John is a retired Forgemaster and started breeding budgerigars in 1978, he took a break from the hobby in 1984 until 1998 when he returned to the fancy. He achieved his Champion status in 2015.

John continues to win at shows and in the last show season of 2016/7, he amassed the rosettes on the right, however, the show season has yet to come this year so we will expect to see many more – hopefully!

As you will see, the inside flights are to the right side from the entrance. The flight is broken up into 3 cages.

The largest of these houses adult birds, interestingly John prefers to fly cocks and hens together in the same flight.

The second of the flights is to take adults taking a break from breeding and the third is a nursery flight for the youngsters.

Feeding - Seed

Versele Laga is the choice of seed and additives.

The seed is bought in individual sacks and mixed to his own combination as shown on the right - sorry for the unclear detail.

The tonic seed is also mixed by hand and again is John’s own recipe, no photo of this just yet.

Above, John proudly displays 2 lovely spangleyoungsters - approx 5 weeks old -  from the breeding cage.

To the right is one of his great achievements this year -      A Rainbow.

The breeding season is from November to March. In this current season John used 23 pairs producing about 120 youngsters, all with aluminium BS rings and not the plastic rings currently being offered by the BS.

John breeds the following varieties, but insists that these lines are kept separate and no crossover breeding takes place unless there might be exceptional reasons;




Recessive pieds

Dark factor Normals


Here are some examples of the birds from the aviary – it has to be stressed that these birds are not necessarily in show condition and photos were taken in the flights.

He had success in those early years with showing, and won the rosettes on the left in between 1981 and 1984

He regards his current aviary as “a modest size” and “nothing too elaborate”, however the Shed is kept in very good shape and well organised.

There is no additional heating in the aviary, but John has a back up oil filled radiator in case of extreme weather conditions for when the temperature might go below 7 degrees or so.

He keeps simple, meticulous records of all of his breeding pairs and is able to trace any of his super birds back through its family tree.

The air is clean with a good movement throughout the shed, with the aid of 3 air filters. There are 2 Safari filters, one at each end of the layout, and an individual filter in the centre.

There is a small extra covered flight at the end of the Shed to allow his birds to get outside by means of a sliding hatch.

On the left hand side are the 20 breeding cages. These are broken by having 10 at the top and 10 at the bottom, the top being the preferred cages for breeding pairs, and then using the bottom row for additional pairings.

Lights go on at 06.30 each morning and off at 22.00 each evening without a break and are not altered when our clocks go back or forward. John says that this helps the birds through any unnecessary hours added or taken away that might disrupt the birds’ routine.


Feeding - water

Water is changed regularly with a routine of;

2 days addition of Cider Vinegar

2 days plain water

2 days additional probiotic

2 days plain

Etc etc

The 2 photos on the left show John's beautiful birds in the main flight, there are some individual photos later on. 

Currently there are approximately 200 birds in the shed but this is an unusually high number for the aviary because of various reasons.

This is the youngsters' nursery flight showing a great example of the varieties in the Shed.

Thanks for allowing us into your aviary John and sharing your information.


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