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FAQ Canaries-HISTORY When is the first written history about canaries documented? The first written history was documented in 1555 in a bird book by Conrad Gessner. When is the first written history about waterslager documented? There is a written document from 1713 and a report about a canary that has a song “such as water”. Later this canary became the precursor of the Waterslager Canary. Read more about the Waterslager Canary> Why was the breed of canaries for miners popular? The canary was during the industrial revolution a lifesaver. Miners took the birds into the mines. If the canary died suddenly of carbonaceous gases, that was a warning sign for the miners that a mine explosion was imminent. Read more about canaries in coalmines>
FAQ Canaries-CARE & TREATMENT Do Canaries like to take a bath? Yes, canaries like it very much, but please note, that you not restrain the canary and try to scrub it. Try to put the water dish away from the food. Moist feed go moldy quickly. What is Lumps? Lumps is a malformed feather (feathered cyst), often a side effect in the breeding of long feathered canaries. The feathers are too long and too soft and cannot penetrate the skin. More about Lumps> Why does one canary in a canary flock have air sac mites and not the others?  The reason for this is, that some canaries have a better immune system than others and can be carriers and not be affected directly by the air sac mites. What is the best Diet? The best diet for canaries is a commercial seed mixture consisting of primarily canary and canola seed (rape seed) with possibly some flax and nigger seed. Canaries do not like millet. Seed mixtures with millet are not recommended. Canaries also need a conditioning food. Provide this in a dish seperate from the basic mixture. Offer fresh greens daily, along with fresh and vegetabvles. Also cuttlebone or calcium block should be present. Millet spray is not recommended (read more about millet spray...>)
FAQ Canaries-GENERAL Singing both sexes? No, only males are the songsters. Canary females are capable of singing a "small song". That makes it sometimes hard to distinguish between a male or female.  Read more about “sexing canaries”> How many categories of canaries we have? The canaries are divided into 3 categories: 1. Song Canaries 2. Colour Canaries 3. Posture or Type Canaries How many basic colours we have in canaries? Canary birds have 3 basic colours, which are real mutations: 1. yellow 2. red 3  white Is an orange canary also a mutation? No, the orange colour in a canary bird is a breed between a yellow and a red canary. You can call it combination. And, if a Red Factor Canary not get the colour food, the plumage looks also orange. How many categories of song canaries we have? We have 3 recognized song canaries: 1. German Harzer Roller 2. Belgium or Malinois Waterslager 3. Spanish Timbrado This three kind of song canaries are mainly recognized for exhibitions in Europe, but in America we have a American singer canary and in Russia the Russian Singer Canary. All special song canaries should need a special training to learn the characteristic song. The Persian (Rasmi) Singer and the “The Kurdville Canary belong more to the type (posture) canaries. What is a chopper canary? The chopper is not a special song canary. A chopper canary opens its beak wide in attaining some of its clear, free notes. The song of a chopper varies. There are no standards for the song of a chopper canary. A chopper canary sings cheerful, lively, and free with a lively and alert effect. What is a “unflighted” canary? 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 (= unflighted) of the wings and the tail feathers. Read more about the canary molt> What is a “flighted” canary? A “flighted” canary is a bird that is over one year old. In the2nd 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. What are lipochrome canaries? A lipochrome canary is a clear bird without any melanin (pigments) in the plumage. What are classical melanin canaries?  We distinguish 2 types of melanin canaries: 1. oxidized melanin canaries (black & brown) 2. diluted melanin canaries (agate & isabel) Read more about melanin canaries> What are non-cassical melanin canaries? Melanin canaries with specific mutations in the classical melanin belong to the non-classical melanin canaries, inter alia COBALT, EUMO, ONYX, OPAL, PHAEO, SATINETTE, TOPAZ
FAQ Canaries-BREEDING How many years can be bred with a hen? Average for an optimum of results are 4 years. A male can be longer used in the breed. How many eggs are normally laid in a clutch? Usually 4-6 eggs.
FAQ Canaries-MISCELLANOUS What is a “Type canary” "Type or Posture canaries" are special breeds, from small smooth-feathered with and without crests, from large smooth- feathered with speciel shapes, postures and frills. Type canaries are bred for its special physical trait or shape rather than colour or song. What is the best time to purchase a canary? Canaries are seasonal breeders, normally breeding from March through July. Therefore, the best time to purchase a canary is late summer, when the moult is finished. A good breeder sell a canary only after the moult. Appropiate FAQ follow!
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W. Hagelberg's zoologischer Hand-Atlas              
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