LAST UPDATE October 10th, 2006














will join in the new





This season, the two Royal Exhibition Clubs ‘Avicultura’ and ‘Ornithophilia’ will organise a Show together, as they did some 70 years ago.

For this big event they have chosen the same name as before in 1937:


                                          The AVICORNI SHOW


Date and place:

Groenoordhallen LEIDEN, the Netherlands at January 12 (Friday), January 13 (Saturday) and January 14 (Sunday) 2007.


The Show will host the National Championship of the Dutch Fancy Pigeon Union and the Young Animal Championship of two Dutch Fancy Unions (pigeons and rabbits).


This location is easy to reach by car or public transport. There is Free Parking at the Halls.

We hope to meet breeders, exhibitors and many (international) visitors at our Show!


                                                     See you in Leiden!


In the coming weeks our website will be updated with all kinds of information on the new Show.











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October 2006: Which breed is this?



Take your chance to win a free subscription!


Every reader may GUESS which breed is portrayed in ‘The Frame’.


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 one year free subscription to Aviculture Europe.*



Answer August Frame:

The pigeon in the August Frame was a: Turbiteen.

Painted by: Hans (J) Kirsenstein, fancy pigeon Judge

The happy winner of the one year free subscription is: Luc Kerkhofs, Belgium.



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In spite of not having much ‘utility’ qualities, the Silkie still is a beloved breed. This is probably because the whole plumage is of a silky, almost fur-like texture; a funny and unique appearance for a chicken. Silkie hens are not prolific layers; In Holland they have the nickname ‘living incubator’, as their tendencies towards broodiness or setting are unsurpassed. They usually lay only a few eggs before becoming broody. And because of the unusual colour of their dark slate-blue skin, meat and bones, most people hesitate to eat it, although in China the black chicken meat is praised for beneficial power. The breed has feathered legs and a crest. It is recognised in bearded and non-bearded variety, but you often see all kinds of in-betweens! These are no show-quality birds. If you are not sure if you have a ‘properly’ bearded Silkie, best check for the wattles, as this is the rule: if bearded, than no (or hardly visible) wattles.

The Silkie cock at the photo is a typical example of how it is NOT supposed to be!



Photo: by courtesy of Family van Vliet, Voorschoten












19th International





in the Boterhalle at Diksmuide (Belgium)


After several years in Ieper, we are back again in our former showground, The Boterhalle in Diksmuiden. Like the old days, a backyard animal show, with entertainment for the whole family, like various artists, painting contest for the children etc.

And again the 4th Belgian-France competition in the Waterfowl classes and the 6th Belgian-France competition in the King pigeon classes.



Photo right: King, owner: Demuyt Freddy.


For the second year in a row we will hold a separate championship competition for all French breeds.


Special competitions for all Arabian pigeon breeds and the Figurita Owl. This will be a real international happening with Belgian, French, Dutch and German pigeon breeders and visitors.



Photo left below:

Figurita owl, owner: Van De Cruyssen Roland


Free parking near the Boterhalle.


An international team of judges.


Catalogue and entry form are available at our website.

Online entries possible.


Show dates:

Friday 1 December 17:00-19:00hrs, Saturday 2 December 10:00–20:00hrs, Sunday 3 December 10:00–19:00hrs.


For all further information:

Chairman: Wilfried Lombary













The White Australorp - leg, beak and eye colour

Reaction to the item in Various-August 2006.

From: Tom Bowden, President of the Australian Poultry Exhibitors Council.


A white Australorp bantam cock, the Netherlands. Photo: Klaas v.d. Hoek.


I read with interest the comments in ‘Various’ - August issue, made by Ross Summerell and Greg Davies on this matter.

I notice that in other standards where there are black and white colours the beak and legs for whites are shades of blue or slate e.g. Polish, Hamburgh, Australian Langshan while in other varieties the lighter colours have a white beak, red eye and white legs e.g. Orpington, Minorca, Spanish, Rosecomb.


