Four generations flock together for cage birds show

Birds, birds, and more birds.

The Milton Poultry and Cage Bird Club hosted its 75th Poultry and Cage Bird show in the Milton Centennial Hall over the weekend and it attracted a record 420 entries, from all over the South Island.

Long-time club secretary Judith Waters said she and the club were very pleased with the turnout, which showcased a wide variety of fowl and small birds.

Breeding birds brings families together and at the Milton Poultry and Cage Bird Club’s 75th...
Breeding birds brings families together and at the Milton Poultry and Cage Bird Club’s 75th poultry and cage bird show in the Milton Centennial Hall over the weekend, four generations of Isabel Robinson’s family were there to celebrate the success of the show. Pictured looking over the best Pekin in show, held by her daughter and club secretary Judith Waters, were (from left) Isabel Robinson, her great-granddaughter Casey Americh and Casey’s mother, Mrs Robinson’s granddaughter, Vanessa Waters.
It was also a special day for Mrs Waters, as four generations of her family were on hand to enjoy the show.

“My late father Robbie Robinson was the secretary of the club for many, many years, then, when he died, I took it over 19 years ago, and now my daughters help me out and even my granddaughter is coming along to her first show today.”

“We have all had a lifetime involvement with birds and the club. When I was very young, I was carried along to shows by Dad and now my children are helping me out at the club.”

Judge John Taylor, of Ashburton, looks carefully at the best in show, a bantam white Wyandotte,...
Judge John Taylor, of Ashburton, looks carefully at the best in show, a bantam white Wyandotte, bred by Peter Matheson, of Milton. It was judged the best of 420 birds. PHOTOS: JOHN COSGROVE
Her mother, Mrs Isabel Robinson, said when Judith and her siblings were very young their father introduced them to the world of cage birds and the family was continuing the tradition with her great granddaughter Casey Americh (22 months).

“She was a bit apprehensive at first but she soon warmed to the birds,” Mrs Robinson said.

The best bird of the show title was awarded to a bantam white Wyandotte, bred by Peter Matheson, of Milton.

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