Friday, July 19, 2013

About Birds Competition

Been sometime I enter my birds for Competition. When I just started I was quite keen in it but after some time I lost interest. Although many advise me that I should do so to test the quality of my birds. But i always tell them i have my own sets of measurement in my mind which is different from Competition standard.

Please don't get me wrong here... It is not that my birds are so great till I don't need to prove anything. I been to four or five competition before I take a break from it. From it I learn a lot I seen many great shamas I also see many problem and lots of healthy and unhealthy criticism too.

I will try to explain more in detail if my broken English allows me. So just read for fun ya! Don't think too much into it as i am just writing as thoughts flows.

After attending those few Competition what I learn most is what kind of birds has better chance to win which i feel it is quite different from what i prefer. From what what i see i realise that in Singapore our competition standard focus quite a fair bit on endurance. I am not saying it is wrong in anyways but having a different point of views.

If i am not wrong, the whole Competitions duration is about 2hours. I feel it is a bit too long in the sense that maybe the actual interesting performance from the birds is actually the first 45mins to an hour the rest of the timing is only meant to stand and sing.

Personally, i only enjoy active, swift n nice display and long melodies song type of shama. I prefer them to go around the cage flicking and flashing their tails plus some wings display at the same time. Not the stand singing type. What i meant by stand singer is flick tail once or twice sing two three notes and stay in one position all the time. This is no fun to watch for many of us but don't forget this are the the birds that is able to last for hours! Haha...! So for those birds that showed us wonderful display, swift cage play, stretching all muscle to give us the best posture and bursting at the top of their voice with beautiful songs would be drain out by then. Then how? How about the next one hour? Frankly, i do not think Shama is by nature create to show that kind of aggression in the wild for such prolonged hours. Did we extend the competition time for human satisfaction? Haha...

This could be one of the reason why I loss interest in competition because I do not think i have yet to own the Shama which I think is able to perform in their best for two hour throughout. Haha...!

So I can only choose to chai my birds at home just for my own weird standard and satisfaction for now. :p

Monday, July 15, 2013

My Shama for year 2013

First of all,

I must say Thank You to those who still checking out my blog !

I hope my limited knowledge does help in anyway... My PC is down for quite some time and i was too lazy to sent it to its Doctor. I have check the shama club forum today, i tried login to reply to some Shama kakis comment but i couldn't because the Solve Media "Letters" is a little too weird for me to key in the right words! At least 50 tries so i give up trying... haha!

I shall use my Blog to "so call" reply to Bro Cyberboyz1010 and Maverick, i hope you guys don't mind ya! Ok Bro cyberboyz1010, Quote for forum:

" Alan should be very busy now, pairing up the best combination shama pair to produce the best possible offspring".

I am always trying to pair up what i think it is the best but we will not know untill 8-10 months later . Well some time the so call best pair might not produce the best chick, so we try our luck ! hee hee...!
But now i know very well that one of my bird "Knight" is able to produce some impressive chicks. I attach a youtube link below: this guy(AP131) he is in Penang now own by my close friend Mr Ooi. He just completed his first molt about 6weeks ago, Ooi entered him for a small competition over the weekend. Directly from ladung to Competition ground without training and chai prior to the day.. haha, that is what he says :p Anyway, to our surprise he come in right behind Ooi's 8.5" second time Champion bird snapping up the Second place. :p My friend happy like crazy now! haha!

The other one, older brother of AP131which is own by Mr Andrew Tan has also taken twice 4th place in Singapore Competition. So all in all they are from Knight and both son has proven their courage to challenge much older birds to work their way to top 5 below a year old.

Mr Andrew's other bird which is bred by me also bring back 5th place twice, plus another bird which i do not know own by who now got 9th placing SCS Competition last year and I myself bring my poor Howitzer which is breeding halfway for 159 Competition, my soft legged son (too much mating) tried his best and bring a small little cup for me also ! hee hee...!

I tell myself as a newbie, i am considered very lucky to be more or less on the right tract so far. Again Thank You cyberboyz!

Hi Maverick,

Quote: "I saw some pics from Alan Pang's website ( and got a very good idea what a good tai mong looks like. Will use that mental image everytime I look at tai mongs from now on."

Thank You for having faith in my Standard of Choosing Taimong.
But i choose by feel so not very accurate ya!

Seriously, i believe in getting shama from good source or well know breeders like DDs. By looking at his Taimong collection it enables me to tell the difference among qualities. In general, i choose taimong that is one kind attitude. Bright, active, move alot, stand proud, good head, neck lenght, long body, long and tall legs, flick tail min 3 times each time, tek tek loud better still if you see him chase away other taimong next to him if there is more than one in the ladung.

To me it is always the Character come first. Many of us know that it is almost impossible to get a bird that carries all the good characteristic that we want. So at times we have to make do with something near to it. You have to ask yourself what is the most important thing in a good bird? haha! well, for me a bird with a very strong character can satisfy me and cover up the other lacking things :p so, you decide what is important to you.

Lastly, this year i have bred about 80 chicks in total. But females take up 60% of the populations so it did not leave me with much males to satifies my greed of chance to get find super bird : ( I have stop most of my breeding pairs now except Knight as he just completed his molt 3months back. I paired him with one of my long genes fierce female so i  shall wait and see if he can breed well this year. So far i already some Taimong which completed their molt, althought i am facing a uphill task keeping my house peaceful enough for molting i still manage to get some that molted well. haha! With a lot of them molted badly too! I have a few of them that has super strong character, those are the ones with the most molting issue! chopstick tail, Jammed tail you name it i have it! Still i will keep them and wait for their second molt in six month time maybe i might send them to molt else where by then.

By the way sorry for my Blog MIA and I also did not have the time to take photo this year due to tight timing with so many Kids with wings and a chubby son of mine. I will upload videos to my youtube account under Qazpang3 if you guys interested to browse throught ya!