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Monthly Meetings

VISIT ONE OF OUR MEETINGS.

Our meetings are held every third Friday of the month (excluding December) and start at 8.00 pm.

Meetings take place at

Hassall Grove Neighbourhood Centre, 

25 Melaine Street, 

Hassall Grove, NSW 

Meetings are open to members and guests, meetings generally go until about 10.00 pm, there is also plenty of on-site parking available.

 Our monthly meetings usually consist of;
• A brief formal administrative section
• A brief rundown of any current bird related news and upcoming events
• A guest speaker for the month
• Monthly raffle draw 
• Supper and a chat

These general meetings are informative and interesting with experienced lecturers selected each month to help gain the knowledge needed to successfully keep, breed and understand our birds and the meetings also give members and guests the opportunity to talk to fellow aviculturists in a friendly atmosphere and discuss their avian issues/successes.

GENERAL MEETING DATES FOR 2017

  • Friday April 21st
  • Friday May 19th
  • Friday June 16th
  • Friday July 21st
  • Friday August 18th
  • Friday September 15th
  • Friday October 20th
  • Friday November 17th
  • (Christmas Party TBA)
  • December no meeting


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Change of Address for General Meetings

The General Meeting location has changed for 2017. The new address is: 

Hassall Grove Neighbourhood Centre

25 Melaine Street
HASSALL GROVE
 

The new location is a modern facility with ample off street parking.  

Hope to see existing member and guest throughout the year. 

 

 

PenrithPress2017

Pick a parrot for great fun

 

WHEN it comes to deciding on a new pet, our first thought is usually should it be a cat or a dog? But Mark Holland wants to open our eyes to a more unusual but colourful companion animal – the parrot.

Holland says when these intelligent and inquisitive birds are hand-reared, they can be entertaining and rewarding pets. The trick is to start handling them from a young age to remove any natural fear.

“Our little parrots think they are human, just covered in feathers,” the president of the Parrot Society of Australia (NSW) says.

“A parrot is similar to a dog in that it will want to interact with you and be around you. They have an adorable nature and then there is the joy of seeing all the crazy things they do.”

Hand-reared birds are not the kind you admire only through cage wire – they are part of the family, referred to as ‘fids’ (feathered kids).

“This is the type of bird that comes into your house that hops on your lounge” he says.

“You can even take it to the park on your shoulder, depending on how attached to the owner it is.”

Parrots come in all shapes and sizes, and Holland says choosing the right bird to match your lifestyle and personality is important.

For people with small spaces, like apartment dwellers, who are looking for a bird that requires minimal fuss, he recommends a quieter parrot, like a budgie or peach face.

Holland, whose father kept birds and passed on this passion, says the things you need to consider when choosing your parrot include the space available for their cage, the dietary requirements and the effort needed for maintaining your parrot.

Holland, who has more than 100 parrots at his Penrith home, showed off some of the Parrot Society of Australia’s biggest personalities at the Royal Easter Show’s Pet Pavilion, which connects show-goers and domestic pet breeders.

He suggests anyone wanting advice on choosing the right bird should go to the bird expo at Hawkesbury Showground on Sunday, July 9 2017.

 

Monthly Speaker

 

Guest Speaker for May 2017

We are pleased to announce our guest speaker for May. Introducing

Peter Rose - Central Coast Avicultural Society

Please come along and hear Peter present to our club his experience raising and maintaining the Golden Shouldered Parrot.