Brown and/or black pied – in recessive white

Brown and/or black pied - in recessive white:

In the recessive factor, there is no trace of fat color present. It is actually a defective factor. What is happening here? Due to the lack of ...

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Agaat Red Mosaic

Agaat Red Mosaic.

The pigments of an agate red mosaic are the same as those of a regular agate. The pigment color is gray-black and should start from the base of the beak. On the back a...

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Brown White

Brown White:

The brown canary is one of our oldest mutations and easily recognizable by everyone. The brown canary possesses two different brown pigments: brown eumelanin and brown phaeomel...

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The Brown Factor

The Brown Factor.

INTRODUCTION:

These birds, well known to all of you and likely to pose little recognition problems, are nevertheless often bred with errors. Many enthusiasts contact me f...

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The Yellow Mosaic Type 1

The Yellow Mosaic Type 1.

Introduction:

One of the canary birds that I enjoy seeing and successfully breed is the Yellow Mosaic. As known, there are two types: type 1 for the hen and typ...

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Yellow Mosaic Type 2

Yellow Mosaic Type 2.

Introduction:

One of the canary birds that I particularly enjoy seeing and successfully breed is the Yellow Mosaic. As is well known, there are two types: type 1 fo...

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Canary Yellow

Canary Yellow.

For most breeders, this cry is certainly familiar. For the novice enthusiast, these remarks will undoubtedly come across. Those among us involved in...

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The Kobalt-factor

New in the world of color canaries: the Kobalt-factor F healer.
"You've probably never heard of it," you will surely say when reading this headline, and that is completely justified, as the t...

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The greywing factor

The greywing factor: for connoisseurs only.

In our canary world, there are various color varieties. Generally, all these color varieties can be admired at our shows, and they are found some...

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The Isabel Yellow

 

The Isabel Yellow:

The isabel was one of the first bred in the Netherlands by a certain Mr. Helder. It can be stated that an isabel is a brown variant with a reduction of melanin....

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De Lutino

Mooi maar niet makkelijk: De Lutino

Inleiding:

Iedereen die mij kent, weet dat ik een voorkeur heb voor vetstofvogels, vooral die met rode ogen. Ondanks het besef dat dit niet eenvoudi...

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THE MOSAIC CANARY

THE MOSAIC CANARY ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT:

This variety originated from the crossbreeding of the Kapoetsensijs. To my knowledge, this dates back to around 1942. Further development occurred ...

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THE ONYX

THE ONYX:

GENERAL: In this mutation, the development of brown phaeomelanin is hindered, resulting in a slightly duller eumelanin. However, a darkening occurs in the dorsal triangle (between the...

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THE OPAL

THE OPAL CANARY

INTRODUCTION:

Although the opal canary has been in existence for many decades, it's only in the last ten years that this bird has gained remarkable popularity among canary br...

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De mutatie

DE MUTATIE.                                                                        wout van gils
Zoals ik al eerder aanhaalde is een mutatie een “GRIL VAN DE NATUUR”, met andere woorden, de n...

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Blue/black dot: Cause and Solution?

Blue/blac?k dot: Cause and Solution
Introduction:
No, dear bird enthusiasts, this is not an article about the solution to the black dot (also called blue dot), but rather a writing in article fo...

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Sweat disease does not exist

Sweat Disease
No, a canary cannot sweat!

It's a familiar cry among canary breeders, but it's not entirely accurate. A canary cannot sweat because they lack sweat glands, unlike humans. C...

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Course Part 29 – Canaries Keeping

CANARIES KEEPING (Short guidelines) - Part 29

If you want to keep birds, there are several ways to do so: in a communal aviary, in an indoor enclosure with a small room aviary, in breeding cage...

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Course Part 30 – Disinfecting and combating

Disinfecting and combating - Part 30
It is often said, and rightly so: "Prevention is better than cure." This certainly also applies to this subject. It strikes me that in 199...

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The Inheritance Table

 

The Inheritance Table.

 

INHERITANCE TABLE - COLOR CANARIES .

factor.
symbol
sex-linked
sex-independent
dominant
recessive
characteristic

...

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Course Part 31: Diseases in canary birds

Diseases in Canary Birds: Part 31.
The Biggest Problem Faced by Bird Keepers

Ideally, this column should be handed over to an expert veterinarian. Unfortunately, veterinarians specializing in cage...

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The Albino

The Albino:

By introducing the ino or satinette factor, we obtain birds with red eyes. Depending on the base color, they are named albino-white, lutino-yellow, and rubino-red. There isn't much to...

