle, Heidi Patient, John Burton and Peter Merritt.
With all the birds benched and ready (46), he then handed over to our judge for the evening, Dave Guppy, who had travelled down from Bath.
Whilst the main judging was being carried out we dealt with club business and general matters regarding the sponsors of our Open Show for 2017 and the need to keep them and see if we could add others to that list! We also hadn’t collected monies for the adverts in the schedule as most members had contributed to the costs anyway.
(This was discussed at our committee meeting on 29-9-16 with the decision that members adds be reduced to half page and free, other adds from breeders that don’t contribute any thing the our club will be taken out) I read out from a copy of the show accounts I had, for all there (28) showing a profit of £274.33 on the Open Show.
I also issued a completed 2017 program to members, with some lively discussion regarding the events and speakers for the year and then it was time for a tea break.
In part two we Dave gave a running commentary on his decisions and placings of various birds with questions from the floor.
Our congratulations to the main winners of the evening:
· Best in Show Neil Cawley Green cock 301-1
· Best Young Bird in Show Neil Cawley Green cock 301-1
· Best Opp Sex Young Bird Derek Ham Cin Cobalt Cock 310-3
· Best Opp Sex AA Mick Small 206-1
· Best Champion FreeBo 5-2
· Best Intermediate Peter Merritt 17-1
· Best Novice Neil Cawley 301-1
· Best Beginner Derek Ham 310-3
· Best Junior N/E
Our thanks to Neil Cawley, our chief steward for the evening, who did a great job working along side Dave Guppy (Thank you Dave)!
After the raffle Jim, our Vice Chairman, thanked Dave for adjudicating and not accepting any ‘expenses’ and all of the members for bringing their birds. He then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire September 2016
All were welcomed (39) at the BBQ at Peter Merritt’s house, which started from 6.30pm. Apologies were received from Mark Edwards and John Burton.
Tables, chairs & a gazebo were set up in the garden with some extra lighting, as the evenings’ close-in a lot earlier now.
Peter & Chris were well prepared / organised again this year, with mouth watering sausages, extra burgers (as he run out last year – they were so delicious) and chicken legs.
There were various dishes to go with the meals, including coleslaw, rice, pickled onions, potato salad and a mixed salad of tomatoes, lettuce, etc.
The deserts were equally mouth watering! Everyone sat down together for a lovely social evening (including the free drinks) all out of club funds, as we are trying to give back something to the members!
We also held a raffle, which this year raised £60 (all helps)
We all thanked Chris & Peter for their hard work in cooking / preparing the food and also, a big ‘thank you’ to all members that attended - it was great! (Shame about the weather)
The BBQ finished at approx 8.40pm, with members starting to drift off and all were wished a safe journey home.
South Hampshire August 2016
Jim Lawrie, our Vice Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, Bryon Shaw, John Mullen, Peter Church, Brian Bailey and Steve Bailey. (25 Members Attended)
With all the Unshowable competition birds’ benched (14) and ready for discussion later on, we started on how we were going to run / organise our Open Show. We had a shows’ committee meeting on Thursday 7th July at Peter Merritt’s, so I read out some of the main items discussed, which were important:
The main thing was that we are in the sports hall this year, owing to the other 2 halls being refurbished.
Mick Freeborn came up front to explain the benefits of the new hall regarding space and booking in and out. He said there was improved lighting, which was good for judging, and also that it was better then the old hall in lots of ways. He asked that we all helped with sweeping up the seed during and at the end and that we would then all have a good show.
After lots of lively discussion re procedures regarding the Open Show and team duties it was time for a tea break with more discussions carrying on in various groups.
The main items that we discussed to be in place for the show were:
We looked at the birds during the break. As there were some birds with bad faults there to talk about but also some very good feathered birds, we got Steve Cox, as panel judge, to talk about the faults and how he would use them if they were his birds. It was very interesting for all members to listen to, because he gave reasons why to use or not use them, also to make sure you kept good records on the birds with certain faults so you don’t double up on that fault in the future as it could ruin your stud.
Steve said it was taking a lot longer to get the judging done as, when a long tail /flight bird was suspected, the judge took the bird to other judges for confirmation before disqualifying it. Even then some birds were still winning a “CC”, which was not sending out the correct message to breeders that show.
We talked about why some top breeders / judges are still showing them and hoping to win when they should know they won’t after all the publicity and photos on the BS web site / magazine!
