This is the second part to my article issued in the BS magazine in July 2017, there was a bit of a gap between the 2 issues, but Terry told me that he had too much material in order to fit it all in.
Birds have wings, that means they should be able to fly. …………. Says Mike Chase
Well, you will have read my ramblings in the last edition, and it would seem that our wonderful Terry has deemed it necessary to subject you all to another dose of drivel.
As you will have read, my wife and I returned from Spain in 2011 and I decided to get up and running with my love for my hobby, budgerigars.
We settled in a foreign area from where we came, by that I mean that our origins were in Essex and then Norwich, and we now live nr Mansfield, Notts.
The bottom line was that I knew absolutely no one in the area. I started searching the net for names that I recognised from those years back when I left the hobby, in the chance that they might guide me towards a local breeder. I also rekindled conversations with Gerald Binks, I have had deep conversations with him for a few years before leaving the UK. Very interesting I must say, his views on the hobby in general were still close to how I saw it, some 10 years previous.
Anyway, the search for a contact ended when I got in touch with Barrie Shutt, he advised me to get onto the EBF to find a local guy or 2.
This was a brilliant start for me, although I would suspect that he wouldn’t even remember our conversation, but thanks Barrie.
So, we had purposely bought a house which would give me space to start the hobby again, and it took only a short while before I got started converting the car-unfriendly garage in the garden – well, convert half of it, she, the missus wasn’t happy to lose all storage for her junk. That said, she likes to watch the budgies getting up to their antics – yet another reason for having an outside flight, and a further brownie point for me.
This is the area in the garden ready for the flight. For those of you who have been onto my website , you will know these photos …. and lots more besides ….. don’t worry, I’ve condensed this down somewhat.I decided on a shingle base with a dwarf wall with a wooden framed, double wired flight.
I am a staunch believer in outside flights, for many reasons. There are many others that do not share my thoughts but for me there are more “for’s” than “against”.
I believe that the birds become more hardy
They get clean fresh air – our garden backs onto a farmer’s field, so plenty of the free stuff
The flight is easily kept clean with a hosepipe.
The birds get a free bath when it rains – in summer months I just put the hose on them, I’m sure this helps with keeping feathers in top condition
It helps to keep the birds as fit as possible.