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Sprouting Seeds For Birds

Sprouting Seeds For Birds & Nestling Food Diet

What Is All This Stuff? Soaked seed is a method of feeding seed in a form similar to that in which it is found in the wild by a foraging bird. As the name implies, this method involves soaking the seed, followed by thorough rinsing and (usually) a short period in which the soaked seed is allowed to begin to sprout. Wild birds eat many varieties of green and/or sprouting seeds in their quest for food. Seed in this form is highly […]
Safe Plants For Bird Aviary

Toxic And Safe Plants For Bird Aviary

Hello! This is a brief listing of some of the more commonly found toxic and non-toxic plants. The non-toxic group can be used; if you wish, in plantings in an aviary, or in pots around your birds – with most species, though, you can expect at least a little pruning! A group of canaries can mow all of the green off almost any plant in incredibly short order, so if you keep these birds, you should plan on rotating or replacing your […]

Breeding Canaries In An Aviary

The Miracle of Breeding Canaries Breeding color canaries can be a lot of fun. It is a glorious event to see the eggs develop and hatch into tiny little creatures that immediately start begging for food. One may refer to it as instinct, but I prefer to see in such behavior the life giving hand of God directing every step from the drive to mate, to the “instinctive” building of the perfect nest, to the incubation of the eggs, their periodic turning […]

Flight Cages Are For The Birds

Creatures Of The Air It is a cool, crisp morning, and I lean back contentedly into the chair in the corner of my birdroom, sipping coffee. In front of me is a series of interconnecting flight cages, filled with crowds of busy, happy young Red Factor canaries. The air is filled with the sound of their songs, squabbles, and chirps, while they themselves zip about their home feeding and playing. They look like a drift of autumn leaves tossed by a playful […]
Crested Canary Feeding & General Management

Crested Canary Feeding & General Management

Crested Canary How-To Guide – Feeding-General Management The feeding of any stud of birds is the key to success or failure in all aspects of canary management. A haphazard approach will mirror the same results. All top breeders follow a consistent plan based upon the successful results they have achieved throughout the years, with the door always open for experimentation. My own particular feeding regime is not vastly different from most nor is it over complicated with graphs and charts. I use […]
Crested Canary Questions & Answers

Crested Canary Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers I have compiled this section with a hope it will trigger many future topics for discussion. If we all lived to be one hundred years old we would still encounter new hurdles in our hobby. As a novice in my final year, I write this including many questions I asked myself and enclose the answers I received. As many fanciers do, I learned also from my experiences. Q: Should artificial lighting and heating be used, and if so at […]
Common Canary Breeding Problems, Concerns and Care

Common Canary Breeding Problems, Concerns and Care

Three Types of Canaries When you decide to purchase a canary, you may choose from among three basic categories: Song, Colorbred and Type Canaries. Song Canaries include – American Singers, German Rollers, Spanish Timbrados or Waterslagers. These song canaries are judged in competition on how well they sing. Colorbreds come in 35-45 different color variations. Many feel the Red lipochrome canary is the most popular. However, there are so many different colors; it is hard to say which ones are the most popular. Everybody seems to […]
Preparing For Canary Breeding Season

Preparing For Canary Breeding Season

Breeding Season – 2007 December 25th is the day my build up programmes for the breeding season begin. By this time I will make sure I have everything I will need for the oncoming periods. This not only includes the obvious, nest pans, felts, nest material, but also feed and sawdust, spare perches and rings. Nothing must be left to chance, as the breeding season approaches all cage bird supply companies get very busy and you could be caught short. I know ring […]

Buying Canaries

Buying Canaries Having spent time setting up suitable housing, now is the time to go collect your stock. November onwards is the preferred time for stock disposal so presuming you purchase your birds at this time they will have six months to settle in before the breeding season. Hens will be happy in small groups with the cock birds housed on their own in double breeders. Supplier The supplier of your birds should verse you with his/her management techniques, which will help […]