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(Coloured Canaries) Magical Mosaics

Renowned coloured canary authority GEOFF WALKER explains exactly what makes a canary a mosaic, and gives his expert advice on breeding show-quality specimens

Clear red mosaic male: Not the best of stances, but it does enable us to see how close to perfection the top and sides of the mask are. Coupled with this, note the intensive red lipochrome colour, devoid of frosting, present on both the head and wing-buttsTHE word mosaic (previously called dimorphic, NEVER diamorphic) is often misused in coloured canary circles.

Many seem to think that it defines a mutation or separate colour, whereas in fact it describes the third feather type, present in some other varieties, but only recognised by coloured canary breeders. The other feather types are the intensive (known as yellow in type canary breeds) and non-intensive (known as buff).

Because it is a type of feather, it can be bred in all ground colours and with all versions of coloured canary, whether lipochrome or melanin, though the white examples are hard to identify in either case. Read more...

(Border Fancy) Pre-Breeding Preparation

Ready to bench: a Dennis Reed show birdSPRING and the new breeding season are just around corner. So now’s the time to check and prepare your birds in readiness for the busy months ahead, says Border canary guru Dennis Reed of Chelmsford, Essex.

A little effort now could make all the difference between a highly successful breeding season and an average, or poor one. As Dennis says: “A huge number of people keep birds, but relatively few exhibit them regularly, belong to their local CBS or specialist fancy club. “Still, though those people may not be too bothered about whether their birds breed well or at all, they should still check their Borders to ensure their birds are fit and healthy.”

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(Border Fancy) It’s Makeover Time!

The result: a Border from the Reed studJanuary is the quietest time of the year for most aviculturists. The show season is over, surplus birds have been sold or given away and decisions made as to which cocks should be paired with which hens for the new breeding season.

It’s a time to take stock – to reflect on what may have been a good, bad or simply indifferent year. It’s time to give your cages and birdroom a thorough spring-clean, says Border man  Dennis Reed.

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(Border Fancy) British Borders: Simply The Best

How much would you pay for this Border?  If it’s from Dennis’s top shelf, he wouldn’t sell it no matter what you offered him!WHEN it comes to Borders, British-bred birds are clearly the best. Who says so? Well for a start, the foreign buyers who make tracks for Dennis Reed’s door every year, at the end of the breeding season, to snap up his surplus canaries.

Dennis, who has been keeping, breeding and showing Borders for more than 40 years, says: “Of the 60 or so Borders I have for sale in late summer, about 40 are bought by foreign fanciers. Britain is noted for its type canaries – not just the Border canary, but also the Gloster, Yorkshire and Norwich.

“It is Britain where these breeds originated and Britain is where many, if not most, foreign buyers come if they looking for really good birds.” Read more...

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