Meetings

 

Programme of Events 2019/20
(meetings every third Tuesday with exception of December)

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 TBC
17 September 2019 Sheds Made Easy – Andy Marshall
15 October 2019 Members Box Show
19 November 2019 Wiltshire Wildlife Trust – Douglas McNorton
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
 28 April – 2 May  Grand Tour of Salisbury Plain – Tractor/Landrover Run
 4 May  Downton Cuckoo Fair (40th year)
 5 May  Lambourn Show
 6 May  North Somerset Show
 29 May – 1 June  Bath and West Show
15 & 16 June Wessex Vintage Show
6 July Odstock, Nunton, Bodenham Fete
 30, 31 July, 1 Aug  New Forest Show
4 August Wessex Country Fair
10 August Ellingham and Ringwood Agricultural Show
14 August Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show
Southern Counties Auctions – Rare Breeds Poultry Auction – None until further notice

Meeting Format

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.

Coming up

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 16th April 2019 and is a talk on the History of Japanese Long Tailed Birds by Ian Lambert.

Avian Flu

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February 2019 – The Pecking Order – Christchuch NZ Poultry Club

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.