October 2008

Volume 4, number 5.










VARIOUS.  October 2008.


News, miscellaneous and ‘Buy and Sell’ market.


Note : Split into two parts.



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Part 2 = 0,5 MB







A visit at Staf Mertens in

Kasterlee (Belgium)


A report of a special visit at a likable fan­cier with a fine hobby at a superb location. In 1977 he started kee­ping Brakel chickens and in 1979 he got his first fancy pigeons. They were Re­ver­se­wing Crop­pers that he pur­cha­sed from an 80-year-old fancier living in an adjoining vil­lage who had to quit the fancy. Soon he got ac­quain­ted with other Dutch and Bel­gian fan­ciers keeping the same breed. Staf has the Re­ver­se­wing Crop­pers in Black and in Blue.


By : Nico van Benten

6 pages - 480 KB


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THE Reversewing Cropper


We think the Reversewing Cropper only got a minor chance in the pre­vious arti­cle, and it surely deserves some­thing more! So together with the Dutch Specialty Club for Re­ver­se­wing Cropper bree­ders we ga­the­red a lot of interesting breed infor­ma­tion, which you can read in this breed special. Many factors go into bree­ding a good Re­ver­se­wing Crop­per. How­ever when you have bred just one Bird that fulfils the Stan­dard Ideal, then the sa­tis­fact­ion is all the greater !


By : Nico van Benten

11 pages - 540 KB


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POULTRY in the garden of



Not to miss! A colourful photo report of the various chickens, ornamental fowl, ducks and geese in Staf’s gar­den.


By : Elly Vogelaar

5 pages - 965 KB


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Part 2


Recently I wrote a piece on the his­to­ry of the West of England Tum­bler in America. That piece ba­si­cal­ly was a report on the breeds his­to­ry so at the urging of the publish of Avi­cul­ture Europe I set down and wro­te the fol­lowing to inform peo­ple more about the breed as far as show points, care of West’s, their man­ne­risms, what we look for in a top West in the show pen and really a clo­ser look at the bird itself.


By : Chuck Zeller

5 pages - 165 KB


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D’Uccle Bearded bantam never be­ca­me very popular. The smaller po­pu­la­ri­ty of this – in our eyes – beau­tiful breed lies in the com­pe­tition with the Barbu d’Anvers in Bel­gium and the exis­tence of other similar breeds in the neigh­bouring coun­tries. In Bel­gium this breed is re­cog­ni­sed in over 20 colour varieties, although they are most often shown in ‘mille fleur’ and in porcelain. All other varieties are ra­ther rare.


By : Rudi Theylaert (BE)

9 pages - 880 KB


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When the opportunity arose to visit Frans Smets in Bouwel (Belgium) we jum­ped at the chance. Frans keeps chickens in an ecological way and we wanted to learn more. But above all we wanted to inspect his beautiful Brabançonne, an an­cient Belgian breed which unfortu­nately has be­co­me ve­ry rare.


By : Elly Vogelaar

9 pages - 840 KB


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A bird that does not first lose its old fea­thers, cannot show the full im­pres­sion of good-looking af­ter­wards. The way chickens do this is through moulting - a phenomenon which could take between 4 weeks and 3 months, depending on the breed, the age of the bird and the over­all con­di­tions pro­vi­ded by the bree­der (in­clu­ding shelter, food, water, vita­mins, and lack of any ad­di­tio­nal stress).


By : Bobo Athes

8 pages - 590 KB


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Keeping Fancy Pigeons

Part 7


There has been a fair bit written about the do's and don'ts of how to keep Pigeons. This is just some prac­ti­cal advice from what I have learnt over the last 50 years. It’s not scien­ti­fic, it’s not 'by the book' but it works! In Part 7 (the last part): In­bree­ding.


By : Mick Bassett

9 pages - 1045KB


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Sometimes it is necessary to pick up your birds, for instance if they need to go to a show, but also when they ha­ve to be mo­ved to another coop, or need vac­ci­nation or just a ver­min check. Dif­fe­rent from ‘fur’ pets, fea­the­red fowl doesn’t like to be hold in hands.


By : Team Aviculture Europe

5 pages - 285 KB


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As promised we give you an im­pres­sion of the Spanish Pigeon breeds that were pre­sent at the 2007 Na­tio­nal Show. To name a few: Mar­che­nero, Figu­rita  (Valen­cian Frill), Ga­dita­no, Cap de Frare, but also a num­ber of very rare breeds: Moron­celo, Monji Girat, Chor­rera, Rafeño, Mur­ciano. Enjoy!


By : Nico van Benten

10 pages - 800 KB


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Probably the breeding of ducks ori­gi­na­ted in China, where ducks al­rea­dy were kept far before our era. Also the an­cient Egyp­tians and later the Ro­mans were known to keep ducks in captivity. Only during the past Nine­teen hun­dreds some­thing like ‘kee­ping ducks for a living’ star­ted in the pro­vin­ce of North Hol­land. On va­rious farms in the low­lands peo­ple star­ted kee­ping small groups of ap­pro­xi­ma­tely 15 ducks, who, just like their chic­kens had to look af­ter them­sel­ves as far as food was con­cer­ned.


By : Gerrit Arends

11 pages - 835 KB


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Part 1


Proud owners, top animals and stri­king breed products. This time: The Klein­die­ren­Expo (NL).


By : Dirk de Jong

5 pages - 420 KB


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Part 2


Proud owners, top animals and stri­king breed products. This time: Poul­try at three English expositions, being the Malton Show, the Mirfield Show and the Royal Norfolk Show.


By : Maureen Hoyle

4 pages - 300 KB


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