Almost a year ?

April 1, 2013
Wow, I cant believe its been almost a year since I last posted anything.
A lot has happened, its been a very quick year.
I have added a couple of videos in the how to section, along with a video of Dyanne syringe feeding a very young bird.
too young to spoon feed.
I added some pics of the latest developments in the Aviary a short while back.
its almost done now. just the nestboxes to re-vamp next. 
Though that might take a while. it needs a bit of thinking about before we start.

Richard has some pictures of the 2013 birds on a memory stick for me, and I will be uploading those as soon as I get them.
probably this week sometime. 


New page

May 1, 2012
Been a long time again. mainly due to my personal life. Though I do keep trying to get back here and update things. I have added a new page in the "how to" section showing what I have been up to these last few days.
I found it very emotional writing the last bit. even had to pause before posting it. 
Im sure you will understand when you have seen it.

We are still trying to find time to update the pictures of this years birds But we will get there eventually.
it should be worth the wait :-) 

Guest book

February 13, 2012
There may be a bit of confusion caused by our Guestbook. While I thank each and everyone of you who took the trouble to sign and post comments, Im afraid I have to remove and replace it. 
the plug in "HTML Gear" is closing down on the 1st April 2012. (Im assured its not an April fools joke)
So I will be removing it shortly and hopefully will have found a suitable replacement to put in place at the same time.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused during this transition 
it should only be a minor setback to the website. 


Better late than never

January 28, 2012
First post of 2012 and Im apologising already. Its been a busy start to the year. More alterations to the Aviary. over 100 birds rung already. (which brings me to the new section I have added called "How To") 
I have tried various forms of adding Video to this site. and have now admitted defeat. 
I have tried html code. flash conversion even considered changing the programme code to allow it. I have now gone with You tube links. which will have to do for now. Maybe the host site will upgrade their software sometime in the future. 
I hope the section will get added to as and when I remember to film either Richard or Michael doing something I think will be either helpful or of interest. 
The video on there now attempts to capture Michael ringing a young bird.
I am still waiting to catch Richard with his camera. (rather than pics taken on my phone) to upgrade the Photo Gallery. I have added a couple of teasers to the new bird section. just a taste of what's to come.

On behalf of Richard and Michael I would like to thank you all again for your emails and comments about this website. It means a great deal to me too. The whole aim was to set up a site that would help others and promote the Fancy (I have been informed the word is) I didn't think Sport/Hobby was the right one.

All the best for 2012 


Goodbye to 2011

December 28, 2011
This will be my last Blog this year. I hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to 2012 with as much anticipation as I am. ( though probably for different reasons )
Its been a good year .  We have had ups and downs along the way. Some great laughs, some tears and disappointments. A lot of surprises.  But on the whole a good year.
I am pleased with the way this website has turned out, and again I thank you all for your comments. 
I have to thank Richard and Michael for allowing me to this with as much freedom as I have been allowed. I hope it is and will continue to be helpful to those starting out in the hobby (if that is the right word - Lifestyle seems more apt.)
I hope I haven't put any of you off with all my comments about how much time consuming the whole thing is.
I might also add I have had the opportunity to meet a few of you this last year and have to say I am surprised at the enthusiasm you all have for your Birds (A good thing ) I have been helping Richard and Michael for *cough* years now and still cant remember what the differences are between Normal,Opaline, Spangle and thanks to a certain Mr Capes - Regressive s. Let alone all the different colours. Im still with the Blue one or the Green in the corner level. 

though its fair to say Birds dont have engines. I would remember the Desmosedici, M1 or GSV-R.

There will be a new crop of young birds waiting to be shown off, and as soon as Richard gets some free time we will get some photographs put up in the gallery.  Along with updated Aviary pictures when its all finished.
I will update any new news on our medication programme as and when it happens.

The only thing left for me to do is Wish you all the very best for the New Year.

Slainte Mhathe

Bringing you up to date

December 18, 2011
I have added a new page to the picture gallery (Aviary changes) and updated the 3 nestboxes.
I Apologise for missing the growing birds in box 27. the Aviary Alterations took up a bit more of my time than I expected. but with the need to get the staging flight up and ready I'm sure you will understand our priorities.
there are still a few minor alterations to be done and i will post images when we have done them.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all who have signed the guestbook, emailed us and given us help and advice with feeding and medication. it is always appreciated. its never easy trying new products and helpful to hear from people who have already tested them and worked out dosages. (and whether they actually work or not).

