About Us


My name is Norris Dryden. I am the owner and founder of Agapornis Aviaries. I am very fortunate to have the assistance of my wife Alida and our three children, without whose support, it would not have been possible for me to have enjoyed my hobby for as long as I have. Agapornis Aviaries are located in Brackenfell in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa.


Agapornis Aviaries was established early in 1997 when a friend of the family passed on two DEC (yellow) Fischer lovebirds to my wife. A small wooden cage was constructed and what I contemplated would remain at just two birds had gradually over the years, grown into a much larger collection. These days there are 12 walk in aviaries, 6 suspended aviaries and a few more free standing ones. The collection houses 8 different species some of which only one pair is kept. I have restricted my collection to this size as I ultimately strive to take care of my birds as best I can. The biggest challenge back in 1997 was that very little information was available in South Africa in the form of literature. Libraries had only one or two very basic books on the topic. My frustration grew to the point that I imported both colour charts and books from around the world. This opened my eyes to a whole new world and for the first time I realized how much I still had to learn. I was completely lost in this wonderful world of lovebirds. The part that fascinated me the most was the intriguing world of genetics. For the first time I also became aware that you could rather accurately predict the outcome of babies, w.r.t their colour. Having the Internet at your fingertips also contributed immensely to the wealth of information available. The second biggest challenge that I have had over the years was to convince fellow breeders to try and strive to improve the quality of the birds they breed and to maintain the species are pure as humanly possible. I found no satisfaction and joy in breeding quantity instead of quality birds. South Africa also has no nomenclature for the different lovebird mutations and the same mutations are sometimes known by three different names. This has lead to tremendous headaches and confusion. I also found this to be the case worldwide as the same mutation was known by different names in different countries. The BVA (Belgium Lovebird Society) has over the years developed a naming system based on scientific research which makes a lot of sense. The challenge lies in getting breeders from different countries to support this venture, in order for all enthusiasts to speak one universal language.

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Agapornis Aviaries has throughout its existence strived to uphold and establish the above mentioned principles. Apart from selling young birds to breeders we also provide a supporting role to new and upcoming enthusiast. These services include the construction and setting up of aviaries, providing of details of fellow breeders, judging of birds, tips on nutrition, babies for hand rearing purposes and anything else that will make a person successfully keep and breed these wonderful little creatures. Preventing other people from making the same mistakes and falling into the same pitfalls as I have done in the early years, has always been something close to my heart. No one who has ever approached me for assistance or advice has ever and shall never be turned away. Just be warned that once these birds get under your skin you will most certainly not be able to get them out.

Dedication


I would like to dedicate this web page to the following very special people who share and have shared my life. Firstly my late father Hendry Dryden, who had taught me to love and preserve all animals. He coached and assisted me when at the tender age of 4 I acquired my first pigeons. Then more recently my wife Alida, my sons Paul and Kyle and my daughter Anandi who has helped, assisted and more importantly allowed me to live out my dream of keeping birds. This page is to say thank you to all of you. Without your love and support this dream would not have been possible.

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