Monday, October 24, 2016

Colorbred Winners Canary Finch Show Houston Texas Oct 8 2016

Thanks for the opportunity to judge colorbred canaries at your show! Congratulation to the winners and all exhibitors! A very special congratulations to the top 4 as Frances & Reynier Ramos and Chuck Rokchl are Novice Colorbred exhibitors!


Best Colorbred Red Intensive Exhibited by Frances & Reynier Ramos


2nd Best Red Topaz Mosiac Exhibited by Frances & Reynier Ramos

3rd Best Yellow non-intensive Exhibited by Chuck Rokchl



4th Best Recessive White Exhibited by Frances & Reynier Ramos


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Love Those Sprouts


Every few days, I sprout some seeds. My brother Larry grew this lovely wheat and to that I add organic mung bean and green lentils with a few black oil sunflower seeds.

I cover the seeds in a large jar with water and soak them overnight and then put in an open wire basket for sprouting. I rinse a couple times a day and mix.

When feeding, I sprinkle with Avi-Culture 2, an avian specific lactobacillus probiotic, (Nationalbird designs.com). The probiotic help the bird absorb nutrients, essential amino acids, antioxidants and proteins so that they develop their full genetic potential and live a long, healthy and productive life with a strong immune system. What a benefit it is to combine essential enzymes from the sprouts with the right probiotic.

Warning: Do not use any probiotic containing Enterococcus faecalis!! According to Clinical Avian Medicine, " Enterococcus faecalis is associated with chronic tracheitis, pneumonia and air sacculitis. Affected birds have increased respiratory sounds, voice changes and dyspnea (difficult breathing). Form canaries are especially sensitive. Treatment with antibiotics will improve the clinical signs, but individual birds can seldom be completely healed. Concurrent infections with Sternostoma tracheacolum (tracheal mites) can occur".

Birds love sprouts and they are so good for them!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Irish Fancy Temperament Whoooooo Test

Before Test
Today, I gave my Irish Fancy a  "whoooo"test. Imitating an owl, I stand close to the cage and start the owl sound and watch for those who raise the feathers on the top of their head and stand upright when challenged by the sound.

Same Bird During Test
Upon hearing the sound, note how he stands and raises his feathers improving his confirmation because he is curious and not frighten by the sound.  This is a bird to be worked with as it already hints of an "attitude" and real show potential. Those who act frighten by my test will likely let me down should I show them.

I ran the test on groups of 5 in medium size flight cages and 1 or 2 of each group of 5 passed my temperament test! These will be the ones I concentrate on to train for the upcoming shows!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Recycle Garden Produce


What do you do with overgrown cucumbers, damaged kale, and broccolini leaves, bolting swiss chard heads and marigold flowers? BIRD FOOD I recycle many garden extras and tops from carrots, beets, kohlrabi and turnips. First birds and than to compost!

According to Clinical Avian Medicine "Plant toxicoses are rare. The majority of ingested plants will merely cause mild gastrointestinal signs. Plants that have proven to result in toxic reactions in canaries include avocado, dieffenbachia, foxglove, lupine, Nerium oleander (evergreen shrub cultivated in the Mediterranean) and yew."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Nutritious Weaning Food - Moringa Soft Food Recipe




Cous cous is my canaries favorite soft food ingredient. It is a major ingredient in my regular breeding nestling food. Now that breeding season is over, young birds and weaning ones love this simple nutritious recipe. Cous cous, olive oil, moringa powder, chia seeds, and poppy seeds. I put all ingredients in a large bowl and cover slightly with cool water and stir periodically to prevent lumps for about a half hour. If lumps occur, process in food processor.

Moringa source states "Moringa is known around the world as a rich source of vegetable protein (30%). It contains 18 amino acids including all 8 essential amino acids, 47 active antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories. In addition moringa powder contains 7x the Vitamin C found in oranges, 4x the Vitamin A of carrots, 4x the calcium of milk, 3x potassium of bananas, as well as zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid, kaempferol, silymarin and essential minerals such as zinc and iron. Moringa oleifera is nature’s whole-food complex, which makes it easy for your body to recognize, absorb and assimilate."

What they failed to say was the canaries love it!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Buyer Beware - Avian Probiotics

Does your canaries probiotic contain harmful bacteria that are capable of making your canaries sick?

Many probiotic brands contain live strains of a harmful bacteria called Enterococcus faecalis  that causes upper respiratory infection in canaries.

According to Clinical Avian Medicine " Enterococcus faecalis is associated with chronic tracheitis, pneumonia and air sacculitis. Affected birds have increased respiratory sounds, voice changes and dyspnea (difficult breathing). Treatment with antibiotics will improve clinical signs, but individual birds can seldom be completely healed. "

It is critical when selecting a highly beneficial probiotic that it contain several strains of AVIAN SPECIFIC lactobacillus and that it does NOT contain fermentation products of Enterococcus faecalis. The product should also contain a specific expiration date as the number of living organisms decreases over time even with refrigerated storage.

Read the product label carefully and select a brand that will benefit your birds and not risk giving them a lifetime of respiratory problems.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Newborn Chick Death -Bad Smell

How frustrating to have newborn and other young chick dying. This year I have had a number of instant messages from breeders in various countries losing 50 of more chicks and puzzled about how to stop it.

A big clue is whether they detect a bad smell in the effected nests.  In breeding birds the most common cause of chick death when there is a bad smell is E. coli infection.  The preferred treatment is trimethoprim sulfa.


Made by Medpet in South Africa it is a common product sold to pigeon breeders all over the world. Since this is a fairly common problem it is a good idea to keep this on hand to use during infectious outbreaks. The source of the infection is contaminated food and or water. Water should not come from any holding tank or hose.  Good hand washing before making eggfood or taking care of birds is also important as E.coli is present in human fecal material.

An alternative treatment is pediatric bactrim 1ml/100ml water which like trimethoprim sulfa treats E.coli and coccidiosis. infections.

The good news is after 7 days treatment on trimethoprim sulfa all were rid of the problem without a negative effect on their breeding and went on to produce high numbers of chicks after treatment.