Beautiful Tight Feathered Stafford
What does a fit bird look like?
A bird in top condition has glossy feathers that are so tight that they look like a glove or wet suit. Individual feathers are held so close to the body that they appear painted on the body! When a bird puffs his feathers out, it is chilling as without sweat glands they use their feathers to puff out and provide an insulation layer. Healthy birds may have some loose feathers especially in the vent area when they have not completely harden off after the molt.
Another fitness sign is glossy feet. A tip top shape birds feet have a natural glow. Birds with nutritional deficiencies often have scaly feet. Improving their diet, softening the scales with a very small amount of oil, and gently lifting off the old scales can correct the problem.
A third sign of fitness is a piped tail. The fit birds tail is piped because the feathers are held as tightly together as possible and not carried fanned out at all. Likewise the wings are carried up just meeting in the back without leaving a gap between them.
Critical Concept: For the secret of the care of the canary is in caring for the canary!