December 31, 2020

Lessons Learned In 2020

2020 was a good year in my bird room.  

1)  I increased the number of birds in my oldest two American Singer families.

2)  This was the second year for a new bloodline, and it gave me several good birds.

3)  The newest family line is still in testing stage, but no terrible trait has appeared so far.

4)  I expanded into a second canary area in another room... so I was able to separate the hens to another room when I wanted breeding season to end.

2020 also had some lessons to learn.

1) For the first round of all hens, I left each egg under the hen as she laid them.  Some breeders I trust do this with success.   I found it depended upon the ability of the hen.... good mothers had no problem with a late hatching chick.  First time mothers, and nervous mothers, didn't do as well, and I shuffled hatchlings around to foster parents. 
>>> I will take out each egg as laid and put in a small numbered cup, as I have done in years past.
***  I did try Julian's (of Julian's Bird Room) Top Tip ( in episode 5 of Season Three of The Canary Room) to take the nest out after the hen laid each day's egg, hang it on the outside of the cage, and return later in the day.  I will do that again.  HOWEVER, be careful not to knock off the nests!  I would not recommend it in small bird rooms or if someone is as clumsy as I am!

2)  There were two pairs in the same family line of Opals/Agates that did not produce any keeping youngsters.  Feather quality was off, size and shape were poor.  I had no idea they would produce such inferior kids.  They were culled late summer... and that is the end of that family.  

3)  I did lose my two oldest American Singers .... but I was consoled by the fact I do have many nice sons and daughters.

4)  I did have some thin shelled eggs, so will be adding a calcium supplement to my schedule.

5) I am questioning my use of bread crumbs in my softfood mix... definitely will not be using as much, and not until they are weaned.  I think I will be keeping a higher level of protein in the soft food for the youngsters all the way from hatch to end of molting. 
>>>  The frequency or time of day that I fed eggfood may have been a contributing factor, but I think I did everything okay, even if not on a schedule.  Somehow, I wasn't happy with the final size/shape of some of the very last hatches. This will be an area for more notes and thinking over this coming year.  I have notes on overuse of bread crumbs in my journals from years past.

6)  I am also questioning the correct use of artificial /LED lighting.  As well as the newest sets of cages.  The cages are enclosed except on the front and each section can be lit with LED cage lights. 
>>>  I have not proven this theory yet, but I feel the bright light within the cage, resulting in a darker world on the outside .... led to birds not as aware of me/what I did outside their cages.  Results were that the youngsters were not as tame, friendly and calm as the youngsters who grew up in a more open wire-only cage.

Here are several photos of my bird room and the new expanded area with the new enclosed cage  units... taken as I transitioned from 'After Molt Rest' to 'Winter', with cages for sale birds, the hens together in some type of flight, and males in individual cages so I can make notes on their behavior.

My Pairings --- Past and Future:

I did alot of reading and thinking about my Breeding Goals, for both now and in future years.
I will write about this in a post in the very near future, with photos of my most promising keeping youngsters! 

I have updated the Canary Links page... there are now over 140 web links to good, interesting, and useful information.

December 30, 2020

Shipping is over for 2020!

More bird photos will be listed in Summer 2021!
Beginning in July 2021, my extra canaries will be listed on:

November 2, 2020

Canary Games Begin -- Look at these prizes! (CLOSED)

UPDATED 1/4/2021:
We are planning Summer 2021 Canary Games.... stay in touch with my Facebook Page!

November 3rd is the day we begin out November 2020 Canary Games!  There will be four games, each open for play for one week, ending on Mondays before midnight, Montana USA time.  There are actually 6 prizes... and they are GREAT!  Join the fun by visiting my Facebook page:

Read our RULES and HOW TO PLAY!

October 6, 2020

WHERE I Buy Seed Mixes

When everything in my canaries' diet must be shipped into my state, COST EFFICIENCY becomes very important.... especially when the number of birds in my home is nearing 200!!!

