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Old 11-15-2016, 04:27 AM
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Bird showing questions.

I used to show goats for 4H knew exactly what I was doing, and have even taken someone's goat they couldn't keep under control in the ring and he walked amazing for me. (You usually switched goats for a lap or two in the ring.)

I do have some mental health problems that I feel animals can pick up on..

I loved the friendship I gained, the knowledge, the bond that I had gotten.

I know that showing goats, and birds are two different things, but a lot of the things can be the same, like friendship, knowledge, teaching others and perhaps even a better life with my parrot? When I get one... I assume that the shows may be able to get the bird better socialized?

The funny part? Put me near a person I don't know and anxiety kicks in, put me in front of a crowd with an animal and I am perfectly fine.

So now that I have shared a bit of a back story with you on my experiences maybe it'll better help you to help me, if not at least you've gotten to know me a little bit better.

How do bird shows usually work? I've seen pictures where all of the birds seem to be standing still, yet couldn't find anything on YouTube. Showing goats in 4H required a basic knowledge on anatomy.

Is there any training that needs to be done to get the bird ready for showing?

How do you condition your birds for showing? Does it depend on species, if so I'm stuck between love birds, and parrolets..

Are there usually any fees associated with showing, or any prizes for winning? I do not care either way just curious.

Biggest mistakes you have made or seen?

Do I need to breed my own, or can I show a bird that I buy off of a breeder?

If breeding do pedigrees help, how would I write those up, any apps for Android, or would PC be best?

Let's say I had a parrotlet that l thought looked amazing, how can I be sure that they will go over well with judges, are there standards similar to rabbits?

Are cages different for housing show birds in, than non show birds? On one hand a flight cage may help them be in a healthier shape, though may give more room for things to go wrong.. or cause neurological issues?! (Not sure if last bit is true, but at a certain point would a parrot happen to feel more insecure with a too large of a cage?

Any other information?

I really don't want to breed at the moment, so if I cannot show without it, it'll give me a lot more time to research.

Sorry for my huge post of questions and rambling on my back story.






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Old 11-15-2016, 06:12 AM
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Re: Bird showing questions.

I'm not aware that there is such a thing as showing parrots or show quality parrots?? Parrot breeding hasn't progressed that far, as most birds are on average less than 3 generations removed from the wild.

If there is such a thing I would be surprised to hear it.
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Re: Bird showing questions.

Google BOAF?

To me it looks like they sit still in the cage and judges grade them?

Also the hell you find this if shows don't exist? I am lost lol

Edit; the last part is to be taken lightly, but yes, there are shows where they are graded.

Other wise I think this section would be bird expo (as they have reptile expos?) Still lost...
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Re: Bird showing questions.

Also you could look at the thread just under this one... It may give you a better idea?

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Re: Bird showing questions.

Quote: Originally Posted by MutatedFungi View Post
Google BOAF?

To me it looks like they sit still in the cage and judges grade them?

Also the **** you find this if shows don't exist? I am lost lol

Edit; the last part is to be taken lightly, but yes, there are shows where they are graded.

Other wise I think this section would be bird expo (as they have reptile expos?) Still lost...
And if you live outside of New Hampshire?
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Re: Bird showing questions.

So I interpret that and your website as local events mostly for small birds, not really to be taken very seriously. . Sailboat basically told you this when saying it's not like dogs. Youre not going to find this competition schema in the parrot world, and nobody is out there claiming to breed birds for show.

Good luck in your search.
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Re: Bird showing questions.

I have never heard of showing birds, nor do I think it exists.
I also think it should stay that way personally so that people dont start ruining the gene pool with totally wild hybrids and designer birds like the breeding of designer dogs that almost always results in genetic issues, heart problems, breathing problems (bulldogs), etc. Just my opinion though.

Also, I dont think theres ever too big of a cage, not with birds at least. There will be a place in the cage/aviary that serves as a "retreat" if it is that large. I always think that offering the largest cage possible is best. In fact I dont even cage my sun conure, it is always open 100% of the time. If he wants to go in it, thats up to him.

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Re: Bird showing questions.

Bird Shows do exist! There are Breeder's that regularly Breed for the Bird Shows. The target is a very healthy Bird that exhibits /presents the strong points of that Species and the near perfect presentation of that Species coloration and feathering!

If you have never been to a show, the first thing commonly noted is the size of the Birds! They are normally large (the target being the: Natural State of the Species) and in many cases much larger than their Companion counterparts. In addition, their coloring is stunning! Over breeding (inbreeding) commonly results in smaller and duller colored Birds.

For those considering Showing Birds, developing the foundation is First and Foremost! For all involved 'focus' is critical and those without 'focus' never place in the top two thirds of the show.
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Re: Bird showing questions.

I am a member of a bird club who has annual shows, and they are almost exclusively for small birds such as finches and canaries. Budgies are the exception as we have several breeders who breed their budgies for show. We also have a hookbill division that rarely has more than a couple of entries, and most are in the pet category rather than hookbill category.
Winners are awarded ribbons or trophies, never money at our show.
Here is a link to the club page, if you click on the show catalogue and scroll through you can see the in depth categories for small birds, and the generic listing for hookbills.
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Re: Bird showing questions.

Never knew that, interesting! And thats great that they focus on the natural state of the bird, therefore I take back what I said. In that case I would say its a beneficial thing if the focus is on healthy natural birds, though Im sure many know what I was saying as far as dogs. If that doesnt apply here, then awesome, Im all for it. Another thing to look into now.
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