The following tips are reproduced from an article by David Copas in the RDBS 60th anniversary book.
- Always keep husbandry methods as simple and consistent as possible. This applies to breeding, preparing for show and even for doing the annual deep clean and selection of your stock.
- Only keep as many birds as you can look after.
- If you are going to change any aspect of your management for example feeding, do it slowly and test the new method beforehand.
- Never stop listening and learning. If you become complacent your birds will suffer.
- Quality is always better than quantity, and prevention better than cure.
- You will never be able to purchase a fanciers best bird, so go for its brothers. sisters, or parents.
- Inbreeding and line breeding are the proven methods of creating a stud of quality livestock.
- Be determined to succeed, but be patient.
- Be the severest critics of your own birds.