After that we had the raffle and then I thanked the members for bringing their birds and closed the meeting, wishing everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire July 2016
Steve Bailey, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, Bryon Shaw, Heidi Patient, Jane Cooper, Les & Miranda Underwood & Kids and Andrew McKendrick. (29 Members Attended)
Steve then handed over to Tony Cash to explain about the judging procedure, which was to place the birds in the order that you would like to take them home, with the paperwork I had printed off to be filled in by the members. They had to mark up birds 1-6 and were asked to keep the paper work on them until part 2 of the evening, when we would get someone to judge them!
With all the birds’ benched (14 which is just right for a judging competition) and ready we dealt with club business first regarding the show schedule and the last meeting, which was the Gary Hale.
As the evening was drawing to a close it was evident that 99% of the members chose the same bird to take home, which was a Cinnamon Grey cock with lots of frontal blow as best bird there.
Mick then went on to say which birds he would pair to the winners to overcome the faults they were carrying together and the reasons why, which was very interesting, especially with a few comments from the floor as well!
It was an enjoyable evening with most members participating, which is what club meetings are all about. We then had the raffle & Steve Bailey closed the meeting wishing all a safe journey home.
South Hampshire June 2016
Steve Bailey, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, Bryon Shaw and Tony Cash. (35 Members Attended including 1 paid up new member)
Steve then introduced Gary Hale, our speaker for the evening and carried on with interaction with Gary during the evening.
Gary started by giving an explanation as to why he and David Davies split the partnership in 2008, when all the birds went to David’s place because of the personal problems that Gary had. He said that when he had sorted out the problems and wanted the birds back he only got back 21 cocks and 17 hens, which is well below the number taken to David’s aviary. They haven’t now spoken for 4 years.
He said he became a Welsh BS panel judge at 21 years old and won Best YB at the Welsh BS show in 1992. His aims were:
Gary explained about his feeding methods and supplements and treatment of the bird room for diseases etc. He uses a lot of horse products such as “Dobson & Horrell” Hedgerow Herbs, also Thrive (Horses).
He makes up a month’s supply of soft food and freezes it into amounts he would use in a day, as he hasn’t always the time to spend making it up each day.
Gary said we all need a bit of luck and once he had a super cock but no hen for him, so he was lent a Roger Long hen which produced 5 super chicks before she passed on (odd pairing brought good results).
Also, the Moorhouse birds he acquired with the fluffy head feather had improved his birds and he has still maintained the length and deportment in the birds as well.
During the slide show of the many birds from the BS club show, he pointed out particular good points on the birds as well as being critical on certain features regarding feather etc. In his own aviary, which is 20` X 12, he now has deep nest box’s (now PVC) which stop the chicks coming out too early. We were given a running commentary on all aspects of the bloodlines and from whom he acquired stock, including his friend in Scotland who he swaps with. (We all should do this)
After tea break the evening continued with lots of pictures of quality birds, again mainly from the club show, we then had questions and answers.
Question: What do you look for in a good hen?
Answer: She has to sit on the perch well and not lie across it and also stand well up. However, I look for these features in all my birds; style is all important, as well as everything that makes a good bird.
Question: Do your hens have trouble getting in and out of the nest box?
Answer: No trouble at all and, as I previously said, the chicks don’t come out so soon with the deep boxes I use and therefore I don’t have as many problems. They are fed that bit longer within the nest box and are more able to cope if they do happen to come out too soon.
Question: Do you get many aviary visitors to your birdroom?
Answer: Not many, people don’t seem to want to come over the bridge to come and see me!
Gary also judged the bird competition of the evening with the following results:
Best bird: Green Spangle cock of Peter Merritt:
2nd: Yellow Face Sky cock of Andrew McKendrick (Deemed to be a long flight with no tail)
Once again, we all showed our appreciation to Gary for a very entertaining evening.
We then had the raffle & Steve Bailey closed the meeting wishing all a safe journey home!
South Hampshire May 2016
Steve Bailey, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, Bryon Shaw, Mark Edwards, Mick Freeborn and Derrick Ham. We also welcomed prospective new members Jason Bramble with daughter Elise from Portsmouth (31 Members Attended)
With the birds benched, Kevin Welch started judging at 8.15pm. Neil Cawley acted as chief steward, whilst we dealt with club business.
Steve then handed over to me to give a brief of the format for the evening, which was asking Kevin to choose Best Young Bird overall, best Opposite Sex and Best Barhead, as well as section winners.
I also mentioned that our Show schedule was approved by the BS (Beverly Hutt) with me & Peter Merritt working on it for a while, with Steve Cox doing a final check for mistakes before we sent it off.
I read out the minutes of the last meeting from the 8-4-2016 when we had Robbie Keeber as our guest speaker, which was a very interesting evening.
