Eastern Courier : July 20th 2011
7 EASTERN COURIER, JULY 20, 2011 NEWS Super Savings With Fresh Tegel Chicken Thighs! Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 18th July - Sun 24th July. All Stores Open 7 Days Save $8.50kg off our everyday low price! Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs $10 .99 kilo only Skinless Chicken Thigh Cutlets (semi boned) Serving suggestion only $8 only .99 kilo $4 only .99 kilo Chicken Thighs (bone in) Beef Steak Mince $6 only .99 kilo Great buying at this low price! Save $3kg off our everyday low price! Save $2kg off our everyday low price! Ideal to use in a slow cooker! Derek's gone to the birds Budgie breeder: Derek Louden hopes to win a prize at the upcoming National Bird Show. Photo: PIP BOURKE By PIP BOURKE There aren t many women who would support their husband keeping nearly 100 birds. But Esme Louden doesn t mind -- she even helps husband Derek breed them. Mr Louden was introduced to his hobby as a school boy in South Africa. I used to race pigeons with my friends, he says. Now the Dannemora resident hosts a large budgie collection in an aviary in his back garden. The couple will be competing in the 79th National Bird Show at Botany Downs College from July 29 to 31. The Auckland Metro Bird Club members have been breed- ing budgies for show for two years. Mr Louden started with a few budgies bought in a local pet store but didn t intend to show- case his birds. I wanted them as pets. He built up his collection by breeding them in his garage and then decided to enter com- petitions. Once we got into competing I started buying off other club members, he says. By talking to them you learn what qualities to look for in a bird. So then I wanted to get rid of the pet shop budgies. He describes budgie breeding as similar to mixing colours on a paint palette. You put two colours together and you never know what you might end up with, he says. There s a lot of luck involved with breeding a champion. The couple say their ideal goal would be to start their own blood-line. When you breed for long enough and win a lot of compe- titions your blood-line becomes known, Mrs Louden says. The National Bird Show features nearly 2000 birds from throughout New Zealand ranging from budgies and canaries to parrots and finches. There will also be bird and accessory sales, bird and aviary advice, information on endangered birds and refreshments. The show is at Botany Downs College on July 29 from 3.30pm to 5pm; July 30, 9am to 5pm; and July 31, 9am to 1pm. Entry is $5 for adults, chil- dren $2 and family $12.
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