It is a 200+ mile one way drive to the nearest feed store that would order large bags of canary seed.  But, UPS and FedEx come right to my door!  :)  So, of course, I have 'shopped around' for the online shops with the best prices and the freshest seed.  Besides seed, I also order oatmeal, rolled wheat flakes, poppy seeds, and powdered kelp for my soft food mix, as well as medications and vitamin/mineral supplements.

I am sharing my favorite suppliers. Prices on each item and on shipping costs vary week by week, but these are the ones I recommend.  :)

NOTE:  Quality depends upon the seed used and storage conditions. There will be good and bad of both manufactures and sellers.  Several of these I have used for 3 years or more; others I have only ordered for a year.  These have been the best FOR ME, at this time.

My favorite basic seed mix is a Royal Feeds Roller Canary Mix produced by Leach Grain and Feed. (large and small bags)  

In three years, I have not gotten a stale or dirty bag.  I have ordered from several places, but Wingz Store often has the best price including shipping.  They don't ship immediately every time, but do pack the bag well and it's always fresh.  They also sell other canary mixes as well as individual seeds.

I supplement the basic mix with the Sleek & Sassy Song Treat during molt and in pre-breeding conditioning.  It has a slightly different combination of seeds than the traditional song mix. (large and small bags)

I have used My Parrot Food for over three years.  It has been very clean and fresh, with no pests... also arrives quickly, and well packed.  They also produce Garden and Standard Canary mixes, as well as individual seeds.

Volkmann Science Diet for Canaries is a good mix... enjoyed by young chicks beginning to feed themselves... and seems to be a good one for any time of the year.  It is usually expensive, but I found Grange Co-op and New York Bird Supply carry it in small to large bags.  I have ordered from Grange Co-op for a year, and New York Bird Supply for about 8 months.  So far, it's been good seed from both retailers. (large and small bags)

Of course, I have other favorite suppliers for the bird room needs.  Below are a few that I have used at least once in the past.

Sources of Seed and Supplies

Medications, Supplements, Breeding Supplies:
(may also include seed and feed)

September 8, 2020

I Learned Something Very Important .... So Exciting!

ALL my young birds look so nice!
The problem:  since I cannot keep them all,
how do I choose which ones to save for my future plans?
Last year's breeding season was a good one.
This year's season has been a GREAT one!
Last year increased the number of birds in each family line.
This year, I was able to make up pairs within and between the three families.
I PROVED the VALUE of a male which I have loved for 6 years.  He is getting older, and while I am hoping to keep him in good health for one more year, I have some great sons and daughters, plus grandsons and granddaughters. With the Important Things I recently learned, I discovered he has been my 'foundation cock', and I didn't even realize it!
(He was ASC closed banded as a chick, but I removed the band
as a precaution three years ago after losing several favorites to a faulty cage!)
In years past, I have read about genetics, buying good stock, pairing and selection of birds for the next breeding season.  I knew I had important things to learn.  I had the WORDS which 'great stock-men' had written.  What I did not have was a clear idea of the WHY behind the RULES, and only a foggy vision of HOW to use them to reach my idea of the perfect canary!
 I was paying too much attention to PEDIGREE.  I was not honestly  SELECTING, and buying too many new birds while ignoring the FOUNDATION birds that were already my favorites in my own bird room!

This fall, I purchased a new book A Vision of the Perfect Yorkshire, by Stephen R. Dominey and Robert Pepper, which make up the Yorkie Supreme team.  I have included a full book review, here.
Somehow, this book made some important things click in my head!

I had read many good articles, written by respected knowledgeable canary breeders, including American Singer breeders.  I could recite the basic guidelines for breeding and training song birds, but 'really UNDERSTANDING' how to use those guidelines to reach my specific goals was hard for me to put down on paper!
After reading this book, and looking at all my past hatch records, I am so excited!
I have a very clear idea of what to do next!  So exciting! 

I repeat:  I was paying too much attention to PEDIGREE.  I was not honestly SELECTING, and buying too many new birds while ignoring the FOUNDATION birds that were already my favorites in my own bird room!

👇 Read the end of this post;  I will list my plans/results from last year and this year. 

