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This page of The Gallery of Articles series is dedicated to evaluating our stock but with an objective in mind. Please note that just about all the information in these articles is applicable to most all the breeds of Type Canaries.
Many believe that when one wants to be successful in any endeavor, it is wise to have some sort of plan. If our hobby may be the desire to raise Glosters for pleasure and exhibition, it really is no different, is it?
Our plan may differ depending on what our goal or quest may be. Many have specific plans while others are undecided on what that plan should be or even how to develop that plan. If this is the case, allow me to offer a plan that I hope you will then consider using as “Your Master Plan”.
If your plan is to simply raise Glosters for pleasure and the thrill of producing offspring regardless of the quality, I seriously doubt if this article will be of any value to you.
If “Your Master Plan” is to raise the best Glosters, consistently and in the shortest time possible, then this first in a series of articles may be the foundation of your success in that quest. Can you do it? I believe you can! Allow me to help you.
In late spring and throughout the summer, many here in America will be trying to assess the young they have produced as those birds progress through their first molt. The parents will also be assessed based on what they produced. The youngsters should be studied every two weeks starting from the day they are weaned using what I’d like to refer to as The Gloster Fancy Evaluation Sheet. (More on how to obtain a copy of this sheet a bit later in this article.)
Each sheet has enough room to list 10 youngsters. Judge each youngster and its’ siblings from the same nest. Do this every two weeks until they are ready for the shows. Rate them with stars. The best being rated with four-stars down to the lesser which should get one-star. See how they improve or deteriorate in the weeks to come. Do your first mental or at least on-paper culling as soon as the young are cracking seed on their own. This can only work if you really know what to look for in the young at that particular time of the molt.
If you don’t have any quality photos of quality Glosters to use as models and you perhaps like the type of Glosters I raise, may I suggest reviewing the color photos of my Glosters which appear elsewhere on this site. If you have other photos or illustrations of the type of Gloster you are striving for, use them.
What is the “ideal Gloster”, one may ask as they study those selected by the judges in recent exhibitions. It’s often confusing trying to ascertain what the “ideal Gloster” should be when one views the current I.G.B.A. Convention Illustrated Standard of Perfection (A Standard adopted by I.G.B.A. Chapters worldwide as well as by most all other American Gloster organizations.) and what is winning at major exhibitions both here and around the world.
The objective however of this article is not to critique or establish what the correct “ideal Gloster” should be. However, if one visits many bird shows or some of the many Gloster sites owned by either fanciers or organizations around the world via the Internet, one can certainly feel a bit daunted. Do not despair, focus on those standards or ideals you feel will gain you the best results in your area of the world while ignoring fads or outdated illustrations.
How you dispose of your culls is your business. The main objective is to remove all culls as soon as possible from your birdroom. No need to spend any more money continuing to raise and feed inferior birds that simply take up valuable cage space. Especially if you are housing more than one youngster per cage. If possible each youngster should be enjoying a cage by himself or herself. This is more important for your corona young than it is for your consort young. Why is it the Gloster Corona with nicest crest seems to always be the easiest and tastiest target for the other occupants of the same cage? This only has to happen once before you isolate those contenders.
Every two weeks you should complete an evaluation of all your stock, young and old. Upon completion you should always cull and dispose of the inferior youngsters and any of the test adults that produced a majority of any of the undesirables you might have. Train your eye to look for the best in your room. No need to merely be a bird keeper. Unless of course, your desire is to raise pet birds for yourself and your friends.
If you want to raise superior Glosters you must be ruthless in your culling process and environmentally conscious of how you dispose of these culls. In other words, if they’re culls that you know can’t improve another Gloster fanciers stud then you should not let them get in anybody else’s Gloster breeding environment! Especially the novice Gloster breeder environment, for they have enough to deal with in getting started in the fancy without a bunch of someone else’s inferior surplus.
Train your Glosters to enjoy and feel totally comfortable in a Gloster show cage and gain familiarity with the standard show cage drinker early on. Work all the birds as if each would be a possible contender on the showbench. Give your birds every possible advantage to succeed.
If you find the stock you’re working
with is not the foundation needed to get you to the top in short order, now is
the time to seriously think about regrouping, Start by making a mental note of
where you obtained your initial stock. Did
it come from a solid, consistent high quality line that has stood the test of
time? Do you see any success in the
immediate future with the stock you are presently using?
If not, how long do you think it will take for you to get where you want
Maybe your real plan is a desire to reach your goal quicker. If so, now is the time to do some extensive research on what is available in order to reserve what you will need for the upcoming breeding season. If this is the time of the year for you and other fanciers to begin the breeding season it is common knowledge that most top breeders may not have any surplus stock available. Do not despair. Take action as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate in reserving your stock now for the fall. Breeders with a solid proven line take reservations for their finest surplus early.
May I offer the following suggestions on creating a “strong foundation,” as I insert in my article some excerpts from the book I attribute as the major tool that put me on the path to creating my champion line many years ago. A line I might add that continues to improve to this day as you may see from the latest page on this same site labeled, The 2005 Stable of Stars.
