Canaries

  • Canaries: time for a new mix

    Canaries: time for a new mix

    27th November 2017

    Above: One kind of pleasure: Colin is the first to salute the fulfilling nature of show success Over the years, COLIN MOORE has exhibited his birds, specialised in a particular breed and bred many different varieties. Now, after reflection, he has…

  • Canaries: Preparing for a dramatic debut

    Canaries: Preparing for a dramatic debut

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. Donald’s 2017-bred clear yellow Scots. DONALD SKINNER-REID looks ahead to an exciting season which will see him make his bow in the champion classes. 2017 is my sixth breeding season and it is the one that has…

  • Scots fancy canaries: A global variety

    Scots fancy canaries: A global variety

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Tullio de Biase. The bird is an outstanding example of the beautiful half-moon posture and a much-admired specimen   In NORMAN WALLACE’s third article about the Scots fancy canary, he assesses the breed’s status in the UK and Europe. THE Scots fancy…

  • Roller canaries: A long-forgotten lunacy

    Roller canaries: A long-forgotten lunacy

    27th November 2017

    Above: Despite centuries of domestication and intensive breeding in distinct varieties, the canary was regarded as ‘all one’ by the authorities in the 1990s, who mooted the introduction of a licence for every pet and exhibition canary in the land Nearly…

  • Canaries: Meet the yellows

    Canaries: Meet the yellows

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. 2017 yellow feathered piebald, a great grandson of a little yellow hen DONALD SKINNER-REID introduces his yellow family of Scots fancies, clarifies the difference between yellow and buff, and describes the yellow’s welcome renaissance in that breed.…

  • Canaries: The tale of a bale

    Canaries: The tale of a bale

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Brian Keenan. Look of approval: two of Brian’s Yorkies with the new bedding in their cage Next to the quest for the ideal bird, there’s nothing that gets fanciers so worked up as the quest for the ideal floor covering.…

  • Canaries: Further frill tips

    Canaries: Further frill tips

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Cemal Cemal’s Parisian frills have made an impact at the shows In the June 28 issue, Dave Brown introduced frill canary breeder and exhibitor CEMAL CEMAL, and here he rounds off his observations on feeding, breeding and show…

  • 2015 canaries: a year of ups and downs

    2015 canaries: a year of ups and downs

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. Donald (right) has seen his career in birds go from strength to strength, with numerous wins on the show bench over the past few years. Two years ago was an eventful time for then-novice DONALD SKINNER-REID with canary…

  • Canaries: staying at the top

    Canaries: staying at the top

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Fred Wright. Think big: Ian states that a key advantage, when starting out in Borders, is to give yourself as spacious a birdroom as you can. Don’t start out cramped!  Fred Wright concludes his Q&A series with IAN PERRIER with advice…

  • 2017 aims for my canaries and finches

    2017 aims for my canaries and finches

    23rd January 2017

    Especially for fanciers who breed multiple varieties, stud plans will develop steadily from year to year, and it’s essential to have your objectives clearly in mind at the outset. Here DAVE BROWN explains his priorities for improving his show finches…