Animal Stories - Color Bred Canary


Animal-World Information about: Color Bred Canary

   The beautiful and lively Color Bred Canary can be found in just about every color possible!
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Jim - 2014-01-20
I have had a red factor canary for the last 6 years and he is healthy and apparently happy as he sings daily and in the evening if the light is on. People that visit and hear him sing cannot believe his song and the loudness and duration. I am asked to go into another room if on the phone, or have difficulty watching TV and hearing while he is singing. I have owned many canaries in the past but the performance of this guy is without parallel. He would be considered a Master by a breeder if in a room full of young learning how to sing. Thanks for the information I received by reading your site and good luck in the future.

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ronald irvine - 2009-04-02
I think the redfactor canary is one of the most beautiful canaries. As I have kept them for over 40 years now they still catch my eye with their colour the only hing I have always disagreed on is the therory regarding the crossing of a fertile mule or hybrid to get the red colour. This as we should all be aware of, is not so. The red just like the yellow has been introduced by selective breeding. Just emagine if we bred fertile hybrids, we would never have a true species of birds or any animal in fact. No man can interfere once and breed a mule or hybrid but nature steps in and says thats enough. So the books would need to be rewrote properly again and remove that silly prank that hey put in years ago. So I hope the breeders keep up their good work as there are still so many colours we have yet to breed in the redfactors and newcoloured canaries.

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  • richelieu - 2013-06-12
    There is no way to breed selectively for red colour in the canary. Canaries have no red colour genes whatsoever. The standard green canary is the result of an optical illusion caused by the brown phaemelaanin and the black eumelanin over the yellow ground colour. Blue, which is really a slate colour, occurs when the yellow gene is switched of as the result of a mutation. The only red gene was the result of Duncker's work. Fertile hybrids do occur, but not often. Selective breeding for colour then went on from there, aided, of course by careful colour feeding.
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Nora Martinez - 2012-11-01
I have 2 yellow canaries but I planing to buy 2 red canaries they can live together in one cage or I have to put them on different cage

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-02
    You should place them in separate cages.  You don't want agression between the fellas and they will cross breed.
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Dean Rayment - 2011-04-10
I love my canarys to bits, I spoil them rotten but they deserve it as they're my babies I have got two pure white 1s which are hens 1 greeny bagey brown and 1 male which is yellow, hoping they're goin to have babies this year bless then love you all snowy snowdrop snowflake and slush xx;)xx

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    You probably know this but with the two females, make sure you have 2 nest boxes. Some folks didn't realize this.
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ronald irvine - 2009-04-28
For a long time I have been thinking, when is someone going to breed a nice black canary. I would think in our times with all the lovely colours that we have and are breeding, black should be waiting round the corner just for someone to find. Again it is a matter of selective breeding and maybe colour feeding. Ok it will take some time but I really can see the day we will breed not only black but a true blue canary as well. At least if one of these coloured birds turn up surely nobody is going to say the same stupid thing as dunker and his friends said it was bred from a fertile mule. As we can't use this lame story any more that they used, people are or should be more intellegent nowdays. So hopfully a black or a true blue canary will surface soon.

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  • Tim - 2010-10-06
    My wife breeds canaries and with a cinnamon gloster female and lizard border male has hatched two jet black and one yellow birds.
  • Pye - 2011-09-06
    Do you have photos?
  • Andy Bui - 2012-04-25
    Hi, I want to ask, I have female red factor canary and 1 dark male yellow and 1 white/ yellow male. They live together then the female built her nest and have some eggs. Today I take some picture of eggs, their color are dark grey, that they are normal or not because I read some website said the normal eggs color light blue. How long will I see the babies
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A. takley - 2011-02-08
My canary has been laying eggs and inexplicably throwing the eggs...what could be wrong?

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Qhairun - 2012-09-25
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Lea - 2006-05-31
Hi,
I believe the canary is the most beautiful of all captive breed birds. Mine are so precious and so loveable. Each one is such an individual. My favourite is the red factor, I lost my female redfactor a couple of days ago which made me very sad. I have to admit they make a lot of mess on the carpet but the pleasure they give me out weighs the mess they make. Mine are very spoilt, fresh veggies and fruit and prepared treats (homemade). I have all the medicines if things go wrong and I put vitamins and minerals in their water daily.
Trial and error has made my birds healthy and happy as well as reading books and good web pages. My local pet shop is fantastic, they get a wide range of canaries all from good breeders. ENJOY THESE WONDERFUL BIRDS, TREAT THEM WITH THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE.

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  • selina - 2011-12-11
    Hi there, I am thinking of getting a canary as a pet for myself but not sure which ones to get, red or yellow? male or female or both? or 1 red male and 1 yellow female? Please can you advice also how to determine which one is a female or male?
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ronald irvine - 2009-05-24
I first must thank you for letting anyone leave a comment on your site, as I have been able to voice my opinion regarding canaries. Thank you! Due to you, I was thinking about a coloumn I was reading the other day in conection with the different breeds of canaries etc. Borders, scotch fancy, english canaries, all different breeds as they were calling them, where as it should have been types, and so on. And putting the canaries into two classes, singing birds and colour birds. The way I see it is we have many types of dogs that look different but they are still a dog. What I'm trying to say there really is only one canary but some may look different and their colours may differ. But believe me, everyone of them can sing as their song is picked up by them from where they leave the nest. And we can even teach a canary to sing a wild finch song as they will mimick and learn any song they constantly hear. An example is the roller canary. I have bred border type canaries and taught them to learn the roller song from other roller canaries. And regards their colour, we can breed any of the colours we have in any type of canary as we will call it. Even red as in the redfactor, which should be known as red canary because red is only put in the bird by colour feeding. So if we feed carophyll red mixed either in the soft food or in the drinking water, we will make the canary change from yellow to red of any shade. I hope this is useful to someone.

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  • Brian - 2010-05-31
    Hey thanx. I read about how canaries can change colour from yellow to red with chemicals in their food or water maybe twenty years ago but when I mentioned this to my workmates today, they all thought I was crazy. No-one else had heard about this. I started to wonder if I remembered correctly or not. Now I know for sure. Cheers.
  • alistair walker - 2012-05-12
    Your knowledge is limited, there was a man in Germany spent many years crossing Red Hooded Siskins with Canaries to finaly succeed with a viable crossbred , ie Red Factors, if the red factor is missing you will never achieve the same intensity with an ordinary canary which has been color fed.

    Look up the history of the Red Factor Canary.
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Anonymous - 2004-09-05
I THINK THAT CANARIES ARE WONDERFUL BIRDS AND THEY HAVE A LOVELY SONG

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  • Fatih ONCULOKUR - 2010-06-05
    Hi
    My name is Fatih from Turkey. I am mad about color canary. I am breeding red mosaic canary,red canary,red agat canary and red satinet canary. I have many prize about them.if someone want to share something about these canaries please add fatihonculokur@hotmail.com.tr
  • annie - 2010-09-30
    Yes my bird elvis brings me so much joy, after losing my dog hammie.

    It loves music and sings for me bringing me springtime all year
    I'm 83 years.
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