The point I am making is that the Australorp Standard applies to all colours that are developed. The variation or concession might be made in the case of the white for leg, beak and eye colour. The purist might argue that all colours of Australorp must have the same coloured beak, eye and legs etc and if that is accepted then the challenge to achieve that. Ultimately that is what breeding is all about. If Greg Davies is correct and that cannot genetically be achieved then compromise might be the best option.  

The Australorp Club of Australia has set the standard for the white and insists that the beak, eye and leg colour for the white is the same as the black and blue that is their prerogative but it may not be the universal view across the nation. There really needs to be debate on the matter when one considers the colour differentials mentioned earlier where there are black and white colours in a breed.

Since the Australian Poultry Standards doesn’t recognise the white variety it might be useful if the Australorp Club of Australia issued an interim standard for the white Australorp and circulated it to appropriate bodies so that some consistency can be achieved.

The Standard of Excellence as we once called our poultry standards is a description of perfection and the challenge is to strive to achieve that even though it may be nigh on impossible. That is the ultimate challenge in breeding exhibition poultry and it should not be diminished to placate the whims of those who find taking up that challenge too difficult. In Australia with talk of publishing a second edition of the Australian Poultry Standards there are increasing calls for change to standards that have stood us in good stead for many decades first through the British Poultry Standards and now our own set of standards.

The problem with the white Australorp is an example of the dilemma we face.



From the Editor:

the discussion over the leg and eye colour of the White Australorp Bantam is closed for now until the Australian Breed Standards Committee has reached their decision on the Breed Standard in the Country of Origin; as soon as this is ratified we will inform you.

















Crossroads of


Poultry Club

America’s National

ABA – APA – IWBA Joint National Meets



November 17-18-19, 2006

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indianapolis, Indiana

Contact Information:

Dave Wulff



The Crossroads of America Poultry Club will host an APA-ABA joint National Poultry Show at Indianapolis, Indiana on November 17-18-19 of 2006. All profits from the show will be donated to the APA/ABA Youth Program!

Our goal is to get 10,000 birds at the Joint National Meets of the American Bantam Association and the American Poultry Association. We are very proud to have the opportunity to do this show for you. This show can only be successful if you support it.

Come join the fun at “Americas National” and see how your birds compare to those exhibitors that you’ve heard so much about over the years. Be humble on your wins and gracious if you don’t win. Work hard on getting your birds ready and coop trained and see if you have some of the best.

This is a three day show and there will be lots of activities for you and your family during the three days. What can you do for three days? You can see a lot of birds that you’ve never seen before. You will get to see and meet breeders and exhibitors that you’ve heard about or read about but haven’t had the opportunity to meet. Yes, it will be a show that you won’t ever forget.

Contact Dave Wulff, at or see our website  for more information.


















15 - 16 - 17 December 2006

Backyard animal show

Flemish Interprovincial Competition

*Championship of Flanders*


Large fowl and bantams

Waterfowl and ornamental fowl

Fancy pigeons






The KempenShow is arranged by these Clubs: Pluiske Dessel, Kleinveebond Geel, Parel der Kempen Westerlo, Koninklijke Antwerpse Smierelclub Lier, Koninklijke Club De Prachtduif Turnhout, Kempische Pluimveevereniging Oostmalle en Kleinveebond Borgerhout. These 7 Clubs will do their utmost to guarantee the best accommodation and caring for the entered animals.

We hope to meet you there!

Visitors welcome on: Friday 15 December 17.00 - 22.00hrs

                            Saturday 16 December  09.00 - 22.00 hrs

                            Sunday 17 December  09.00 - 17.00 hrs


De Kempen Show is hold at Domein Teunenberg, Boerenkrijglaan 51 te 2250 Olen, Belgium. (Olen is between Herentals en Herselt.) See photos for landmark ‘Teunenberg’ and picture of the Exhibition Hall.  Domein Teunenberg is part of a military domain.



For more information please see












South and East European Tumbler Breeders Club


From September 2006 The name of the Temesburger Schecke & S/E European Tumbler Breeders Club has changed into: South and East European Tumbler Breeders Club. There are also some changes in the board. The new secretary is:

Marcel Poelen

Jasmijnstraat 19

6658 XH Beneden Leeuwen

The Netherlands





Siebenburger double crested tumbler. Foto: Mick Bassett









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Small animals’ exhibition on the theme: Go Holland Go!


