A successful moult of Gloster Canaries is achieved by following a few straight forward rules. These can be itemised thus.
1. A sensible end to the breeding season allowing the Gloster Canaries time to have a complete moult before the onset of cold, dark days.
2. Clean conditions to allow the fruits of the moult to be viewed.
3. A well ventilated birdroom which allows free movement of air without draughts.
4. A good balanced diet which is rich in protein to allow good feather growth. A sensible continuation of eggfoods and soaked seeds is also beneficial at this time.
5. A constant supply of baths during the moult and warm sprays to harden and finish the process.
6. Undisturbed conditions which remove the stress factors at this crucial time.
7. Uncrowded accommodation which gives the moulting birds time to relax and eases the pecking order. All these points are well worth noting, for the moult is a stressful time for Gloster Canaries. The moult is not an illness but a condition, however your Glosters still need calmness at this time. Glosters can be moulted in groups or singled-off in the case of potential show specimens. Cocks, as they come through the moult will require separation and any young hens which will grace the show bench will of course need separate accommodation. Show cage training should be continued throughout the moult, but this should be a quiet unhurried operation if potential show specimens are not to be ruined by heavy handedness.
Flights and stock cages should have show cages attached to allow free movement between both for your young stock. The moult is the finished product of a successful breeding season. To enable the Gloster Canary to achieve its full potential it must be housed and fed correctly. The moult can be defined thus:- To finalise the fruits of the breeding season enabling the Gloster Canary to be exhibit, to winter successfully and reproduce the following year.