A word from the editors …….


Dear reader,


All members of our editor’s team do their utmost to make this magazine something beautiful. Above all we are proud to be independent. With this June issue, being already the third number of the second volume, your trust in our reliability can only grow. What you see is what you get – that is, if you are a subscriber! – A stable magazine on a fair level, with all former issues saved in growing archives, which will be constantly available when needed. Especially these archives are regarded as our investment in the future.



Recently we started to invite Breeder’s clubs to exchange links with us. The first Clubs are to be found already at our website. This will help Aviculture Europe to present itself to a larger and like-minded public and in the same time we can direct the visitors of our website to the breeder’s clubs for supplementary information on the breed of their interest. Of course you don’t have to wait for our personal invitation; you may apply your website directly at


Concerning the bird flu threat, we await the government’s regulations for the coming show season with some reserve. Each restriction in the keeping and showing of our fancy breeds will not only bring harm to the animals, but at least as much pain for the keepers as well. In our reporting we will always keep as close as possible to the mood and woe of the fancy breeders; that’s why you can read about the Berlin Demonstration of the German breeders against the ‘never ending’ compulsory keeping under-cover of poultry as well as about the winners of the Shows that did go on. Valuable and interesting breed articles, combined with reports of visits at remarkable breeders, will make this issue once more a very special one and I would recommend to you all. So, don’t confine yourself to this ‘Various’ article only, but get yourself a subscription and enjoy all the nice and interesting articles that our team has put together for you!


Best regards,

on behalf of the editors-team,

Nico van Benten












Winning photograph of June 2006



Silver pencilled Bresse cockerel


Photo by: Mandy Goossens (NL)




Attention! From August ‘The Frame’ will change!


As we understand that not everybody is a born photographer, the team of Aviculture Europe has decided to adjust this item so that in the future everyone can take part and has the chance to win a free subscription.

So we decided that from the next issue you may GUESS which breed is portrayed in ‘The Frame’.

We will see to it that all groups of feathered animals will be equally represented. Please mail your answer to stating: ‘Answer The Frame’. With the issue of each new edition we will choose a winner amongst the correct entries. He or she gets a free subscription to Aviculture Europe for the year 2006.*


Of course your beautiful, special or bizarre photos will still be welcome! If possible completed with a short side text or caption. If inserted, the photographer will always be named.


*Only to be won once per person!










Supplement on the APPENZELLER Barthuhn article in our April issue


In this article you could read that the Swiss Breeders Club of this breed states that the breed originated at the end of the 18th century from a crossing Leghorn X ‘Pausbäckchen’; the last being a local breed. We decided to dig in somewhat deeper, hoping to find a little bit more about those Pausbäckchen. Most of the time this turns out to be less ‘exiting’ than expected. In this case, the name ‘Pausbäckchen’ was just another name for the Thüringer Barthuhn, as we learned from the book by Houwink    “Hoenderrassen in hunne vormen en kleuren” (1909). In this book Houwink mentions a breed called ‘Uilebaardhoen’, and in addition the German name for the breed, being ‘Das Thüringer Barthuhn or Pausbäckchen’. This breed was first developed round 1880 in Rhula, a village in Thüringen and just like the Appenzeller Barthuhn is was kept because of its great resistance to severe winter cold; the wattles had disappeared and made room for a beard. According to Houwink the word Pausbäckchen meant ‘small beard’ but today in Germany the word is more common used for ‘chubby cheeks’. These old stories are always difficult to get balanced though. In the old story of the Appenzeller barthuhn was clearly stated that crossings were made with a Pausbäckchen with a rosecomb, while the Pausbäckchen on the picture clearly has a single comb, just like the Thüringer Barthuhn has……So may be there is another variety? On further examination we learned that the Thüringer Barthuhn was created by means of a Pausbäckchen as well, so it is definitively NOT the same as a Pausbäckchen, of which we found the following describtion: “a beloved type of chicken that was able to resist wind and cold, with a beard that forms whiskers on the cheeks to cover the ears and wattles”. In this description is mentioned that this breed is often called Otterköpfchen (little Otter head) as well…… Unfortunately we did not yet find any picture or other proof, but concerning the nickname Otter head …? I think that one had the rosecomb! Anyone who knows more is welcome to react!