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Course part 32 : Identification of male and female

Man

PoP

IDENTIFICATION OF MALE AND FEMALE

For many canary breeders, recognizing the gender is quite manageable. Oft...

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Germinating Seeds

Germinating Seeds:

You should be very careful with sprouting seeds because molds can develop very quickly on the sprouting feed. These molds are often not visible to the naked eye. Opinions on th...

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Spirulina.

Spirulina.
What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is an edible blue-green microalgae, available in dry powder form. It is a microscopic plant-based food that enhances feather coloration, gloss, stimulat...

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Deep Information on Acidifying Drinking Water

Deep Information on Acidifying Drinking Water
You can do something extra for the health of your birds by acidifying their drinking water. Many bird enthusiasts have discovered that acidifying drinkin...

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The Eggs

The Eggs - With Thanks to Mr. Albrechts

Normally, a bird lays one egg per day, and the incubation period begins once the last egg is laid. The eggs hatch after about 13 days, depending on the bir...

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Piel Negra (Black-skinned canary)

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The composition of seed

Various Seeds in Bird Nutrition

Poppy seeds, niger seeds, rapeseeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and canola seeds belong to the group of oil-rich seeds. A quality seed mix for birds sho...

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Quinoa seed.

Composition of Quinoa Seed

Quinoa seeds are surrounded by a coating containing saponins, a group of glycosides with a bitter taste. These components make the seed less attractive to birds. For co...

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Reaction on vaccine

Latest Update on Canary Vaccine, by Constant van Santen

Recently, I contacted to inquire about when the latest production of Poulvac P Canary will be available in the Netherlands. Another update ...

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News Vaccination

News Vaccination.

Dear all,

In recent times, we have once again been in contact with Pfizer, the registration holder in the Netherlands, regarding the Canary Poulvac P, the vaccine for canar...

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A little more about Ornitrose.

Causes: Ornithosis. (submitted)

The most well-known and prevalent disease in pigeons is ornithosis, which literally means 'bird disease.' This disease has been known for a long time and affects...

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More about the egg.

The Eggs. Thanks to Mr. Albrechts.

Normally, a bird lays one egg per day, and the incubation begins once the last egg is laid. The eggs hatch after 13 days, depending on the bird species. A use...

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Bio Rhythm

Bio Rhythm

In response to your letter, Mr. J.P.M Graafmans, I would like to provide feedback on the points you raised. Firstly, congratulations on introducing the topic of "Bio-Rhythm" during your ...

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E-mail from New zeeland.

 

Bernard Reinen (Nieuw-Zeeland)   31-08-2012 Ontvangen.

Heeft onlangs onze goede vriend Wout van Gils in België bezocht. Wout is een man die al zijn energie, hart en ziel in de bevordering...

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De Konyx Stef Smeets @ – 1

The Konyx, a new color not yet recognized in our color canaries

The combination of different factors and/or mutations in one bird has been happening for years. As long as we breed birds, there wi...

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Ornicure.

Ornicure.

Treatment for respiratory infections, ornithosis, mycoplasmosis, and eye conditions in ornamental birds caused by doxycycline-sensitive microorganisms.

CONTAINS DOXYCYCLINE - HYCLATE: ...

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Chia seeds – Good nutritional value

Chia Seeds: Versatile Seeds with Exceptional Nutritional Value

Chia contains no less than 23% polyunsaturated fatty acids, of which 18% is linoleic acid, making it the seed with the highest conte...

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Grades in Spangle and Intensive

 

Grades in Spangle and Intensive.

Strong Intensive: Bright deep color, small stature (compared to an equally sized spangle bird), sparse feathering with usually open areas such as an e...

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The Breeding Room

The following article is a translation from the van Gils Canary website. In it, he highlights the importance of matching our breeding aspirations to practical realities – a sanity check!

The Breedi...

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Going Light

Going Light – Wout van Gils

Early signs:

Frequently, the bird may be observed fluffed up at the bottom of the cage. Unfortunately, this indicates that the bird has already become quite sick and ...

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Holding birds

Handling Birds (Courtesy of Wout van Gils)

At times, it becomes necessary to handle a bird. With tame birds, this can be done without using restraining force, especially if the bird has been traine...

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Tip 1: Feather pecking

Who doesn't know it: a beautiful nest of chicks in the morning, and in the evening, they are completely plucked bare. Yes, it's heartbreaking. But I received the following tip about this issue, whic...

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Tip 2: Mosaic head drawing

Breeders of mosaic birds,

For a beautiful wing pattern, it is best to pull out the three small feathers of the wing when the birds are 3 weeks old. These feathers are located close to the body ...

