Issue 54 September 2019
Welcome to the September 2019 edition of the Cotswold Quill.
Firstly, I send best wishes on behalf of the club to Margaret Saunders who is under the weather at the moment. I’m sure that you’ll agree with me that she has been greatly missed at our meetings and exhibitions recently and we wish her a speedy recovery.
I hope that you all had an enjoyable summer and your birds are doing well. It has been a strange year with record high temperatures and then torrential downpours. The farmers are reporting a good harvest in respect of quantity, mostly combined before the rains came. However, wheat and barley quality is not brilliant, often not quite making bread making or malting qualities, so most will go for feed. The good yield has already led to reduced prices, so nobody is any better off. At least the current warm and wet conditions mean that next year’s crops are already off to a good start.
I’m sure that you are fed up with the political shenanigans going on at the moment. Hopefully, by the time of the next newsletter, all of the politicians will be thinking of the country and not their personal or party aspirations and get us out of the EU as voted for. We can then get on with making this country great again. Somehow I think that there is a long way to go yet!
The Committee have once again organised some very entertaining meetings since the last edition of the Quill.
In March, we were treated to club member Ian Lambert giving us the lowdown on the history of the Japanese long-tailed bird, with beautiful examples of several breeds for us to see.
In April, we were given a fascinating talk entitled “Bee-keeping in the 21st Century” by Ian James. I didn’t know that bee-keeping was so complicated with the hierarchy in the hive and the duties of the different bees!
The May meeting was the Club Egg Show, fish and chip supper and general knowledge quiz. The evening went well until we couldn’t contact the chip shop in Cricklade which we usually use. They were on holiday that week but promised to open specially for us due to the large order. However, they didn’t answer the telephone and the shop was in darkness! A few quick telephone calls found a chip shop that could deal with a large order at short notice and a trip was made to nearby Purton so tragedy was avoided! Details on the Egg Show are included elsewhere in this newsletter.
In June we had the club outing, which this year was to Birdland in Bourton on the water. Once again, a huge thank you to Chris Abbey for giving us a guided tour after the park was closed to visitors. The drizzle was annoying but didn’t spoil the evening too much.
The July meeting was a very enjoyable barbecue at The Daneway Inn, Sapperton, with its picturesque surroundings.
There was no meeting in August as usual.
By the time that you read this I will be giving a presentation to the club on the history of breeds of fowl. I hope that you find it interesting and don’t fall asleep too soon.
The Exhibition season got under way on 25 May with the Oxfordshire Young Farmers rally which went well despite inspections by the vets, Oxfordshire Trading Standards and APHA (DEFRA). They raised no issues so we are happy that we are doing everything correctly.The way the Saturdays fell this year meant they were several clashes and we were unable to attend Stroud Show as it clashed with the Cotswold Show in Cirencester Park in July. Exhibitions followed at the Gloucestershire Steam Extravaganza on South Cerney airfield, Tetbury Summer Show, and Uffington White Horse Show. There must be something about Oxfordshire as Trading Standards once again paid us a visit. After half an hour of grilling they said that all was
fine, but I have just had an email from them with various suggestions that go way beyond that the Poultry Club of Great Britain suggested show guidelines. They want me to include items such as the travelling of the birds to the exhibition which, in my opinion, is outside the responsibility of the club. I will have to draft my reply carefully! It is interesting that the visits only happen with our exhibitions in Oxfordshire as we have not even heard from any officialdom in respect of our exhibitions in Wiltshire or Gloucestershire!
Last weekend we were extremely busy with Moreton in Marsh Show on Saturday and Frampton on Severn show on Sunday! In this instance the birds were not allowed home until after the Frampton Show under the Bird Gatherings licence, enabling us to treat both shows as one bird gathering. Thank you to everyone involved who worked very hard to make both shows a success.
The last remaining exhibition for the season is the FFF&B Ploughing Match which this year will be held at Barrington Estate, near Burford. Thankfully, the weather was fine for every exhibition this year, with fingers crossed for the Ploughing Match..
Why not come along to an exhibition or two this year. We have a good time and it means free entry to the show.
Please remember that it is the club AGM and photographic competition next month so please get clicking with your camera (or is it mobile phone these days) and take some masterpieces, whilst thinking of ideas for events and speakers for the coming year.
Best wishes to you all.
Chairman and Exhibition Secretary.
The 28th CPPC Egg Show was held on Wednesday May 8th 2019 and was judged by Caroline Hadley.
The best eggs was won by L Thomas with 3 large brown/mottled eggs.
The reserve best eggs went to C Berry with 3 large white eggs. Full results are viewable here on website.
the birds start to moult this appears to coincide with an increase in Red Mite
infestation. Clean out the houses, Pay particular attention to perch sockets,
the underside of free standing perches and around door frames. Treat the birds
with insecticide powder and then do any repairs to the houses, before using
creosote to preserve the timber. As the longer nights draw in look out for
Northern Fowl Mite, these live on the bird and are more prevalent in the winter
Once again John has covered most of the club business and activities held during the summer months. I hope you have all had a good breeding season and have bred a suitable champion for our Annual Members Show to be held on Sunday 8th March 2020.
(Where have those 20 years since the millennium vanished too.) Please support the show and enter lots of good quality birds. The number of entries has declined over the last few years not helped by having to cancel the shows in 2016 and 2017. So I hope you make the 2020 show a good example for the rest of the next decade.
As many of you know I’m a fan of the natural world and there has been some interesting developments recently. White tailed Sea Eagles have been released on the Isle of Wight and one made a round trip to Essex and back and arrived back on the island without being taken out by some trigger happy individual, so maybe there is hope for them. We now have all three species of European Egret breeding in the country now, I saw 66 Cattle Egret in one location on the Somerset Levels in the spring. Great White Egrets have been breeding here for some time now. Don’t forget to feed and water the small birds during the winter months.
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