When a molting canary goes through his annual molt he needs extra attention made to his canary care.
...is not a canary disease, as some people seem to think, but can have a detrimental effect on
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” moult. Another opportunity for
your canary to have a decreased immunity to illness.
Regarding the molt, Mathew M. Vriends states that such off-season molts...
If your canary is getting the correct number of daylight hours but is in a cool environment, it may decrease his ability to molt properly.
Don't be afraid to let your canary's environment, in the summer, reach into the 80s to even 90s degree Fahrenheit levels.
Molting can have a negative effect on canary health...
During the molt your canary will...
He will also appear...
Proper health care during this time includes...
For more on how to "LISTEN" to your canary's body language and how to recognize subtle symptoms see CanaryBirdLISTENING.com
Here's a video by breeder James Duggan talking about his molting color canaries...
Molting is the process of a bird losing his old feathers from last year and growing new feathers for this year.
Canaries and other birds don't grow feathers like you and I grow our hair. It's not a regular ongoing process.
Instead, canaries grow out all their feather at one time each year.
By the end of that year, a bird's feathers can be pretty ratty, damaged, and dirty. So, a brand new set is needed.
Canaries molt once per year starting at the height of summer, around the first of July (or January in the southern hemisphere).
The one time annual molt lasts about 2 to 3 months.
The molt is triggered by the long summer days which start getting shorter after the summer solstice.
Make sure you are covering your canary's cage at sundown and uncovering at sunrise to give your pet canary the most natural amount of daylight hours throughout the year.
Your male canary will likely stop singing during this time and become listless and quiet.
You'll see lots of feathers scattered at the bottom of the cage and on the outside of the cages as well.
Your canary will spend a lot of time preening his feathers, scratching, and fluffing up his feathers to relieve itching.
Make sure your moulting canary has a great diet which includes...
Also provide him with...
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