What you should know about
Gloster Canary Breeding
written by: Kenn Moffit
The practice of Gloster Canary breeding is very popular since this bird species is lively, hardy and is able to readily produce offspring. It’s a cage bird, meaning you can keep it in your home to enjoy its aesthetic beauty. What’s more, it also have a pleasant song, though some people may find them louder and more choppy than most birds.
The typical Gloster Canary is bred because of its physical appeal rather than its song capabilities. They are characterized by round, compact body, are are considered quite bold and lively.
If you’re going to consider breeding the Gloster Canary, it’s worth noting that there are two versions of the bird. The crested version of the bird is known as the Corona, while its plain-headed counterpart is known as the Consort. Even though the crested version is most preferred because of its appearance, both types are still favored for the purposes of propagation of the breed. Apart from the feathers situated on the head, the body type for both birds appears to be the same.
Care & Breeding
Their diet consists of a good blend of seed mixture — with vitamins included. This meal should be supplemented with various fruits, sprouted seeds, green foods, and even commercial pellets. What’s more, fresh food and clean water must be given on a daily basis.
Again, most of their foods can be found at pet stores. You only need to ask for canary seed and vitamin-coated seed mixes. It’s also important to realize that these birds don’t eat a lot, except when the weather is cold. They may eat no more than a teaspoon of grains.
There’s also the option of giving them pelleted diets since these contain the most vitamins and proteins. If the bird is relying on this diet only, additional supplementation may not be necessary. Again, keep in mind that if they’re not used to a pellet diet, they may not even recognize it as food, and may end up not eating it at all.
How about minerals?
With enough calcium, your bird will develop a stronger beak. Calcium also helps their eggshell become stronger when breeding, thus avoiding egg binding. Therefore, in this case, you could provide a mineral block or cuttlebone for that matter. Cuttlebone has lime which is helpful in digestion.
It’s important to note that a Canary can never survive without water for 24 hours. This calls for the provision of fresh water to keep them hydrated each day. The idea of bird bath is also very important to implement. Just place a dish full of water in the cage so the bird can have a bath occasionally.
The breeding season for these birds begin at spring time. The male must be at least 1 year old, while the female must not be over 5 years old. Both the male and the hen should be fed well to produce good quality eggs.
Lastly, when preparing a place for breeding, make sure you provide a breeding nest made of ceramic or metal placed inside the cage. The female will continue laying one egg everyday until they are 4 to 6. You can gently remove one egg with a spoon (while replacing with a dummy) until they’re through with laying. The eggs should be placed in a soft material like cotton wool to avoid breaking. Again, you might consider isolating the male from the female during this process to avoid interference.
The pet industry has since adopted Canaries because of their characteristics, color, size, feathering, shape and many more. Therefore, if you want to keep this bird as a pet, you should consider all these factors to ensure that your bird is happy and healthy.