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  1. Do you think imports would improve the quality of budgerigars in the Australian show scene?
  2. A black eyed yellow is not impossible, if both parents are split for dilute.
  3. I guess the risk is that Australian birds may carry new Australian bird diseases. Protecting our wild species is an important concern.
  4. At least a week to be safe I would say, but they were pretty quick with me and it was settled within a few days.
  5. I see this issue has already run it's course on the Facebook site. Someone got a a letter back from the authorities: No imports.
  6. Drogo

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    Welcome back, I like your website. Like you I am interested in the show side of things. Never read Gerald Binks's book but I am well aware of his influence. Do you plan to keep any varieties in particular?
  7. A good question. I wish I knew the answer. I have always been an infrequent visitor but the old regulars seem to have moved on. Kind regards
  8. Hi Derek, The full name of the site is "The Exhibition Budgie Soapbox".
  9. There was a guy on the "Budgerigar Soapbox" site on Facebook. He wasn't sure of the rumours either, that's why I asked here.
  10. The weather is pretty great here, bright and sunny in summer but without 40C plus days. Everything should be fine, just make sure you apply for an import permit with the DPIWE.
  11. Drogo


    Welcome, My one bit of advice is that if you decide to get exhibition birds, buy show cages first. Kind regards
  12. I caught the same flight. There was a half hour or so wait for the birds to clear customs at Qantas Frieght (the building labeled Australian Air Express) but that will probably be a bit faster if you are flying on a weekday. Why are you moving to Tasmania?
  13. No problems. The main thing with freighting birds is to build good solid transport boxes and to always use direct flights.
  14. I moved house from Vic to Tas with a flock of canaries. The Spirit of Tasmania does take birds but you will need to apply for an import permit from the DPIWE. The permit is free but it takes time to organise. I flew my birds with Qantas freight from Melbourne because it was faster.
  15. I would definately encourage you to show them. You will learn so much more about your birds by showing and your birds look great.
  16. Does anyone know anything about the rumours that the importation of budgerigars will be allowed again within the next two years? If importation from the UK is allowed again....... Do you think it will have a positive effect on the hobby? Is there likely to be any noticable improvement of the quality of birds on the Australian show bench?
  17. okay if the pair you have already have reasonable type you should be fine for now. If you are unable to get good typey lutino outcrosses in the future, you can use an olive hen which when bred to lutino males will give you normal looking males split for lutino and lutino hens. You could also use dark green hens or even light green hens but never grey green hens as grey will dull the colour. I prefer to breed lutino to lutino where possible. Cheers
  18. Hi Steve, Lutinos are nice. You should breed some nice ones with the pair that you have. Some breeders try to get deeper colour by breeding lutinos with two doses of the dark factor (technically lutino masking olive green ) but I wouldn't bother. When you say posture, do you mean the modern show type? Kind regards
  19. Welcome Steve Do you post on the AussieFinchForum? Your username seems familiar Drogo
  20. Hi Nadene, Thanks for the reply. It's never nice losing long term breeders but it is inevitable. Two breeders I knew kept birds right up till the day they died. There have been a couple of younger ones who replaced them but while they breed and are involved in the club they do not show as much as the older breeders did. Like you I have only been in the bird hobby a few years so it's hard for me to imagine how big some clubs used to be. Kind regards Drogo
  21. Hi all, I am curious about how the budgerigar show scene has been going in Australia. I have heard talk of how it has declined in the UK but I don't know if that is true. Has there been any decline in the number of breeders participating in the Australian show scene over, say, the last 30 years? I breed canaries and most agree that there are less breeders at each club than previous decades. Some type breeds have declined and at least one colour variety has been lost. Has anything similar happened to the budgerigar hobby? Drogo
  22. I use Aviclens. It's designed to keep drinking water free of germs so I don't have to worry about washing it out of the seed so much. Drogo
  23. There is Exhibition, Miniature Exhibition, pet type and wild type. There is also the Japanese helicopter crest type. No such thing as English or American. The term English became outdated when Germany surpassed England in producing Exhibition budgerigars for the first time in the 1990s. Exhibition birds simply aren't called English anymore. The term American comes from the idea that America is the center of the entire world so if a budgerigar is not "English" it must be American. How many common colour varieties of pet type birds originated in America? America's contribution of colour
  24. Could the last one be a white of deep suffusion rather than a greywing?