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Our Annual Shows
Do.....remember to check the schedules to see which shows you plan to
support. Get a catalogue or other information so that you can
make all your plans
ahead of time.
Do.....train your birds so that they perform properly in front of the
judge. Fix old show cages to the end, or front, of stock cages so
that birds can hop in and out as they wish and get used to perching
inside. Get them, with the help of a judging stick, to go from training
cage to show cage without the need to be caught. Use a judging stick to
encourage them to move from perch to perch, as judges would like them
to do on the judge’s stand.
Do.....ensure that birds being prepared for a show are not kept in
over-crowded conditions. House the birds in roomy flight
cages. The fewer
birds in each the better. Some need to be kept on their own to
Remember that just one missing feather may make the difference between
winning and being an also-ran. If blood is drawn, as sometimes
there is the additionally tedious task of removing it from the
Do.....Make a point of keeping cages, which house your show birds,
spotlessly clean. Pay particular attention to the cage floor (remove
droppings daily), perches, the inside of cage fronts and food
cups. Use shavings, or
sheets of paper on the floor. Don’t use newspaper for this
It may be satisfactory during the breeding season, but remember that
printing ink easily comes off and will spoil feathers.
Do.....spray the show birds prior to all shows. Initially, use warm
water, which will help remove soiled patches. Use a few drops of
baby shampoo to assist in the process. As the show approaches,
change to tepid/cold water
and spray less frequently as the birds plumage comes into
condition. Stop spraying two or three days before shows, so that
the birds are able
to preen themselves, bringing back a shine on the feathers. Spray
lightly the day prior to the show.
Do.....wash those birds - and particularly lightly-coloured specimens -
that appear to be really dirty. Pay attention to legs, which
frequently get overlooked, flight and tail feathers.
Do.....ensure when taking exhibits to shows that they are transported
in such a way that they arrive safely. Use traveling boxes or
individual cloth show cage covers. If these are not available,
cover show cages with a light sheet that prevents the birds from being
scared by passing
traffic or, at night, sudden bright lights. Drive more slowly
usual, so exhibits are not affected by sudden stops or bumpy
And always provide good ventilation in the car. Birds can die in
weather or a heater.
Do.....Check to see that all birds have sufficient food & water to
last the duration of all the shows you enter. You may not want drinkers
to be placed on cages until after judging (the birds may decide to take
bath, if you do), make sure that drinkers are available so that they
be used once judging is complete. Check with the show manager to
that stewards have been instructed to carry out this task, or do it
Do.....remember Canadian birds are not allowed or any crossbred birds,
Canadian or any other breed. Exception only with colourbred
crossbred for colour only.
Don’t.....show your birds unless they are perfectly fit. If you
exhibit birds that are under the weather, it could make their condition
even worse. A minor cold can become serious illness if they are placed
under the strain of being away from home, even a few hours, upset by
being transported to
and from shows, forced to experience the rigours of being kept in a
environment (the show hall), handled by stewards and asked to perform
Don’t.....exhibit birds that are moulting. This may lead to them
catching a chill, especially if left on the floor in the show
Remember, too, that no birds are likely to win unless their plumage is
%. Leave them home. But, have reserves ready to take their place.
Don’t.....exhibit birds unless they have been properly trained (this
applies mainly to unshown current-year-bred specimens). Start the
at an early age when they will quickly learn what is required of them.
Don’t.....bench exhibits in sub-standard show cages. Like the
birds, show cages should be clean and in good condition. All show
cages should be repaired and given a coat of paint before the start of
a show season.
Give the paint time so that the smell is gone. The fumes may
the bird. Wash the cages and perches thoroughly after every show.
Don’t.....handle any exhibits, unless it is absolutely necessary.
Place them in show cages directly from stock cages.
Don’t.....take birds to events without first checking that each show
cage has the appropriate cage tag fixed to the front. It is not
for previous winners to be wrong-classed, and so, out of the reckoning
prizes, because cage tags were put on the wrong cage by mistake.
the exhibits first in the order that they appear in the classification,
fix the cage tag to the show cage, making sure they correspond to the
they contain by checking with the schedule.
Don’t.....transport exhibits to shows without ensuring that show cage
doors are properly shut and cannot be opened by accident.
Don’t.....talk to judges, or make comments about their decisions within
earshot while they are placing awards. If you get upset when your
birds do not do as well as you think they should, walk away from the
judging area. Infringements can result in stewarding exhibitors
being moved or asked to leave the hall. In serious cases disciplinary
action may be taken.
Stewards should keep behind judges, unless placing cages on the judges’
staging. Most judges are happy to discuss their awards once they
have completed their task.
Don’t.....take birds home at the end of show and not give them the
opportunity of eating and drinking before the lights are switched off.
Ensure that they first have full crops.
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