Book Review: A Vision of the Perfect Yorkshire

 It has been a few years since the publication of a new canary book for serious canary breeders.  2020 will be The Year, with one valuable book already released, and a second coming this fall.

A Vision of the Perfect Yorkshire, by Stephen R Dominey & Robert Pepper, is for sale NOW and I have read my copy three times!

First:  this book is not for a pet canary owner looking for soft food recipes.
Second:  the book is specifically concerned with the Yorkshire canary.  However, anyone with a standard model for their type/breed will find the Yorkie Supreme BREEDING PLAN helpful.  For someone seriously beginning breeding work, the section on FOUNDATION provides guidance for selecting and purchasing the birds which will become the basis of your future birds.

Although I had read the basics of their plan from Steve's website, and have researched similar opinions, somehow, in some way, after I closed the back cover of this book.... I UNDERSTOOD. 
Instead of  "methods of pairing, pedigree charts and genetic inheritance tendencies" floating around my head, I had a clear picture of MY breeding plan for MY goals!  (More on my personal goals in a future blog post.)

The book begins with an introduction, stating the authors' purpose for writing the book:

     "... Our intention is to cover our breeding methods through the creation of a stud, together with our selection process which we trust will be of interest to both the newcomer and the experienced breeder of Yorkshire canaries and indeed we consider that our words can be carried to cover all varieties of type canaries.
     We are also pleased to touch upon some of our personal experiences within the fancy and give respect to some of those who have influenced our thinking over past decades. ...
     The production of top quality Yorkshires is a challenge but a challenge that is worthy of your best attention.  You will need a degree of patience and you will need to develop an eye for the breed.  The remainder we trust we can provide within these chapters. ..."

The book's dedication is to three breeders.  Their biographies explain how they earned their place at the beginning of this book.  The authors also include 'Memoirs':  of The Great Men, which they thank for their friendships, and The Great Birds, which they thank for the memories.  I appreciated these respectful tributes, as PROOF that excellent stock can be obtained, and MOTIVATION that hard, proper work with our birds has benefit.

I must admit that I felt sadness as I closed the book and looked at it sitting in my hands.  The book contained wisdom of the men gone from the hobby, and of men currently at the top within the Yorkie world.  As I saw it, a great deal of their purpose for the book was to prod those in the hobby to 'strive for greatness'.  The biographies of their mentors painted pictures of kindness, patience and generosity toward newcomers.  The book also points out common courtesies and gracious behavior toward other exhibitors/breeders at shows and contests.  In this social media age when 'Joining An Online Bird Group' has replaced 'Going to a Club Meeting', there are many things celebrated in this book I will never experience.  May this be a reminder for everyone reading, that the canary itself is the proper goal, not rosettes, monetary awards, or how many comments can be made to Facebook posts!

The book may be purchased directly from the authors:  🕮  Book Sales  🕮 
Steve's website also contains information about the Yorkie Supreme partnership and the enduring friendship of these two 'stockmen'.

I am looking forward to re-reading the advice of other successful breeders, with my new-found understanding!
There are many good, accurate and respected articles available online... on various topics that serious canary breeders may find useful.  The authors of these articles are knowledgeable and respected breeders, exhibitors, or judges of all types of canaries. I have listed the articles I found most interesting on the Canary Seeds List of Links page.  I have listed some of my favorite Canary Books, here.

Matt Eld, of The Canary Room, is also working on a book, with plans for publication later this year.  I can not wait for it's release!

August 31, 2020

June, July and August In The Bird Room --- Month By Month Journal

The past three months have flown by so fast.  Sorry, I haven't kept up to date on this Bird Room Journal!
Breeding went well, and I ended up with 100+ chicks. 
There are many absolutely beautiful youngsters!

I also have a NEW BIRD AREA!
Here are several photos as it looked in June.... before it housed any birds!

