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An Interview With Mathieu Bily - Belgium

Mathieu Bily

I first met Mathieu Bily when I judged the Belgium Baby Show with Alain Morris in 2016. I was certainly impressed with the birds he had entered, but even more impressed by his fun loving nature and his passion for our hobby.

2016 Baby Show

Mathieu (right) receives an award at the 2016 Belgium Baby Show.

What city/town and country do you live in?

I live in Lesterny a small village in Belgium

How long have you been breeding exhibition budgies?

 I have been breeding birds for 26 years.

How many years exhibiting?

I started showing after I met with Patrick Van Zwolle 14 years ago.

How many birds do you keep?

I like to start each breeding season with 30 cocks and 60 hens


In Mathieu's Birdroom

How many chicks do you usually breed on average per year?

More and more each year (LOL) This year 200 babies

Tell us about your feeding program. What do you feed your birds? ... include any comments about quality of food, supplements and nutrition you think will be of interest.

We breed from late October to late may, we love that the heat is over for the well-being of our budgies.

This year will be the same as last year, we will follow the Joels product range for feeding in addition with our fresh vegetables (carrot, celery, cabbage, red beet, etc...) well as various medicinal plants I have been studying for several years, especially the nettle (I really believe in the virtues of plants)... various spices, oils and branches will be also given as well as the ideal Green Clay for intestinal problems...

I believe a bird to be like a high-level athlete. Drain the blood from the pen to a healthy and diversified food for a diet perfect according to me.. .If you drink beer and eat the dirt every day you become a bit like me lol...

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Quality Youngsters

Who did your first budgerigars come from?

I was 12 and I got a gift from my father, it was two hens raised by hand by a small breeder not known

Do you still have this original bloodline in your aviary?

No, between 16 years old to 20 interrupted the hobby when I started chasing girls instead of birds.

Do you have a mentor who has guided you in the hobby?

This is no secret to anyone!!! Maarten Heylen is certainly the basis of my success

Mathieu and Maarten

Maarten and Mathieu are often together discussing budgies.

How has your mentor helped?

He created the hidden feeling which was inside me since the acquisition of bird in 2013, took my enthusiasm for developing my birds, and the hobby, to the next level.

Which exhibition features do you find the most challenging to achieve?

It takes a bird at the top, in harmony, complete, in perfect condition.For the rest luck and judges with good eyes, that for the great show, it is for me the most difficult....On the other hand, the quality is sufficient to win baby show. The problem is that some judges do not always see an excellent bird in the moult transition. There is also a need for competition because everyone raises quality.

Bily  Bily  Bily  Bily

Building on Features

Have you introduced any outcrosses/bloodlines in recent years?

Yes, the great basis of Maarten Heylen has been a perfect mix with a bird of Kris Huxley and also a bird of Harry Hockaday and Harry van Genechten.

What features are you looking for in these outcrosses?

Maarten the power in the body and directional feather.Huxley for the blow. Hockaday the position of the perch, the quality of feathers, Harry van Genechten a love story for the yellow face..

What features are you focusing on improving in your birds?

Shape and size of spot

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Youngsters - Focusing on improving shape and size of spots

How many shows do you attend?

1,2,3 shows , this year we participated in all the BGC shows with the hope of moving from Intermediate to Champion to play with the big boys.

2011  2013

Early success in 2011 and 2013

2017 Show

Mathieu wins another award at 2017 Belgium Baby Show. With Judges Tibor Gyerko (center) and Lek Pataya (right).

I was very impressed with some of your birds when I judged the Baby Show in Belgium early 2016, and even more impressed with the young birds you are breeding this year. What is the background of these birds?

They come from the birds that impressed you in 2016 with a new mix, story to keep one step ahead

Please tell us about your favorite win at shows….

One...!!!!! There are 3. The 3 bests in show of this year are one and same reward of my partnership with my brother Julien  MJBI Mathieu and Julien Bily


Best In Show


More Winners

What is the best bird you have bred? .. and why?

The "big grey" 2 times best this year, has for me all the ideal characteristics


The "Big Grey" - Two Best In Show wins

BIS Young  Young

Quality is obvious from a very early age

Since we started our interview The Belgium National Show was held and your birds again took top awards. Tell us more.

The National Show was a big challenge for us, the absence of Maarten and Bert Sempels on the playground gave us another chance, we had some good card to play, the old grey 2016, an old grey golden face 2016 and our favorites a young golden face 2017 to who unfortunately had tail feathers too short to win the show, but the competition was heavy! René Heylen-Effertz, Patrick van Zwolle, Alain Morris, William Dierickx, Frans Veerbeek and so on..., I think ten fans had a potential chance to win the final victory...

This year was the coronation of my friend Patrick Van Zwolle (BIS). We again took some top awards with the BOS and the best team of the show. After three BIS in Baby shows, we can not complain. This season our victories are more beautiful than the three medal in chocolate of the COM 2008.2011.2013 World Championships.

As I said above the national remains a big challenge for me because the condition must be top and lucky also has its key factor...

I takes me a big head, I keep the feet on Earth thereafter and our objectives will follow their course as far as possible...

Judges Awards

With judges Maarten Heylen and Harry Hockaday - Awards for the trophy case


Best Opposite Sex in Show - 2017 Belgium National Show


More award winners

What are things you like most about our hobby?

 They are numerous, having a drink and and a meal with friends have a real interest in the hobby, discussions about the behavior and food of parakeets and so on.

Friends  Friends  UK Trip

(left) with Walter Ruttijn and Frans Verbeek - (center) with Maarten when Tibor Gyerko came to visit. - (right) Joining Belgium breeders on a visit with Mike Ball in England

...Ah! Yes...I forget..jealous evil tongues make me laugh as well..

But what I prefer is breeding and see the young evolve

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