What you need to know about Red Factor Canaries

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    Shane Gowland
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    The red factor canary is a popular pet bird, kept for the novelty of their vivid red plumage. Aside from their color, they are essentially identical t
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    Phil Mumford
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    Is the red factor gene dominant or recessive?

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    Shane Gowland
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    I could be wrong, but I believe the color factor gene is recessive while the color intensity/melanin genes are dominant. So the correct answer is “a bit of both.”

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    Paula Watson
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    Why are my red canary’s feathers white at the roots?

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    Shane Gowland
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    What you’re describing sounds like either frosted feathers (which is a genetic factor causing the lipochrome pigment to not reach the very tip of the feathers) or overly prominent down feathers.

    Australian canaries are starting their moult right about now, so you’re probably seeing some extra white feathers as the older coloured feathers are replaced.

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    paula watson
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    Thank you, he has just started moulting, the first since I have had him which is only a few weeks.

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    paula watson
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    Another thing, my canary was lying on the floor of the cage with his wings outspread, in the end I sprayed him with water and he recovered, was it heatstroke? he seems fine now.

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    Jose Valladares
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    Can they survive in high temperatures or humidity

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    Shane Gowland
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    Within reason, yes. The mix of warmth and moisture makes it more difficult to fight off disease though.

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    Becky
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    How do I choose a roommate for my red factor canary?

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    Yvonne
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    Hi how can you visually tell the difference between intensive and none intensive red canaries.
    I have 3 hens, peachey in colour with slightly lighter wing tips but not white
    There not frosted.
    Thank you

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    Mark Galea
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    Hi, I am trying to breed a pair of beautiful red factors. I was not lucky with the first two broods, because I suspect the male killed them. However, 3rd time round, I removed the male close to hatching date, and the female has reared 4 chicks. They are in their 4th week and feathers are starting to show. My question is…..why do the feathers seem to be growing white?? The pair are both very red. Thanks.

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