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Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor of Love

Today is Labor Day, a US holiday and a time to reflect on our labors. I have several labors of love which are very important to me but the one where I send my most leisure time is my Canaries! I love trying to breed, raise and show my birds! I love tweaking their diet and environment to see them reach their full potential.

Recently, I selected a special border for the ugliest bird award. What that really meant was that I was accepting the challenge to see if he could become a swan.

He is coming along and pictured on the left giving me the eye.

Typically in confirmation development, his rounded head and neck break are still to come. Just need to finish the molt and come into prime condition. Lower protein and more vitamins will do the trick.

He now has a nice rounded back and full underline.

Just a little more time and the chicks will come flocking! Maybe he will never be a swan but he could be a real looker!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More Questions For Big Bird?

Looking Forward to Fall and Show Season!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Three Poducts That Help Finish Off The Molt

 It's nearly September and only a month from show season! So what can we do to tighten the birds up and bring them into prime condition?

Boost 250 made by doghealth in the UK is the best vitamin product for this time of year when we are preparing our birds for show.  I use it daily and immediately you will notice a tightening of feathers! It is a superb formula of the basic vitamins without extra amino acids. If you are unable to obtain this product you could try vionate dog vitamins.

 Daily, the birds also get liquid B in their water with the Boost 250.  It too tightens the feathers. It is also very good to give birds during the show season as with a high carb diet it will stop soft molt.

If you want those borders to have better confirmation, you need to increase the nutrients in the diet without increased proteins. For Borders mix six cups dry nestling food (use a low protein one with 15% protein) and add 1/2 cup dry CeDe Handrearing food (18%). Feed dry. This really brings out the confirmation, first the backs then the breast and finally the rounded heads and along with the confirmation it brings out a show winning attitude!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fantastic Leg Band Cutter

Over the years I have purchase a number of less expensive leg band cutters only to be disappointed with them because it was difficult to use them without damaging the leg. Recently, I bought this excellent 4 inch leg band cutter from web site of Med-Vet International.

Note the smooth rounded tip which makes the cutter easy to use even when the leg is quite swollen.

Aluminum and plastic leg rings occasionally prevent venous blood return from the distal limb of small birds. Edema (swelling) and necrosis (to the extent of losing the foot) quickly follows unless the ring is removed. Removal of the ring or band without fracturing is not easy without this special cutting tool.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gotta Question or Tip For Big Bird?

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Questions: Going light, Preparing white birds for show, Rapeseed oil, ivermectin, feather picking

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Unbelievable Overgrown Beak

 Sorry for the delay in posts, I worked the last six of seven days! I can't hardly believe that I saw this overgrown beak for the first time this morning!

 View from the other side shows lower beak is also overgrown.

With fingernail clippers I trimmed both the upper and lower beak.

Beaks normally constantly grow similar to a hoof with sheets of protein overlying a substantial vascular supply and bone. Beak defects my occur secondary to nutritional deficiencies, high-protein diet, congenital abnormalities and bacterial or fungal infection secondary to trauma. 

The texture of the top of the beak looks wrinkled and abnormal so I am going to put some Biodecken fungicide liquid and salve on it.

 Even with my busy schedule, I am enjoying the hummingbirds in my back yard. This is a $1 hummingbird feeder from Lowe's that they prefer over the $15 Audubon recommended round ones.

Can you relate to this? Like a hummingbird I am off and running headed to Kansas City for my nephew Lucas's wedding this afternoon!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Canary Culture Unites People All Over The World

It's really fantastic that so many people all over the world regularly read this blog!  

Established Jan 1 2009, it has now reached 400,000 hits today!

Bloggers Top Ten Countries:

1. United States

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