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In 2013, I notified the World Wide Hobby that thereafter there would be two linked websites , www.budgerigar.co.uk and www.budgerigarworld.com Fanciers will will now be familiar the procedure that whichever site they are reading, they can click to the linked Site to access the “Sister Site”.
In late 2014, my hitherto good health suffered a setback after a diagnosis established, beyond doubt, that I had inhaled asbestos particles over 40 years ago; the time it takes to give you a problem. That said, I am now well again and still as keen on my hobby as ever since I started as a boy of twelve. Regrettably my setback necessitated immediate action to sell my stud completely and that was effected across a period of three weeks, once announced. It is gratifying that since then some BA23 birds have been shown and won Challenge Certificates and in all cases are so far breeding very well . I have to mention at this point that an empty Aviary, after so many years, does not give any great pleasure to a long term fancier!
Now I have to mention the magnanimous gesture by the UK Budgerigar Society to award me the 2015 Society`s Highest Honour with the Silver Bird for my contributions to the hobby during the past 69 years. I greatly appreciated their kindness and suffice to say that these words are shared by my wife, Joyce, who has supported my endeavours and interest throughout my avian life.
Finally, as a fancier who has advised thousands with their difficulties with breeding and disease problems, may I conclude by saying that I continue to be available during working hours, by email or phone to continue in that role. I will always try to help, but to those who possess The Challenge, please make this volume your first port of call with its comprehensive contents. I have had a great time and great satisfaction in periodically breeding super birds and some very experienced fanciers have frequently stated that, “ You can always go to Gerald and given top husbandry, get a 100% reliable purchase at any time you contact him”. I appreciate such comments as my nature is always to help in the many roles into which I have ventured.
Gerald S Binks
After selling 5000 copies, The Challenge is now COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. With immediate effect, please do not place any further orders via Pay Pal as a third reprint is not envisaged. My appreciation to all those who have purchased copies and may I remind them that First Editions , signed, and in very good condition, can command prices in excess of £400 (over $500). It is therefore my advice, that now all copies have been sold, the second edition will arguably command greater prices than the current selling price,when available, second hand. Finally, it is advisable that purchasers do not lend their copies to anyone. I wish the hobby well.