Fife Fancy Canaries
The Fife canary fancy is on a crest of a wave with large numbers shown throughout the UK every weekend of the show season at both specialist and all variety shows.
The overall show quality is high, yet the top breeders like other canary breeds, remain consistently in the leading awards. The long time specialist breeders have been joined by many beginners as well as many experienced breeders who have for one reason or another changed breeds.
My involvement with Fife’s has evolved in short stages. Having added a few into the bird room to ‘assist’ my Yorkshire’s I decided that if I was to maintain this ‘procedure’ then I would take a greater interest in the breed and add some better quality birds into the room.
During this time of studying everything I could on the breed I found myself ‘hooked’ on this diminutive canary. The following year I visited the Midland Fife show which I commented that it was the best show that I had been to for years. The shear numbers of birds and exhibitors gave the show hall a buzz.
I have found that the Fifes have rejuvenated my interest in the fancy and provide a greater challenge than I could have imagined with so many top quality birds from many studs being exhibited.
Having entered the Fife canary fancy and tried a couple of bloodlines, I have in recent years settled upon breeding with birds from the Charlie Gardner & Wayne Morton bloodline. Both of these breeders are known for breeding high quality show birds and the stock that I have secured have all come through Wayne who has helped me with quality
stock for a period of time now and I am pleased to have formed a close friendship with him.
Alongside Wayne, I have been pleased to visit Charlie Garfiner in Lurgan, Northern Ireland and view his stock, which included several related birds that I have been breeding with.
I have certain birds in my room that I am building my stud around and cover most colours within the bloodline.
The aim is to fully establish a stud of related birds that exhibit the show standard of the breed.
I always look to run my best cock birds with several hens and have a three-year breeding plan in mind when selecting and pairing my birds.
I have greatly appreciated Wayne and Charlie’s advice, as I have everyone else who has helped me since I entered into the Fife canary fancy. It is full of experienced fanciers who are only too pleased to pass on their experience to others. Like all breeds it is the highest quality birds that capture your eye on the show bench.
I was a great admirer of the birds shown by the Scottish partnership of Ian Sommerville and Ronnie Herd whom I hope may return to the fancy again one day. I will never forget my trip to Scotland to view their birds and the time spent with them.