October sees the end of the moult for most canaries, and the start of the exhibition season, lasting through until December

This period is the most sociable time of the canary enthusiasts year, as the fancier will meet many fellow hobbyists at the various exhibitions, and exchange breeding stories, birds, or both!

At the end of the year, fanciers begin to prepare their birds for their natural breeding cycle, which begins each year in Spring.

 

 

 

Caring for canaries Week 40

Caring for Canaries: October to December

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DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasCondition SeedOnce a week
Softfood
Greenfoods
Fruits
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingShow birdsSingle bird per cage
Stock birdsSmall groups in flight cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingWeekly
Specialist TasksMite TreatmentBirdsDust with mite powder and repeat in five days
CagesWash and treat with antimite preparation
Claws and BeaksTrim to comfortable length
HeatingNo artificial heating required
LightingNo artifical lighting required
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Caring for Canaries: October to December

Weeks 41 - 43
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Week 42
Week 43
Week 44
Week 45
Week 46
Week 47
Week 48
Week 49
Week 50
Week 51
Week 52
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasCondition SeedOnce a week
Softfood
Greenfoods
Fruits
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingShow BirdsSingle bird per cage
Stock birdsSmall groups in flight cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingWeekly
Specialist TasksShow TrainingAdult BirdsRe-train adult showbirds, removed from flights
Young BirdsIncrease training daily
ExhibitionsVisit as many exhibitions as possible, especially the YCC show in Saltaire during the last weekend in October
Stock disposalDispose of surplus stock after moult.
HeatingNo artificial heating required
LightingNo artifical lighting required
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Caring for Canaries: October to December

Weeks 44 - 48
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Week 50
Week 51
Week 52
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasCondition SeedOnce a week
Softfood
Greenfoods
Fruits
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingShow BirdsSingle bird per cage
Stock birdsSmall groups in flight cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingWeekly
Specialist TasksShow TrainingContinue training show birds throughout winter period
New StockObtain new stock after disposal of surplus
MiteTreat new stock and birds returning from shows, for mite before entering your own birdroom
MaintenanceRepair any damaged cages, repaint cages if needed
HeatingNo artificial heating required
LightingNo artifical lighting required
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Caring for Canaries: October to December

Weeks 49 - 52
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Week 41
Week 42
Week 43
Week 44
Week 45
Week 46
Week 47
Week 48
Week 50
Week 51
Week 52
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasCondition SeedOnce a week
Softfood
Greenfoods
Fruits
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingShow BirdsSingle bird per cage
Stock birdsSmall groups in flight cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingWeekly
Specialist TasksBirdroom EquipmentObtain any new supplies - the National Exhibition of Cage & Aviary Birds is a good place to look
MiteConstantly check for these pests and treat as preventative measure every six weeks
HeatingHeat birdroom at 40 degrees farenheit to ensure water pots do not freeze
LightingNo artifical lighting required
ChristmasDon't neglect your birds. Plan your pairings for next year, over the Christmas period.
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