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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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.
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 These are specialists in bird foods. You can find this food under the subtitle color foods. 3 if you go on line to 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
Ann Harvey - 2011-06-27
My mother has a male red factor canary. For the last six months the canary started to tear up the bottom of his cage and hiding in the corner under the water dish. When we would check on him he would just open his beak. This week we bought a little nest and he actually is nesting in the nest. Is this a normal action for these birds?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    These little guys like a safe and quiet spot to hang out in. A nest works. It is normal.
christine - 2010-10-26
I have 2 red factor canaries and they're approx 9 months old. I have had 3 eggs laid and fell to the grate and broke. That's approx a week ago. Now they're sitting in a cup and I don't know what to do. Don't they lay in the spring? I don't want to raise canaries. HELP I planned on separating them.

Debbie L - 2010-06-03
I would just like to say with relation to the comment that canaries are not interested in toys that this is simply not true. We have had canaries for many years and it is our experience that the canaries derive lots of pleasure from all their toys, swings, ladders, mirrors. Our latest canary is a Red Factor and she too plays with the toys most of the day. I feel it would be cruel to deprive these birds of toys from which they get so much enjoyment.

Julie Johnson - 2010-04-21
What is the general life span of a male red factor canary?

ronald irvine - 2009-04-03
I have been involved with redfactor canaries for many years and when I hear the stupid myth regarding a fertile mule bred by crossing a venezuelan black hooded red siskin / spinus coculatus with a canary to breed a fertile mule, I must say I have to laugh any one who believes this is a real fool. Ok man can interfere with nature once by breeding a mule or hybrid, but the pairings, be it birds or animals, are always born infertile as this is mother natures way of saying once is enough. just think if nature never stepped in we would not have any one true species of birds or animals. So please don't believe this nonsense regarding the redfactor canary, it was bred just the way he yellow or any of the other colours are by selective breeding, remember the original canary is green and is still with us.

Abigail Davis - 2008-08-15
Where can you buy red factor canaries?