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(Yorkshire Fancy) It's a man's world... or is it?

HILARY CHAPMAN is a remarkable exception in the male-dominated Yorkshire canary world. By Nick West

Hilary: ‘I’m happy. I can do what I like doing best’

THE fancy wouldn’t function without women, of that there is no doubt. Yet why do so few challenge the fellas in the breeding stakes?                 

One who does is Hilary Chapman, successful Yorkshire canary breeder and secretary of Alfreton CBS.  She says: “I’m not meek and mild. I like showing. It’s exciting. You get up at four in the morning. You’ve bathed and prepared your birds the week before and then you drive somewhere in the dark. When you arrive at the show, the lights are on, everybody’s talking – and it grips you. It’s fascinating. ”

Hilary is one of the few women in the Yorkie fancy who not only shows, but wins. She says: “I’m quite rare, it’s true. The only woman I can remember breeding Yorkshire canaries was Wendy Bulmer, an eternal novice, and she’s gone out of it now. She and her husband would go round the shows and make a weekend of it.”


(Yorkshire Fancy) Crucial days for chicks

The first days after your chicks have hatched are crucial. BRIAN KEENAN offers expert advice on weaning and the option of fostering

Lizard canaries make good foster parents

FOSTERING is an accepted practice within the canary breeder’s armoury, and is always something to bear in mind. When breeders initially return the eggs to their hens, known as “setting the hen”, they will frequently set two or more hens at the same time. This is an insurance policy, designed to ensure they have other nests of chicks of a similar age, which they can use as foster homes, if the need arises.

Some hens are better mothers than others, so it is essential that you are alert and notice that the chicks are all being fed. You are looking for those tell-tale food bulges in the crop, generally visible even in very young chicks, and of course a deep, brightly coloured gape. Canaries will usually feed while you are still in the birdroom. Busy yourself away from the cages and be watchful without disturbing them. If you notice things are going wrong, you need to act immediately.


(Yorkshire Fancy) Adapt and flourish

Brian Keenan ponders the future of the Yorkshire canary fancy and suggests ways we can ensure the hobby’s longevity

Long may it prosper: the 2009 YCC best-in-show winner is admired by judges Gary Eaton, Bob Pepper and Brian Keenan

MOST established Yorkie fanciers know that we have reached a crossroads in our hobby.

Our show calendar boasts a glut of specialist shows which are struggling to survive, with ever-declining entries as we sadly lose more fanciers through natural causes almost every year. We have reached the point where no show is self-supporting if it only attracts exhibitors from the local region, even in our traditional Yorkie strongholds.

On the road, fanciers are increasingly less able to travel to support the shows as they would like.Those who do cannot always compete with full exhibition teams, as we double up in cars to help reduce transport costs. We have fewer fanciers and less exhibits in our show halls and because of our excessive specialist show calendar, we have turned the tap off for newer fanciers, who seldom see Yorkies in any great numbers at the majority of UK mixed-variety shows.


(Gloster Fancy) Top tips for breeding rounds

Our GlosterPaul Rayner lets the cock teach the newborn chicks how to feed, then takes him back to the hen to help her feed the next round of chicks panel share their management advice on breeding pairs and weaning youngsters. By DAVE BROWN









(Gloster Fancy) Successful Gloster pairings

This week, members of our expert Gloster panel share their techniques for achieving breeding condition and productive pairings in their stud. Interviews by DAVE BROWN







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