And this is what those Pausbäckchen looked like round the year 1900. This card was once printed by Fa. H. Stürtz in Würzburg.


Photo: Archives Awe van Wulfften Palthe.















Stoppelveldseweg 1, 5473 RR  Heeswijk-Dinther, Nederland

Tel. 0031-413-224102  Fax 0031-413-224103 E-mail:


This pheasant farm manages one of the largest collections of pheasants, jungle fowls and peacocks in Europe with over 53 different species of pheasants in the aviaries.

The target of the foundation of de Rooie Hoeve is to maintain and complete the collection and to open it free of charge for the public.  To reach this target several activities are being organised as: accessibility, collection, breeding-program, information, contacts, friends of the pheasantry, guestbook.


The foundation has a public function and is considered by the Ministry of Finance as an institution for the benefit of the community.


SEE on our website English version













Kind regards,

Marianne v.d. Wittenboer-Jansen

Manager Pheasantry De Rooie Hoeve.  














MAY 4th 2006 – BERLIN - GERMANY:

Demonstration against Stallpflicht

(Compulsory keeping under-cover of Poultry)

Text: Mick Basset. Photos: Georg Clasbrummel




Both in the Autumn and again this Spring, the German poultry fanciers and commercial Holdings were forced to keep all 'Geflügel Art' (poultry species; that includes Pheasants, Quail, Peafowl, Ducks, Geese, Ornamental Fowl etc.) 'undercover'; a solid roof or awning, No Free Range.

There were exceptions made on Veterinary assessment as to Local and Risk IE. if the commercial Holding had so many birds that they could not possibly be 'housed'. This also entailed compulsory weekly blood testing of 'sample' birds.


The fact that in some Regions of Germany, snow for most of the Winter is 'normal', meant that with the renewal of the Stallpflicht this Spring, some poultry fanciers had birds kept in for nearly 8 months! This is with birds and breeds that are used to minimal stocking rates and free range, not to mention geese and some breeds of duck that NEED water to produce fertile eggs and the many breeds of ornamental pheasants, geese and ducks kept.




Meetings with the German Minister Seehoffer were not successful. This culminated on a 'Demonstration' in Berlin of some 3,000 German poultry fanciers against the seemingly continues incarceration of their birds. This appeared to have direct consequences, with the Stallpflicht being terminated (Presumably until Autumn again?) on May 15th with basically the proviso that, as a 'hobby' breeder,


a) you do not live in one of the three 'Ring' Control Zones established around a H5N1 Outbreak


b) you do not live within 1000 meters of a large area of water IE. a Lake, Reservoir, large River where there may be populations of Wild waterfowl or Coastal areas with populations of breeding wildfowl.


c) you do not live within 1,000 meters of a Large commercial poultry Holding.




The decision as to if poultry keepers may free range, is made 1st on a Regional basis as assessed by the Local Vets and 2cnd if the fancier falls within one of the above categories.


Individual 'Risk Assessments' are carried out by the local Ministry Vet as to if free range is allowable and under what conditions (regular sample blood test etc.)



As off May 19th there have been no more official 'Observation Zones' in Germany, although obviously checks are still being made on Wild Waterfowl populations and other migratory species.


Website BDRG


More photos Berlin Demonstration:















In Zeddam- The Netherlands


Saturday the 9th of September the third international Cochinday will take place.



Breeders of Cochins and Cochin bantams (Peking) are welcome. If you might like to support the day with some prize or something else, please contact the e-mail address below. There will be a show and sale. More information from the middle of July at: Ardjan Warnshuis.




Photo: Ardjan Warnshuis



Am Samstag den 9.September wird der dritte internationale Cochintag stattfinden.





Jeder Züchter von Cochin und Zwergcochin ist wilkommen. Es wird eine Schau und eine Verkaufsklasse geben. Möchten Sie den tag in irgenteine Form sponsern mittels einen Ehrenpreis, dann melden Sie sich kurz auf genannte E-mailadresse.


Weitere Informationen und Meldepapiere ab Mitte Juli bei: Ardjan Warnshuis.








