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Tramp
01-05-05, 08:19
Just managed to sit down for 5 minutes whilst waiting for my soup to heat up. Will post pics tomorrow. Entered 6 birds.

Sammy - My Sulfur Crested C0ckatoo won Champion C0ckatoo (his very first show). Came home with a lovely trophy.

Devil Child - My Sun Conure won first in class.

Baby Bird - My Alexandrine C0ck bird won first in class (competition wasn't very good) A friend of a guy who has been trying to buy Baby off me for 3 years thought he was just beautiful and said Ross needed to offer me twice what he paid for another Alex he bought from me last year. (He paid $250 more than he would have paid from a pet shop which are expensive).

Lutino Indian Ringneck won first in class. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

tlr online
01-05-05, 08:21
Woohoo!! Awesome!! Nice work Kate http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Tramp
01-05-05, 08:38
Thanks Justin. Sammy is very proud of himself. All the way home he was saying 'What you doing darling.' Devil is pretty please with himself as well but he is happy to be home in his much bigger cage playing with his toys and watching TV. Baby is pretty blase about winning as he rarely loses, he is a beautiful boy and performs very well in the show cage. Bought 3 birds at the sale. 2 Indian ringnecks 1 Lutino and 1 grey. And a Mustard Scaley Breasted Lorikeet. He was $400. But I have a girl to go with him and will get my money back with their first clutch of babies. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

tlr online
01-05-05, 08:53
Could you make a living from showing birds?

Tramp
01-05-05, 09:09
Unfortunately no. Prize money, if there is any is very small. Basically you are competing for Trophies, Ribbons and prestige. But if your bird does well consistently their offspring is very much in demand hence the guy basically offering me $500 for my Alex. But I have had him since he was a baby and he is like a child. But I can still sell his youngsters. The guy already has an order in for a baby from him.

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tlr online
01-05-05, 09:17
A friend of mine breeds and sells cats of a specific type - rag dolls I think. He makes 500 quid per cat, but I can't help feel sorry for the mother cat.

She must be knackered.

Tramp
01-05-05, 09:32
Yeah I try to make it a bit easier on my birds by handraising the babies. I then get babies I can sell for more than parent raised birds as are not frightened of people and make very affectionate pets. They are also much easier to show as they are again not frightened of people and also cope with being in a small show cage compared to their aviary.

I don't know how uncommon Rag Dolls are in the UK, but they are pretty uncommon here. They are very expensive and you are usually on a waiting list to get one. The cat would get pretty tired as she has to carry kittens for 2 months and then they are dependent on her for at least another 6 to 8 weeks. The birds lay the eggs and sit usually between 2 to 4 weeks but then they have to look after them for at least 6 weeks, usually longer before they are independent. Some of our really big C0ckatoos have their young dependent for 2 years. But then they live to be over 100.