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 prep.

Dave Brown: What is your birdroom setup?

Cemal Cemal: I use metal double breeding cages and standard flights for birds that are not breeding or being shown. The metal cages are stackable and easy to clean.

DB: Can you tell me about how you feed the birds throughout the year?

CC: My canaries are fed on plain canary seed all year round. I provide conditioning seed in increasing amounts during the breeding season, and into the moult until they have stopped moulting. Eggfood is offered in a semi-dry form and soaked perle morbide is given throughout the breeding season and into the moult. Spinach and red lettuce leaves are provided during the breeding season a few times a week, but I stop feeding these after the moult and before the show season so as not to stain the beak and feathers.

The birds always have access to mineralised grit and clean water.

DB: What would you advise as the best prep for the breeding season?

CC: The birds must be fit and free of external mites and internal parasites, so
I make sure they are treated after the shows for mite and that they are wormed. I tend to keep the hens in flight cages and the cocks in separate stock cages until they are in breeding condition. When the hens come into breeding condition, I place them in a double breeder a week or so before introducing the cock bird.

DB: Can you tell me about your show successes? What was your most memorable win?

CC: I have been showing my Parisian frills for about four years now and I have won best novice Parisian frill/best Parisian frill at Stafford and the Frill Canary Club show, which is held in conjunction with the South Bucks Canary Breeders Association Show. I won third best frill at the club show a few years ago and best Parisian frill at the club show last year, which was the 25th anniversary show – that was my most memorable win. It is important to have your birds judged so that you have a clearer indication that what you are trying to achieve is right with advice on how to improve your stock.

DB: How do you prepare your birds for show?

CC: I allow the birds to bathe as much as possible before the shows. Each potential show bird is housed in a stock cage on its own with a Fife show cage attached to the outside. This is to familiarise the bird with the show cage, drinker and food supply before the show. I try to select 10 birds for the shows and usually exhibit half of these.

For more information on frill canaries, search “Frill Canary Club” on Facebook.

Dave Brown currently breeds and shows zebra and Bengalese finches, north Dutch frill canaries, plus Malaysian Serama bantams.

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