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Feather Plucking

Feather Plucking

As we work with our pet birds and breeding pairs, we are constantly coming up with new problems and, hopefully, new solutions to the problems. Feather chewing, pulling, clipping and plucking is something that can occur in pet birds or breeding birds, and can be the behavioral result of a variety of causes. Articles on feather plucking have been written by veterinarians, pet bird owners, and bird breeders. Surveys have been made to seek causes for the problem. Certainly, I would suggest […]
How To Get Rid Of Bird Mites Naturally - Bird Mite Images

How To Get Rid Of Bird Mites Naturally – Bird Mite Images

Parasitic mites pose a serious threat to the health of cage birds, and some can even affect bird keepers. The most familiar parasites are the Red Mite and the Northern Mite, but lesser known species which affect our birds include the Scaly Leg Mite, the Canary Lung Mite, and the Grain or Flour Mite. In the annual battle with these pests, there is no ‘final solution’; fanciers may go for a year or two with few problems, but the war is never-ending, […]
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Canary Egg Candling And Egg Formation

Formation of the Canary Egg The egg is a delicate organism, and it is assembled in a precise order. First, the yolk and ovum are produced. They develop in the ovary, a grape like the cluster of ovules or miniature yolks located in the back of the hen. The yolk remains in the ovaries until it is ripe. When it is mature, the yolk drops into the funnel section (infundibulum) of the oviduct. Here the ovum is fertilized by the male sperm […]
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Full Details My Canary Cages And What’s In Them!

This article can be summarized in a very short manner. There is no “cage” (or flight) that is too big for your canaries to enjoy as long as it is of safe materials and escape-proof!! My birds are housed in LONG FLIGHT CAGES which are simply big long cages, so they have enough room for some flying exercise and enough room to play a little. Unobstructed flight patterns from one end of the cage to the other gives them the most room […]
What Can I Feed My Canary

What Can I Feed My Canary?

Here is a short list of the items I include for my little birds in their cage year around: FRESH, CLEAN WATER EVERY DAY is the most important thing to do! Supreme or Super Seed Mix of the highest quality available. I use Volkman Avian Science Super Canary Bird Seed and “ruffies” during the breeding season. Several other good ones are Kaytee, Kellogg, 8 in 1 SUPERSEDED SELECT mixes – not basic mixes). Petamine at all times. Harrisons High Potency Superfine at […]

Mentoring Young Bird Breeders

Of all the people I have ever met who keep birds, most if not all were first introduced to birdkeeping by somebody more familiar with the pleasures these small beauties can bring into a human’s life. They took the time and effort to see that our first introduction was a fulfilling one, and they made themselves available for the inevitable spate of questions and learning which follows. Many of us feel that it is up to us to, in our turn, pass […]
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Why Won’t My Birds Breed?

Fall is the time of year when most people are busy enjoying their bird’s songs, rejoicing that the molt is over – many are preparing their birds for shows, or happily attending them, learning more about the various breeds and species or just enjoying seeing all the variety of birds usually present at such shows. Few people are thinking about the breeding season yet – that is a long way off, with months to go, for those of us who keep canaries. […]
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Canaries, Shows and Stress

Canary caretakers are united by one common aim – providing the best possible conditions for our feathered friends. Regardless of our knowledge, this remains uppermost in our minds. So it is not surprising that the one recurring topic for newcomers to the Fancy is whether exhibiting our birds is stressful to them in any way. I have kept canaries for over 40 years, starting as a school-boy. Local clubs provide a support infrastructure for all varieties of bird keepers. It did not […]
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Love Those Little Birds!

This week I’d like to discuss the main focus of this website, small companion pet birds. Although such easily found birds as budgies and finches are still considered exotic by many people, the range of small birds species available to us as pets and companions encompasses a dazzling array of personality, color, song, and behavior. Even though reliable information on their needs and behavior is not always easy to find, many of us have found ourselves enchanted by these small creatures and […]