I have not MOVED the Bird Room, simply added MORE CAGES so everything will have more elbow room!
This second area will be used as space for youngsters, and an area for my keeping adult hens.  This will also be the area for any color bred birds with song habits I do not want in the Bird Room with my young impressionable males.  :)

I also learned something very important!  I will include a book review of a newly printed book, and a blog post about how I came to my NEW UNDERSTANDING of my breeding goals of the future. 😎

July 29, 2020

Is It Safe To Ship Birds This Year?

Special Shipping Situation For 2020
Here are some things to think about!
*** Please, read the shipping page completely and think about the unique conditions
before you make the decision to ask me to ship birds.
Everyone has to make the decision that is best for them, and I hope all of you give this serious thought. USPS states PRIORITY EXPRESS guarantees will not change. (link)
(Read about it HERE!)

May 28, 2020

Canary Talk Videos!

After thinking about this idea for nearly a year, TWO Canary Talk videos are ready!
Every ten days to two weeks, I will upload a new CANARY TALK video
to my Savoy Singers Aviary YouTube channel!
I enjoy other breeders making canary videos, so I am sharing my joy in canaries, as well as some tips and tricks I have learned... and will be asking questions as well.
In each video's description, there will be timestamps/shortcuts to the various segments of each video... as well as links to webpages I think contain good information on the topic.
Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel,
as I may not announce each new video on this website.  :)

May In The Bird Room --- Month By Month Journal

We are HALF WAY into breeding season in the new bird room!
I did make a Bird Room Make Over video together;  watch it below or larger sized on my YouTube channel.
The 'new' birds I bought last fall were a bit slow to set/hatch, but the hens of my own raising are doing well.  I am most excited over the beautiful American Singers!  Even a couple of older AS hens have given me chicks.  A five year old agate opal-carrying hen is on her second nest!  Several older males are also producing youngsters.

Soon, the FUN of choosing the youngsters to include in next year's breeding BEGINS!
I love to watch the young ones as they mature and begin to show their potential!
This year will be even more exciting as my favorite birds have produced Beautiful Kids!
I will have LOTS of youngsters to choose my own keepers and to sell! (See photo, left, for my Bird Room Numbers!)

I made THREE decisions:
#1)  I will be removing each egg as it is laid, and replacing it with a fake egg... storing each hen's eggs in a little cup, and returning them all when she lays the fourth or last egg.
I just left the eggs with the hens, for all the first round of nests.  And I lost a few chicks!

Half of the hens did okay.... because they laid an egg each day, thus the eggs were hatching day after day.  Most of these same hens also did not begin incubating until the final egg.  And, they fed well after hatching, searching out the youngest ones and feeding them in turn.  The other hens were less efficient, in all aspects of breeding.
The males behaved similarly:  half were skilled, half not so much.

This was a good learning experience for me.... but for this second round of nests, I removed the eggs as they were laid, and returned them all at the same time!  :)

#2)  When/IF I buy new stock birds, no matter how 'well-known' the breeder is, I will carefully, and cautiously, observe them before I mingle them with my own birds!

Ten years ago, when I first began buying 'new birds' in the fall of one year, I would pair some of them with my own birds the very next spring.  And, in the following years, I would pair their offspring with more of my own birds.
Three years ago,  I took a critical look at the 'new birds' and discovered some of them produced good offspring, and others did nothing but pass along serious faults!
In the two breeding seasons since, after culling some birds that 'should have been good' but were NOT, and keeping my own lines clean, I am now seeing some great results!!

After the past 10 years of buying birds, I am convinced the best birds are of my own breeding!  I am learning how to pair birds!  :)

I have found about 6 'good' birds, and several exceptional ones, from various American Singer breeders.  I am building the opals from very good groups of birds I bought from two breeders, both of whom I believe are no longer breeding with the same bloodlines.  I have several great, solid families of yellows from Bruce Thompson.  I am thinking of selling all my bronzes and mahoganies, but they are really very nice birds, from three breeders.

Long story short:  I have LOTS of good families.... with good solid genetics.
From here into the future, I need to remind myself: 
no matter how fun it is to get new birds,  resist the temptation!

#3)  36 pairs are too many!  :) 
I have no idea how I will make the decision of which ones to keep, but I am setting a goal of 25 pairs for 2021!  I'll keep you all updated on how well I am doing toward this goal!

