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Friday, 04 April 2008

ImageHoney has been used as food for hundreds of years.  Roman soldiers used it on their long journeys into far off lands of conquest. It also claims its virility in some parts of the world.  A few years ago there was an article on feeding honey meal to cattle by a diary farmer in New Jersey.   The milk from the cows was fed to his leghorn hens.  The hens produced eggs weighing 32 ounces to the dozen.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 April 2008 )
Why so much love for hens
Friday, 29 February 2008

ImageThere is one thing for sure, not all breeders appreciate hen canaries.  Do not agree with this and personally think that hens should get more love and care than males.  Yes, we are happy to have good results from shows and everyone likes to win a prize but thanks to whom?  Already know the answer… Yes HENS. If sons win a prize (trophy or ribbon) it gets attached to hens flight cage.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 March 2008 )
Value of protein
Sunday, 24 February 2008

ImageFoods have two functions, to supply energy and to build bodies. The body building parts of food are minerals, vitamins, and more especially, proteins, birds take in proteins in their food, digest them to amino acids which they absorb into their bodies. A bird's body contains great numbers of different proteins - some in muscle, others in skin, organs and other body parts. Feathers are largely made of protein called Keratin. Proteins came originally from the food. A bird needs a certain group of amino acids to build any particular protein. About twenty sorts of amino acids are found in foods. Some are easily obtained in adequate quantity but others may be scare or even absent from the protein of some foods.
Although cereals such as canary seed, oats and millet have a protein content of 10%, the cereal protein is deficient in the amino acid Lysine that is needed to build bird protein. As a result, species that feed their young entirely on cereal grains must feed large quantities of grain to obtain enough Lysine, and the young may be slow in developing. The other amino acids in grain are wasted since they are out of proportion with the needed Lysine and cannot be stored in the bodies of birds for future use.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 February 2008 )
Care Of Canary Females
Friday, 15 February 2008

ImageThe females should not be neglected if you expect them to produce good, healthy young for you. Unless they are properly cared for they cannot feed and care for the babies they hatch. You may also have a great many clear eggs. To avoid this, give good nourishing food all through the molting period and the following spring. The hens you have used this year for breeding should, as soon as through in the breeding room, show signs of molting. They should be placed in a flight as large as possible to give them plenty of room for exercise after being confined to the small breeding cage.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 February 2008 )
Friday, 04 January 2008
ImageRed mite cause much disturbance and damage in Canary breeding-cages, and through these insignificant evildoers many a young bird has been scarified, and even in old birds they have been the means of causing diseases, unless stopped by the breeder in time. One talks on the red mite as an insect, but this is, on the whole, wrong; the red mites belong to the class of scorpions and spiders. Between insects and these there exist a marked difference. The insects consists of many-membered parts, in which the head, middle body, and tail can be distinctly seen, while the red mite consist of one continued piece, and the end of the body is only separated from the head by an insignificant incision. The bodies of scorpions and spiders consist of one piece. On the contrary, the bodies of ants, wasps, bees, all insects, flies, butterflies, fleas, green lice, bugs, consist of many members.
Sunday, 30 December 2007
ImageJanuary is a quiet in the canary bird room: most of the shows are over. It is a time, however, when the beginner should commence the gentle process of bringing his, or her, birds into the best possible condition for the commencement of the breeding season. Many newcomers make the error of over-feeding their birds with soft food, condition seed, etc., in large quantities for a week or two prior to pairing up. It would be better to leave the birds on only their staple seed diet than attempt to force them into condition in this manner. In this series of articles aimed at those new to the canary fancy I have mentioned feeding and supplements and I feel this may be a good time to give a brief summary of a bird's basic dietary needs. There are several different factors to consider: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Vitamins and Minerals.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 December 2007 )
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