Onagadori Cock exhibited by Ian Lambert
The Members Show
was held on Sunday 17th February. The judges, Steve Potter and Elfin
Jones had travelled all the way from Caernarfon in North Wales to judge the show.
As well as Show Champion the Onagadori was also placed as the Best Large Rare Breed and also the overall Best
Rare Breed. The Reserve Champion was a Sussex Bantam female owned by Sandy Vaughan that also took the honours for the Best
Opposite Sex to the Show Champion, Best Soft Feather Bantam, Best Overall Soft Feather and Best Sussex.
Best Overall Hard Feather went to Kevin Brown with a female Old English Game Bantam. Kevin also won the cup for
the most points gained in the show.
Saxony Indian Runner Duck owned by Kathy Harrison was awarded Best Waterfowl. A Plate of six Large Eggs exhibited by Gwen
Miles won the cup for the Best Eggs. Compared with the last show that was held in 2016 the overall number of exhibits was
well down. In 2017 we were hit by the restrictions caused by a countrywide lock down due to Avian Flu and 2018 was hit
by the bad weather event known as The Beast from the East, so it was not surprising. The judges were well impressed by our
hospitality and the general high standard of our birds. The remainder of the results are published at the end of this newsletter.
Chairman: Mr John Smith 01666 824763.
Cotswold Quill editor: Mr Ken Cservenka 01285 656480.
Sercretary: Mrs Margaret Gardner 01666 510248
Welcome to the March 2019 edition of the Cotswold Quill. It is
so nice that the nights are drawing out and Spring is on its way. It somehow makes everyone feel better.
Firstly, just an update to say that our club president, Neil is making steady progress
at home and we hope to see him soon. Neil has requested that anyone wishing to get in touch with him should
do so by telephone as he is not looking at his emails at present. He would love to hear from you.
I know I said that I wouldn’t mention politics again, but the Brexit political
shenanigans continue! I just wish that our Government are allowed to carry out what the majority of us
voted for. We can then celebrate and normality will resume. Confidence will return and
Britain can be great again. I heard today that the country will be charged £1 billion per month if
there is any delay. Rather than billing the country, they should raise an invoice personally to every MP
that is using delaying tactics for their own political agenda! Hopefully this will all be over before the
next issue of The Quill, but I doubt it somehow!
On a lighter
note, the Committee have once again organised some very entertaining meetings since the last edition of the Quill.
In December, club member Richard Burford gave us
a particularly interesting talk on Sicilian Buttercups, where he went into the history of the breed and his attempts to revive
the silver coloured birds.
Unfortunately, due to
pressure of work, I was unable to attend the January meeting which was a presentation by Gordon Kirk about the Gloucestershire
Bird Atlas and the work of the BTO. I have not heard anything about the meeting so hopefully you enjoyed
In February, we were able to hold our Annual Members
Show for the first time in three years. Last year’s show was cancelled due to snow and the previous
year was cancelled due to Avian Influenza, so it was a relief that it went ahead. Thank you to everyone
involved in putting the show together and to those of you that attended on the day, making the show a success.
By the time that you read this we will be treated to club member Ian Lambert giving
us the lowdown on the history of the Japanese long-tailed birds and hopefully he will be bringing examples along for us to
The Exhibition season starts on 25 May with the
Oxfordshire Young Farmers rally at Ducklington, Oxfordshire, although the next one after that is a couple of months later
in July. A full list is on our website, although the way the weekends fall this year has given us a few
problems. Unfortunately, we cannot attend Stroud Show this year as it clashes with the Cotswold Show.
Also, Moreton in Marsh Show is the day before Frampton on Severn show. In this instance the birds
will not be allowed home until after the Frampton Show under the Bird Gatherings licence, enabling us to treat both shows
as one bird gathering. Why not come along to an exhibition or two this year. We have
a good time and it means free entry to the show.
to the club website, which includes updates from DEFRA on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) and is updated regularly with a full
list of events, thanks to webmaster Sandy. Sandy is looking at overhauling the website soon so we look
forward to that.
