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What should you do to collect quality line-of-breeding canaries?
(1) Select a canary breeding expert that you trust or a breeder with an excellent reputation.
(2) Start with maximum of four pairs of the best canaries available.
(3) Breed only one type of canary, like the "American Singer canaries," to save yourself plenty of
problems and complications.
(4) Make sure all canary pairs purchased are not related, to avoid them produce unhealthy young's.
(5) As soon as you collect the appropriate pairs, you must use:
- Colored canary plastic leg bands. Use a specific color for each pair also, use the same color for their young's to avoid inbreeding.
- Aluminum canary leg bands with your initials and date of birth of the young's printed on it to prove your canaries age when you sell them and to prove that they belong to your canaries blood line.
(6) Make sure that the purchased canaries are vaccinated against the pox virus and the air sac mite.
What is the best aviary for canaries, indoor or outdoor?
(1) It's better to keep your canaries indoors; it will be a great advantage to their health.
(2) If you choose to keep your canaries out doors, you must keep them in a closed aviary, like in a
car Garage, and it should be isolated completely from the outside to prevent insects, especially,
mosquitoes from entering.
(3) Regardless, if you keep your canaries indoors or outdoors, you must provide their aviary with:
Ventilation system, Proper lighting system, Temperature & humidity control system.
(4) Keeping your canaries outdoors in a screened cage will cause a great deal of problems and a high
fatality rate. Even if insects can't enter through the screened cage, it will be impossible to control the
temperature, humidity, wind, and dust.
Thunder and lightning storms will scare your canaries, it may cause the males to stop singing and
females to abandon their nests.
(5) There are other predators that can enter through the screened cage, like dust mites, and the pox virus that can be transmitted
by inhalation of aerosol. The pox virus can destroy 200 canaries within a month.
What are the benefits of lighting for canaries?
(1) Lighting is very important for canaries' need, and they are very sensitive to it as well.
(2) The amount of light canaries receive will control their sleep, rest, molting, and breeding time.
(3) Light entering a canary's eyes affects the testosterone hormones in their body, and the brain erea that is
responsible for singing . The longer hours of light they receive, the more their hormones are increased.
(5) If your canaries are not depending on the natural sunlight and they are depending just on a artificial lighting system, then you
must use a full-spectrum fluorescent light. The full spectrum light should produce at least (6500) K and
(98) CRI. The lights should be installed two feet away from their cages, not closer than that.
How many hours of light my canaries should receive now!!! and how do i know when to breed them and when they will be ready to molt ?
In nature, Light changes over the course of each year, the length of the day light will change from day to another, from month to another, from year to another, from state to another and from country to another country.
For example: If your canaries and your friend canaries both depend on natural sunlight and each one of you lives in a different country, it does not mean that your canaries and his will breed and molt at the same time... Let me explain to you how this works :
(1) If your canaries are depending on Natural sunlight they will start breeding as soon as the length of the day light in your area reaches the longest daylight hours for that year and they will molt when the length of the day light reaches the least hours, for example :
In 2011, the longest hours of the day light in my area (Louisville, kY-USA) was in July/1, it reached 14-hours & 42 minuets and at that time my canaries wear in a higher breeding condition, after this time the length of the day light started to get shorter (less) day after day and month after month until it reached the shortest day light in January/1/2012, it was 9 hours & 42 minuets and around this time most of my canaries started to molt.
(2) when your canaries are depending only on an artificial lights, You must monitor the length of the natural day light in your area then match it with their Aviary lighting system (Timer) to provide them with the correct time for their breeding and molting cycle rather than that, you are going against their nature so, you may experience many breeding and molting complications .
(3) How to learn about the length of the natural day light in your living area for each year ?
Use any search bar as Google and type: The sunset and sunrise in your /country "city and state" for example:
* The sunrise and sunset in Louisville, KY. The sun sunrise and sunset in Amman Jordan etc......................... .