GALLERY: Orange Bird Society's big weekend

WET weather didn't ruffle any feathers on Saturday when the Orange Bird Society hosted its biggest bird sale at the PCYC.

Sellers and buyers came from all the eastern states to the show, which has grown enormously from humble beginnings 10 years ago at Orange showground.

"That first year we only had a couple of hundred birds," president of the Orange Bird Society Tony Ford said.

This year the bird show boasted up to 500 exhibitors and sellers, and 40 trade stands.

"We are only a group of about 20 people but I think we hold a great sale," Mr Ford said.

With buyers and sellers at Saturday's show coming from Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and other parts of the state the future looks strong for Orange to take over the spot as the most the successful bird show in Australia, according to several sellers.

Mr Ford said among the more valuable birds on show on Saturday were African grey parrots, macaws, and Amazon parrots that fetched thousands of dollars each.

"But the great thing about this show is there are kids here too who just want to buy a canary," he said.

He said the heavy rain did offer some challenges to the organisers with people having to walk in the rain to the venue.

Mr Ford said Orange Bird Society members were at the venue at 6am on Saturday accepting registrations.

"But we also hosted a welcome barbecue on Friday night where people could start the registration process, to take the pressure off a bit on Saturday," he said.

Record numbers were received for the Orange Bird Sale dinner held at the Orange Ex-Services' Club on Saturday night in conjunction with the show.

Mr Ford said the next major event for the year for the society is the Orange Show.

If you would like to become more involved or would like to find out more about owning and caring for birds through the Orange Bird Society call Tony Ford on 0409 912 370.

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