May I suggest that you purchase this book regardless of what you want to breed. The author is David D. Kowalski. The name of the book is The Secrets of the Great Animal Breeders. Here are some profound excerpts from his phenomenal book. Read the following information for it is exactly what you must do in order to achieve your goals.
“Every good carpenter knows that the strong foundation is the only one
worth building on. The same rule applies to building a strain of animals.
Your foundation specimens will continue to exert a strong influence on
your stock for generations, whether good or bad. Since most breeds of
animals and birds reproduce fairly rapidly, there is no advantage to begin
with large numbers of foundation animals just for the sake of sheer numbers.
Any initial lack of numbers will quickly be remedied. You may acquire many
poor quality specimens for the price of a few truly good ones, but if you
end up discarding half of your poor specimens after a year or two, then you
have saved nothing. Furthermore, they would have contributed some of
their undesirable genes to the herd before they left, whose presence could
plague you for years.
If you plan to have real “purebreds” in the shortest amount of time, for the
lowest eventual capital outlay, then a few of the highest quality specimens
that you can afford are the most desirable acquisitions. In addition, it is sound
policy to confine your choice of foundation stock to just one noted strain, provided
that all the necessary traits are present in various members of the strain. Some
writers advocate starting with stock from at least two sources so that you can
demonstrate your genius as a breeder by combining the best features of both
strains. This advice is both silly and foolish. Even if you start with stock from only
one source, your selection, management, and success in establishing increased
genetic purity will often significantly alter that stock and stamp it as your own in
just two or three generations.
If you begin your breeding program with just two or three individuals with roughly
The following genetic make-up:
A B c D E
a B C D e
you absolutely do not need to destroy the established genetic purity for the
desirable traits of that strain or family by bringing in an animal from another
family with this genetic configuration:
a b C d e
a b c D e
This latter animal cannot help you for the features under consideration; it can
only harm the better strain.
When you are looking to purchase foundation stock, find a fancier who breeds
high quality stock and also confines his matings largely or exclusively to his own
family. He is building the genetic purity for desirable traits that you want. If his
matings have been good, they should get even better in the future and you can
hope to purchase young stock of potentially better quality than the animals he
has bred from. You may have to reserve a few youngsters from a future mating
but they should be well worth the wait.”
I didn’t mean to take so much from the Kowalski book but to leave out any part would have ruined the entire content and the point I was trying to make in my part of this article. This excerpt is only a small part of all the information you would get from Mr. Kowalski which I firmly believe will help you become successful with “Your Master Plan”.
No other canary book on the market addresses most everything a canary breeder would need to know in order to achieve success with as much accurate detail as Mr. Kowalski does in this fine book. Regardless of the type of bird or animal you desire to focus on, I firmly believe this book is an invaluable tool.
I have no new address for Mr. Kowalski sorry. Last I heard from him he was revising his book. I will let you know once I make contact with him should you desire to write him to purchase a copy.
Click here to go directly to Part Two of Your Master Plan, which will address evaluating your stock prior to the conditioning season using a form called the “Master Plan for the Corona/Consort Gloster Fancy Canary” . It is a form used here prior to every breeding season and it is formatted after a form used in “The Secrets…”.
For those of you that would like a copy of this form, as well as The Gloster Fancy Evaluation Sheet, please send an e-mail. If I can assist you in your breeding program in any way, please do not hesitate in calling or E-mailing.
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ERNIE COBB - MASTER CAGE-BUILDER
YOUR MASTER PLAN - PART ONE!
YOUR MASTER PLAN - PART TWO!
THE 2005 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE 2004 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE 2004 STABLE OF STARS - CONSORT STUDY! PART ONE
THE 2004 STABLE OF STARS - CONSORT STUDY! PART TWO
THE 2002 KOREAN TANGO & CANARY BIRD EXHIBITION
THE 2002 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode One
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode Two
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode Three
THE GALLERY OF STARS
THE GALLERY OF STARS - Page Two
THE GALLERY OF STARS - Page Three
THE GALLERY OF FLORAL STARS
HOW TO BUILD A BREEDING CAGE - PART ONE
HOW TO BUILD A BREEDING CAGE - PART TWO
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page One "ENVIRONMENT"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Two "KNOWLEDGE OF THE IDEAL"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Three "DIET PLAN - 2015"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Four "UNDERSTANDING FEATHER"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Five "CINNAMON & FAWN PAIRING"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Six "LAWS OF INHERITANCE - PART ONE"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Seven "LAWS OF INHERITANCE - PART TWO
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Eight "HERE COME THE JUDGE!"
THE "NINE STEPS TO SUCCESS" ARTICLE!
THE GALLERY OF BANNERS & AWARDS
THE GALLERY OF LINKS
Top Left & Right Images: AZTEC WARRIOR by Jesus Helguera (1910-1971)
n/d, oil on canvas 52"x44" Collection Galas de Mexico, S.A.