By: Tom van den Berg.

ONETO, the East-Netherlands Poultry and Fur Show has as a slogan: ‘Not the biggest, but the most convivial’. Still the organisation of the show, that takes place from Thursday the 30th of November till Sunday the 3rd of December 2006, realises that one has to be active and inventive to behold the good reputation or even to improve. In order to draw more visitors, the show takes a new road. At the moment several plans are worked out. 

From now on each new show will have a different ‘theme’. And each year some specific breeds will be chosen to fit the theme.

The theme for the coming show is: Go Holland Go! as a look back at the late World Football Championship. This means that several original and typical Dutch breeds will be extra in the picture.

From the group of bantams this will be the Dutch Bantam; from the group of Pigeons: the Old Dutch owl and from the group of Furs: the Dutch rabbit. The named breeds will have a prominent place at the show and special prizes can be won, like a Delft blue plate with a painting of the winning animal. During the show there will be conferences on the breeds; very interesting for breeders and visitors.

With these new plans the organisation hopes to enlarge the attractiveness of the ONETO Show.

The theme for the 2007 Show will be: ‘Extra attention for the little ones’ and selected breeds are: Rosecomb (bantam), Figurita Owl (pigeon) and the cavies. 

Even the 2008-theme is already decided:

‘ONETO, the Greatest!’ which will concentrate on the Brahma, (large fowl) the King (pigeon) and the Flemish Giant (rabbit).

ONETO- National Show for small livestock

Location: Twentehallen, De Reulver 120 in Enschede, the Netherlands.


Thursday 30 November: 19.00-22.00 hrs.

Friday 1 December: 9.00-22.00 hrs.

Saturday 2 December: 9.00-18.00 hrs.

Sunday 3 December: 9.00-16.00 hrs.

Special attractions: An informative square about the fancy - many breeders’ club shows – a separate sales division – children’s corner with pet animals, jigsaw and colouring pictures – a lottery.




Catalogue and entry forms: G.H. Aal,  E-mail:
















Sometimes you have to look at just the one feather to realise how beautiful and differing the plumage of our poultry is.


This for instance, is a feather of a double laced Barnevelder bantam hen.


The Barnevelder is a well-known chicken breed and most seen in the colour double laced. For many this name is a mystery, espec­ially when you look at the cock. But have a closer look at one single hen feather and it all becomes clear. The ground colour is a deep golden brown - we say the colour of a fresh fallen chestnut – with double stripes of black over the brown; one stripe running round the edge of the feather and the second parallel in the middle.

The larger feathers, like the one in the photo, have an extra black marking round the quill. The black lacing should have a green lustre and be as straight as possible, without making black splashes in the brown ground colour.

Only the females express the double-laced pattern, whereas the males are melanized black-breasted reds, meaning almost entirely black, with only red golden colour in neck, hackles and wing shield.


See also: Ace of the Show, part 1, for a report on the Barnevelder Clubday 2006 with a lot of nice photos.


Photo feather: Aviculture Europe.

Photo Barnevelder bantam hen: Dirk de Jong



















- tentoonstellingen Vlaanderen

- calendrier des expositions en Wallonië



FRANCE - poultry


FRANCE – pigeons



GERMANY - pigeins

- termine


GERMANY – poultry


GREAT BRITAIN – pigeons 
















October 10th there were already 42900 entries, but at that moment the Foreign entries (participants) are still not fully accounted for. Thanks to everyone that supported this Show by entering some animals, giving already at this moment a fabulous result!


All European and even world-wide fanciers are invited to visit this Show in Leipzig. We are looking forward to a marvellous Show in a beautiful town with lots of interesting sights. We hope to meet you all in Leipzig, from 8 to 10 December 2006.


We recommend checking the website for travel plans, hotels and city maps of Leipzig, and for the latest number of entries, breeds and participants’ names.













Dutch Breeders happy to Show again!


