Category: The Canary Fancy

Pertinent Points About Breeding Canaries

Sharing Experiences If we are to advance our understanding of these delicate little songsters, it is up to us all to share, and add to, the common pool of knowledge. This is why I’d like to share with you some of the more valuable advice and insights on canaries that have been proffered to me over the years. Most of it is deceptively simple - the kind of thing that makes you wonder, "Why didn’t I think of that?" It is my hope that these pointers will be as great an assistance to you as they were to me, and that you will make a point one day of passing them on in turn. Canaries are marvelously complicated little birds. Many’s the successful finch, cockatiel, or budgie breeder I’ve seen advance with high hopes and cheerful dreams into the realm of breeding canaries, thinking that since they’d already mastered breeding one or more types of bird, how much more difficult...

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Partnerships

As we write the fancy in general is seeing a growing number of partnerships on the show bench. It is quite understandable to see a husband and wife or other family members forming a partnership, but what about the others who join as a partnership. The motives are mixed and fall into the following categories 1. To help one another; this can vary according to circumstances. 2. To expand through new skills introduced. (combined resources) 3. To share work load. 4. To share decisions. All these are valid points and no.1 is perhaps the definitive answer: To help one another. In this article we will relate to partnerships where the sole aim is success on the show bench and a measured involvement within the fancy. It is perhaps reasonable to list the reason why the partnership is formed and the fundamental goals which are aimed for. WHY: 1. To increase the success rate during the combined breeding season. 2. To...

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Achieving Fulfillment from your Hobby

The fulfilment of anything in life is a personal thing and the same ethos can be attributed to the Gloster Fancy. What do we want out of the fancy for personal satisfaction and what are we prepared to give back to the fancy?. These are the two fundamentals which guide the fulfilment aspect of the hobby. Everyone, we are sure, enters the fancy because they have an interest in birds in general and a liking for the Gloster Canary specifically Also, a deep in-built characteristic of man is that he is a tender of live-stock and in our urban environment we tend to keep a range of small live-stock, of which the canary is one. Fulfilment of this can be owning a single canary or having a decorative aviary and breeding birds on an ad-hoc system. However the other necessity is competition and to this end a controlled breeding environment is called for. Also the involvement within a show promoting...

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Letting them fly

By Dorotheé Sensen I'm often asked about letting my birds fly freely around my apartment, so I thought I'd try and put together a little page about letting them fly. I tried not only to tell my experiences but also consider other situations. Why letting them fly? Well, actually I think that birds don't belong inside houses but outside in the wild where they can fly around as they like, since that is their natural way of moving around. That's why I'd never have decided to get a bird as a pet. On the other hand, you can't simply let birds free that have lived in captivity for generations, and so when Benji came to me I thought it my responsibility to at least give her a life as natural as possible. Not everyone has the opportunity to build an outside aviary, or a big flight inside the house where it's possible for the birds to fly and get the...

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Filed under: Aviaries, Canary Facilities & Equipment, The Canary Fancy