Kevin had almost finished his judging by the break, so after refreshments he selected the main winners of the night. He gave a detailed assessment of the birds he had chosen, with a Green Hen up as Best Bird, saying it had some growing to do to become a super budgie!
Kevin then started to give comments regarding the quality of the birds benched and the faults and good features that were in front of him. He also explained the types of pairings he liked and what he was trying to put on to his birds.
With each bird commented on, along with comments from various members, he then took questions from the floor. There were lots of positive and interesting comments, so ‘well done’ to all the winners.
The winners on the evening were:
Well done to Kevin for his Judging and to all who brought birds on the evening!
The meeting finished at 10pm with the raffle. Steve thanked all members and closed the meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.
South Hampshire April 2016
Our Chairman, Steve Bailey, opened the meeting, welcomed all there including new members / guests Les & Mirada Underwood with children Robbie & Sophie he then introduced Robbie Keeber, our speaker for the evening. Apologies were read out from John Burton, David Cummings, Mark Edwards, John Mullen and Kevin Burnett.
The birds were benched (any Green Series Bird) and ready for viewing later.
Robbie started by telling how he came into the hobby and that he joined the BS in 1971, but with 4 children and a new business venture to run the birds took a backward step for a while. He said that any one could win at open shows now, but in days gone by it was always won by a certain group of top breeders with large studs and top quality birds.
He said that these days there were not very many (that he would call) large studs about in this country. Also, in those days the Europeans etc., came over here to acquire good birds and blood lines, whereas these day we all go over there to bring back the ingredients / features we originally sold them, as they have worked with them to produce the type of bird we all wish to have in our aviaries!
Robbie was asked what he would do if he was going to start up again and he replied that he would try and build a family of birds, go to as many breeders as he could, join a local club and eventually settle with one breeder who had a good stud throughout rather than one that had top quality birds that dropped away quickly. He said he would build up a relationship with that person by buying the lesser brothers and sisters of his best birds, which would build up his family of birds and would enable him to go back and buy a better bird the following year.
He said to also look to where you would buy in and out cross with a particular feature that you required to improve your birds, as this would also maintain your fertility within the stud. At the end of each year you must be ruthless in disposing of birds that would be no good to you in order for you to improve and be competitive on the show bench.
Robbie said that the total trimming of birds was not required, only on the sides with long feathered/buff birds as he had found that it made no difference to his breeding whether he trimmed or not. Someone asked about a class for flecked or odd looking birds and his reply was to leave them at home, as we were only supposed to see show birds based on the ideal.
With regard to faults in birds, he said that all faults needed to be worked on to eradicate from your stud by working with different lines of birds or buying in an outcross without that fault. If necessary get rid of a complete line of birds before it became a major fault throughout your stud. He said you should stand in front of your birds and look at them to see the features that were standing out, which should show what was lacking within the birds. You should then introduce that feature as a new line and, when it was working, cross it over to your original lines. In this way you would not spoil the good work already carried out within the other lines.
In the second half Robbie first judged the birds there and gave a very in-depth detail of what he thought of each bird (very interesting). He then went on to talk about bringing in outcrosses and the type of birds from Germany, Belgium, South Africa etc., and talked about the dodgy dealings of certain breeders with regards to showing. He also spoke of his respect for Mrs Moss, which was all very interesting.
He finished by saying that you only got out of the hobby what you put into it, i.e. Jo Mannes put in 95% of his time and energy into breeding his birds whereas the rest of us probably only put in about 20%.
The evening finished at just gone ten o’clock and appreciation was shown from the thirty six people that attended. Our thanks to Robbie for a very entertaining evening.
After the raffle Steve thanked every body, closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting, which is our Young Stock Show with Kevin Welch as our Judge.
South Hampshire March 2016
Our Vice Chairman Steve Bailey opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, David Cummings, Mark Edwards, John Mullen and Pam & Malcolm Freemantle.
There were 26 in attendance.
With the birds benched (Any Blue Series Bird) and ready for viewing later, we dealt with club business / AGM. Peter Merritt had previously handed out the 2015 accounts for members to take home to see if there were any ‘anomalies’ that they would like to raise tonight .
South Hampshire Minutes of AGM 2015:
These were read out to all members by Peter Merritt and there were no comments.
Minutes taken as true account of AGM 2015:
(Proposed by Neil Cawley – Seconded by Peter Church)
The President’s Report
The President, Mick Freeborn, started by saying a thank you to everyone connected to the club for the work they did and apologised if he had forgotten anyone. He said that both Tony Cash and Peter Merritt had put in a tremendous amount of work over the year to ensure that South Hampshire BS remained one of the best clubs in the south and that there had been some great meetings with entertaining speakers and this was very good indeed.
