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Promoting the Benefits of the BKA

Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

It was decided to take the BKA out to the Bradwell on Sea Flower & Craft show to promote our hobby and to interest others in bird keeping. We displayed an example of the foreign finches kept by some aviculturists namely a Diamond Fire Tail, a Parson finch, a Masked Grass finch, two Gouldians and a pair of Stat finches to the delight of many who visited our stall. The weather was a combination of showers and beautiful sun shine but the rare occasional gusts of wind brought us running to hold tight the supports of our gazebo to save our presentation disappearing into the trees...

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Bird Sale Show dates for 2017

Posted by on July 22, 2017 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

The Bird Keepers Association of Essex is holding its’ late Summer & Autumn Bird Sale shows on Sunday 10th September 2017 and thereafter on Sunday 19th November 2017 (not 22nd Oct as previously advertised!) The venue: Fryerns Community Hall, Whitmore Way, Basildon, Essex, SS14 2NN For further information and booking forms please visit or phone Len 01702 293053 or Malcolm 01702 584107. Tables £8. Entrance £3. Children free. Increased parking spaces & an on site cafe & of course a huge number & variety of birds will make these events a diary date which should not be...

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Breeders who place a Wanted adv – BEWARE

Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

From personal experience and with rose coloured spectacles! I was keen to obtain a hen New Britain Manikin (Lonchura Spectabilis) and placed a wanted advertisement on a social media site. In quite a short space of time a Jean Blaise of Prinzenallee, Berlin, 13357 contacted me and stated that he had the bird I wanted. He asked me for 121 Euros and he would ensure the bird was couriered to my home address. However when he asked me to send the money via a Western Union address I was suspicious but after many emails together with a photo of the bird for sale I succumbed to the temptation. His email address was As soon as the money was sent and collected he happened to mention that there was an additional 450 Euros required for the courier but that would be refunded as soon as the bird arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!! Naturally he hasn’t responded to my request for the return of my money So beware all bird breeders?...

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BKA Spring 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Thanks to the Echo newspaper for great coverage of the BKA bird sale show

Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Echo photographer was able to show the support the BKA gives to children who after all are our future...

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By popular demand the next BKA bird sale is on 25th June 2017 & then on 10th September 2017

Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Blog, Events | 3 comments

The BKA rely on volunteers who are passionate about keeping & breeding birds and so a BIG THANK YOU to Len, Peter, Al, Dean, Dave, Christine & my brother Ray and his wife Sue. Although Kyla, John & Moya were unable to attend this time round their support is much appreciated. Book early for the next event which is to be held on 25th June 2017 followed by events on 19th September 2017 & 19th November 2017. Plenty of time to be successful in your breeding programme and offer your surplus stock to others! IMPORTANT NOTICE The next bird sale show will be held at a new venue namely Fryerns Community Hall, Whitmore Way, Basildon, Essex SS14 2NN. Twice the room and twice the parking area!...

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The BKA bird sales are so popular

Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

The BKA bird sales are so popular

A few selected photos of a very successful bird sale show for the exhibitor’s and the visitors alike held on Sunday 19th February...

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The trial & tribulations of livestock!!

Posted by on February 11, 2017 in Blog, Case Studies | 0 comments

So sad! My Pekin Robins laid 3 eggs and were scheduled to hatcg about now and this little fellow didnt make it. I wonder if the other eggs will be more successful. I feel in any event although they want to breed there are insufficient insects in my aviary to provide the ‘natural’ foods. The lat time I was successful was when the same pair produced a single youngster from a May nest and three babies from a nest in the late summer  

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