May 27, 2020

Cleaning and Disinfecting Things In Our Bird Cages

I have always used a very dilute bleach solution to soak watering tubes, feed dishes, nests, and etc.
The use of bleach is a topic of debate among bird owners.
I have experimented with bleach, vinegar, citric acid, botanical/natural disinfectants and various soaps to wash bird cage accessories.

My usual method is to pour a few 'glugs' of bleach into a shallow sink of warm water, to a level to cover the water tubes, and leave them to soak for a couple hours or overnight.  I rinse each well under the faucet, keeping the original bleach water in the sink and letting the rinse water fill the sink.  I then add the feed/seed saucers to soak.
I don't soak the wooden perches, but do use a scouring pad and the bleach water to clean them.
  • Actual 'soap' may leave a cloudy residue on the dishes, if left to soak die for longer than an hour.
  • Rinse well.  I don't skimp on running clean water.
  • I have a complete second set of water tubes and cups.
    This means I can soak, rinse and let dry one set while the other set is in use in the cages.
I decided to do a little research to learn more about the proper use of various cleaners and disinfectants.

I first looked for mixing instructions for a handful of common ingredients.  Then I found the time needed for effective cleaning.
  • Heavily soiled and built up debris should be removed/rinsed before soaking.
    1 TB to 1/2 cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water
    Soaking for 10 minutes is effective.
  • VINEGAR (5% white vinegar):
    1:4 vinegar to water for general cleaning
    1:1 vinegar to water for heavier cleaning.
    Soaking/remaining wet for 1 hour is recommended.
    2 TB per quart of warm water
    Soaking for an hour is recommended.
  • BOTANICAL DISINFECTANTS, using thymol oil:
    Most are Ready To Use products.
    Keeping wet for 10 minutes was the average time for effective disinfecting.
I have used all of the above, with success. I have also used hand dish soap, which seemed to rinse off well.
I dump out the 'dirty' water in a water tube every day, and put up clean ones weekly.
Unless there is algae growth, or something slimy in the bottoms, an actual disinfectant is not necessary, but it does make all the cage dishes look clean.
We have a private septic system, so I am careful to use the strongest 'antimicrobial' cleansers sparingly, to prevent problems with our septic tank and drain field.

May 5, 2020

A Good Website With LOTS Of Information is back online!

Matt's Fife Canary Page is back online!
This site has lots of information
for anyone looking for guidance to serious breeding of canaries. 
Matt also has eight episodes of Season Three

April 27, 2020

April In The Bird Room --- Month by Month Journal

Breeding season is in FULL SWING here! 
So far, things are going as planned.

For this first round of nesting, I did NOT remove the eggs as laid.
I just made a note of the dates each egg was lay'd, and I will do some study after I see how they hatch.
For the past eight or nine years, I have taken out each egg and return all the eggs when the fourth egg appears. 
Following several other breeders' lead, I decided to experiment with the first round of nests.  I'll know more in a couple of weeks, but so far the eggs are hatching at nearly the same time, and the parents are feeding well.

The hens began building nests almost immediately after I paired up the males and hens.
Eggs appeared within a week of caging.

I was a bit worried that there would be many infertile eggs in this first round.  But, so far, all hens seem to be hatching on schedule, with multiple chicks.
None are old enough to band yet.  I have literally just started, 4 days ago!  :)

I am feeding a basic 'heavy on canary' seed mix, with a little added oat groats.  My soft food for laying or feeding hens is my basic recipe (found on Page Five of My Canary Diet Research article).

I did update the way I keep records.
In the past, I used a calendar and loose leaf filler sheets to keep a running diary of who began setting, when they began incubation, and dates of hatching.  As I banded the youngsters, I used a 'hatch record' to write down the final description/family/band numbers.

This year, I made my own forms.
1) I wanted a quick way to see at a glance who was expected to hatch on what date.  I also wanted to have a record of each nest, just to give me an idea of each pair's good or bad points.
2) I wanted my hatch records in order by DATE of hatch, rather than in order of band numbers.  I also wanted to be able to quickly count how many chicks hatched.

