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FEEDING AND CARE REQUIREMENTS

OF MOSAIC CANARIES

Mosaic canaries are a bit more complicated to breed than normal colour canaries. If you are interested in the breeding of perfect mosaic canaries (e.g. for exhibitions), you should first inform yourself about the prerequisites and also contact experienced breeders to compare. The important prerequesites are endurance and patience. As so often are the first steps based on trial and error. Also I have made my own experiences. We know now that a perfect looking mosaic canary outside the specified coloured area must show a chalky white plumage. This means that certain rules must required in the colour feeding. In the case of normal colour canaries, colour enhancer must be administered before egglaying, especially in the case of the red factor canaries, in order to achieve an optimal and equal colouring of the plumage include the flight- and tail feathers.  For mosaic canaries it is recommended to administer any kind of colour enhancer from the 45th day (~ 6 weeks). Than the colour contrast of the specified mosaic zones and the chalky white plumage will come out the best.If feeding before this time, the colourants move with the blood-flow in unwanted plumage zones (e.g. flight- and tail feathers) and the mosaic canaries will get a shade of colouring in these areas. In order to bring all young birds of different ages into a perfect appearance, all of them must first be seperated to keep the first 45 days (~ 6 weeks) without colour enhancer. This means a good preliminary planning or management (overview) in color feeding is required. Again, before purchasing of mosaic canaries think about the management in your birdroom. Egg- or soft food with any addition of ingredients, which can influence the colouring of unwanted plumage zones are to avoid in this time. An example for that are also eggs. Eggs maybe contain colour enhancer, because of the feeding procedure. Look for special egg- or softfood for mosaic canaries. It is also offered from some companies. Also some seeds, fruits or vegetables can lead to a hint of colouring (e. g. rape seed). A special seed mixture only for mosaic canaries is recommended. It is important to keep the recommended tips in mind during the feeding of the young mosaic offsprings. After the 45 days (~ 6 weeks) the mosaic offsprings can remain together with all (= older) birds until the exhibition and can evenly supplied with colour enhancer.
More Tips to think about: 1. Statements from some breeder to reduce the amount of colour enhancer are wrong.The amount of colour enhancer must be the same as for  "normal" colour canaries specially for Red Mosaic canaries. Never give less for mosaic canaries.This procedure would be incorrect and leads to a fault for an exhibition. Not only good parenting with the best genetic conditions are important. Also important for the success is the right start of the colour feeding and at the same time the right method of care until the exhibition – but not the reducing of amount of colour enhancer!  2.Sufficient space and also sufficient individual seats are useful to avoid feather plucking and accidental feather damages during the rest time until the exhibition. A new growing feather in the areas outside the specified mosaic zones would then become a problem again due to the now taken colour enhancer. It is to consider to place the birds in  individual cages during the first moulting. 3.If you breed normal red factor canaries and mosaic canaries, don’t place the red factor canaries above your mosaic canaries. Howsoever, red colour food can “fly” in the cages of the mosaic canaries.  My personal experience in my beginner time to breed for exhibitions was that I bred Gloster Fancy canaries and Red factor canaries in one room. Left side the Glosters and right side the red factor canaries, betwixt and between 3 m space in the bird room. I thought I could control it and the recommendations of experienced breeder I didn't followed. All my Glosters had some red shades in plumage. On my first exhibition all judges were very excited about that - Glosters with red spots. I hadn't noticed it before and the hint of red colouring was only visible with special lighting or sunlight. EXPERIENCES! If you do not follow the rules, the chance to breed perfect Mosaic canaries is already gone from the first moment. 4. If you compare for the important difference between a mosaic canary feather and a non- intensive feather of a normal colour canary you can see that a mosaic feather is wider and has a larger frosted tip (only outside of the coloured mosaic zones). The lipochrome colour still exists, but is hidden, except for the specific areas that make a mosaic canary identifiable, namely the full coloured mosaic zones. If you blow the feathers from the rump to the head  along its back, you can see that the lipochrome colour does exist throughout the bird. 5. Note that such as lizard canaries also mosaic canaries are only after the first moulting (in the first year of life) to be seen in a perfect plumage and according to the standard requirements.