FEATHERED FRIENDS: Treasurer of the Maclean Avicultural Society Robert Fowler with some of his finches and budgerigars getting ready for their event at the Maclean Show.
FEATHERED FRIENDS: Treasurer of the Maclean Avicultural Society Robert Fowler with some of his finches and budgerigars getting ready for their event at the Maclean Show. Adam Hourigan

Big time for the small birds at the Maclean Show.

THE Maclean Avicultural Society is hoping a big highlight of the Maclean Show comes from its smallest competitors.

The Caged Bird Club will hold their annual show on the Wednesday of the show and president Robert Rigg said the entries come in from all over the area.

"We're not a very big club, but we attract entries from Grafton, Lismore and further out," he said.

"There'll be everything from the large parrots down to the tiny quail."

And for the members of the club, there's a lot more involved than just putting one of the hundreds of birds they have into a cage.

"You have to train them," Bob said.

"You put them in the cage a few weeks out and get them used to it so they can show themselves off to the judges."

And even before they make the show circuit, there is a careful process in having the best in show.

"It's a matter of pairing. You don't throw them in a big cage and let them interbreed, you try and pick out a nice set of birds," he said.

And Bob said there was a great enjoyment about keeping the birds.

"Often time I'll come home from work, and I'll come home have a beer and I'll sit in the cage," he said.

"And the birds they'll come and fly around you, and there's a real enjoyment - you've given life to these animals. It's a relaxing feeling."



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