Our Philosophy & Practice:
Our philosophy at Sunshine's Aviary, with respect to color-feeding, is that red factor genes will not exhibit unless the canary is fed the necessary red pigments. Therefore, we color feed all our red and bronze canaries with a high quality mixture of Bogena Intensif and Canthanxanthin. We use the minimum amount required to achieve even coloring, and we color-feed year long, with occasional brief breaks. To raise the healthiest canaries we also continue to feed dark green vegetables, even while the canaries are molting. These vegetables contain xanthophyll, which unfortunately compete with the red pigments we feed them. We know that our birds could be of a darker red shade if we eliminated xanthophyll from the diet (also present in certain seeds). However, we prefer to raise healthy canaries than to compromise nutrition for several weeks, in order to achieve a darker shade of red.