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Trichomonas Gallinea (flagellaten)

Trichomonas gallinae ('the YELLOW')

In ornamental birds, various types of protozoan parasites or flagellates can cause the disease. Trichomonas gallinae mainly occurs during the summer months i...

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Also check the feces

Check the droppings too...(submitted)

It is highly recommended for every bird owner to regularly inspect the droppings of the bird(s). Changes in the pattern or appearance of the droppings can in...

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Poisonous plants for our birds.

Here you will find a list of plants that are toxic to our birds. This list is sourced from the monthly magazine of the Parakeet Society. Always be cautious with greenery in any form. Provide it in...

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Tip 3: Raising Red Canaries

Raising Red Canaries - Submitted Article

For raising red canaries, I'm sharing an article: take a pot of 500 grams XXX Red Intensive and mix in 100 grams of canthaxanthin. Add 12 grams of this afor...

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Tip 4: Ringing Nestlings

Ringing Nestlings

The process of ringing young birds is always a confirmation that everything is progressing well, but it can also be suspenseful. We are aware that during the ringing process, ...

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Tip 5: Smooth, Shiny, and Tight Plumage

Smooth, Shiny, and Tight Plumage

For white birds or birds with a white base, it's essential to wash them thoroughly before an exhibition. Everyone has their own method, but a useful tip is to a...

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Tip 7: Early Breeding?

 

Early Breeding

Of course, there can be reasons for early breeding, such as vacations or work schedules. But does early breeding actually have advantages? Certainly, you'll be done with ...

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Tip 8: Feeding Nestlings

Feeding Nestlings.

While feeding nestlings is nothing new, it can still save the lives of some lagging behind. However, when deciding to supplement their diet, there are a few things to keep in m...

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The Tracheal Mite and More

The Tracheal Mite and More

The mite, Oternostoma tracheacolum, occurs in various bird species and establishes itself in the trachea and air sacs, causing respiratory difficulties. They are recogniz...

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Green Feed: Stay Vigilant

Green Feed: Stay Vigilant, Use it Sparingly

Much has been written in avian science about green feed. One thing is certain: many birds love green feed in various forms. Canaries, tropical birds,...

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New mutation Beryl?

Exploration of a new mutation named 'BERYL'

During a visit to the Diamond Bird Show at the new events hall 'De Populier' in Zandhoven (B) on Saturday, October 13th, we were alerted by Herman Cl...

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Feeding pinkies?

Pinkies.

Pinkies are the most commonly used frozen insects. When birds have the choice, their preference often leans towards this insect. It is a larva with a soft skin and is also tasty. Pinki...

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Influence of Light on Birds

Influence of Light on Birds

European birds, including our tame domesticated canaries in all their colors and forms, are strongly tied to the seasons. Many may have already experienced the effec...

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Tip 9: Egg food is good, but not too much

Too much egg food during the breeding preparation: Don't give egg food excessively; it's not beneficial in any way. Besides, it's too expensive, and feeding your birds too much egg food will undou...

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How to Prepare Canary Birds for Exhibitions

How to Prepare Canary Birds for Exhibitions.

I refer to an article I wrote quite some time ago ('t Geelgorsje of Jan-Feb 2007), in which I promised to share my experiences on how I prepare my canar...

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The Drying Cabinet

The Drying Cabinet: (drying)

After the birds have been washed, it is important to let them dry quickly. This can be done in the drying cabinet, where the temperature is approximately 35 degrees. Af...

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Effective remedy for BLACK SPOT

A very effective remedy for BLACK SPOT in canaries. PART 2 By:

In an earlier article that I wrote around the year 2000, I would like to provide an addition to it. Since writing that article, many...

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The egg

The Egg

Soon it begins again. Nervously, the breeders observe their flights, catching a male, then a female. And they check! Are the birds healthy, and what is becoming increasingly important: are ...

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Keeping Canaries (Beginners Part 1)

Keeping Canaries (Beginners Part 1)

When it comes to keeping birds, there are various methods to do so, such as in a communal aviary, an indoor enclosure in a small room aviary, or in breeding cage...

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Egg Candling 

Egg Candling

The breeding period is always an exciting time. Once the nest is prepared, curiosity arises about the number of laid eggs. A few days later, we also want to know if they are fertil...

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How many rounds of breeding for young canaries are ideal?

How many rounds of breeding for young canaries are ideal?

This is quite clear in a normal breeding situation: if your female canary raises two broods of chicks, two rounds would be sufficient. If a...

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Feathering (Plucking) of Nestlings

Feathering (Plucking) of Nestlings

A problem that many breeders face is the feather plucking of their chicks during breeding—tail feathers, down, even entire plumage. It's truly disheartening t...

