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Course of the Canary Moult(ing)

The normally moult is an annually processing of feather replacement. Upon leaving the nest at the age of three weeks the canary youngsters are fully fledged and provided with a set of feathers that will clothe them until their first moult begins. Up to this time they are called “nest feather” birds. When the canaries are about 10 to 12 weeks old the first moult begin. Now they will replaced the whole nest feathers, except the flight feathers of the wings and the tail feathers. Because of the fact that the flight feathers have not been moulted, the young canaries are called “unflighted” birds. During the following year’s moult (2nd year of live) all feathers are replaced including the flight feathers of the wings and the tail feathers and the canaries will be called a “flighted” or “overyear” bird. The replacement of the whole plumage is not a disease, but during the annually moulting period, each bird is more sensitive to diseases and can changed the behaviour. The birds become quieter and are no longer as active as usual. The birds need  a lot of energy more. Almost all canary males do not sing. Every breeder should make sure to avoid disruptive influences from the outside. Here some examples: - climate & temperature changes - changes of location (e.g.cage location, bird room) - changes of the duration of the light, - changes of the seed mix A normal ongoing Mauser takes up to two months.
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