Photo: Ardjan Warnshuis




Photo : Aviculture Europe














Breaking News! 05.05.2006 15:53



The  25th Europaschow












All further information about the 25th Europe show is now available at:



Original message: Auf Grund von Fehlinformationen einiger Landesverbände möchten wir nochmals mitteilen, dass die 25. Europaschau stattfinden wird. Es gibt keine anderslauternde Informationen von Seiten der Ausstellungsleitung bzw. des Europaverbandes. Zur Zeit werden alle notwendigen Regelungen für die Durchführung dieser Veranstaltung getroffen. Seitens der Ausstellungsleitung wird intensiv an der Fortsetzung der bestehenden Aufgaben der Ausstellung gearbeitet.

Die Ausstellungsleitung















Planning a trip to Belgium?

September 17th 2006 (Sunday) once more the biggest and most pleasant agricultural event of Flanders will take place!




Beestiggoed will celebrate various aspects of farming and rural life, from the best of Belgian livestock to the ‘old fashioned’ and historical farming equipment. But it’s not all work! Beestiggoed offers the perfect day out for the whole family, with the very best of crafts, country pursuits, equestrian competitions and arena displays.



Moreover there will be a great lifestyle exposition, folk music, entertainment, yes; we will even put on a real circus for you!






Come and admire our various poultry breeds, waterfowl, pigeons, ornamental fowl….etc. You will be informed about keeping and purchasing by several specialists and breeders clubs. Judges will do their job and you can be around to watch and learn more. Beestiggoed offers you this unique possibility!





At this event there will be participations from Belgium as well as The Netherlands. Poultry, rabbits, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, cavies will be for sale; pure bred as well as ‘new’ creations.

See for all information

or contact Bert Driessen











Zeeland Dwarf Cropper;

a new breed to be



The 'Zeldzame Kropperclub' (Rare Cropper Club) in Holland is a thriving Club, not only are the number of members increasing but there are signs of great creativity as well. Members are working on the Creation of a new Breed, the 'Zeeland Dwarf Cropper'.

It is a miniature of the Dutch Cropper and the first examples are looking very good! and the Breed already comes in a variety of colours, Black, Dun and Recessive Red and Yellow.

Rob Sekhuis, Zeldzame Kropperclub


Photo above: A Zeeland Dwarf Cropper in comparison with a Dutch Cropper.

Photo below: A number of beautiful Zeeland Dwarf Croppers on the roof.














Unique celebrations of British Agriculture



During summer there are quite a number of agricultural shows in England, certainly worth while a visit! Due to the bird flu threat it is not for sure to say if there will be any poultry to be admired, but there will be: horses, cows, goats, sheep, dogs and more. All will be judged for pure bred quality and beauty. Moreover there will be all kinds of stands, demonstrations and events.


For those who are coming from abroad we will give you the nearest airport.

On their websites you can find all the information that you need, often even including hotels and bed & breakfast.


Some of the coming Shows:


The Royal Norfolk is June 28th, 29th. Fly into Norwich.



The Royal Show is the most prestigious agricultural event of the year and in 2006 will be held on 2nd - 5th July at Stoneleigh Park set in 250 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside. The Royal Show is near Coventry airport.




The Great Yorkshire Show is held Tuesday July 11th, 12th and 13th. It takes place at the showground at Harrogate. The airport to use is Leeds/Bradford. Rabbits are Tuesday and Poultry (if permitted) are Wednesday at the show. It has proper roads on the show ground so that it is easy to walk around even for people with some disability. (even wheelchair)


Latest news: The organisers of The Great Yorkshire Show have announced that the pigeon and poultry classes will not be held at the 2006 event. Classes for pigeons would have been held on the Wednesday with the poultry section on the final day.


The Kent show is 14th, 15th, 16th July at Maidstone. Gatwick airport is 41 miles away or Kent Int. Airport is 22 miles. The ferry to Dover is 38 miles but they say it only takes 45 minutes to drive to the show.



The Royal Welsh is at:- Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. It is on the dates 24,25,26,27th July. There is an airport Rhoose Cardiff International but a Car would be needed from there as there is no railway link. 8000 farm animals competing for the highest honours in the show ring, the largest display of sheep breeds anywhere in the world and the incomparable pageant of Welsh ponies and cobs.
















