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Show Cage

The show cage for the Fife canary is the Dewar show cage. This is the same cage as used for the Border canary except that the perches are 1/2 inch diameter instead of 5/8 inch for the Border and the gap between them is one wire less i.e. position one perch at the drinker hole then count 6 wires and position the second perch.

Overall length Overall Width Overall Height Base Bottom Rail Corner Posts Seed Drawer Drawer Handle Drinking Hole Crossbar Frame Filling
12 5/8” 4 Ύ” 11" and ends 9" 3/32”  thick 1 3/8" wide x 3/16" thick 3 1/4"long x 3/16" sq. 1 ½” long x Ύ”wide

½” x No. 6 round head screw

7/8" long x Ύ” wide  4 ½”  from base inside 16 gauge wire 18 gauge wire

 

Training

Show cage training for my young Fifes starts when they are about 5 weeks old. This begins with a training cage (old show cage) being attached to the front of the stock cage. The young birds soon treat the training cage as part of the stock cage. After a few weeks I will occasionally remove the cage with one or more young birds inside and just hold it to get the birds confidence. I very rarely put birds in the training cages for any length of time. My main training regime is to handle the birds in a training cage as much as possible so that they are steady in the lead up to and during the judging at a show.

Some training cages attached to the stock cage

What you should be looking for in a show standard Fife Canary

The image below is not the official Fife model but in my view would be a very good guideline to base your stock on.

 

The points allocation are those used by the "Fife Fancy Federation". 

NB: Fife are sometimes called single season bird. This is because when the bird has moulted into its adult plumage its flights and tail feathers will grow back up to 1/4 inch or more longer, making the adults (flighted) longer than the unflighted birds. 

The Fife Standard Notes: 

1. The grand essentials of a Fife Fancy are controlled roundness combined with type, quality and natural colour, (that is non colour fed yellow, buff and white ground only) in a diminutive form. When all other points are equal - preference to be given to the bird nearest to the ideal length. 

2. Points are the maximum that can be awarded for a feature. But not the maximum it can be penalised for a serious fault - all features must be in balance. 

3. Shown in the standard Border Fancy show cage with non-drinker perch moved in one wire - drinker hole may be reduced in size for extra small birds. 

 

Standard of Excellence

Feature

Description Points

HEAD: 

Small round and neat when viewed from any angle. Dark & bright eyes near the centre. Beak fine.  10 
BODY:  Back well filled and nicely rounded but not heavy, the line gradually tapering to the vent. 10 
WINGS:  Compact, carried close to the body, meeting at the tips just below root of tail.  10 
LEGS:  Points - Medium length showing little thigh. Feet proportionate. 
PLUMAGE: Close firm and fine, presenting a smooth glossy silky appearance and free from frill or roughness. 10 
TAIL:  Close packed and narrow, nicely rounded and filled in at root. 

POSITION/

CARRIAGE:

Semi erect standing at about 60-degree angle. Alert and jaunty moving confidently between perches.  10 
COLOUR:  Natural rich soft and pure, as level in tint as possible throughout.  10 
CONDITION:  Clean and in perfect health. 
SIZE:  Ideal length 108mm (4Ό inches) or less. Tending towards a diminutive bird.  25 
     
TOTAL   100

 

Show Classification

The following classifications are those agreed by the Fife Federation

 

Fife Federation Gold Classification

      Fife Federation Silver Classification  
Champion   Novice   Champion   Novice

1

Clear Yellow Cock

39

 

1

Clear Yellow Cock

31

2

Clear Yellow Hen

40

 

2

Clear Yellow Hen

32

3

Clear Buff Cock

41

 

3

Clear Buff Cock

33

4

Clear Buff Hen

42

 

4

Clear Buff Hen

34

5

Green Variegated up to !0% (Inc Ticked) Yellow Cock

43

 

5

Green Variegated Yellow Cock

35

6

Green Variegated up to 10% (Inc Ticked) Yellow Hen

44

 

6

Green Variegated Yellow Hen

36

7

Green Variegated up to 10% (Inc Ticked) Buff Cock

45

 

7

Green Variegated Buff Cock

37

8

Green Variegated up to 10% (Inc Ticked) Buff Hen

46

 

8

Green Variegated Buff Hen

38

9

Green Variegated Yellow Cock

47

 

9

Green Heavily Variegated Yellow Cock

39

10

Green Variegated Yellow Hen

48

 