I made a 'Pair Worksheet' , with the first column being the date DUE to HATCH.
Each pair gets a line on the form when they begin a nest... then I write down the date of first egg.  Then date incubation begins, and number of eggs. I figure date of expected hatch and put that in the first column, easy to see!  After hatch, there is space to add number of chicks, and any notes of their behavior.
I put the chicks each on my new 'Hatch Record' , by date each nest hatched. This also helps me keep track of when chicks need to be banded... a reminder of their age.
At the bottom of this hatch record, I make note of the week of these hatchings.  I will go back later to see if early hatches are more successful, contain more hens or males, and other things, such as how long between nests, etc. 

I also make notes as to possible sex while banding.
I watch for these hints:  males often have more 'fuzz' on the tops of their heads at this age.  Males are often more 'jumpy' than the females.  Some people say the males have a longer middle toe when young. 
Here is a list of possible 'indicators' of sex:
Tips On Determining Sex of Your Chick.

If any of these 'indicators' were absolutely true, all canary breeders worldwide would give a collective sigh of relief... as our largest question IS determining sex as soon as possible.
But the question remains, so these indicators are just that:  something that MAY indicate if a chick is male or female.

List of CANARY LINKS has been updated!

The list of CANARY LINKS has been updated.
Broken links have been deleted or corrected.
Several new links have been added!

Seed Moths -- Cause, Prevention, Eradication

Moths and other bugs in our seed, and bird rooms, are NOT FUN!
Here is my post on Facebook, for a few hints on the subject.

March 31, 2020

March In The Bird Room --- Month by Month Journal

One of my major 2020 goals was to completely REDO my bird room! 
It needed a major DEEP CLEAN, and some CHANGES to my cage system, food storage, and the number of cages!
#1) Get my cages onto wheels! 
For the past 5 years, my cages have been stacked:  a row of cages stacked on top of several other rows of cages, with a sheet of plywood between, and bungee cords to keep the stack secure.  Most 'stack's were 3 high... and I had them tied to the wall to keep them from toppling!
The bottom row was off the floor at least a few inches, and I swept what I could reach nearly every day, but if I wanted to clean up behind the cages, it was a major job to get all the cages apart and moved.
I have been in this room for 7 years.  At first, I put paper on the walls behind the cages, and changed the paper at least once a year.  Recently, I simply had TOO MANY cages and too many birds to take time to clean properly!
*** Another reminder that YES, we can have TOO MANY BIRDS! 😄 ***
#2) Get a shop vac!  This is great.  It made cleaning under and between the stacks so easy and efficient!
#3) All my canary supplies should be IN the bird room.  Up until now, I have stashed various canary things all over my house. I have some good ideas to solve this.
#4) Paint!  Lori sent me a photo of her bird room... and that kept floating around in my brain.  I wanted a green bird room!
#5) Clean:  the laundry appliances, light fixture, window blinds, etc.
#6) Add a few improvements: such as a clock, dry erase board on freezer, etc.
I bought paint early February.
It was early March before I moved the birds out into a spare bedroom.
The birds were returned to the bird room March 30.  I don't have all the new cage stands in the room, and there is much to do as I begin pairing the canaries in April.
But the end is near!  YEAH!!!
I took videos and photos of the process and I will put them all together into a video story, but for now, I will share a few photos. (read complete post)

February 29, 2020

February In The Bird Room --- Month by Month Journal

I began the month of February with an abundance of ideas, a notebook stuffed with written plans, AND a terrible head cold!
I was careful to limit my time in the bird room to the very necessary and tried to rest.  I was sick off and on most of the month!  As a result, the month passed in sort of a holding pattern.
The birds were fed the planned diet, minus any soft food. I did organize all my nests and other breeding supplies.