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Whether or not to collect eggs.

Collecting Eggs: To Do or Not To Do? Wout van Gils

Soon, the breeding season for our canary birds will begin. The cages are cleaned and disinfected, etc. We are all familiar with these annual recur...

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Foster Breeding

The Foster Breeding:

Much has been said and written about this breeding method. It is a topic that frequently comes up in presentations, and rightfully so. It is a method that fits well with the wi...

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From Egg to Banding of Canaries

From Egg to Banding of Canaries

At the start of canary breeding, there are certain aspects that can cause some annoyance in the breeding aviary. This begins with the development of the egg, and lat...

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Breeding requires attention

Breeding requires attention. W.v.Gils.

During the incubation of a bird, the embryo develops inside the egg. Several factors, such as light, temperature, and oxygen, are crucial for the proper dev...

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Tips – Breeding canaries

Breeding Canary Tips

You will notice from the heading of this article that I don't really want to tell you anything new, especially not for the experienced enthusiast. Our beginners, however, may f...

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Becoming Independent Nestlings!

Becoming Independent Nestlings!!!

It's often heard that many young birds die shortly after becoming independent. Of course, nature naturally selects weak birds, but it's unfortunate when birds di...

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Help, wing feathers keep falling

Help, a few wing feathers are falling out among my breeding males!

Help, a few wing feathers are falling out among the breeding males! How does this happen, and what can I do about it? This quest...

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Coccidiose then foniopaddy?

NEW: Combat Coccidiosis with a Natural Product!!! (Foniopaddy)

Through a German colleague bird enthusiast, I got in touch with this new natural product for combating coccidiosis. He told me about i...

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Time Clock Schedule for Breeding Color Canaries

Time Clock Schedule for Breeding Color Canaries.

At the beginning of your breeding season, there are various ways to properly prepare your birds, which should naturally be 9 months old, for breedin...

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Breeding Calender

For keeping track of your breeding results, providing nutrition, etc., it's essential to know when the laid eggs hatch. Most breeders collect their eggs and initiate bird breeding around the 4th o...

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What if the young canaries hatch?

What to do when young canaries hatch.

During the breeding process, the birds are calm, and the breeder occasionally shows curiosity and excitement when the eggs are fertilized. In short, it is a ca...

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Patience before the start of the breeding period

Patience before the start of breeding !!!!

The exhibitions are not over yet, but for many canary breeders, the itch to begin breeding has already started. I won't argue that this is wrong, bu...

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Bridal veil for black horn parts.

Black horn parts in canaries: (then bridal veil)

Every canary breeder, especially those breeding according to our standard, knows that our canaries in the black series must have black horn part...

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Problems – What is/was the condition?

Problems with your birds? How was their condition then?

These two issues are often intertwined. When there are problems, the condition of the birds is usually not optimal. The causes can be diverse...

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What is piglet compost good for?

Where is this piglet compost good for?

Introduction:

In connection with my article about the black horn parts in canary birds and the use of piglet compost, I would like to provide some addi...

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Part 1. Preparation for breeding

Preparation for Breeding - Part 1

Many articles have been written, hours spent on presentations, and discussions about preparing for breeding. Yet, questions still arise among various breeders,...

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Part 2. Preparation for breeding – Nutrition before starting the breeding

Feeding during preparation for breeding - Part 2

When preparing your canary birds for breeding, it's essential to consider not only light, warmth, and oxygen but also other aspects that require s...

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This couple does not want to mate!

This couple does not want to mate!!!

It is not a fixed rule, not even a guideline, that every bird reaching the age of 10 months, which is considered the breeding age, will actually engage in pairi...

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Part 3. Preparation for breeding – Pairing the birds

The pairing after preparation for breeding: Part 3

In my previous articles, I discussed the preparation and feeding during conditioning of breeding birds. We emphasized the importance of observin...

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Throwing young canaries out of the nest

Tossing out ringed young birds from the nest.

One of the challenges in our canary breeding is the banding of the birds. This is not only true for canaries but for all other birds; it is a critical ...

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The aviary as a communal space

The aviary as a communal space: (and for breeding?)

When discussing this, it is understood that one is dealing with a bird enthusiast, and this can take various forms. Especially when keeping b...

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Part 4. Preparation for breeding – Young hatch from the egg

Chicks Hatch - Part 4

In the previous article, we discussed the breeding process, stopping just before the chicks hatched. Let's pick up from there. A day before hatching, provide the birds with ...

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Part 6. Preparing for breeding – The moult of young and mature canaries

The moult of young and mature canaries - Part 6

The moult is a crucial process in the life of birds, and as breeders, we must be very vigilant during this period, providing the birds with all t...

