Wanted: awesome animals with their owners!

Which breeders and animals will feature our new website?

Which breeders and animals will feature our new website?

These are exciting times at ZooEasy headquarters. In cooperation with Arjan Yspeert of YA! Internet Marketing, the Netherlands, we’re busy with several renewals for ZooEasy. We’re working on the development of ZooEasy version 12, so we can release this version at the end of this year. Also, we’re on Facebook now. Did you see the renewed style of the globe at the cover? That’s the first glimpse of what we’ll reveal for now!

Be a star on the new website
Our website will get a new look as well. And we would like to ask for your help. For the new website we’re looking for pictures of real breeders with their animals. Do you and your animal(s) would like to shine on our new website? We are looking forward to receive your pictures!

Facebook
All pictures will be put on Facebook. From all the entries we will make a selection that will be used on the website. With your entry you agree that ZooEasy can use the images in all online communication.

We are looking forward to receive your greatest photos! You can send your pictures to: femke@zooeasy.com

Jacob Miedema: the very first costumer

Jacob Miedema

Jacob Miedema, bird breeder and first customer

ZooEasy has existed for ten years now. The customers of ZooEasy are spread over the entire world: from a bird breeder in Australia until a dog breeder in Sweden. There are sold over 15,000 stand alone software programs to hobby and (semi)professional breeders, and nowadays over 40 breeding associations and herd books are using ZooEasy Online. This series about the foundation of ZooEasy ends with the story of Jacob Miedema, the very first costumer.

Addiction
Jacob Miedema (58) from Franeker, Holland, has always been a fanatic bird breeder. “I have been born and raised with it. My father owned canaries, but I was more a tropics kind of guy. It’s an addiction.” At his height, Jacob Miedema owned 200 birds. In the past years he has won many awards, he has given lectures and judged many birds. He is also closely involved in several functions at Volièrevereniging De Edelzanger in Franeker. Nowadays Jacob Miedema has taken things easier. He now owns about 50 birds, like Turqoise Parrots, swift parrots, starlings, zebra finches and quails. “It’s mainly for fun now.” Twice a day he makes a walk through his aviary: “Especially the quails are very close to me. They come right up to me and eat from my hand.”

Ra-Bird
Just a few people know that Jacob Miedema was also involved at the start of ZooEasy: “My friend Jan Weistra and me were breeding zebra finches at the time. Jan’s son knew Erik Reudink through their badminton association. Erik knew a lot about computers. Jan asked him if he could make a pedigree program. They asked me to join them, to give my opinion on the contents that are important for bird breeders. It was very devious, but Erik was good at DOS. Soon there were more functions available, like judging notes, features and characteristics, safety for the unique codes of the ring numbers. It was then called Ra-Bird.” Since then the program has developed more and more, until the name ZooEasy was released.

The secret is good bookkeeping
With his years of experience at bird breeding, Jacob Miedema has some tips for bird breeders: “It is important to keep good records. I always have a breeding book in my aviary. There I write everything down, and every season I put that in my computer. If you’re breeding birds for contests, you will have to look at the quality norms of the birds. The beauty of ZooEasy is that you can write down everything very accurately. This makes it easy to sort which characteristics like colour and patterns you would like to strengthen en preserve. You can also track and keep up with blood lines.”

Satisfied with what you have
The last ten years there hasn’t changed must in bird breeding. Jacob Miedema has become a wiser man on one topic: “I keep my birds longer to myself. If the quality of the birds is good, why should you want to discard them? In the old days everything had to be more and better. But at one point you should be satisfied with what you have.” A look back at 10 years ZooEasy brings up a lot of personal memories for Jacob Miedema: “I have bred and registered a lot of birds in ZooEasy. Most of these birds aren’t alive anymore, but their records are still there. I will keep on using ZooEasy as long as I have birds. It was just stupid of us that we didn’t ask for a part of the share at the beginning of ZooEasy.” Jacob Miedema laughs. “No, nonsense. Erik has done his job very well, and it has become a great company.”

Turquoisinne Parakeet

The Turquoise Parrot in the aviary of Jacob Miedema

You can now read the complete series about the foundation of ZooEasy:
The interview with founder and director Erik Reudink.
The interview with Willem Stemerdink, the first online customer.

Breeders on YouTube

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Tip: "Give your pigeon the name of the band number."

The users of ZooEasy are active all over the world. We have found these three videos on YouTube, where two or our breeders tell about their experiences with ZooEasy.

The American J. Clarkson explains in his instruction video how you can easily add pigeons to ZooEasy.  In his second video, he has some tips that might become handy for any breeder. For example, he explains how to add new pictures without deleting earlier pictures, easily search for your pigeons and how to add new characteristics of your animals. He also has a brilliant tip for all photographers: give each picture the name of band number and save it like this on your computer. This way you now exactly which bird you have photographed.

In the Philippines, gamefowls  are almost as popular as soccer in Europe and football in the States. The television program Hataw Pinoy has a special interest in these species. In this video you see a news report about Boy Marzo. He was proclaimed breeder of the week. Mr. Marzo explains how he uses ZooEasy to get the best breeding results.

Have you seen a video on YouTube about breeding results, or tips on the use of ZooEasy? Please send your tip to blog@zooeasy.com!