Apologies for the lack of information

December 13, 2011
I Hope to update this site over this coming weekend. things have been a bit hectic there is quite a bit to update.

Window of opportunity

November 13, 2011
Its been a while since my last update. Mainly due to my other duties cleaning poultry sheds. 
During this time Richard and Michael are left to cope on their own. 
Things have changed drastically in my absence. 
To start with Michael has changed the layout of the Aviary. Cupboards have be removed and changed, a flight has gone missing Cages have been moved. and that's just the beginning. 
He is re modelling the second half of the Aviary.

The timing of these changes is mainly due to a Timing error with the fertility of the Cocks. 
It would appear that we have missed the window of opportunity. 
By that I mean if we had paired up all the birds at once. instead of having to wait for the cages occupied by the show birds. we would have caught things just right. All the birds paired up before the show have produced fertile eggs. whereas all the birds paired up after the show are producing infertile eggs. 
We think we have missed the window by 1 week. 
As a result of this, we have taken down almost half the breeding pairs to rest the hens. 
So, due to this unforeseen circumstance we are now doing the alterations scheduled for next year a bit sooner.

This has also played a part in my random selections. 
Box 46 was a changed pair and isn't doing anything. Box 11 has had their eggs fostered out to box 62 (one of the original foster parent boxes)  Box 27 has produced 4 chicks and has 1 fostered out to box 3 (to ease the burden on new parents).

I will try to keep things updated as they happen.


Trying new products

October 24, 2011
You may have noticed in the medication section (another section that will be updated as and when we use something throughout the year) we are trying out a new wormer. Its always a worry when you try a new product. Unfortunately this always results in test subjects. this usually falls on the surplus stock. (which is a very good reason to keep some.)
As I mentioned in the medication section, our normal wormer Moxidectin has been brought under new restrictions and is awaiting test results which could take years. Our research via the internet and talking with our local veterinary brought us to the Cydectin 1% injectable for sheep. we opted for the injectable rather than the oral because of its solubility in water. With a guideline dosage of 1ml per litre. 
We were also told the taste is unpalatable to the birds and should try flavouring the water. after considering apple juice and carrot juice (both flavours the birds are used to from the soft food mixture) we decided on Barley water, (Lemon and Barley) 
A few birds were selected as test subjects, placed in the young flight and we mixed up enough for those drinkers on that flight. 
I have to say I'm surprised at how well they took the medication. They have had the drinkers on for 4 days and were put back on to clear water today. so far we have seen no side effects, The drinkers have been well used and replaced daily.
We will give these birds a couple of days now and then do the whole aviary (breeding pairs included) with the same solution. 

Ring, ring, ring...

October 7, 2011
Our breeding season is now underway with the first chick rung with ring number MIL1-223-11 (bearing in mind that the 2011 breeding season started with 80 chicks being rung on 2010 rings).

The fact is that with our birds coming into peak breeding condition in September, we can no longer wait to pair our birds so as to allow the first round chicks to be rung on current year rings. If the ring issue date were moved then this would not be a problem but this is an issue that has been debated for some time and it looks as though the existing date is hear to stay.

We would much rather have birds breeding in numbers and in accordance with their natural cycle at the cost of having one round of youngsters who will be ruled out as being shown as young birds in the forthcoming season.

We have noticed that the viewer count is rising and Barry will shortly have a live counter posted on this website.
(done today 8/10/11) Thank you for taking the time to view our website. 

From time to time, 
you may noticed edits/amendments. These are usually down to Richard keeping me on track and ensuring I am behaving myself ;-)


The Beginning

Barry Proctor I'm the hidden face lurking behind R & M Miller's Budgerigar world. I am attempting to set up this website to bring you inside that world. I intend to give you an inside view as to what goes on in the aviary, as much as possible from selecting breeding pairs, feeding regimes, medication and cleaning routines. I intend to do this with the full support of Michael and Richard Miller. It may take a while to get this up and running properly. Hopefully the full web site should be in place in time for the Budgerigar Society World Championship Show 2011.