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Part 5. Preparation for breeding – Making nestlings independent

Becoming Independent: Nestlings Transition - Part 5

It's often heard that many young birds die shortly after becoming nearly independent. While nature naturally selects weak birds, it's dishearte...

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Elevating Red Canaries

When it comes to raising canary birds, we know that this should be done thoughtfully. In recent years, not only the wing feathers but also the tail feathers must be fully colored.

In short, r...

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Red and Black Eyed Canary

Canary (Albino) with Black and Red Eye!!!!

Breeding result Wout van Gils...

On May 20, 2009, I conducted a nest inspection. Out of the four eggs, 2 had hatched. What immediately caught my at...

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The Early Breeding

It is perfectly possible to influence the breeding drive of birds, especially for the "early" breeder who often intends to start breeding in December. This breeder will need to exert influence on the ...

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Canary breeding starts again in August.

You might already be wondering why we're talking about breeding for the coming year when our young birds from the last breeding season haven't all reached the age to reproduce. It might sound a bi...

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Breeding Issues in Canaries

Breeding Issues in Canaries

Every canary breeder has encountered challenges during breeding. Those who claim they never face issues are yet to be born. With this article, I aim to describe some pos...

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An excellent egg food for our canary birds

An excellent egg food for our canary birds:

This remains a subject where most people never stop talking about. Everyone has their own brand, ideas, and composition. In short, it stays lively when i...

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Raising Canaries (Part 2)

Raising Canaries (Part 2)
13. Feeding

When it comes to feeding canaries, primarily seed-eaters, their diet consists of a combination of seed mix, egg food, and possibly other treats. Canaries abso...

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Stock Breeding

For the experienced breeder of canaries and/or mutations, this will certainly be nothing new. The idea that top birds will be bred immediately if one engages in a good line breeding may be a bit exagg...

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Recognize man or femail.

In various colors of our canaries, it is already possible to determine whether it is a male or female, even from the hatching of the young canaries. However, in many cases, the breeder is not complete...

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Breeding and Exhibiting Canaries

Breeding and Exhibiting Canaries: A Fantastic Canary Book

On November 30, 2004, I had the honor of being invited by the CEDE factory and Mr. Alois van Mingeroet to attend the presentation of hi...

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Is it going wrong already?

Is it going wrong already?

I am writing this article on 22-02-2003 in response to emails from canary breeders who are already experiencing problems. What strikes me, and has been the case for sever...

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Pay attention during and after ringing

Ringing is always a delightful activity; at this stage, the chicks have usually passed the critical period and are starting to develop a beautiful plumage. The ringing is done with colored rings from ...

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A Nest but Few Eggs or Other Issues

A Nest but Few Eggs or Other Issues.

When it comes to pairing, proper preparation before the breeding season is crucial, as most breeders are well aware. However, around this time, there are still ...

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Growing mosaics, male or female line

When breeding, the choice is between mosaic females or males.

The mosaic factor has an erratic inheritance form, and most breeders are now familiar with it. It was always believed that the mosaic f...

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Intensify yellow canary birds

Raising Yellow Canaries: A Guide by Wout van Gils

Introduction:

Frequently, questions arise about raising yellow canaries—why, how, and what products to use, among others. One might think provid...

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Een keerpunt in medicatie (Antibiotica)

Turning point in healthcare... (Antibiotics)

The last major European fairs, especially for pigeon racing in Kassel and Dortmund, marked a turning point. The government and the inspection services o...

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Breeding Period? Stay Vigilant.

If difficulties arise with our birds during the breeding season, molt, or any other time, we are often quick to compare our birds to other bird and poultry breeds. The products (medications) we use ar...

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Dissecting Canaries.

Dissecting Canaries.

1. When embarking on breeding canaries, inquire, read, and thoroughly study the standard first. (YOU MUST KNOW THIS!) Purchase from a breeder who practices selective breedi...

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Growing space is usually too small

The volume, location, lighting, and the amount of light will be guiding factors in determining your future breeding setup. The criteria mentioned above will not only determine the type of birds but al...

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The moulting of the canary birds

Molting Birds

Birds are molting, and every bird breeder is confronted with it. This period occurs directly after or just after the breeding season. During molting, various changes take place rega...

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Caging for Breeding: Male or Female First?

Caging for Breeding: Male or Female First?

Prior to the breeding season, our birds are brought into breeding condition by, among other things, extending the hours of light and slightly increasing t...

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Danger of Redstone and Other Grit Types

Danger of Redstone and Other Grit Types

Here is a brief report on the issues in my breeding in 2011, particularly in the first round, where only one egg was laid, and then nothing more. Fortunate...

