Category: Administration & Record Keeping

Selecting your Retained Gloster Canaries

Retaining Gloster Canaries for use the following and subsequent years depends on one main philosophy, "always retain the best". By always retaining the best you are not depleting the gene pool or having to constantly look for replacements. Other aspects to be taken into account are the retention of only the very best of the cocks and a sufficient number of hens to be able to give the required options needed during the breeding programme. Cocks retained must be the best and variety is not an option to be enjoyed in small studs if exhibition is the prime concern. Options come from the hens and fancy's and fads can be considered when retaining hens. OPTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED: 1. Yellow feathered. 2. Cinnamon. 3. White ground, either variegated or self. 4. Grizzle. Other options are a variety of feather types among the retained hens. This is important if balance is to be achieved in the stock. Numbers of course depend...

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Filed under: Administration & Record Keeping, Canary Breeding, Genetics

Breeding Canaries – Planning ahead

First and foremost, when planning to breed, is consideration of what to do with the babies once they are fully weaned and on their own. Decisions must be made beforehand to avoid complications down the road. You might want to ask yourself these questions: DO YOU HAVE SPACE TO KEEP THE BABIES ONCE THEY ARE WEANED? Once the babies are weaned and eating on their own, the parents are going to want to start their next clutch. Sometimes they want to start even before the first babies are weaned. In which case, usually the father and babies are transferred to another cage or a divider is put into the breeding cage with the babies on one side and parents on the other. Father is then able to continue feeding the babies through the bars while also getting ready for the next clutch. This situation is only temporary and the weaned babies will eventually need their own cage. We transfer our...

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Filed under: Administration & Record Keeping, Canary Breeding, Genetics