PUBLISHED by the OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL ROLLER CANARY CLUB to improve the advancement, breeding, and exhibition of Roller Canaries.

OIRCC Club Objectives: To advocate the development and advancement of the Roller Canary. To create a better understanding of, and demand for the Roller Canary. To encourage members in scientific breeding. To hold a song contest annually at which birds raised and owned by club members and non-members can be adjudicated upon by an official Judge. The 100 point song standard shall be used. To promote the welfare and prosperity of the club.

Membership REMINDER: Our current Web site address is: http://www.
oircc.com and Membership subscription is $25.00 per year. This price includes your subscription to the HIGH NOTES Newsletter and all other club privileges. If haven't paid your 1999 Dues, then please do so. Our membership is declining so if you have any ideas on how to improve club meetings and events, please send your ideas to: jpagrella@comcast.net.

Master Breeders Corner

By Linda S. Hogan

Questions and Answers for the novice breeder and those breeders with problems:


Before breeding, what do you feed the hens, males? What do you feed the setting hens? What do you feed the hens with babies? What do you feed the weaning babies?



  1. Before breeding, conditioning hens, males? Basically, I watch the birds and do whatever they need to look better. Right now it is like I said in the "A Letter from England from My MailBag." I offer petamine one day, wheat germ the next, greens about every other week, vitamin water, minerals and cuttlebone. Males also get bee pollen two or three times a week. I also give them Kaytee Fortified Canary Mix.
  2. Setting Hen? I offer about 1/4 tsp. soaked hemp daily while she is setting.
  3. Hen with baby? I offer 1/4 hard-boiled egg and egg food until 5 days. Then I add greens and sprouts.
  4. Weaning babies? I wean babies with couscous, hard-boiled egg, egg food, sprouts and greens.



It is the middle of the breeding season for me, unfortunately I'm having great difficulty in getting fertile eggs from my canaries. This is the second round that the females have laid eggs and they were all infertile.



Most infertile eggs are a result of the hen laying before she is in full breeding condition. If the hen begs the male to breed with her, fertility is not generally a problem. An occasional male is infertile, especially when breeding closely related birds, but these can be culled from the stock. It is a common practice to increase the frequency of extras such as egg food and greens in a well-meaning attempt to manipulate the birds into breeding. However, successful breeding will come naturally for the birds if we avoid the temptation to rush them. To be successful in breeding, take your clues from the birds. When we study the birds and pick up on their signals, we will produce optimal results. I will give you some general guidelines. Foo
ds are either high in carbohydrates, proteins, or both. Foods that are high in carbohydrates push breeding behavior (egg laying, loss of body confirmation, and loud frequent singing), greens, canary seed, egg food without egg added are all high in carbohydrates. Be careful not to rush the hens with these foods. Infertile eggs will result. The more rushing you do the lower your fertility rate. Higher protein foods include: hard-boiled egg, wheat germ, petamine and oily seeds (hemp, rape, and niger). Higher protein foods, in general, encourage breeding but not egg laying.


Getting Ready For Breeding:

  1. Petamine made in US by Kellogg. It is a powder with niger seeds. It is 21% protein, 13% fat and is sold as a conditioner because it has lots of vitamins and minerals. The most important ingredients in a conditioner are vitamins, minerals, brewers dried yeast, soy protein, wheat germ meal, cod liver oil, and fishmeal. Feed four days a week.
  2. Toasted wheat germ. 100% natural lightly toasted wheat germ. It is 2% carbohydrate, 2% fat, 4 grams of protein and high in vitamin E. Feed three days a week.
  3. Once a week feed a small amount of bee pollen (no more than 1/4 tsp. per bird). This is high in vitamins, approximately 25% protein and high in carbohydrates.
  4. Pure hard-boiled egg yolk (not egg food). Small amount every two weeks.
  5. Feed a very small amount of greens once every other week. Greens that are covered with aphids are excellent since the insects are high in proteins. Greens are high carbohydrate and must be limited. Large quantities push.