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Breeding readiness of male and female birds.

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Breeding readiness of male and female birds.
Introduction: One of the most beautiful moments in our canary breeding hobby is raising birds. Many people derive immense pleasure from th...

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Pay attention and check during breeding

Also during incubation, it is important to remain attentive and check regularly. Inleiding: De broedperiode is altijd een prachtige en spannende tijd voor vogelliefhebbers. We hebben al een hele perio...

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Line breeding or stock breeding

Line breeding or pedigree breeding

This breeding method is not only for me but also for many enthusiasts the only and best way to be successful in breeding canaries. All hidden factors, both the go...

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Dealing with the light hours correctly

Pituitary Gland: The Light Response Organ.

Introduction:

In my article "Light and Temperature," I've emphasized the importance of responsibly managing the number of light hours, both during ea...

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Eivoer geven en in welke periode

Providing egg food: How and in what period?
Our birds are seed eaters, and generally the seeds available are of good quality. These mixed bird seeds form the basic food for seed-eating bird species. ...

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The nest and nesting material

Introduction:

When our birds reach breeding age, they often exhibit distinctive behaviors. The male starts to whistle vigorously, stands tall on its legs, and displays quite aggressive behavior. Th...

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Tip 10: Rose water after washing

Rosewater is also widely used by our white breeders, who use it after washing their birds. They either add it to the rinse water or mist the bird with a flower spray containing one part water and on...

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Trichomoniasis in canary birds

 

Trichomoniasis in canaries has unfortunately been occurring more frequently lately, and breeders must pay closer attention, as many breeders claim it is also contagious. The symptoms obs...

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Research Findings in Breeding Canaries

Research Findings in Breeding Canaries (Courtesy Wout van Gils)

The hen imparts increasing amounts of testosterone to her eggs in the order they are laid. This occurs whether or not she has been pa...

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Tip 11: Incorrect posture in canary birds

Incorrect posture in canary birds (Mistakes by enthusiasts)

During my time as a judge, I was already annoyed by this issue. I have written articles about it, and unfortunately, I still encounter ...

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Quarzo – New mutant

Quarzo New Mutation? (Phenotype)

French and friends, I also own a black quarzo for some analyses (see images above). Let's consider it simply as another variant of the opal factor, just like th...

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Does Cobalt from Italy cause problems?

Quirk with Italian Cobalt!

This time, I encountered a different issue last summer. I paired a black cobalt yellow with another black cobalt yellow and bred two batches of chicks from them. To my ...

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Hand-feeding Nestlings

Hand-feeding Nestlings

This is nothing new and can certainly save some young stragglers from dying. There are some points to be watched, however. One is tempted to just feed the smaller and wea...

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Tip 12: Cloaca veertjes verwijderen?

Do Not Remove Cloaca Feathers, Let Them Be
In many articles, meetings, and presentations, the question arises: should we remove the plumage of the male/female, yes or no? My answer is NO for most b...

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Tip 13: Rusk – A Useful Addition to Bird Nutrition

Rusk: A Useful Addition to Bird Nutrition

Rusk is a special wheat product crafted from pure wheat flour, a protein-rich ingredient. The rusk we are familiar with is a baked and ground grain produ...

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Tip 16: Making Leg Rings Yourself

Making Leg Rings Yourself:

At many bird product suppliers, you can buy the so-called leg rings. However, you can also easily make them yourself. Purchase a jar of ironing beads. Take one bead fro...

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Early Breeding

Early Breeding

It is entirely possible to influence the breeding drive of birds, especially for the "early" breeder who often starts breeding in December. It is necessary to exert influence on th...

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Tip 15: Take care of the tube and blood pens

Blood feathers can occur when the blood vessel in the feather follicle is damaged, causing blood to flow into the shaft cavity. Sometimes, it may still recover, but never attempt to pull out a blo...

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Overcome black spot with Tiamutin?

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Dear Wout,

I also noticed the presence of the “black spot” in nestlings just a few days old on 01/02/2013. One chick after another was dying, leading me to your website. I immediatel...

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Black spot treated successfully

If you had given tylan, your birds would not have died! Read on!
Many enthusiasts in Southern European countries have long struggled with the Black Spot and have had it examined there. Besides th...

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Tip 17: Prevent damaged eggs.

Everyone knows it: one or more damaged eggs in the nest. It's a shame; they might have become beautiful birds again. However, there are things you can do to prevent this. Pay attention to the follow...

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Tip 19 : Pas op met houtskool.

