Showing posts with label Bird Shows. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bird Shows. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Going to BIRD SHOWS Can Save You Money on PARROT Supplies

Bird Show at KL Bird Park - Cycling
Photo by Balaji Dutt
As an artist who used to advertise in pet shows, I became familiar with bird breeders and those who own a variety of parrots. Not being a bird owner myself, I enjoyed others' pets, and learned a thing or two about how to save money on supplies. Here are a few tips to lessen your bills for cages, toys and other important bird-related items.

Each city in the U.S. and possibly worldwide, has bird fanciers clubs of different kinds. Some are more broad in scope like avian societies, bird clubs, or bird lovers associations. Others are more specific, like conure clubs, cockatoo fanciers, etc. Usually, you can find out where your local clubs are by contacting places found on the internet, local pet stores, or yellow pages. Call or write the contact number for each club and ask when their shows are, and if they are open to the public. The bigger the show, the better. Many bird clubs or societies have at least one big show, sometimes two, each year. There are even bigger shows such as yearly gatherings of multiple bird clubs at shows usually held in major cities, usually called national shows, congresses or other names. If these shows are open to the public, they are where you will usually see a more diverse variety of exhibitors.

The best day to go to a show is Sunday, normally the last day. This is when there may be auctions (where supplies tend to be drastically low in price) and vendors begin to mark down their wares as the day goes on, to prevent having to pack it all when they leave. At the very end, prices are really marked down at some booths. With seed, toys and cages being pretty expensive normally, it pays to wait and get those discounts.

Going to a basic, local bird show, you will encounter bird breeders selling hand-fed babies and other parrots or hookbills of different kinds. Also, you will find bird supply vendors, usually selling cages, toys, feed, and more. Also, there is usually an artist or two around, selling t-shirts or other handmade items with birds as themes. I used to see bird magazine vendors at different shows, as well, selling their publications at tremendous discounts. Birds are on display, it's fun to see the showcase of beautiful parrots, usually strutting their stuff for their audience (especially cockatoos, lovely birds who are definitely attention-lovers, in my opinion).

Even for those of us without birds as pets, pet shows are entertaining, and worth going to. It's fun for the whole family, there are refreshment stands there, and bird breeders or owners enjoy talking to others about their latest bird babies. Who knows, you may even decide to take the plunge and get your own parrot. If I didn't have cats, I'd have a few myself. Take a chance, get involved and spend a day at an avian society event. You won't be sorry, and may even learn a thing or two about parrots and other birds. A great way to show the family a good time, and get to know some colorful and entertaining birds.

    By Carolyn McFann
    Carolyn McFann is a scientific and nature illustrator, who owns Two Purring Cats Design Studio, which can be seen at: Educated at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, Carolyn is a seasoned, well-traveled artist and photographer. She has lived and worked in Cancun, Mexico for two years, among other interesting professional assignments in other countries. Clients include nature parks, museums, scientists, corporations and private owners. Her focus is on realistic, natural artwork and illustration through her agent and her website. She has been the subject of tv interviews, articles for newspapers and other popular media venues.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017


Why not try entering your cockatiel in a bird show. This can be a great experience for both you and your bird.

Cockatiel yawning
Cockatiel yawning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The first thing that you will need to do is contact your local bird club and see what is on offer. Do they have someone on hand to show someone new the ropes when showing their cockatiels? You should visit a bird show first and see what types of birds get first prizes. Ask for advice on training your cockatiel for these types of events.

To find out what is happening in your area, you should find plenty of information at your local pet shops or vets. Your best bet would be to contact the organizers of the show and ask them for a catalog. You may need accommodation details if you are an out of towner. When looking through the catalog make a special note of the time that the categories that you want to enter start, as late entries are not usually accepted.

The show catalog also lets you know what the classes are that will be judged and what the rewards will be. Make sure that you fill in the forms correctly and enter your cockatiel in the right category, or you could be disqualified.

There are various standards that are expected when showing your bird. The most common standards used today are ACS Standards and NCS Standards. The judges judge against these standards, so it is a good idea to know what they are looking for. Both standards have a point system and a visual system that are marked.

Once you know what the judges expect, you can start grooming and training your cockatiel. You need to have a cockatiel that shows grace under pressure. Your cockatiel must be able to withstand the pressure of lots of people around and adjust to lots of strangers tapping on his cage. A good show cage will be needed in order to showcase your cockatiel. The show cage must be in maculate condition and most importantly, clean. Let your cockatiel get used to the cage before the day of the show, and encourage it to sit on the perch and be as still as possible. This type of training can prove challenging with active cockatiels. Try having some friends over for a fake bird show to get your bird used to lots of strangers.

Before entering your cockatiel in a show, make sure he is fully feathered. Your cockatiel should have no pin feathers visible. Wings and nails must be trimmed and feet and beak cleaned. If you regularly mist your cockatiel with clean warm water, it will encourage him to preen himself more often, which will make his feathers look wonderful.

Most importantly, when entering your cockatiel in a bird show, learn to be a good winner as well as a good loser.