Below is a record of a visit some time ago to a name that is inextricably linked with the Java sparrow in the UK and beyond, Tony Gladwin
.This page will briefly cover Tony's birdkeeping history.I visited the renowned Java specialist Tony in September 2001.
Above from left to right, yours truly, Tony
"the Java man" Gladwin
& Phil Thompson after being
We first met Tony
at a Stafford sale day where I bought 2 pairs of Javas from him and for me it was good to meet the man whose articles in Cage & Aviary newspaper were eagerly awaited by me because I shared the love of the Java Sparrow with Tony
but I did not have no where near the same level of knowledge about the bird.
I was keen to get as much from our meeting as possible to improve my Java knowledge.Tony
got to see my website and asked me to put some of his
spare birds on my for sale page.He
saw that I was asking for a Fawn cock bird, he
had some spare soon.To cut a long story short the result was the visit detailed on this page.Tony
also arranged for us to go to his
friends birdroom too, that of his
showing Java partner Paul Heard.Tony
was very open with the things he
told myself a friend Jim, who came too.This was really refreshing for me because we all hear some of the top bird / show men in our hobby as being secretive with how they do things and what they feed their birds etc.
I asked Tony
to give me a brief history of his
birdkeeping exploits & he
has done just that, so please read on below and enjoy.If you go to the gallery page you will see Tony's setup & how he
goes about keeping his
The photo on the left shows Tony's
Here on the right we can see Tony
breeding birdroom which is the far shed if you refer back to the first image above.
Just behind Tony
you can see one of his
other loves, his
dogs, Spaniels in particular.
Pictured left is the main part of Tony's breeding birdroom.Tony
uses this birdroom for breeding because he
says it is easier for him to control the temperature and keep it at a constant level.
Again the cage arrangement enables Tony
the luxury of making the cages longer out of breeding season.Tony
birds white millet & canary seed mixed in a pot and provides panicum in another seed pot for his
uses Sluis softfood & gives all his
birds millet sprays and soaked seeds when breeding.His
water does not contain anything in it at all.
Nesting materials used by Tony
for his Java's
are coconut fibre and shredded paper.b
I was also lucky to be invited to Tony's Java showing partner and good friend of some years Paul Heard.Paul has a more varied collection of birds than Tony
but they are of similar quality and the birdroom was impressive not only for the use of UPVC to make the cages and nest boxes but also how Paul has utilised every inch of the birdroom to the maximum.Paul is rethinking the plastic nest boxes though because of the fact that he
birdroom at about 70 degrees C the young being raised in the nest boxes are sweating a lot, even though the boxes have got ventilation holes in them.
Paul's birds include Java Sparrows (he has had a good season breeding these this year) Gouldians, Cherry Finches, Self Bengalese of different colours, I can't remember all the birds Paul has but I can recall seeing Cutthroat finches too!
Below are some photos of Paul's birdroom, you can see what I mean about the excellent way Paul has used his
space well, a lesson to us all who moan about no having enough cages etc.