Ringing is always an enjoyable activity with the chicks having survived their first critical phase and having started gathering plumage. Rings are normally supplied by the club or federation to which you are affiliated. They indicate the name of the club or federation concerned, the breeding year and sequential number issued.
From 2015 onwards the ring colour adopted by the Roller Canary Society will comply with the European (COM) six year colour cycle, viz.,2015violet, 2016 orange, 2017 dark blue, 2018 red, 2019 black, and 2020 pastel green. This practice will also be in conformance with the approach adopted by The Canary and Cage Bird Federation of Australia Inc.
Young roller chicks should be rung when they are 5-6 days old. However problems may arise, for instance:
- Chicks rung too late or too early.
- Injuries incurred during the ringing.
- Parents throwing the young with ring out of the nest.
- Ring becoming fastened.
Most of us will recognise the above cases and how best to avoid them.
Hint : In addition to the above I also do the following: - before returning the young to the nest after they have been rung I cover the bottom of the nest with a little seed. The parents will initially try to clean out the nest but find this too laborious and soon give up. In this way it becomes very rare that the parents will still continue to throw their newly rung chicks out of the nest. Try it and see for yourself.
Our new stocks have arrived and can now be ordered from our secretary Mrs. Margaret Kuschel.
Available colours are: - black, white, light green, medium green, pink, purple, light blue, medium blue, red, brown and orange.