10

Green Heavily Variegated Yellow Hen

40

11

Green Variegated Buff Cock

49

 

11

Green Heavily Variegated Buff Cock

41

12

Green Variegated Buff Hen

50

 

12

Green Heavily Variegated Buff Hen

42

13

Green Heavily Variegated Yellow Cock

51

 

13

Green Self or Foul Yellow Cock

43

14

Green Heavily Variegated Yellow Hen

52

 

14

Green Self or Foul Yellow Hen

44

15

Green Heavily Variegated Buff Cock

53

 

15

Green Self or Foul Buff Cock

45

16

Green Heavily Variegated Buff Hen

54

 

16

Green Self or Foul Buff Hen

46

17

Green Self or Foul Yellow Cock

55

 

17

Cinnamon Variegated Yellow Cock ( inc HV)

47

18

Green Self or Foul Yellow Hen

56

 

18

Cinnamon Variegated Yellow Hen (inc H.V)

48

19

Green Self or Foul Buff Cock

57

 

19

Cinnamon Variegated Buff Cock ( inc HV)

49

20

Green Self or Foul Buff Hen

58

 

20

Cinnamon Variegated Buff Hen (inc H.V)

50

21

Cinnamon Variegated Yellow Cock ( inc HV)

59

 

21

Cinnamon Self or Foul Yellow Cock

51

22

Cinnamon Variegated Yellow Hen (inc H.V)

60

 

22

Cinnamon Self or Foul Yellow Hen

52

23

Cinnamon Variegated Buff Cock ( inc HV)

61

 

23

Cinnamon Self or Foul Buff Cock

53

24

Cinnamon Variegated Buff Hen (inc H.V)

62

 

24

Cinnamon Self or foul Buff Hen

54

25

Cinnamon Self or Foul Yellow Cock

63

 

25

Clear White Cock

55

26

Cinnamon Self or Foul Yellow Hen

64

 

26

Clear White Hen

56

27

Cinnamon Self or Foul Buff Cock

65

 

27

Variegated Blue or Fawn Cock

57

28

Cinnamon Self or foul Buff Hen

66

 

28

Variegated Blue or Fawn Hen

58

29

Clear White Cock

67

 

29

Blue or Fawn Self or Foul Cock

59

30

Clear White Hen

68

 

30

Blue or Fawn Self or Foul Hen

60

31

Variegated (inc up to 10%) Blue Cock

69

   

 

 

32

Variegated (inc up to 10%) Blue Hen

70

   

 

 

33

Heavily Variegated Blue  Cock

71

   

 

 

34

Heavily Variegated Blue Hen

72

   

 

 

35

Blue Self or Foul Cock

73

   

 

 

36

Blue  Self or Foul Hen

74

   

 

 

37

Any Fawn Cock

75

   

 

 

38

Any Fawn Hen

76

       

Note that the addition of Junior and Flighted classes are left to the discretion of the individual clubs.

Classification Definitions

Clear or Ticked

Clear bird is all yellow, all buff or all white – no markings at all.

A ticked bird would have a single green, cinnamon, blue or fawn mark coverable by a new penny piece or 3 flights next to each other forming a solid mark in either a wing or tail.

Current Fife Federation rules say that a bird with any mark up to 10% coverage goes in its own class in the gold classification or in the variegated class in the silver classification.

The bird shown here is a clear yellow.

 

 Variegated

A variegated bird has a yellow, buff or white ground colour with green, cinnamon, blue or fawn markings. These markings should cover less than 50% of the feather area.

The bird shown here is a variegated green yellow.

 

 

 

 Heavily Variegated

 

A heavily variegated bird should have between 50% and 75% of its feather area covered with colour.

I would consider this bird to be a border line case with the markings just under 75%.

The bird shown here is a Heavily Variegated Blue.

 

 

  

 3Pts Dark

A 3 Parts Dark bird should, as its description implies, have 75% or more of its feather area covered in colour.

I would consider this bird to be a border line case with the markings just about 75%.

Note in the Fife world the 3Pts Dark is shown in the Heavily Variegated classes.

The bird shown is a 3Pts Dark Yellow Green.

  

 Self or Foul

A self bird should have no light markings so would be all green or all cinnamon or all blue or all fawn. A Foul bird is the opposite to a ticked bird i.e. a light mark coverable by a new penny piece or 3 light flights in wing or tail forming a single mark.

The bird shown is a Self Yellow Green.

 

  

 

 

 

 

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