The Chairperson then gave his report:
Bill Farr was absent from the meeting so no report was given. Steve Bailey, the Vice Chairman, got up and said how well the club was progressing, which was due to the membership all pulling together to make it a very successful Society. He said he hoped it would continue in 2016 and beyond.
General Secretary’s report:
Tony Cash started by thanking the committee for all their work during the year, which had contributed to the success of the club. He said all of the meetings had been reasonably well attended during the year because of the quality of the program / speakers and with the line up this year it should be even better.
Treasurer’s report and Membership
Peter Merritt went through the profit and loss/balance sheet reports that had been given out to members. Peter said that, compared to 2014, there were not a lot of differences and he gave a full detailed explanation of the accounts that showed an overall profit of £100.80. Peter thanked Malcolm Freemantle for his work on the accounts. (Auditor)
Also we picked up 9 new members during the year.
(Accounts Proposed by Jim Lawrie– Seconded by Neil Cawley)
Installation of New President N/A
Mick Freeborn on his 3rd year!
Election of Officers:
The President took over the chair for the election of Chairperson and officers.
(A copy of elected officers is attached for your perusal)
Regarding the Open Show in August, we will be having an auction of 8 birds again to raise funds for the club and we have thanked all those who contribute towards helping the club have a successful open show. We will discuss the entry fees and incentives at the Committee meeting to be held on the 8th of April at 6pm to see if we are keeping it the same.
The AGM finished at 8.45m.
After the raffle Steve thanked every body, closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire February 2016
As our Chairman & Vice Chair were absent I opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, David Cummings, Bill Farr, Mark Edwards, Derek Ham, Andy Thorpe, Andrew McKendrick, Kevin Burnett and Steve Bailey (9). There were 27 in attendance.
With the birds benched (any Cinnamon) and ready for viewing later, we dealt with club business. Peter Merritt handed out the 2015 accounts for members to take home to see if there were any ‘anomalies’ that they would like to raise at next month’s AGM.
I gave out a revised 2016 program to non-email members, together with the Agenda for the forthcoming AGM that will be held next month on Friday 4th March. I then asked if those on the committee would be prepared to stand again and, if there were any other nominations, to send them to me.
I informed everyone that I would be interviewing Peter Merritt this evening, as our original guest speaker had had a heart attack (recovering well but cannot drive yet), so I started with a list of 27 major questions on our hobby.
The main sub titles were: The early days, Management, Success with a small stud, Showing and General stuff / meetings /has the hobby changed.
The main information we got from Peter was that he came back into the hobby in 2012; he now breeds with 18 cages in a refurbished birdroom with a velux roof light but no window. He has LED lighting (daylight type) coming on at 6.30am – 9pm and his stock level at breeding time is aprox 60 rising to 160 before his sort out.
He loves to show, entering 8 last year and showing between 12 – 22 birds. He said he enjoyed all aspects of the hobby, including the social side which he thought was most important.
During the interview there was lots of interaction between all members for most of the evening, which created a friendly atmosphere with most people contributing in some way.
We all had a lovely evening listening to Peter Merritt’s answers to the various questions about this great hobby of ours and many thanks to all that brought birds for the meeting! Also, our thanks to Jim Lawrie who wrote the questions.
South Hampshire January 2016
Steve Bailey, the Vice Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, David Cummings, Bill Farr, Neil Cawley, Derek Ham, John Mullen, Andy Thorpe, Peter Church, Brian Bailey, Kevin Burnett and Pam Freemantle (11). There were 22 in attendance with David Blackeby becoming a member.
With the birds benched and ready for viewing later Steve then handed over to me to explain the format for the evening, which was talking about our breeding problems and medications in the first session up to our tea break. I went round almost all members asking them how their breeding season was going so far and the number of chicks they had managed to ring with new rings etc: the numbers varied from 5 to over 100, which surprised all of us. We then started looking and talking about the birds in general, with lots of interaction between all members for most of the evening, which created a friendly atmosphere with most taking part.
With lots of discussion on day old chicks dying and various ways to eradicate this we went on to talk about all sorts of problems, as well as feeding methods etc. Jim Lawrie said he had a few birds in the flight going light, which brought up all types of ideas how to treat / keep them. Below are some of the medicines mentioned:
I have various sheets of information on different bird illnesses & stress / feeding, which I can email to any members if requested.
After this several members were expressing their views on the birds and which ones they liked / would like to take home with them.
We all (22) had a lovely evening talking about this great hobby of ours and many thanks to all that brought birds for the meeting!
After the raffle Steve Bailey thanked everybody. He then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.