American Singers Club, Inc.
National Colorbred Association
Master Breeder Award
keep a canary as a pet or are starting into the hobby of
breeding, it is always good to have "connections". If you
are like me, living in the middle of nowhere, your main sources
are books, the internet, and friends you meet along the way.
On this page, you will
There are books that you
must have in your library if you love canaries. Those listed
here are ones that I
feel are particularly good and worth spending money for.
of Canaries by G. T. Dodwell is a book published in 1976. Many of the photos are in
black and white, but the information packed into the pages make
this a great reference to have in your canary library. His
section on General Management includes chapters on housing,
equipment, breeding, molting, exhibiting, and diseases. A
lengthy section on Varieties includes chapters on color and
markings, with chapters dedicated to individual breeds.
The Complete Book of Canaries by
G. T. Dodwell is a large
book organized like an encyclopedia. It is well written
and beautifully illustrated with large, high quality photos of
all types of canaries, as well as early prints and drawings.
A Collection of Canary Tales by
Linda S. Hogan is a
comprehensive book that deals with everything, including
breeding, genetics, exhibiting, song, nutrition, and a section
on questions and answers under each topic. It is easy to
read and packed with information and useful illustrations.
Linda is an avid breeder and exhibitioner of different kinds of
canaries, including song, type, and color canaries. She
has achieved a master breeder status in both color-bred and
roller canaries and has won numerous awards. She is also a
judge of type and color-bred canaries. The book can be
ordered off her website at
Brats in Feathers by R. C. "Robirda"
McDonald is based on the
and contains a variety of topics and wonderful photos. Chapter 15,
Laying Eggs and Raising Chicks, contains clear color photos of
highlights in a month in the life of a pair of breeding
canaries, from the hen laying eggs, to their hatching, to the
parents feeding the chicks, through the day of the chicks
fledging out of the nest. In addition to her book, Robirda's website offers a
huge and growing collection
of articles and resources. Visit her archives of articles from her ezine, Flock Talk.
by Marie Miley-Russell
is a book on breeding and keeping canaries. Marie has
compiled a great resource to those just starting out in breeding
canaries, especially American Singers. As I was reading
her book, I felt as if I were in a room with several
knowledgeable canary keepers, each of them sharing their wisdom
and suggestions. For many of the topics covered, Marie
offers more than one option and numerous tips. You can find
her book offered on her website at
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When searching for suppliers, I
looked for those who had good products to offer with reasonable
prices. I have no connections to any of those listed here,
just good experience with them or their products that causes me
to recommend their company.
ABBA Products Corp.
www.abbaseed.com has most things you need for your birdroom, including seeds, cages and accessories, and breeding
supplies. They take orders by mail only, but shipping is
very quick. All items are well packaged and of great
Herman Bros. Pet Products
www.hermanbros-seed.com has every seed you will ever need
for your birds. Shipping may seem a bit high, but seed is
Birds 2 Grow at
www.birds2grow.com has a
catalog of a variety of products, including items and
medications you should
keep in your birdroom medicine cabinet.
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is the official American Singer's Club site.
You will find information there about American Singers, show
schedules, past show winners, breeders lists, local club
chapters, and much more. It's a great place to start,
especially if you want to find a breeder near you to purchase a
bird from. If you are interested in raising American
Singers, it will be an essential site, as you can get membership
forms and information about joining the club.
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