Animal Stories - Red Factor Canary


Animal-World Information about: Red Factor Canary

   This gorgeous canary, the Red Factor Canary, is prized by many as the most beautiful of all the Color Bred Canaries!
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Peggy - 2012-10-11
My 6 yr old male canary is molting/picking his feathers; tail feathers,back and breast. He usually molts in the Spring. He gets fresh apple, brocolli and celery along with a variety of quality seeds daily. He still takes a bath daily. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    You could try adding extra proteins, and maybe vitamins and minerals during this time as well. Egg food is a great protein source for canaries and finches.

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Joan Quinn - 2009-11-06
I have a Red Factor Canary and I thought he didn't really need toys, as is stated on a previous posting. However, I felt sorry for him and bought him some toys, bell, mirrors, dangly toys and of course a swing. He loves his toys! And he is always on his swing looking in the big mirror on the wall where his cage is, and he sings all of the time because he thinks he is singing to the bird in the mirror. So, it has been my experiences that canaries do like to play with toys and they also like mirrors and sing to their own reflection. His name is Mango and he is one very happy little boy!

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Nancy Butterfield - 2009-08-05
I noticed Ronald asking about black canaries. I had a solid black male in 1979. I got him from a breeder in Minn. He was beautiful. Haven't seen any since then. The books I read on the subject said they hadn't seen any around since the 70's. It does seem like if they were around once it could happen again.


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maryfalls - 2012-04-02
Help can't find can thax supplier in Scotland!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-02
    There are other nutrients that can be used to keep the color in your little fella. Here is an article which covers a few of them. Color Factor
  • Kang Babas - 2013-03-09
    i like the original red canary. but not from the food.

     
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Kang Babas - 2013-03-09
i have red intensive canary at home. the price is so expensive. i think, the red factor is not come from the food, but it is original from the dna.

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Anonymous - 2012-06-22
I purchased my male red factor back in Dec 2010. They shipped him from Va. to Tx. and promised he would arrive alive and was indeed a male. He arrived alive and did sing for me, however, the last 10 months or so he has stopped singing. Also, his coloring is changing to more yellow. I have tried the apples and carrots, and he is just not that interested. I have bought the feeding for carnaries,,,along with the treats for canaries.. his molting has seemed to be on going...he looks thin...I have trimmed his nails for perching... I am now trying to find tape training...on line.... Any other suggestions out there ?? Oh by the way, I did let my 87 yr old mother have him for a few months, since my father passed away last August...so she would feel like she had a purpose in her daily chores. She did keep her place very hot....which I thought might be good for a tiny bird.? Now I read to keep them cool temperatures.? Any advice out there would be nice. I am glad to have finally found this site. Cathy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-22
    Scroll up in this Animal World article and read the information rgarding the Care and Feeding for a red factor.  They require a specialized diet to maintain the redish coloring.  Glad your grandma enjoyed her but i doubt it was warm enough to have any effect on your feathered fella.
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Jonmigz - 2012-02-07
hi i have red canaries as what the seller told me. i wanted to make them maintain the red plumage however i only have the Red Canary Eggfood which contain a little of Cantaxaline. I cant find a Cantax in our area. Where can I order Cantaxaline in the US. Can you provide an advise?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-07
    The only place I can think of is to email Rik at Golden Cockatoo in Florida. He has a web site.
  • Jay DePena - 2012-02-07
    Just add paprika(seasoning) to your bird food cup, about 1/2 teaspoon per fill with your brand of canary food. Keeps my birds dark red. JD
  • Jonmigz - 2012-02-07
    Thanks JD for the advise. Re: Paprika, Can I use the commercial Paprika available from the supermarket? Will this be safe for them? I'm currently feeding them also chopped/grated carrots and they occasionally eat them also. just wanted to make sure I'm feeding them the right color food.
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pla - 2011-08-16
Can any one tell me if both male and female hiding behind a flower pot is indicitive of pre-nesting behavior? Thats how hoppy and brownie spend part of the day. Their cage is suspended on the lanai wall with a nest already in it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-17
    Two little birds sitting in a tree KISSING. I would say a good start. Now it just might be their safe place that they dfound as the cage is suspended but I think a little more than that.
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pla - 2011-08-16
My hoppy and brownie get along good with my 8 parakeets. All of them have the run of the lanai during the day, share food and seem to socialize. They retire to their respective cages in the evening.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-17
    Sounds like a neat place. I love it when the birds, bunnies and in my case deer have room to roam and yet in a safe place. Great for them and me.
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Mary Butcher - 2011-06-30
We have just started keeping colored canaries and we are not sure how to add color food to their diet. Are you able to give us some information please? Many thanks, Mary

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-30
    Colored canaries and the vibrant color came through genetis and also when breeders realized that certain foods would deepen or augment the color of their canaries. This was especially true of the red canary. Most enthusiasts will recommend "color feeding". Color feeding is just feeding foods to enhance color, and this method is used with yellow and rose ground colors, as well as reds.
    Berries, beets, sweet potatoes, squashes, tomatoes, and cherries contain carotenoids which enhance color. Red and orange can also be increased in many breeds by simply adding cayenne pepper and paprika to the diet. Experts recommend using a carotenoid concentrate to bring out the potential in your red canary's plumage. Have fun and enjoy.
  • DUNCAN OSBORNE - 2011-07-23
    Hi, Mary There are 2 ways in which to add coloring to your canaries food both have too be administered carefully. 1 is too purchase a color agent called caropyhll red which is added too the water. 2 is too buy red factor food from haiths .com www.haiths.com. These are specialists in bird foods. You can find this food under the subtitle color foods. 3 if you go on line to www.superpets-online.co.uk and put food colouring or quiko they have it as well. From the looks of your canary you want the red but be carefull if you feed too much you get what we call the burn effect where the colour is 2 deep. color food is given during the molt from around August-September. Some food coloring has too be added too a soft food made for birds called soft food. Again haiths sells this too called either emp or cede. I use cede. Good Luck
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