canary bird-room calendar
A short list of things to do in January.
- Deep clean, repair and repaint breeding cages.
- Provide full specrum lighting, increasing it slightly each week, approximately 15 - 20 minutes before dawn per week. Be sure to gradually add any artificial light otherwise you could induce a false moult and possibly stress. Canaries require approximately 14 hours of daylight to be able to raise their chicks successfully.
- Now's the time to plan your season's feeding methods and introduce any new seeds or soft foods.
A short list of things to do in February.
- Begin the conditioning of your breeding stock.
- Place your selected cocks into double breeding cages with a perch on either far end to help increase their fitness.
- Offer regular bath water and slowly begin to increase soft food, fruit and vegetables.
- It's time for observation, preparation and attention to detail, carefully watch your stud and select possible pairings for the forthcoming breeding season.
A short list of things to do in March.
- Check your bird's toenails and vents and trim as necessary.
- Dust your birds with mite powder, diatomaceous earth or ivermectin drops.
- If you have opted for additional lighting to have an early breeding season, introduce the cocks and nest pans to any hens displaying breeding fitness over a few days.
- the bird's diet should have an increase in protein to boost their fitness and provide enough strength for the gruelling breeding season. This can be achieved in various ways including supplements, eggs and soaked seeds.
- Increase the offerings of greens, fruit and vegetables.
A short list of things to do in April.
- Pair up any remaining birds that are showing signs of health, fitness and an eagerness to breed. If you have opted to use natural daylight to bring your stud into breeding conditions begin pairing up any birds showing signs of breeding fitness.
- Now is the time to be organised more than ever. Wall charts, calendars, cage cards and the like should be kept up to date with relevant information, such as, which pairs are laying, due to hatch or chicks need to be rung.
- With chicks hatching it is important to maintain a good and varied diet.
- Be more vigilant in the bird-room, with the increased workload for your birds and yourself, things can be overlooked easily.
A short list of things to do in May.
- If things have gone according to plan you may well have young birds in the weaning cages. Be sure the young birds are eating for themselves before moving them to the weaning cages.
- If you are breeding in trios make sure the cocks are reintroduced in time to fertilise the second round of eggs with the relevant hens.
- Be vigilant, the parent birds may attempt to pluck the chick's feathers to nest build if they do not have enough access to nesting material.
- Remove chicks before any hens start to incubate her second round so they do not disturb her.
A short list of things to do in June.
- The early fledglings will most likely be in flights or weaning cages already, any that are in weaning cages can be moved to the flight cages when ready.
- Any chicks from your earliest rounds can begin with their show cage training.
- Any pairs that have finished breeding can be put into flights or flight cages.
A short list of things to do in July.
- As your birds start to enter their moult be sure to provide them with baths on a daily basis.
- Supply your moulting birds with a generous, quality diet of seed, fresh fruit, vegetables, conditioning seed and soft food.
- Providing you do not overcrowd your flights or flight cages, it is easier for general management to moult your birds in groups. You can even moult your cocks and hens together, but be sure to remain vigilant in case of any squabbles or fighting.
- You should always house your potential show team of Glosters in individual cages. This will help prevent other birds ruining their feathers.
- Now is the time to start training your young show team to remain calm while in the show cage.
A short list of things to do in August.
- Supply plenty of opportunities for your birds to bathe, this will help them come through the moult. Also mist spray them with warm water to aide the moult process.
- Make sure there is adequate protein and calcium in their diets to aide the production of feathers.
- Birds that come through the moult trouble free are usually the ones to keep for next year's breeding season, of course there are many other factors involved with the selection of your stock retention, but this should also be one of them.
- You should think of ridding your slow moulting birds as surplus.
- Any birds struggling to pull through the moult should be housed together in flight cages.
A short list of things to do in September.
- Keep a close eye on the young birds, as some that you originally thought to be not good enough for your show team, may now surprise you having gone through the moult.
- Birds sometimes struggle to pull through the moult, if they do, house them together and supply them with adequate baths, soft food, greens, vegetables and some conditioning seed.
- Continue with your show cage training.
- Now is the time to establish which birds you are going to be retaining for next year's breeding programme and which are to be sold on. Start by moving on the least desirable and slowly work your way through the birds until you have thinned out your stud enough.
- Don't forget to check on your show cages and repair, clean and repaint them as necessary.
A short list of things to do in October.
- Be sure to contact the secretaries of the clubs whose shows you are intending to exhibit in to get your show schedules nice and early.
- Complete and return your schedules so they arrive in time for the relevant deadlines.
- You can also attend CBS shows in preparation for your specialist shows, this will give your birds show experience.
- Continue with any show cage training that is required.
A short list of things to do in November.
- The shows are going full steam ahead now, you may want to try rotating your show team, trying different birds at different shows. Or possibly on the odd occasion you may want to try fielding a larger team covering more of your bases.
- By now you will most likely know what Glosters you will be keeping for next season's breeding, you know your show team, so you can dispose of any surplus stock. Bare in mind any newcomers to the hobby, especially juniors as these are certainly the future of our hobby.
A short list of things to do in December.
- December and January is a good time to deep clean, repair and repaint your bird room's breeding cages.
- Make sure you keep your birds fit and healthy with plenty of exercise and a nutritious diet. Also provide ample opportunities for them to bathe, but only offer them bath water early in the day allowing plenty of time for them to dry before they roost.
- Start to plan your breeding season by selecting your preferred pairings, decide if you are going to use artificial lighting. Now is the perfect time to start with a slow introduction of any additional lighting.
- Acquire any new stock that you have identified you are short of.