HUNTER VALLEY FINCH CLUB INC.  BIRD SALE CODE OF PRACTICE

  1. A copy of this Code shall be displayed at the venue, in the club magazine and website and shall be provided to sellers at the Sale upon request.
  2. Only recognised Cage Birds are able to be sold, no poultry, ducks, pigeons or pheasants.
  3. All animals other than birds are banned from the sale with the exception of Service/Guide Dogs.
  4. The club reserves the right to refuse entry and/or remove any person from the premises.
  5. The club reserves the right to inspect birds offered for sale and at its sole discretion shall (upon the advice of a Steward or Veterinarian) determine if the birds shall be allowed to be sold. The stewards shall instruct the seller to remove birds showing signs of injury, illness or stress.
  6. The club shall take all reasonable care to protect the well being of the birds at the sale, but shall not be held responsible for escape,theft, injury, death or physical condition of the birds.
  7. The seller is deemed responsible for the sale of his/her birds and all of his/her actions.
  8. A start & finish time will be advised.
  9. All stewards will be clearly identifiable either by clothing or badges.
  10. All impulse buying of birds shall be discouraged.
  11. Appropriate precautions (e.g. padded roof) should be taken for the housing of “flighty” species.
  12. All birds offered for sale must be in display/show type cages/boxes. All cages/boxes must have a solid base to prevent droppings, seed etc from falling out. Wire fronted cardboard boxes or airfreight boxes shall not be used. All cages must be clean and tidy.
  13. Only compatible species shall be held in the same cage.
  14. All cages must have at least one perch, and must contain appropriate food and water.
  15. Cages suitable to the size of the bird must be used. The number of birds must not exceed the perch space and the cage should not be visually overcrowded.  Overcrowded cages will not be accepted. Four finches to a standard finch show box is a practical guide.
  16. Excessively large cages are discouraged and may be banned by the club.
  17. Buyers’ transport cages/boxes shall meet a standard to ensure the well-being of the birds purchased. Cages/boxes deemed to be sub-standard shall be prohibited.
  18. All sellers must wear a seller’s number and the seller and his/her number must be registered with the club. Name and phone number will be recorded by the club.
  19. Transfer aviaries will be provided and sellers will be instructed to use them for all bird transfers.
  20. A net will be provided in case of an escape.
  21. The sale is covered by an appropriate public liability insurance policy. Bird sellers must be a member of an insured club affiliated with the C&CB Federation of Australia Inc. Trade sellers must have their own business/public liability insurance and must produce a current copy to the club prior to the sale.
  22. Payment of the current full membership fee or confirmation of current membership of an insured club affiliated with the CCBFA inc. is required.
  23. All incidents, accidents and injuries must be reported to the club and/or ambulance officers present. A record must be kept of any serious reports.
  24. All licensed birds sold or offered for sale should comply with NSW Licensing requirements.
  25. Sellers shall exercise care and caution in the event of extreme weather conditions.
  26. Payment of the required fee is agreement to all conditions set by the Club, the Code of Practice and confirmation of membership of a club affiliated with the C&CB Federation of Australia.
  27. The Club has the right to refuse any bird or person in breach of this Code of Practice, entry to the venue and/or participation in the sale.