Have you previously attended a dog or cat show? Wasn’t it fun to view all of the animals for sale, especially the adorable babies? It was also interesting to see the wide variety of things for sale at the vendors. You may be surprised to know that events like this exist for bird lovers as well. They are generally known as bird fairs, exhibitions, shows, or expos. Often, owners or breeders will enter birds to be judged and, if they are lucky, win prizes, much like a canine or feline show. Breeders may also sell baby birds of all species, varying from pigeon squabs to little finches to parrot chicks. They will also sell adult birds at these events, or they will sell a breeding pair. It is unlikely that someone will be selling a breeding pair of macaws or cockatoos at a bird fair, however- generally, you will only find them selling breeding pairs of parrotlets, parakeets, cockatiels, doves, finches, or canaries. But one of the best parts of a bird fair is the vendors. Here, you can find anything your avian buddy could ever want, need, or dream of- giant stainless steel cages, the newest spill-free birdfeeder (although most parrot owners would firmly argue that such a thing does not, and will not, ever exist), freeze-dried treats, supplements, toys of all shapes, sizes, and colors, free-flight ‘harnesses’, even bird-themed items for people such as artwork or stuffed animals.
Remember, it probably is a very, very bad idea to bring your bird to a bird show. Generally, it is not even allowed, and you will have to go back home with your bird. If it isn’t prohibited, however, it still doesn’t mean you should do it. Your bird could get parasites or a disease from fellow birds at the fair. All of the screeching and tweeting, and all of the people milling around and talking, could frighten your bird. If your bird becomes frightened, you will probably have to head back home, because your bird could hurt itself trying to escape from a small travel cage. And if it isn’t trying to escape, it could upset other birds or their owners if it is loudly screaming or making other unsuitable vocalizations.
Another fun part of bird fairs are the raffles. Although bird fairs don’t always have raffles or auctions, it is fairly common and generally it isn’t a big surprise if your local bird fair has one. A wide variety of items can be raffled off- birdcages of all sizes, coupons for free avian vet checkups, bird toys, bird food and treats, and playstands. You may also see some bird-themed human items, like paintings, photos, t-shirts, and more.
Bird fairs are fun opportunities to socialize with fellow bird lovers, owners, and breeders, to buy your avian friend some interesting toys or treats –or perhaps a new cage, and, to possibly find a parrot or other bird that you would like to add to your feathered family. Look for bird fairs near you- they can be extremely fun events suitable for the whole family.
The annual BOAF Bird Show will be hosted for one day only, on 23 October 2010, at the All Dogs Gym in Manchester. Birds will still be on sale at the bird fair, with breeders at the vendors tables, as the Bird Sales Room will not be available at this year’s show. There will be an array of bird related products on sale at the fair, such as nutrition, toys, cages and bird accessories. The best in show judging competition will take place throughout the day, with winners being announced in the afternoon, at the awards ceremony.
Birding enthusiasts interested in attending the 2010 BOAF Bird Show, can visit the website at www.boaf.com/birdShow.htm for more information.
Date: 23 October 2010
Venue: All Dogs Gym
Country: United States of America
Three wonderful venues will be used to host the 2010 Falsterbo Bird Show from 3 to 5 September 2010, namely the Falsterbo Horse Show Arena, Nabben and Skanors Ljung. Over and above a host of exhibitors being present at the show, visitors to the Falsterbo Bird Show 2010 can look forward to bird ringing demonstrations, guided tours, raffles, lectures, daily walks and the ever popular Honey Buzzard Day activities. Various birding organizations have joined forces to ensure that the Falsterbo Bird Show is an event to remember.
To find out more about the show, is activities and schedule, visit the official website at http://www.falsterbobirdshow.se/Falsterbo_Bird_Show/Welcome_2.html.
Date: 3 – 5 September 2010
The LAPC Young Bird Show is considered to be one of the most anticipated birding events on the West Coast calendar, and this year promises to be an even bigger event. With the Los Angeles Pigeon Club as the hosts of the show, visitors will be able to enjoy an entertaining show, and view some of the best pigeons in the industry. Owners will be showing of their most prized pigeons, and the show also serves as a vital networking opportunity.
It is an event that the entire family can participate in, and birding enthusiasts are encouraged not to miss out on the 2010 LAPC Young Bird Show.
Date: 12 September 2010
Venue: Irvine Regional Park
City: Orange, California
Country: United States of America
The captivating The Birdman’s Birds Down Under Bird Show, kicked off on 3 July 2010, and will be ending on 15 August 2010, so now is the time to get down to the Blank Park Zoo to ensure you do not miss out on this birding spectacular. The show, which is hosted by Joe Krathwohl (aka The Birdman), will introduce a variety of Australian birds to the public, such as parakeets, Kookaburra, wonga pigeons, diamond doves, silver gulls, eclectus parrots and much more.
For more information, visit the Blank Park Zoo website at http://www.blankparkzoo.com/index.cfm?nodeID=18240&audienceID=1.
Date: 9 August 2010
Venue: Blank Park Zoo
City: Des moines, Iowa
Country: United States