Old man massacres swan’s nest


SCHIPLUIDEN – Tuesday April the 25th about 23:00 a 75 year old man from the village of Maasland (NL) was arrested for poaching. Short time before the police had received a tip that a car had landed in the water of the Vlaardingsekade. On arrival it turned out to be a quite different kind of accident. A witness stated that his wife saw a big animal in the water. When they came close they saw a man standing in the water next to a swan’s nest. The old man said that he had a heart attack and was very panicky. Immediately the police and ambulance were alerted. However, when trying to get the man out of the water he grumbled and kicked around with his walking stick. When finally succeeded in getting him on land, the police established that his pockets were filled with swan eggs. The old man told the police that he was troubled a lot by the swans and that he poached the eggs to regulate the population. And that is forbidden in Holland.

Source: Delftse post, April 26th 2006.

Photo: Dirk de Jong















English Show Tipplers


The English Show Tipplers in the UK are VERY different to what the Germans (and Mainland Europeans) are calling English Show Tipplers.


It has developed in Germany since the War (2) and the 'Wall' (DDR) into a totally different breed, as different as the English Nun and the German Nun.


Photo left: English Show tipplers from the UK


The 'English' pigeon is about 1/3rd smaller as well as only coming in self copper and copper tiger. The German bird is bigger, different stance, different 'form' and has blacks and black tiger allowed.



The Standard is different (and the picture) Breeder Ken Shaw has had them 50 years! It is an Old English breed registered to the UK.


It is hoped that something will be 'done' at this next EE meeting; as it stands, there are two distinct BREEDS with one name!

Mick Basset


Photo right: English Show Tippler in Germany.















Laying hens do not always produce eggs of the standard weight. This big egg, left on the picture was layed by an Isa-Warren pullet; it was one of her first eggs and she laid 4 of them in one week, then stopped a few days and started to lay ‘normal’ sized eggs.


The egg weighed 113 grams, while the normal egg weight is 70 grams.

Left to right: the huge egg; a normal size chicken egg and a bantam egg



On opening it turned out to be a double yolked egg; produced by two yolks maturing at the same time and entering the oviduct close together and becoming enveloped in the same membrane. This often follows an extra allowance of (over-stimulating) food. This pullet was the last in the pen that started to lay; she was some weeks younger than the other hens and should have had the starter feed for some weeks longer.


Photos: Aviculture Europe













Nederlandse Vliegtippler Club

~ Dutch Flying Tippler Club ~


A bit of history on the Dutch Flying Tippler Club

Long before World War 2 there were some pigeon keepers that had also Tipplers in their lofts, especially in Amsterdam. These pigeons were called ‘trippelaars’ or ‘trippen’. They were kept together with Dutch high flying pigeons. In those days they were little, short beaked and in the colors blue, gray and ‘storked’.




Photo: The flying team of H. Molen


These distinguished breed marks were fixed especially during the pigeon market held each Saturday near the ‘Noorder’church in Amsterdam. Big discussions took place about type, color, beak etc. About one thing they all agreed; the great desire to fly and the longflying that was inbred in these Tipplers.

In 1948 the Dutch Tippler Club (NTC) was founded.



In 1948 ‘real’ Sheffield tipplers and one Macclesfield were imported to the Netherlands, in the colors black, red and gray. Later on numerous more, like Manchester from Jac. Boden, Lovatt Marlow, Hughes. Black Sheffield from Meredith were also imported to our country. Much later (early 90’s) the so called blue Irish tipplers were imported.

The mostly red, black or blue flying tipplers which we can nowadays see in the Dutch lofts, are almost all descendants of the above imported flying tipplers.


Photo: Flying kit of A. Toeter

Our first big contest to come: the Long Day Fly at June 17th or 18th. An international event. Read all about in on our website Click on the UK flag.


“Keep them Flying” my friends!  

Hidde de Jong, contest leader












Do you prefer to read the articles in your own language? Maybe you can help us to publish Aviculture Europe in more different languages. Look at our website (button left-editors) to meet your colleagues and

come and join our team of translators!


We are always looking for:

Enthusiastic pigeon-, poultry- and waterfowl lovers, who want to become a member of our team as translator:


* Dutch to English, French, Spanish, German



* English to French, Spanish or German.


You do not have to translate the whole edition, may be just the pigeon-part or the poultry-part or a single article only. Any help will be welcome, preferably on a regular basis of course. Many hands make light work.


Please contact Nico van Benten