My name is Fotis Stathopoulos and I live in Athens, Greece. I am a breeder and IGBA judge of Gloster Canaries.
I systematically started keeping birds at the age of fifteen and for the past 20 years I am keeping Glosters.
I have decided to breed Glosters when I saw for first time a corona. It is no coincidence that it is probably the most common type of canary breed along with Fifes.
I can say for my stud, after 20 years without a break, that it is my line. I started with very few pairs from Greece, Italy and UK. From time to time I introduce few birds with desired aspects from other gloster breeders.
My bird room is a small but enough space of 15 m2 and I am using only led lighting. I use box type breeding and flight cages. Flights are very good for adult birds because it enables them to strengthen but also to be as a team during rest periods.
About the pairing now, let’s start with this, there are no secrets to the hobby. At least too many. I usually have the image of an ideal Gloster in my mind and I try to match my couples. Besides, the hobby is mainly based on common sense. For example, you cannot expect from the pairing of two big birds to get the ideal small one, not that this is not happening sometimes.
The last years, I usually breed from approximately 40 hens about 180 youngsters. I usually take two nests and almost never more than three, expecting an average of 4 chicks per female for each season (maybe at the season some will have 8 – some will have 1). I don’t use any foster parents even if some years I tried to have 2-3 pairs more for fostering.
My show results are very satisfying every year either in COM shows or in Club shows. I have shown 3 times abroad in special shows of the Italian Gloster Society with very good placings among the Bests. In Greece the results are also very good but as I always say, every moment there’s something that needs to be improved.
The level of Glosters in Greece has risen extremely well in recent years. It is encouraging that there are several breeders working on the breed.
I think that we are at a very good stage and on that helped the Greek Gloster Club very much, which with its regular exhibitions and low-cost participation in them has greatly promoted Gloster. We should not forget that officially Greece has 4 IGBA judges and that is the result of the vision that we had when we created GGC back in 2009.
Μember of Greek Gloster Club / Greek Posture Canaries Club / International Gloster Breeders Association
Ring Codes PC116 (GPCC), S952 (IGBA)
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