Category: Nutrition & Diet

Canaries

What bird is named after a group of islands? What bird did your grandmother probably have as a pet? The canary (Serinus canarius) is the answer to both questions. Contrary to popular opinion, the Canary Islands were not named after canaries; it was just the opposite. When Spanish sailors discovered these wonderful birds, they loved the songs so much that they took some back to their country. From Spain, the canaries found their way into homes throughout Europe. Today's many breeds of canary have a common ancestor in the little brownish-green bird the sailors found on the Islands. Some of these breeds include American singer, German roller, Spanish timbrado, Belgium waterslagger, border canary, gloster (crested) canary, Norwich canary, Yorkshire canary, frilled canary, lizard canary, fife canary, and red-factor canary. Although small in comparison to parrots, canaries need a cage 20 to 24 inches long, 12 to 16 inches wide, and 16 to 18 inches high. Never put a canary (or...

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Soak Seed and 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 nutritious. Nestling food is what canary breeders call the dry mix on which they base the food they give to parent birds who are feeding babies. A number of items are usually added to this dry mix just before serving, among them being water, chopped or grated boiled eggs, grated carrots, crushed baby biscuits...the different mixes and methods vary almost as much as do breeders. Nevertheless, nestling foods are a very healthy and nutritious addition to the pet...

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Filed under: Canary Health, Greens, Nutrition & Diet, Recipes, Seed, Soft Food

A Simple Feeding Routine for your Glosters

The writers have achieved successful breeding seasons and show bench success based on an uncomplicated feeding routine. A definition of a feeding routine can be thus. "To achieve the necessary requirements to sustain the health and well being of the Gloster Canary so it reproduces and acquires the necessary fitness to enable it to be exhibited without causing stress and illness". So what are the necessary requirements. These are basics NEEDS and additional WANTS. A. BASIC NEEDS :- * Clean water in hygienic receptacles. * A good variety canary mixture which is 50% plain canary. * Fine grits and charcoal ,together with cuttlefish bone. * A soluble additive to supply the necessary vitamins and trace elements. B. ADDITIONAL WANTS:- * Eggfood mixture which is offered according to the time of year. * Greens and household vegetable waste offered as and when available. (However this should not be over used, once/week) * Soaked seeds offered during the breeding season and moult....

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Filed under: Greens, Nutrition & Diet, Recipes, Seed, Soft Food

Achieving Breeding Condition in Glosters

"Breeding condition is achieved by controlling the environment in which the Gloster Fancy Canary is housed and the lengthening of the natural or un-natural daylight hours". This statement or definition says it all. By correct housing which is not overcrowded, the conditions are clean and the birds are given a balanced diet which is supplemented by the increased use of eggfood, you will achieve breeding condition. As the daylight hours increase the birds natural instincts will be to reproduce. This will only be suppressed if the Gloster Canary is out of condition, ie, unhealthy. Poor health can be arrived at in four ways. 1. The genetic make up of the creature which will decide its life span or state of health. This is uncontrollable by the fancier in many respects, however by breeding from strong healthy stock you should breed a sound stud if weaklings are weeded out. 2. Poor conditions lead to a break down in health and this...

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Breeding Canaries – Diet for Parents and Chicks

There are many good diets that are very successful in breeding healthy chicks. But don't forget, the diet plan you offer your bird will only be effective if your bird eats it. Don't be hesitant about mixing one food with another to get your bird to eat; for example, you know he should be eating the broccoli, but only eats the birdie bread -- chop the broccoli very fine in a food processor and add it to the birdie bread. As breeding season approaches, gradually increase the amount of protein, calcium and vitamin E in your birds' diet. We start increasing approximately six to eight weeks before actual breeding. We increase the greens our birds receive from once or twice a week to every other day and then every day. During this critical time, remember not to give spinach or swiss chard, because they each contain oxalic acid which inhibits the absorption of calcium. Eggfood which includes a breeding formula, usually Petamine,...

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Christines Eggfood Recipe

6 large or jumbo eggs - hardboiled plus shell 1 cup broccoli 1 small carrot finely grated 1/2 cup nestling food (we use either Petamine or Cede) 2 tblsp. soy protein w/spirulina (from the health food store) 1 tblsp. calcium suppliment for birds 35-45 3-oz. dixie cups We have tried making this in a blender and it doesn't come out very good so we went back to the food processor -- much easier. We throw the carrot into the food processor first until it's finely ground then add the broccoli and pulse a couple times until it starts to look finely chopped then add only the eggwhites because they don't seem to want to process as easily as the yellow centers. When it looks like the eggwhites are finely chopped, then we add the yellows and everything else, giving it only a few more pulses until it looks pretty well mixed. It should be slightly crumbly. We use a digital...

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Conditioning Canaries

Trying to sort out just what procedures are involved in conditioning a canary can be very confusing to a newcomer, who is still trying to assimilate all the ins and outs of keeping this sometimes rather complex species, and usually prefers to pin down each definition with terms as exact as possible. It doesn’t help matters that this word is used for entirely different actions, too! Canaries are conditioned for show; or they are conditioned for breeding. The procedure in each case is quite different, and again, often varies quite widely. Each fancier has his or her methods, often arrived at over years of trial and error, that work best for him or her; often each is firmly convinced that his or her method is the best. In fact, what works best for who, really depends on a wide variety of factors, among them what breed you’re working with, along with the personality, inheritance, and gender of the bird. Then...

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Filed under: Canary Health, Greens, Nutrition & Diet, Recipes, Seed, Soft Food