The Dutch Show-season has started with Summer Shows, Club Days and Young animal Days all over the country. With perceptible joy and enthusiasm the young birds were showed and admired. The support was overwhelming, as if they were thinking: “I had better show my ‘champions’ now, as you never know if there will be prohibitive regulations on the exhibitions again”.

There were many negative tidings from the waterfowl breeders though, having little to none young birds due to the forced keeping undercover of their fowl in Spring.


Aviculture Europe will report on some of these breeder’s Club days in its magazine. In this issue you can read the report on the Barne­velder Club Day, and in our December issue will be the report of the Brahma Club Day and the Rosecomb Club Day.


Would you like to see your Club Day or Show reported in our magazine? Then send us an early notice.


Listen and write down what they have to say on your little pullet.

Rosecomb Club Day 2006. Photo: Dirk de Jong.


Breathlessly watching and waiting for the judgement. Here at the Brahma Club Day 2006 in Barneveld.

Photo: Monique de Vrijer.


Above: Full attention on judging the young birds. Rosecomb Club Day 2006. Photo: Dirk de Jong.


Above: Pleasure and pride; members of the Barnevelder Breeders’ Club discuss a bantam cockerel at the Club Day 2006 in Barneveld.

Photo: Dirk de Jong











CAUCHOIS EUROPA SHOW 4 & 5 November 2006

in ELZACH (Germany)



This show goes on in the picturesque village of Elzach in the Black Forest in Germany; a region famous for its beautiful landscape and not to be despised for its many gastronomic restaurants.


A visit to the Show will certainly be worthwhile!


About 800 Cauchois are expected to enter, from France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzer­land and Italy.

Judging is on Friday and the invited judges are from every participating country.


The show is open to the public on:

Saturday: 8:00 – 17:00 hrs.

Sunday: 9:00 – 13:00 hrs.




Saturday 9:00 - 17:00 hrs and Sunday 9:00 - 12:00 hrs.


Saturday night from 19:00 will be the traditional fanciers evening with dinner, distribution of prizes, music and dance.

Meals will be available at the showground every day.

Penning out starts Sunday afternoon at 13:00.


Late November there will be the Cauchois Club Champion­ship of Belgium, organised by ‘De Pajottenlanders’ in Affligem at November the 25th and 26th 2006. More info at:


Photos: Mick Bassett
















Codex 'Landbouwhuisdieren houden zonder winstoogmerk'

Codex ‘Farm animals kept as a hobby an not for profit’




August 31, 2006

The Dutch Association of Smallholders (Ned. Belangenvereniging van Hobbydierhouders, NBvH) has developed a Codex Farm animals kept as a hobby and not for profit, meant as a testing system for the Authorities and fanciers / smallholders of (farm) animals, kept as a hobby an not for profit. The aim of the codex is to promote the possibility to keep animals in a responsible way. 


On August, the 31st the codex was presented at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. Although Minister Veerman had promised to accept the codex, he was not available and his place was taken by director-general Ate Oostra. He emphasised the importance of good consultation between all organisations, being on the one hand the smallholders/fanciers and on the other hand the utility holders.

Recently the government paid little attention to the smallholders and their animals. The rules, as there are for the commercial holders were unabridged applicable to the smallholders, sometimes causing the welfare of hobby held farm animals to be in a scrape. Think of the destruction policy at animal disease outbreaks or the compulsory, large ear tags. Keeping animals does bring obligations to fanciers and small holders. Sometimes one thinks too rash on the responsibilities that keeping animals will give. This codex sets the norms for both government and holders and in this way it is a mile stone.



Above: After receiving the codex, Mr. Ate Oostra is presented with an art object by Christine Bijl. It is a smaller replica of one of the ‘chicken artistic’ statues that are situated in the town of Barneveld.

Photo: Dirk de Jong


For the Smallholders Organisation this was another step forward in profiling themselves as responsible sector. The Codex of the NBvH is supported by: Aviculture-Europe, Aviornis Int. Nederland, Conféderation Ornithologique Mondiale Nederland (COM) and many other Smallholder Organisations.


With reference to the website of the Nederlandse Belangenvereniging van Hobbydierhouders NBvH:  (English version)