Best wishes to you all.
John Smith, Chairman and Exhibition Secretary.
We appear to have had May weather in late February, with at least four species of butterfly on the wing. When butterflies
emerge from hibernation during warm spells in late winter, I do wonder if they perish when the weather turns colder. To balance
things up we are now suffering with horrible wet and windy weather, it snowed in Cirencester on the Sunday before the March
I have heard that Swallows and House Martins had arrived in Cornwall
during that warm spell; I imagine they are wishing they hadn’t bothered. Sand Martins have been seen
around the lakes at Frampton on Severn, but they are always the first to arrive.
have added the schedule and entry form for the Egg Show in May. The eggs are entered on the day but if you email the form
to me a couple of days before the show it will save time on the day.
For our December meeting club member, Richard Burford brought along his Sicilian Buttercups to explain some of the
characteristics of the breed along with some history. Although the original stock came from Sicily the first documented imports
into America arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1860 by Captain Dawes on his ship, the “Fruiterer” and were taken
to his father’s farm. They were eventually admitted to the American standards in 1918. They arrived in Britain from
America around 1912 and were exhibited at the Crystal Palace Show by the newly formed breed club in 1913, with classes of
100 or more birds. After the Second World War only the Gold and Silver varieties remained and the breed club closed. The decline
in popularity was partly caused by the rise of the Light Sussex and Wyandotte in the poultry industry. Mr R Billson the late
secretary of the Rare Poultry society kept them going in recent years and Richard has his bloodlines. The main feature of
the breed is a cup-shaped comb. Leg colour should be willow green. The Bantam was standardised in America in 1960. Richard
is now trying to breed the silver variety.
At the recent Reading and District Bantam Show, Charlie Berry won Best Eggs.
Also at Reading, Kevin Brown won Best Plymouth Rock with a Buff cock bird. The same bird was Reserve Breed Champion
at the National.
At the National
Show Sandy Vaughan won Reserve Champion eggs. Also, 3rd with a Serama cockerel and 2nd with a Serama pair.
At the Federation Show she won 2nd with a Serama Pullet and
2nd with a Serama pair.
Keep your eyes peeled for an unseasonably early occurrence of Red Mite. It has been reported that the recent warm
weather in late February has given them an early start.
Editorial Deadline for next issue
Saturday June 1st
Gloucestershire Bird Atlas
our January meeting we invited Gordon Kirk along to talk to the club about the work of the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology)
and the recording effort to produce the Gloucestershire Bird Atlas that was published in 2013.
The BTO are based in Thetford, Norfolk and has 100 staff, 20,000 members and 30,000 supporters. All bird ringing
in Britain is carried out by ringers licensed by the BTO. A recent development is satellite tracking and has had a lot of
success tracking Cuckoo and more recently Swifts. This gives accurate information of the routes taken to their wintering grounds
and their movements in Africa. There has been long term monitoring (90 years) of bird numbers, giving valuable information
of the decline in numbers of many species, including Skylark and Yellowhammer but also the recent rise in Goldfinch numbers.
Other surveys include Nest Record Scheme, Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), Heronry Census and Garden Birdwatch. They are also responsible
for the National Bird Atlas of breeding and wintering birds published in 2013. The Gloucestershire Bird Atlas was produced
using the data recorded by volunteers working on the national atlas to tetrad level (4sq Kilometers). Gloucestershire has
720 tetrads and every one was surveyed. The Atlas has 420 pages, 190,000 words, and the work of 26 artists and 26 photographers
that produced 220 photographs. 330 species were covered.
Saturday 25th May
Ducklington Young Farmers Club.
and Sunday 13-14 July
Cotswold Show, Cirencester Park.
Saturday 20th July
Stroud Show – TBC
Saturday and Sunday 3-4
Gloucestershire Steam Extravaganza
South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester.
Sunday 11th August
Tetbury Summer Show – TBC
Sunday and Monday 25-26 August
White Horse Show, Uffington.
