|In Stanley's organized shed, each cage has its own egg drawer.
|The egg dishes are neatly hung in a row.
|Additional storage under his cages.
Each of his cages has heating under the bottom tray. Once a bird is washed he places them in a toilet paper cardboard (larger than the US ones), wraps in aluminum foil and lays them on the warm cage floor. In a bit they dry and escape.
After seeing his birds, Stanley invited us into his home.
As we ate and visited, I complimented him on his organization and on how very healthy his birds appear. Meeting Stanley and seeing his shed was a wonderful treat for me!
As we chatted, I ask him for his egg food recipe. It is equal parts sausage rusk/dry cous cous plus two parts water (soak and stir). Add 1/2 cup dry nestling food, he uses Deli Nature 17.5% protein and 1/4 cup Siskin Finch seed mix and last add one mashed egg. Feed very small amount once a week for conditioning starting in February. He also uses a little drop of wheat germ oil to coat millet. Everything Stanley does is in moderation. Wish I had his portion control! He also feeds broccoli once a week.
I also ask him his most astonishing bird accomplishment. He responded that he actually hatched two buff border hens from a double yolk egg! Wow!
After eating the delicious food, I roamed around looking at pictures on the walls and two immediately caught my eye. First in the hall was this memorabilia, his first Best Novice Win and in the living room hung a large original painting of his mother Ethel Hoey when she was young. It was painted in the early 1920s. Her eyes follow you anywhere in the room.