Monday, September 19, 2011

My First 2011 Show

Show Season Is Here!

My first show is The Canary and Finch Society, Sheraton North Houston at Bush Intercontinental Airport, 15700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Houston, TX 77032 Hope to see you there!

Attention: You must Call Brendon at extension 1267 for an in house reservation!
Guest Room Rates: $69,Check out is at 2:00 pm. Reservations must be made by Friday September 15, 2011
Phone: (281) 442-5100

REGISTRATION 7 am - 8:30 am JUDGING 9 am - 3 pm



Clarence Culwell-Finch,

Bob Wild-Type

Linda Hogan-Color

In conjunction with CFS Show, Gulf Coast American Singers American Singer Division
Check in Friday 7PM-9PM Judging Saturday 9AM-3PM
Judge: Tricia Hartnett
Contact: Alicia Baker: 281-320-9936

Spanish Timbrado Society of America
Judge: Alberto Berrios
Contact: Dorothy Eggers - 281-487-1321

Auction featuring top notch Pairs.
Show Chairman Debbie Eaton

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Promoting Peak Condition

Recently, I started using Raff's Universal Extra which I purchased from Connie Gahman ( 215 536-1599). It is an insect product but also contains a number of other ingredients such as bakery products, cereals, minerals, and yeast. The formula is designed so that it can be feed straight from the box without danger of protein overload (favoring a foot). My birds accepted it straight but I thought this would be a great base for one of my marvelous new conditioning dishes!!

So I started mixing, first I added hemp hearts from the health food store. Since these are hulled and will not sprout, they are not treated or aged. Birds love them, even more than the shelled hemp but the cost prohibits feeding too often.

Then I added Peggy's Bee Pollen and a number of other Raff products that I had on hand including Verdurello (vegetables), Delicate (Rearing food), FruttOvo (fruits and eggs), and other products including Sidekick Treat Seed (Wings), and Song Food (Bird of Paradise, Wichita, Ks).

My birds loved it!! And better than that, the condition immediately improved as evidenced by the narrowing of the tails and tightness of feathering. On the borders, in addition to the improved feathering and width of tail, the backs raised and heads rounded greatly improving their confirmation. I am feeding this mix now twice a week!

Some of the Raff products may be hard to locate. In that case, I would use the Universal Extra with hemp, bee pollen, sidekick, song food and orlux pate or eggfood.

Another great conditioner is this Vitamin available from Bird Supply of New Hampshire. A measured amount is added to Orlux eggfood and feed twice a week. This also immediately improves the birds condition.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This Years Hatch Puffing-Up In The Flight Cage

If you have some chicks not thriving in a cage of youngsters, it is not necessarily a sign of illness. The most common reason is that the young females are being caged with young males and are not getting enough to eat.

It is important to separate the sexes as soon as possible. Watching their behavior can be a clue but a faster method is to just take a few minutes and catch the birds and check their weight.

Move the thin ones away from the others into groups with like thin ones. Add lots of perches to limit their need to fly. Feed the thin ones some fattening foods such as bread and sunflower chips/pieces.

Too fat birds get less oily seeds, more greens, exercise (reduce number of perches and move perches so they have to fly more), and in extreme cases petamine breeding formula, greens, and water.

I also use the KD ( in the water on two consecutive days each week to keep them healthy.