Saturday 7th September
Morton in the
Marsh Show, Batsford Park.
Sunday 8th September
Frampton on Severn Country Show.
Saturday 28th September.
FFF&B Ploughing Match,
70th Anniversary event.
Barrington Park Estate Nr Burford.
The committee 2018-2019
Chairman and Exhibition Secretary
Show Secretary and Editor Cotswold Quill Ken Cservenka
To make 8 cakes you will need:
50g (2oz) self-raising flour
1 medium egg
50g (2oz) caster sugar
50g (2oz) soft margarine (Stork)
Paper cake cases
A baking tray with shallow
round sweets and jelly diamond shape sweets or jelly slices.
For the lemon butter icing:
40g (1.5oz) butter,
(3oz) icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon of lemon juice (from a bottle or squeezed from a lemon)
1drop of yellow food colouring
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C or gas mark 5
1. Sift the flour through a sieve
into a bowl. Break the egg into a cup and add to the flour, followed by the sugar and margarine.
2. Beat the mixture firmly with a wooden spoon, until it is light and fluffy. Put eight paper cases into the pans
in the baking tray.
3. Using a teaspoon, half fill each paper case with the mixture, then,
bake for 18 to 20 minutes
4. Remove the cakes from the oven and after a few
minutes place them on a wire rack to cool.
5. For the icing, put the butter
in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until it is creamy. Then, stir in half of the icing sugar.
6. Add the lemon juice, yellow food colouring and the rest of the icing sugar and stir until well mixed.
7. Using a blunt knife cover the top of the cakes with the butter icing. Then use a fork to make the icing look feathery.
8. Press 2 small round sweets onto each cake for the eyes. Then, cut eight jelly diamonds or slices
in half for the beaks.
9. Press two halves into the icing to make a beak.
Make the pointed ends of the halves stick up a little.
From a children’s recipe book.
have large and small 6ft high dog pens with netting used for segregating ducks in pairs and/or with ducklings to protect.
In excellent condition and MADE UP rather than needing erecting. Could possibly deliver on flat loader if very local. ie instant
pent. Varying sizes.
Helen Kendall-smyth 07799 700587
Club Diary Dates
Keeping in the 21st Century
By Ian James.
Wednesday 8th May
28th Annual Egg Show
and Fish and Chip Supper.
Wednesday 12th June
The Club evening trip to “Birdland”
Barbeque at the Daneway Inn, Sapperton, GL7 6LN 7.30pm £5.50
August – No meeting
Wednesday 11th September
History of the Poultry Breeds
By John Smith.
Annual General Meeting
Elect your committee
to have your say
Suggest future meetings.
Chicks and day length
Are infrared heat lamps good for rearing chicks, that was the question posed in an article in the winter
WPA magazine?. It is suggested that they are not good for pheasant or turkey chicks and this may also apply to poultry chicks.
This is because both are photo refractory breeders, meaning their breeding cycles are affected by day length.
It is suggested that chicks exposed to long daylight hours or 24 hours of light
from infrared heat lamps or other sources of artificial light can prevent the birds becoming sexually mature even if they
are physically mature, which is natures way of preventing young being produced during the winter months. However, two months
of short day length will reset their biological clock. This also affects the hens when they are in lay; affecting pheasants
more than turkeys, again as a way of not producing young in the colder winter months.
Another reason for not using light 24 hours a day is the calcium used to make strong healthy bones is deposited
during the hours of darkness. 24 hours of light is therefore a contributing factor for problems such as deformed legs and
So to conclude it is suggested that It is better
to use ceramic heaters, which do not produce light or Electric Hen contact heaters.
From The Presidents Perch
Due to recent health problems, Neil sends his apologies for not feeling up to writing his usual column.
We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him soon.
Mr John Smith 01666 824763. Cotswold Quill editor: Mr Ken Cservenka 01285 656480.
Mrs Margaret Gardner 01666 510248