ASC Breeding Plan
(How the American Singer Canary was Created)

  1st YEAR  
B  100%  R R  100%  B
Even No's Males 
Odd No's Females
10M 11F 13F 50/50% 12M 15F 17F
  2nd YEAR  
 10M          R 
50/50%       100%
 R          15F 
100%       50/50%
20M 21F 23F 75/25% 22M 25F 27F
20M     11F 
25/75%  50/50%
30M 31F 33F 
3rd YEAR 
22M-S  23F-A 
75/25%  25/75%
300M   301F 
A-S 75/25%
12M     27F 
50/50%  75/25%
32M 35F 37F 
30M     21F 
37½/62½%  25/75%
40M 41F 43F 
4th YEAR 
300M    31F 
75/25%   37½/62½%
400M    401F 
32M     25F 
62½/37½%  75/25%
42M 45F 47F 


The use of pictured birds representing the pairs used over four years with their young is chosen to make a clear picture instead of squares and circles. Fictitious leg-band numbers are given so any breeder can follow the chart easily. Even numbers are males. Odd numbers are females. 10 Group 1st year, 20 Group 2nd year, 30 and 300 Groups are 3rd year etc. Breeders can substitute definite leg band numbers on this chart and follow their own efforts. Pair A. and Pair S. are chosen because when put together A.S. stand for American Singer Canary. Percentages are shown to denote Border and Roller Blood.

First Year. (See Chart) Pair A. Border male mated to Roller hen, Pair S. Roller male mated to Border hen, produces 10 Group. Select the best out of two or three nests for use in future years. Dispose of all birds which show faults on American Singers Club Score Sheet. Never use small birds at anytime in breeding.

Second Year. (See Chart) Pair A. 10 male mated with Roller mother, three nests. Pair S. Roller father mated with 15 female not more than two nests as you are using a one year hen. These mating produce GROUP 20. Make your selections as advised above.

Third year. (See Chart) Pair 20 male mated with either 11 or 13 female, male can be used with two hens. Three nests can be taken as these hens are two years old. Pair S. 12 male mated with 25 or 27 female. Two nests as these females are two years old. These matings produce GROUP 30. Make your selections as advised above.

It will be permissible if a breeder desires to make an additional mating, as follows (See Chart) Mate 22 male Pair S. to 23 female Pair A., to produce a new strain, the blending of the two pairs forming GROUP 300 foundation A.S. Only 300 male and 301 female is shown, but we advise the selection of at least two or three males and four to six females for use in years to come, but be sure they come from as near conformation to our MODEL as possible without faults. Selection of correct color matings should always be the rule.

Fourth Year (See Chart) Pair A. 30 male mated to 21 female, it is also permissible to use 11 or 14 female as an alternate. Pair S. 32 male mated to 25 female, also permissible to use 15 or 17 female as alternate. These matings produce GROUP 40.

Group 300 male A.S. mated with 31 or 35 female and GROUP 30 or 32 male mated with 301 GROUP A.S. female will produce 400 GROUP A.S.

Fifth Year and years after breeders can go on from here pairing birds without danger of breeding too close in relationship, provided males and females of the same immediate families are not mated. Breed for size, type, song and feather. Breeders can determine the percentage of Border or Roller blood based on the illustrated chart and the table of alternate matings.

American Singer members can breed border to red-factor-roller or red-factor-border-roller crosses into the A.S. Stud or start with the red-factor- roller mating with border for their original pair of birds to breed red-factor American Singers. A definite different song will be the result. It will take a few years of breeding to build up the type of the A.S. Model, and it will mean all red-factor birds will need more training than the regular colors to make them free singers, because of the Siskin parentage.

Only the birds best in color should be used for breeding pairs as well as type and song. Only the best buff, yellow, green, cinnamon, blue or white birds as well as the deepest shades of light orange, orange and deep orange in red-factor should be used. As long as we are aiming for red birds we should not encourage near whites, frosted or any pale birds in our classifications. Breeders will always have plenty of these birds in a hatch, as well as birds with faults in type and song than more excellent specimens fit for the show bench. As this is true in breeding Borders, it is also true in American Singers, only more so, as Borders are only judged for type, American Singers are judged for SONG with FREEDOM first, then TYPE or CONFORMATION then CONDITION. Color comes under CONFORMATION but does not score in the total 20 Points. In judging AMERICAN SINGERS, the song score as recorded by the Judge holds in the selection of the BEST birds. In case of a tie between the best regular AMERICAN SINGER and the best red-factor AMERICAN SINGER the song and conformation decides which is BEST and not the color.