Category: The Moult

Moulting Glosters

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...

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Wintering your Gloster Canaries

The wintering of Gloster canaries usually begins at the end of the moult or the end of the show season, depending upon the needs you place on your stock. Glosters which are to be retained fall into a variety of classes (this will be discussed in paper no.6) and for this reason the housing and feeding of such stock will be modified to suit the situation. The end of the moult to the beginning of the new calendar year is a time when the birdroom and stock are in a fluid situation. The stock will be moved around the birdroom as and when space and needs arise. Flighted birds which are to be retained and not shown can be caged in groups with regards hens and the cocks can be separated. Young stock which is to be retained and not shown can similarly be housed. On the other hand surplus stock needs similar housing, but attention must be paid to the...

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Filed under: Canary Health, The Moult