I also ordered 250 pounds of my favorite Roller seed Mix, 100 pounds of Song Treat (which I will feed to the youngsters learning to eat on their own, and during the molt), a bag of Flock Raiser crumbles, and various ingredients for my soft food recipe.  So, I am stocked up!  :D

I've been watching the birds, and continue to be very excited about this year!  Wow, I am in LOVE with so many of them, young and old!

While I was resting, I dug out some canary books, and refreshed my memory reading my favorites! 
It may be easy to impulsively post a question on a social group, and wait for answers...
but why not read a book... you will find all the answers and more!

Please, check out the list of my favorite books!
On that topic, a question was posted online about what to expect (variegation) from pairing two birds... such as clear, self or variegated.  This is a fairly basic subject.... without definite answers if the birds are not of your own breeding.  The grandparent birds appearances do influence future generations.  So, these basic guidelines are simply a starting point in guessing what the offspring will look like.

However, these guidelines are a good place to start!  They are quotes from several of the best books there are!  The photos below are from The Practical Canary Handbook:  A Guide To Breeding & Keeping Canaries  by Marie Miley-Russell and Canaries and Related Birds by Horst Bielfeld.  These books also cover other aspects of pairing two birds, such as color, feather type/quality, and other traits.
types of variegation ➞
predicted variegation
in chicks ➞
predicted variegation
and color
in chicks ➟

February 24, 2020

"And the greatest of these is Love."

There are many reasons people own a canary ..... or two birds, or more!
I have talked with many 'canary people' over the past dozen or so years.
I may be looking for new birds, or someone is inquiring about any extras birds I may have.

Many are breeders:  some with half a dozen pairs, many with hundreds of birds in their flock.
Some are older people, who have found the comfort and pleasure of having a singing companion.
Others are young parents, wishing to introduce their children to bird keeping.
These people own a canary for many different reasons. 
Often is is to add yet another breed or species to their collection.
A few have dreams of being well-known in the bird show world.
A great many are thinking of the dollar value of the youngsters they will sell!
It is just my opinion, but the best reason to own a canary is because you love the beautiful little creatures. There is nothing wrong with all other possible reasons for keeping a canary, but
the greatest benefit you will gain
is the personal enjoyment you experience every day!
I know those who own canaries because they love to watch them --- are the most interesting to talk to!
If the second question a person asks is "How easy are they to sell?" OR most of their conversation is about taking birds to sell at a show, our conversations usually tail off into silence.
If the breeder is excited about training and exhibiting a bird, with breeding goals to work toward, our phone calls often become quite expensive! 😆

Please, keep canaries because you love them,
not because you dream of becoming rich and famous!

Below, I quote Matt Eld's words in Episode 3 of The Canary Room, which prompted this blog post! 

January 31, 2020

January In The Bird Room --- Month by Month Journal

I've been doing some study of my notes from the 2019 season...  As an overall summary, I like the effects of my diet plan.
BUT, I did see a definite difference in the months I fed seed I thought was less than fresh! 
Seed consumption was less, water consumption was up, and activity was more fighting or nervousness.
It took about 3 days to become obvious.
When I switched back to seed that smelled fresh and was dust free, I noticed an improvement in about 3 days!
Once again, I proved GOOD SEED is worth it's weight in GOLD!  With rising shipping costs, I have been tempted to order from unknown sources.  I have proven to myself, once and for all:  always buy seed from trusted sources!
Another note that kept appearing again and again during the weeks I used a portion of Purina Flock Raiser in my soft food mix.  The hens fed the soft food readily and the chicks grew well.

I also think I have learned a few things about the different American Singer bloodlines I have.
I will be continuing work with two of my older lines, cautiously testing the line I bought in 2018, and have added new birds from Ed Medrano to my plans for 2020.
At the beginning of the 2019 season, I culled several birds that I thought may be dominate for faults in freedom and maturity. 
I am not sure I will ever prove my opinion, but the youngsters from my 2019 pairings were very nice.  :D

Some new things are planned in 2020!!!
I am completely rearranging my bird room... and will be adding a second area for breeding and molting. 
May also have new paint and new cages!!!!!
I will be photographing some of my best canaries.

I am also working on new online Canary Things!

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