How to Care for your American Singer Canary for the Molting Season
by Freddy Arroyos

First published in the Pacific American Singer newsletter, volume 4, number 3, July 1997.

It's that time of year that our birds go through molting season again.This information is for all American Singer breeders.

How do you note if the birds are molting? When you find feathers onthe flight cage floor. Some of the birds will molt fast, some willmolt mid-summer or late summer.

What kind of food do you get the birds for molting season? First youget a good fresh seed mix of 60% / 40% roller mix with a proteincontent of 16%. You can give them song food but not too much becauseit is fattening for the birds. Fresh water twice a day and a bath,the birds love taking baths. You need to give your birds vitamins andminerals in the water and food. Nekton S is a good vitamin andmineral powder that can be put in water or soft food. Nekton Biopower is for feather to help them come out well. You can give themsoft food like egg food. I give them CeDe and put vitamins andBio in it. Give them greens like romaine lettuce, broccoli, spinach,and vegetables like carrots. For fruit, I give them apples, oranges,corn, pepper, etc.

What if your birds pick each other's feathers? You need to stopthem. Try some anti-pick lotion. I put it on the birds that arepicked and when the other birds bite the feather, they get a bad tasteand they stop pecking each other. Give your birds lots of flyingroom, put them in a larger flight cage. Put them in a breeding cage,two birds in each cage if you do not have a big cage.

That's all the information I have to help you and your birds have agood molting season. I have had a good breeding season. I haveraised a total of 93 American Singers. Hope to see all of you at theshows this year.

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