Get the males ready first:

If the males are lagging behind (not dropping wings and displaying breeding behavior about one month before breeding), coat their seed with a little wheat germ oil and powdered vitamin containing amino acids. One may also increase toasted wheat germ for the males. It is slower than raw wheat germ but doesn't have the problem of making the males too aggressive like wheat germ oil can do when it is overdone. With this feeding method you should see the hens feeding each other for several weeks before pairing and inviting mating when paired.

The Club wishes to thank Linda for her article. She has a new version of her book, Canary Tales that can be purchased from her. To contact Linda email her at canarytales@juno.com or visit her Web site: http://canarytales.blogspot.com/

Roller Digest

By Haig Sarkisian

The theory of breeding roller canaries properly has many principles. Preparations should be made a year prior to commencing to breed. This will provide ample time to plan the breeding area; find feed sources, including garden green feeds; gather books and magazines; become familiar with clubs, associations and local breeders, locate breeding equipment, such as cages, nests, nestling materials and setup cages and flights. The individual must create a system that will duplicate the bird's life cycle.

In time you will find the best stock. Those who have the greatest natural instincts for breeding will become your favorites. Experience is a great teacher, so try to get as many females as you can handle. In one season you will be able to tell the most maternal females. You will select your males for Song and your females for production, as without production there will not be any song. In most cases, the strong healthy females will be your choice. If the occasion arises try to retain a green or variegated roller. They are a pleasure to work with in the breeding cage or on the show bench. The green male roller was always selected for song and the female for her ability to perform in the breeding cages.

In recent years there has been much published on the roller canary. It is advisable to have as many of these articles and books as possible. Untold bits of priceless information are written to help the breeder. Penny-wise and pound-foolish fits the thinking of a person that purchases an expensive trio of rollers and doesn't care to band their offspring. The same economy holds true when a novice breeder purchases rollers before they have learned their basic care. We must all learn the fundamentals and from time to time review them. The saying goes that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but sometimes-old dogs forget their old tricks.

There is a very energetic new group of roller breeders in Oklahoma City staging annual roller contests. It is a great opportunity to visit and participate in these annual events. The show dates and addresses are in your favorite magazine. These annual events are very interesting to the hobbyist, and give added exposure to roller canaries as pets. What is fascinating about the roller is how trained they are so that at a Judge's command they will sing for 30 minutes. A well breed roller is easy to train to sing and has a far superior tone quality. Musical training can be helpful in breeding rollers, but a person with a love for fine music can do just as well. A good roller will teach you the roller song. Tone and variations are very important in a roller's song.

Your rollers are always in some degree of confinement, so it's your obligation to care for their needs. During the summer and early fall months your rollers will be molting. At that time flaxseed, cucumber and protein foods should be added to their daily ration.

NOTE: This article, written by the late author, was originally printed in 1987 in American Cage Bird Magazine


Roller Clubs On The Rise

The Northwest Club in Washington State is growing and may have a show in December this year. This is very good news considering they almost folded a few years back. An alliance between their club, our club and the Southern Cal club should be formed and a sanctioned Pacific Roller show established. Consider the competition and learning that could be attained. Perhaps rotating the show to each location every 3rd year should be considered. Oakland will volunteer to hold the Show first. Lobby with your local club officers: Northwest - President Paul Scandlyn 619-259-37
86 - pscandlyn@mac.com or Secretary Jean Johnson 425-481-1487; OIRCC President - Justin Agrella 510-352-1190 or Secretary Steve Billmire 510-794-6719; Southern Cal - President Paul Scandlyn 619-259-3786 - pscandlyn@mac.com or Show Manager Joe Johnson 909-685-5748.


