We had a very interesting talk by Fiona about the supplies she sells from her company FMB Poultry; this includes Borotto incubators and Androlis which is a biological control treatment for the dreaded red mite that lives in poultry housing. Androlis consists of predatory mites which were originally found in sparrow nests, naturally protecting the birds from external parasites. The Androlis mites eats the red mites and as they crawl into all the nooks and crannies there is no where for the red mites to hide and they are killed.
Programme of Events 2019/20
|15 January 2019||The Groninger Meeuwen Breed – Stewart Mills|
|19 February 2019||The Pecking Order – Christchurch NZ Poultry Club|
|19 March 2019||Annual General Meeting followed by ChickenAlia|
|16 April 2019||The History of Japanese Long Tailed Birds – Ian Lambert|
|21 May 2019||TBC|
|18 June 2019||Annual BBQ and Fun Box Show|
|16 July 2019||Farm Gate Feeds – Lisa Mancell|
|20 August 2019||FMB Poultry Supplies – Fiona Browne|
|17 September 2019||Sheds Made Easy – Andy Marshall|
|15 October 2019||Geese|
|19 November 2019||Members Box Show|
|10 December 2019||Christmas Party – festive food and drink and a chance to relax! (Note: Second Tuesday in December)|
|21 January 2020||TBC|
|18 February 2020||TBC|
|17 March 2020||Annual General Meeting followed by ChickenAlia|
|Other Dates for your Diary|
|Southern Counties Auctions – Rare Breeds Poultry Auction – None until further notice|
We generally meet every third Tuesday of each month at 19-30 for 19-45 at the Radnor Hall, Bodenham, Nr. Salisbury, SP5 4EQ. This venue is 2 miles south of Salisbury just off the Ringwood Road, A338. Refer to map.
We aim to start on time as the main speaker may have travelled some distance to speak to us. Refreshment is available either during an interval or after the main speaker has delivered his/her presentation. This is followed by a poultry matters forum – a questions and answer session usually about bird health, breeding and housing, but any subject matter can be covered, tapping on the wide knowledge of members.
We run an egg competition (see under competitions) at most of our meetings and it is wise to come early to place your entries before the main speaker commences. A raffle with members donations helps keep the club on a sound financial footing.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 17th September 2019 and it is a talk on poultry housing by Andy Marshall.
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This was a film night and we saw an entertaining documentary about the people who attend the Christchurch Poultry Club in New Zealand. They take the showing of their birds very seriously and the film followed some of the members in the months running up to the national show.
Also this evening, David brought in a rather large hen’s egg. When it was cracked open there was yolk, white and another whole egg complete with shell! This was the first time many members had actually seen this unusual event of an egg within an egg. This second egg, when cracked had a yolk and egg white.
We had a lovely Christmas party with super food, a chance for a good chat and a fun (but slightly tricky) quiz!
There was a DIY meeting this month, with members sharing their stories and experiences of poultry keeping.