South Hampshire -
Jim Lawrie, our Acting Chairman,
opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out
from John Burton, Bryon Shaw, Geoff Futcher, Steve Bailey, Brian
Bailey, Peter Church, John Mullen, Martin Terry and Steve Cox.
14 birds were
benched and ready to be judged later, in the order that they would
be used for breeding with.
Jim Lawrie then
explained the format for the evening, which was talking about our
breeding problems and medications / vitamins in the first session,
then looking and talking about the birds that David Rice was going
to judge during the first part of the evening.
With lots of
discussion on day old chicks dying/ dead in shell /addled, which was
the problem Neil Cawley was having, and the 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 was having a poor
start to the breeding season again this year, with others having a
great start. Peter Merritt said he was off on a flyer this year in
his new cages and explained what he thought were the reasons for
We discussed the
various additives we were all using, with a lot of similar products
being used by many.
One of the
products renamed was “Carr’s AD-Herbs Original for pigeons”. Sizes
250ml, 500ml, 1000ml and 2500ml (Peter was put on to this by Brian
Sweeting some time ago).
oil, essential oil of origanum (Without menthol).
5ml thoroughly into 2kg of feed.
Use everyday to maintain good
condition. Use feed within 5 months. Shake well before use.
Also, a product
that Peter Merritt uses as well as others is Zooserine, which comes
from Portugal. Peter said that the price has gone up from £6.00 to
£11.00 for 40 tablets. He explained what he uses it for and said he
would try and acquire some for the members (10).
is indicated for the treatment of mixed infections of the
respiratory tract and digestive tract. Chronic respiratory
infections, traqueobronquites, pneumonia, and tuberculosis and
mycoplasmosis gastroenteritis caused by salmonella and e. coli, as
well as the clamidiose, are among the main indications.)
This then brought
up a discussion on all types of diseases and the medicines to treat
them. Below are some of the medicines mentioned that are used by,
or required by, the members.
2Grams to 2
Litres or as Harry says:
Triple C -
Natural Supplement in drinking water:
Baytril Oral -
Harkers 3 in 1
(Waga Waga in
After this we asked
several members to express their views on the birds and most agreed
that the positions that David Rice had placed them in were the
We then discussed
an Aviary visit, with over night stay out, possibly to Harry
Hockaday and Alan and Gina Adams and maybe a third visit, which the
club would subsidise with the cost of the mini buses. Most of the
members there put up their hands (14) as being interested in going,
possibly around May time. We will investigate and come back to you.
We all had a lovely
evening talking about our breeding and problems and how to overcome
some of them in this great hobby of ours. Many thanks to all that
brought birds for the meeting.
After the raffle
Jim Lawrie thanked everybody. He then closed the meeting and wished
everyone a safe journey home.