Earlier and still regularly, you hear bird enthusiasts talk about adding charcoal and/or activated carbon to their egg food. I want to issue a warning here!!! Bird enthusiasts who give charcoal to the...

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Tip 18: Don’t forget hygiene and drinking water bottles

Hygiene is very important in the bird world, but one should not exaggerate; birds should not be born in a germ-free environment because the chance of survival is minimal. Many breeders rightly take pr...

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Tip 20 : Het vast liggen van eitjes voorkomen.

After laying the fourth egg, we usually return the eggs, and the hen begins her brooding period. I want to draw your attention to something before returning the eggs – always check the firmness of t...

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Nutrients not to be forgotten.

Nutrients not to be forgotten.

Carbohydrates form an important energy source that the bird can utilize through combustion. An excess of carbohydrates is stored in the liver.

Fats, like carbohy...

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Yellow Ivory Intensive

Yellow Ivory Intensive

Requirements: A good, deep base color is essential, as well as a uniform and pure color (lemon factor). No mold formation in intensive specimens and no variegation in feath...

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The moult as an indicator of the state of health of your birds

The moult as an indicator of the state of health of your birds

Birds in good condition will moult normally reasonably quickly provided they have adequate space and are not kept in overcrowded aviar...

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Feather plucking can be mostly avoided.

Feather plucking can be mostly avoided.

Feather plucking is a common issue faced by many canary breeders, affecting numerous enthusiasts each year. While some may experience it more frequently than...

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Black Lice in Canaries

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Black Lice in Canaries - Ornithonyssus bursa (Berlese) (Leiognathus 1888)

Black lice in our canaries, Ornithonyssus bursa (Berlese), also known as Leiognathus 1888...

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What you encounter during the molting period.

What you encounter during the molting period.

Once a year, the canary changes its feather coat, and this happens during molting. In the first year, young birds only change their down feathers. This...

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The Mogno Factor. Latest mutant?

Latest 'Mutant' in the Brown Series (Brazilian origin) - The MOGNO (Mahogany) - See report.

From Opal, through Quarzo, to Mogno?

When Darwin discovered that isolation led to different evolut...

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Research on cigarette butts in bird nests.

Research on cigarette butts in bird nests.

It's not only humans who enjoy cigarettes; birds living in urban areas often use cigarettes, or rather, the cigarette butts, to build their nests. While c...

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Garlic against red mite control

It was a close call for all measures against red mites to be banned. Fortunately, the government realized in time that this was not the intention. Now, there are a few remedies again, mostly biologi...

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Blijf ook op de ontlasting letten

It is highly advisable for every bird owner to regularly examine the droppings of the bird(s). Changes in the defecation pattern or in the droppings can indicate various diseases.

The droppings of ...

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Pairing birds after breeding preparations have been completed

Practical tips from Wout van Gils

In my previous articles, I discussed preparation and nutrition when conditioning breeding birds. We emphasized the importance of observing your birds and startin...

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Moulting and daylight length are of great importance

Molting and daylight length are crucial.

The length of the day is crucial in the molting process. Anyone who keeps birds knows that birds molt after the longest day (July 21). Molting starts when t...

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The nest is made, but there are only a few eggs or other problems

The nest is made, but there are only a few eggs or other problems.

Successful pairing requires good preparation before the onset of breeding, a fact well recognized by all breeders. Nonetheless, ma...

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Megabacteria – What now?

Megabacteria - What Now? A dreadful and, until recently, challenging disease called megabacteria is prevalent in many of our aviaries. The name "megabacteria" is misleading as it suggests that we are ...

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How do birds reproduce?

How do birds reproduce?
I have often observed birds seemingly courting each other, but do they also mate, and if so, how do they go about it? Birds likely have the most refined way in the animal ...

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Stainless steel grids in breeding cages

Stainless Steel Grilles in Breeding Cages:

While stainless steel grilles and cage fronts are no longer considered a novelty, they are gaining increasing acceptance. Although they primarily benefit ...

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Too much eggfood used in preparing birds for breeding

Using excessive eggfood in preparing birds for breeding is not advisable. It should be provided in moderation, as an excess amount is not beneficial for our birds. Additionally, it can be relatively e...

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Once again, perches

Once again, perches
Dear friends of the canaries, still some national exposures and still some
others. Then the great challenge, the world championship arrives, and then the  breeding starts again...

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Wood pigeons and birds of prey are falling dead from the sky – Trichomonas

Wood pigeons and birds of prey are falling dead from the sky - Trichomonas

Since the end of the year, the disease trichomonas has been causing massive mortality among wild wood pigeons and turtledo...

