FROM THE PREZ....
It was a successful breeding season. Probably more than I should have. Of course Mother Nature thwarted my best pairings, but perhaps she knows better? I'll have to trust that. I lost fewer babies this year but still feel frustrated that some hens never come into season and I still have some clear eggs and damm if I can figure out why some babies just don't make it. I know one had a stroke this year, the right wing and foot were both weak and so I reluctantly put it down after a few days without response to antibiotics. I will reluctantly add a form of antibiotics to my conditioning regimen this winter before setting up. I hate to routinely use them but perhaps the old-timers are right in doing so..... anyone care to share or elaborate?
Now that your flock has been sexed and flighted (yes you should have) those unused cages need to be disinfected with Clorox. And those show cages should be checked for paint jobs. No, it's not too early.
My lucky bird coat (that ratty green garden coat with bird pins) you see me in at all the show has been cleaned and is ready for the 2000 show season. The one time I didn't wear it I failed to place a bird. Anyone else got a charm?
Mark your calendars for the shows. A month to six weeks prior, those boys should be caged up to study and practice their songs. Get them into show cages at least 2 weeks before if they've been in bachelor cages and one month if straight from flights.
Move them around often, drive them in the car and get them used to adversity. Nothing worse than an unsteady bird in a small cage. Mine have their own TV and dogs running around. Cover them at night and uncover in the AM with tapes playing. Cover and uncover as often as you can.
THE QUAD in December was created for all of you. Primarily so that the birds would be mature and ready to show, so that you would have maximum chances to win and more time away from home doing what you really love, learning more about American Singers and how to raise a better flock next season from your fellow fanciers. Our two judges on Saturday are new to our arena and sound like very good people, no I have no idea what they like. Sunday will be Darrell's inaugural and then you have me......
Please plan to join us, this show needs your support or we won't do it again. This has never been done anywhere in the States (the world?) and is really for the benefit of the exhibitors. I really look forward to seeing you all at the shows again. I have very fond memories of the few years I've been at it and sincerely look forward to new winners this season. I believe the West Coast is leading a Renaissance in the American Singer World.
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