Molting Canary.
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When a molting canary goes through his annual molt he needs extra attention made to his canary care.

MOLTING... not a canary disease but can have a detrimental effect on canary health.

It is the natural process of your canary losing and replacing his feathers.

The annual molt occurs once per year--beginning at the height of summer when daylight reaches 12 to 14 hours per day--and lasts about 2 or 3 months...sometimes longer.

This is why it is important to cover your canary’s cage at sundown in the winter...too many daylight hours may result in an off-season “soft” or “shock” molt. Another opportunity for your canary to have a decreased immunity to illness.

molting canary feathers

Regarding the molt Mathew M. Vriends states that such off-season molts...

“are triggered by extreme environmental factors, such as excessively high or low temperatures, sudden temperature changes, shock, disease, or fear--all of which cause stress and upset the normal metabolism of the bird”. "The Canary Handbook" by Mathew M. Vriends...Click here for more.

Molting can have a negative effect on canary health...

During the molt your canary will...

He will also appear...
  • listless. Molting takes a lot of energy.

Proper health care during this time includes...

  • providing a bath for your molting canary everyday during the molt to keep his new feathers clean and healthy and...

  • You should help a canary along by giving him a good well balanced diet. AND..

  • In addition to his usual diet a molting canary should be given a molting supplement to get him through this stressful time. This is a food supplement that will help insure that your molting canary is getting plenty of protein, of which the canary feathers contain 88%, and other nutrients for conditioning feathers and enhancing color.

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