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Black Dot and Acidified Drinking Water

Black Dot and Acidified Drinking Water

This condition occurs almost exclusively in canaries. During the development of an embryo, the gallbladder becomes excessively large. Normally, just before ...

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Good to know this – Inheritance

 

Inheritance

There is often something written about inheritance in many books, yet it remains a challenging subject for many people. On this site, we will attempt to explain the principl...

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Article TV Limburg

The attached video was made in response to the 1 millionth visitor to the canary homepage Wout van Gils. And was broadcast on TV Limburg. On 12-04-2014.

 

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Acidifying the drinking water.

Acidifying the Drinking Water.

Acidifying the drinking water with apple cider vinegar, at a rate of 10 ml per 1.5 liters of water, has a beneficial effect on the health of birds during the bree...

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Tip 22: Prevent Fatty Liver

Dear Red and Yellow Breeders,

Attention please. I surely don't need to tell you how important it is to feed your birds properly with red coloring and cantaxanthin. The standard requires deeply ...

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Feather Plucking

Feather Plucking

Although feather plucking is preventable, all canary breeders would have encountered this troublesome issue at some point. Several potential reasons and causes need to be correctly...

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Candling

Candling

Candling eggs is done to determine whether or not they are fertilized. However, straightforward mistakes are still made occasionally. These often occur when the pencil torch is directed at...

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Things to look out for during and after ringing

Ringing is always a delightful activity, especially now that the chicks have survived their initial critical phase and have started to gather feathers. Rings are typically provided by the club or fede...

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Care during the moult

Care during the Molt

The molt is familiar to every bird fancier and is recognized as an annual event in the life of his canaries.

At first, a novice may not attach much importance to it, but qui...

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Ringing your chiks.

Ringing your chicks – Things to look out for during and after ringing - Courtesy 
Ringing is always an enjoyable activity with the chicks having survived their first critical phase and having...

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The following series of articles from our friend wout van Gils

The following series of articles from our friend from Belgium is particularly relevant for our fans at this time of the year. Wout van Gils's website is a tremendous success with over 2.5 million visi...

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Article in Vogelvreugd Wout Van Gils

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Wout van Gils

The Dutch bird publication "Vogelvreugd" recently acknowledged the outstanding work performed by Wout van Gils in establishing his website www.woutv...

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How do I usually recognize the man or female?

Recognizing the Gender: Male and Female.

For many canary breeders, it is usually quite easy to recognize the gender. Often, the color or inheritance already indicates whether it is a male or fema...

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Breeding Hints by Wout van Gils

From experience Wout has found that the males generally lagged the hens in terms of breeding condition. He therefore places them first in the breeding boxes and increases the temperature to 18°C maxim...

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Exaggerated above beak in canary birds!

Dear canary breeders,

In recent years, there has been regular discussion about a striking topic among canaries: specimens with an abnormally large upper beak, so large that it causes the bird to di...

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The Moulting Season is a powerful indicator

The Moult Season as a Powerful Indicator

When the birds are in good health, the moult will proceed normally and reasonably quickly, but the birds must be provided with adequate room and not overpop...

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Treating Lumps is possible

Dear Wout,

I read your message about the lumps in canaries on the internet.

As a novice aviary keeper, I likely purchased a canary with lumps. Nevertheless, I applied tannin-free petroleum jelly...

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Chicks Becoming Independent

One often hears of chicks dying when they are close to coming independent. Of course some weak birds may be expected to die through natural selection. But some birds may also die from entirely avoidab...

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Het opvoeren van roodfactorige kanarievogels

OPVOEREN VAN ROODFACTOR KANARIEVOGELS   
INLEIDING

Er is veel geschreven en gesproken over roodfactor kanarievogels, met zowel voor- als tegenstanders. Er zijn discussies over hun natuurlijkheid e...

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The Agate Yellow intensive

The agate, also known as the first reduction factor, is a diluted form of Black Yellow. This dilution mainly affects the tips of the contour feathers and the large quills. As a result, the agate h...

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The Agaat Opal Canary

Agaat opal with red ground color:

Some birds are rarely seen, even at large shows in Belgium or worldwide; one of them is the agate opal in red. Opals have seen a significant increase at bird shows...

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Course Part 24: Form errors etc.

ERRORS IN FORM, FEATHERING, ETC. Part 24.

Often, there is a focus on breeding birds and how they should be. However, both canary breeders and exhibitors also understand how crucial other aspects ar...

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Course Part 10: Lipochrome and Mosaic

FATTY COLORS - Part 10.

Fatty colors determine the base color of our color canaries, ranging from yellow to red. As we discussed earlier in relation to pigment formation, the enzyme "Tyrosinase" ...

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