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This, the first page of The Gallery of Articles series expands on Step One - Environment that is part of the NINE STEPS TO SUCCESS article that appears elsewhere on this site and is dedicated to the management and housing of the Gloster Fancy Canary.
Please note that just about all the information in these articles is applicable to most all the breeds of Type Canaries.
The first article on this site originally appeared in the June, 1986 Issue of AMERICAN CAGE-BIRD MAGAZINE. It was the first in a series of articles depicting the Adventures of Herb NotaChamp! I'm sure you'll find the story both amusing and informative!
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The following item consists of the cover and an small excerpt of the book THE GLOSTER CANARY, written and published by Judge, Breeder & Exhibitor, Mr. Joe A. Bracegirdle of England. Click on each photo to enlarge it or learn more by also clicking on the advert, "AND THE WINNER IS..." below.
The House of Crests photo trending on Social Media and how it ties in with the above book!
Click on the image above or this URL: http://www.houseofcrests.com/THE_HOUSE_OF_CRESTS_2015.pdf
Learn the complete story behind this advertisement image above which is currently trending on Facebook and the Internet by clicking on the photo above and downloading the PDF document! Read the content and see why it created a stir in the land where this breed originated when this very same Gloster appeared not only on the cover but in the centerfold of "THE GLOSTER CANARY" book published in 1989 in the United Kingdom!
The following is a copy of a recent article I've written and shared with fanciers in order to reinforce my belief of housing only one Gloster per cage.
As you view the photos, you will notice, the some cages have turn-buttons on the front-top
and front-bottom of each cage-front. The buttons on the bottom are firmly
held (screwed) in place and thus will and should not move. The turn-buttons on
the top are screwed in enough to allow the turn-buttons to sway to and fro.
The swinging turn-buttons allow me to flip the turn-button out of the way
to then remove the front by tilting the top of the front forward and to sliding
the front up and out. Why?
Well once the occupant has been removed from the cage, I can then remove the front for easy access to the interior of the cage for cleaning purposes.
I use a sanitized bedding called ASPEN-CHIPS. It is sterilized laboratory bedding of which I put two to
three inches worth on the cage-bottoms. Twice a month I scrape off the top
layer of debris and by running my disposable glove covered hand across the top
of the Aspen-Chips. I remove the fronts four times a year to totally empty
out all the Aspen-Chips and clean the interior of the cages thoroughly.
My feeling is, the easier we can make our chores in
the birdroom, the more time we have to enjoy our birds. You will also
notice that the perches are wooden "twist-on" perches and the feeders
and drinkers are attached and accessed from the outside of the cage. This
means less stress on the birds with the elimination of my constantly sticking my
big hands in the cage and scaring the occupant.
Remember, the stress-free canary is usually a healthier canary!
I have included a drawing of my triple breeding cages with measurements for your review. All supplies for building these units, less the fronts themselves are available at your local Home Depot for those living in the United States. For instructions on how to build breeding cages, click here: How To Build A Breeding Cage - Part One.
The tops, bottoms and sides of my triple breeder
cages are cut from 11 1/2" wide white painted particleboard shelving stock,
which comes in 8' lengths. The backs and solid slides (partitions) are
made from 1/8" white-surfaced Masonite 4'x8' sheets. All wood is cut
down at the Home Depot for me at a small cost. The sides are screwed to
the end edge of the tops and bottoms with brass wood screws.
The back is then nailed in place with small brads
to the back of the four-sided box. I
use the same size small brads which are tacked with about 3/4" exposed
about a half inch from the front edge on the inside of each top and bottom of
each cage to prevent the cage front itself from falling into the cage. I
use four brads per front for a
total of 12 brads needed (six brads on the tops and six brads on the bottoms).
The turn-buttons of course prevent the cage fronts from falling forward and out.
These turn-buttons can be purchased from picture framers' supply houses or craft
stores in your area. They are
merely screwed onto the fronts of the breeding cage.
In fact, to get an idea of where exactly to tap in the inside brads, I
will hammer them in a half inch behind the turn-buttons.
The solid slides are used to create three individual cages to house one Gloster per cage. Once I ship out all the birds in the Fall to those who have placed orders with me, I have enough room to pull out the solid slides to create a full flight about 36" long for each individual single occupant to get the exercise they always need prior to the breeding season.
These triple breeder box-type cages are known as English-style box-triple breeding cages which may vary in size. They have been used for years in most British and overseas birdrooms. The sizes may be larger for the larger varieties of Type canaries but they are essentially the preferred style of cage for success in breeding and showing. These cages allow each occupant to develop to its' fullest genetic potential without the stress of other birds in the same cage. Also, without being able to hang on the wires of most of the wire cages on the market that have wire bars on the cage sides, tops and backs, my birds always look great. Their wing and tail feathers stay undamaged.
Environment is Step One in my
well-known article, NINE STEPS TO SUCCESS, which first appeared in
the Third Quarter, 1988 issue of THE CANARY & FINCH JOURNAL
and more recently in the January, 2001 issue of the National Institute of Red
Orange Canaries (NIROC) newsletter, with my permission. The editors
of both publications felt the article applied to all breeders of any small caged
bird and especially canaries and that it was required reading if those breeders
who wanted to strive for success not only in the bird room but in exhibitions.
This site has been updated with the latest photos of the birds I paired this year, offspring from the last two years as well as more shots of my bird room and of course articles like my NINE STEPS for your enjoyment.
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site for your review only and they are copyrighted and as such, may not be
reproduced or published other than for your own private use, without my written
consent. Nor may any of the enclosed writings be published without my
written consent. Sorry, I'm sure you understand but I feel I must protect
my photos, writings, research and future publications.
All that you’ve read in this article is a small sampling of what will be in my new book, which I plan on having on the market soon. Watch my web site for further details and ordering instructions. Much success to you in the season.
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.