MONDAY, JUNE 04, 2007
By Blake Ma
Blake enjoys working with lovebirds and has a passion for exhibiting and breeding them
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The top three birds in the Rare & Eyerings Lovebird Division at 2006 Nationals.
Lovebird Training the night before a show.
So you’re interested in going to your first show, or maybe you’ve been to some already and you’re eager to begin exhibiting your own lovebirds. At all shows, the exception being the National level shows, you can exhibit your lovebirds in any type of cage. Show cages are of course recommended because they display your bird in the best light – with walls on three sides and two perches so that the judge can see everything your bird has to offer.
Show cages can be purchased new. There are a couple of people who make them. Many people purchase used wooden show cages which, is what I did when I started exhibiting. There is a Yahoo Love Bird Exhibitors Group that is a great place to get information. Usually you will be able to find some people with some for sale.
On each show cage, you’ll need a show-cage style water cup. You can purchase the official African Lovebird Society show cage water cups from its website. They are very small and discreet and do not get in the way of the judge looking at the bird. They hold enough water to get the birds through the day.
You’ll need to layer the bottom of your cage with seed. You’ll want to use uncolored seed, as some lovebirds will get their feathers wet from the water, and then they go and roll around in the bottom of the cage and get the coloring on their feathers. A good scoop or two of parakeet or cockatiel seed will suffice.
I always bring black electrical tape with me and keep it in my packet. The tape is especially important with wooden cages that don’t have locks, I make sure to tape the door of the show cage. These lovebirds are smart little birds! If I don’t tape the doors, a couple of them are bound to unlock their doors and find their way out of the show box. When you’re at home, it may not be too big of a deal, but you don’t want this happening on show day in the show hall.
I also like to bring a water bottle. I usually start spraying my birds a couple of weeks before a show, and in the morning of the show – while exhibitors are getting their show tags setup – you’ll often see them give their prized birds one or two extra good sprays of water.
Last but not least, you’ll need a lovebird to show, but I’m sure you knew this already.
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