Welcome to the July 2018 edition of the Cotswold Quill.
Firstly, as mentioned previously by Neil, we are all saddened to hear that John
Saunders has passed away. Our thoughts go out to Margaret and the family. It was good
to see several club members at the deservedly well-attended funeral, wearing their green club sweatshirts to show John’s
long association with the club.
What a change
in the weather! In the April edition of the Cotswold Quill, I wrote “We just need an end to the rain
and some wind to dry the fields up”. Now, we are desperately in need of rain to get moisture in the
crops and on the grass. The Vicar at John’s funeral even gave a prayer specifically for rain!
Farmers were unable to get on the wet ground at the beginning of the spring and crops were planted late.
The corn now needs moisture to fill up the ears and it looks like it will be a poor harvest. At
least the laws of demand and supply will push the prices up so they can recoup some losses but no doubt the supermarkets will
use this as an excuse to push food prices up!
have once again organised some very entertaining meetings since the last edition of the Quill.
In April, Roger Thomas gave us a breed focus on Plymouth Rocks, Pekins
and bantam Marans, with live props. Roger is a good speaker and he gave us a very informative talk.
In May we had the annual club egg show which incorporated a fish and
chip supper and a general knowledge quiz. The results of the egg shown are detailed by Ken elsewhere in
the newsletter. The event was very well attended and the fish and chips, supplied by the local chip shop,
were marvellous. This year I produced a general knowledge quiz as everyone knew most of the answers to
last year’s poultry based quiz, as you would expect. Next year I will need to make the questions
harder as the level of general knowledge in the room was very high.
In June we held the club outing with a visit to the Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power. Once again,
the event was well-attended and the promised rain didn’t arrive until we all had the opportunity to have a good look
The Club barbecue in July is the
next event and many thanks in advance to Vanessa for hosting the evening.
The Exhibition season got underway on 26 May with a new one at the Oxfordshire Young Farmer’s Rally
at Ducklington in Oxfordshire. The event went very well with the organisers asking us to attend next year.
P D Hook hatcheries also had a stand at the event with an incubator which was hatching chicks all day.
Due to bio-security issues, the chicks couldn’t go back to the hatchery and were destined to “go to a special
farm up the road” so they gave them to us instead. Several club members went home with a batch of
We attended the Cotswold Show last
weekend where the heat could have given us some issues but electricity was provided so we were able to take some large fans.
Please refer to our website that is updated regularly with a full
list of events, thanks to webmaster Sandy.
the Bird Flu Prevention Zone that the whole country was under has now been lifted without any cases hitting the commercial
poultry people or the backyarders this year. However, the virus is still out there with a couple of cases
recently in wild birds in Northern Ireland so please continue with your biosecurity measures and stay on alert.
of our longest serving members, Sue Peace has just celebrated her 90th Birthday on the 23rd
June. Several other long standing members attended a special party for her.
belated Happy Birthday from the Cotswold Pheasant and Poultry Club.
Best wishes to you all.
Smith. Chairman and Exhibition Secretary.
Egg show results 2018 can be found here.
Saturday 21st July
Stratford Park, Stroud.
And 4th August.
Gloucestershire Steam Extravaganza.
South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester.
Sunday 12th August
Tetbury Summer Show.
Recreation Ground – 10.00 for 12.00 start.
Sunday/Monday 26th and 27th August
White Horse Show
Uffington – 8.30 for 10.00 start.
Saturday 1st September
Moreton-in Marsh Show
Batsford Park, Morton-in-Marsh
Sunday 9th September
Frampton on Severn Show
8.00 for10.00 start
Saturday 29th September
FFF&B Ploughing Match
Location details to follow
Club Diary Dates
August- No meeting
Wednesday 12th September – a
Rhodes – Time Out Animal Sanctuary
Wednesday 10th October - AGM
This year, due to the exceptionally hot weather,
the scourge of Red Poultry Mite has arrived in our chicken houses earlier than usual. As they only emerge from their hiding
places at night you will not find them on your birds during daylight hours.
Treatment is not easy as some of the old remedies have been banned by health regulations.
Poultry Shield, a disinfectant is OK the start with to clean the house but liquid Mite Kill is more effective. Various
powders are available to dust the birds with such as barrier, these supposed to kill any mite that attacks the bird. Another
is to dust the bird, floor area and perch sockets with diatomaceous earth. This works by scratching the waxy shell of the
mite causing them to desiccate and die.
Tel: 01285 654640
or 07922 113405
Light Sussex bantams – point of lay – hatched Summer 2015
Plymouth Rock bantams (Buff)
– point of lay –
hatched Summer 2015. Both Excellent stock
Tel: Jan Palejowski home 01993 831083
Mobile 07808 719877
White Fantail Doves
£20 each, unsexed.
£35 for two, unsexed
£65 for four, unsexed
Tel: 07904 861527
The committee 2017-2018
Show Secretary and
Editor Cotswold Quill
Trophy Steward Charlie
The views expressed in this Newsletter by individual contributors are not necessarily those of the club committee.
Editorial Deadline for next issue
Saturday 1st September 2018