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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.
Master Plan, Part One
mentioned the use of a tool called an “Evaluation Sheet.” Your
“Plan”, as I wrote, is to raise the best
Glosters, consistently, that you possibly can, in
the shortest time possible. Can
you do it? Hopefully you have been
using the Gloster Fancy Evaluation
Gloster fanciers, this is the time of the year when we study our stud and figure
out how the stock will fit into our “Master Plan.” All
the inferior and mediocre young and those birds that produced this inferiority
and mediocrity should have been disposed of by now.
The pet shops and birds fairs are good places to unload your room of
birds like this. Even donating some
to assisted-living homes is a kind deed.
after this task was completed you still had some Glosters showing some
consistency to show and to use in the coming breeding season.
Even when we finish campaigning our birds, we are the final judge of our
stock before pairing them together. As
such we must learn to be objective about all the comments made during this show
season by all the judges and judge-wannabe’s at the shows we exhibited in or
plan to exhibit in. A judge who saw
our show team at an early show might have a totally different opinion of this
team today or next week. As we
know, our sweet Glosters are continually changing as they mature.
your stock and continue to “fine tune” your stud.
Why are you keeping the Glosters you will finally keep?
What are the reasons behind you selecting the cocks and what do you like
about the hens you will be holding back? What
Master Plan”? Do you have
one? You have to ask yourself if
you’re happy so far with your stud and why.
Maybe you’ve been at this game for years and still stuck only at first
base? How do you plan on getting
further in your quest? Maybe first,
you should ask yourself what your quest is!
all of your Glosters have been evaluated and recorded for the last time using
Fancy Evaluation Sheets, you
can then begin to use the form accompanying this article.
To succeed with “the plan”, you should
use a form, entitled, “Master Plan for the ________ Gloster Canary.” (More
on how to obtain a copy at the end of this article.)
you have a copy of this form, you should write in the blank space on the top of
the page either “Corona” or “Consort.” Then write in the band number and age of the cock as well as
the hen. As you will find when you
study this form, it is what you will be using as your 2010 pairing worksheet.
do you need to use it now? Because
if you had any kind of good breeding season and you’re proud of some or most
of the young you’ve kept back so far, you must still part with some of the
good birds because, let’s face it, you can’t keep them all, or can you?
I’ll play the hunch that most of our birdrooms are never as big as
we’d like them to be, and that being the case, ultimately some must go, like
it or not!
we, as Gloster breeders get to this point in our quest we must look hard at our
stock. The task of ending up with a
room full of consistent Glosters, becomes ever so difficult.
It is this kind of quality stock, we, as true Gloster fanciers should be
offering for sale to other fanciers, be they novice or champion.
you follow this step in your
plan, do you now find you need to upgrade?
Will you buy birds randomly? Will
you buy from a breeder who indeed has been working with a true line for years or
will you buy from the breeders who are still themselves buying birds here and
abroad and continually “experimenting”?
Will you buy from the breeder who works with birds from several
birdrooms? Careful! Even
though some breeders have and will continue to say this is only a hobby and yet
will not give the correct information or for that matter any information on the
background of the birds one plans on purchasing, should put one on alert.
For as W. C. Fields once said, and I quote, “a fool and his money are
your birds and if they are coming along according to plan, your records and
evaluation sheets are accurate, and you see an improvement in your stock you are
then ready to continue with your
need to use this form in order to select the birds we will use in 2010.
Very rarely will someone sell us back a Gloster we mistakenly sold him or
her. We must have a breeding plan
in mind now for 2010 and beyond! When
we enter the proposed pair we will write down the characteristics of the cock in
this pairing and we will do the same for the hen.
Continue filling in the information requested on the form.
this for all proposed pairings. Hopefully,
after this project has been completed, without realizing it, you have ended up
with some brothers and sisters being paired up.
Don’t be frightened! This
is a good thing! Probably even
fathers and daughters or mothers and sons have been matched!
Do not be alarmed! I like to
line breed and inbreed very closely. Always
have and always will. This is the
only way to develop and maintain consistency.
This is the only way when people buy your birds and others see the
youngsters from them at a show they can and will say they came from your strain.
must understand the form and be consistent in your selection process as you fill
it out. You must have goals for
what it is you want to achieve in your quest.
If line breeding and inbreeding scares you, may I suggest you find some
good books on genetics that use terms that are easy to follow.
frankly, I ask you, do you want to
win a lot? Or, do you want to
produce mediocre Glosters? I
don’t believe you want to raise mediocrity.
Many out there are already doing that!
Follow your dreams. Follow
must know what to look for in your Glosters.
Understanding feather is key!
Quality pairings are key! Excellent
environment is key! Super diet is
key! Fantastic stock birds to start
your program is key! Dedication and
stock management are key!
this two-part article, the forms and the rest of the articles on this site will
motivate you to continue in your “quest to raise the best!”
For those of you that would like a copy of "Master Plan for the ________ Gloster Canary" 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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Click on any of the headings below to go on to the next exciting page!
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.