Judging Seminar Proposed to be Held in Oakland

A seminar, sponsored by the OIRCC, has been proposed. This judge's clinic seminar would allow active Judges to come to our club for the express purpose of instruction in roller judging. This proposed Judging Clinic would be open to serious breeders and exhibitors and other judges in training. Members from other clubs are welcome. The format of the clinic is not yet agreed upon, however a possible format would be as follows: Set a time period 2-3 days, set a period of instruction of 2 to 4 hours, break up the instruction sessions into instruction time and practice time. This is planned for the Fall when young birds are in full song. Depending on timing and Judges availability, it may be possible to hold the Clinic near the OIRCC Song Contest Dec 7-10. Contact Steve Billmire for more information.



  1. Clubs with Web Sites
  2. Other
  3. Canary Clubs in USA
  4. Canary Clubs in CANADA
    • Dominion Roller Canary Association
      Contact: Fred Walcot 604-832-7023
      #1, 5581 Hwy 97B, Salmon ARM B.C. V1E 4M3
    • Calgary Roller Canary Club
      Contact: J.R. Prince 306-699-2364
      Box 449, Qu^ Appelle, Sask, SoG-4Ao
    • Hamilton Roller Canary Club
      Contact: R. Rowden 905-697-2331
      Landerville Lane, Bowmanville, Ontario LIC, 4Y1
    • Vancouver Roller Canary Society
      Contact: J. Pierrobon 604-435-7063
      4468 Wildwood Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5G-2M4



  • HornBecks - 888-224-3247
    Fax: 847-296-7897
    7088 Lyndon Street, Rosemont, IL 60018
  • Jeffers Pet Catalog - 800-JEFFERS
    P.O Box 948 West Plains, MO 65775
  • Poultry and Game Breeders Catalogue
    GQF Manufacturing Company 912-236-0651
    Fax: 912-234-9978
    P.O. Box 1552, Savannah, GA 31498
  • Audubon Publishing - 800-359-2473
    One Glamore Court, Smithtown, NY 11787
  • Red Bird Products, Inc. - 916-4421-0517
    2786 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95820
  • Sunshine Bird Products - 800-556-0188
    8535 N.W. 56 Street, Miami, FL 33166
  • Abba Products
    1004 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07201


OIRCC COMMUNICATIONS at this years January regular meeting:

  1. Motion made and approved for an Open Show in 99'
  2. Problem Area and recommendation Memo delivered to Club
I delivered the following Memorandum to our President and Club. The letter was read aloud to the members in attendance. I am publishing this memo since I believe all members of the Oakland club, members of all the other clubs in the US should be made aware of the situation in Oakland, and with the Fancy. The intent of the memo is not to be just a critic of the Roller clubs, and their shows, but to identify problems. With identification we can move forward with resolutions and improve the situation. It's basically starting point to improve our club, our relationships with other clubs, and to promote the idea of an organized West and East Show, and possibly a National Show. This may unite the clubs, breeders, and exhibitors across the country. I believe it starts with the people of each club. Without the support of you this memo means nothing. Comments, responses and suggestions are encouraged.

1999 New Member List:

  1. Gus Opall, Tualatin, OR
  2. Fernando Ortega, Richmond, CA

Welcome new members, and to all members who renewed their membership. Good luck breeding in 99'.



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ROLLER CANARY HIGHNOTES is Published by the Oakland International Roller Canary Club to improve the advancement, breeding, and exhibition of German Roller Canaries. Hopefully it will encourage the promotion of the fancy and help instruct our members who are not able to attend our regular monthly meetings in San Leandro CA. The opinions of the writers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Club nor it's officers. We encourage all members and readers to feel free to send in comments, questions, and any articles they would like to see printed. Judges, Master Breeders, Champion, Amateur, and Novice breeders of Roller Canaries are cordially asked to contribute articles for publication. Subscription price of HIGHNOTES is $8 per year for Non-OIRCC Members. Back issues are $2.00 per copy. 

NEXT MEETING: 28 March 99
Subject: Breeding Season

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