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Keep Your Baby Canaries Happy and Healthy.
10 years ago

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You can expect your canary eggs to hatch around 12-14 days after being laid. The new born canaries are tiny, naked, and helpless but they grow quickly...if they’re fed properly.

And your young canaries will be born HUNGRY.

But before they hatch, on the 12th day of incubation start providing...

Nestling Food

Nestling food is what your parent canaries will feed their babies...and once your baby canaries leave the nest they will begin to eat nestling food on their own and eventually will learn to eat the normal dry seed as well.

     Please stay tuned for the next installment.....

10 years ago

Nestling food is a protien and nutrient rich food that will not only support the fast growing baby canaries but their overworked parents as well.

Nestling food includes at a bare minimum...

-->Soft seed (either boiled, soaked, or sprouted--see below)

-->Egg food


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There are other things that can be mixed into nestling food such as grated carrot, rolled oats, and Cream of Wheat. You can even buy some pre-mixed nestling food. But the seed, egg, and greens are a "must-do". The greens are mostly for the Momma canary...she will need the extra nutrition during this stressfull time.

Two Ways to Make Soft Seed
1. Just boil your canary’s normal seed for 20 minutes, let cool and place a tablespoon of this soft seed in the cage in the morning and another tablespoon in the afternoon along with the boiled egg. This soft seed will be used by both parents to feed the canary babies for the next 3 to 4 weeks.

9 years ago

I have stored boiled seed in the refrigerator for up to 7 days without having any problems with spoilage. To be on the safe side though, it's best to throw it out around day 5 as it is probably beginning to spoil.

2. Many canary breeders will recommend that you use a specific blend of canary seed specially mixed for soaking and feeding to your baby canaries. This "soak seed" is soaked in water, rinsed, soaked again, rinsed a few more times over a 24 to 72 hour period...then it will begin to sprout. Now you can feed it to your baby canaries.

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Soaked seed is high in vitamins and minerals and closely resembles a natural food source that canaries find in the wild during Spring.

All in all, it is the BEST soft seed to use but, my friends, I don't always have that much time to soak, rinse, soak, rinse, rinse, rinse....

That's why I often boil instead. In a 30 minute period I have soft seed ready for my baby canaries. I have never had any problems with unhealthy or malnutritioned baby canaries using boiled seed instead of using the specialized "soak seed". And they devour it like it's the best thing they've ever had.

9 years ago

The Controversy :
Boiled Seed vs. Soak Seed Soft seed--whether boiled seed or soak seed--is one of the great canary treats.

It’s high in vitamins and minerals and your canary will devour it like he hasn't eaten in a will disappear faster than Michael Jackson's money...or his sister's top. The only choice you have to make is...

9 years ago
Boil or Soak? This is where the controversy comes in. The overwhelming majority of canary breeders will recommend soaking seed.

As a matter of fact, you may never hear anyone other than me suggest boiled seed as an alternative to soaked seed. But here's the thing...

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Boiled Seed is SOooo Much Easier.

And when included with a healthy diet of greens, fruit, healthy treats, fresh water, and a clean, stress free environment, boiled seed is sufficient. Notice I said "sufficient" not "superior"...or even "equal"...

There is no argument about which is more nutritious...soaked seed or boiled. Soak seed is richer in'll get know back-talk from me there. But when time is tight and the kids are screaming and the dog is barking and the bills need to get paid and put in the mailbox by noon, I say, "BOIL"...

9 years ago

I use soak seed as much as possible but when necessary I boil. As I've stated in the Canary Tips! Ezine, I've even gone an entire breeding season feeding boiled seed and no soak seed what-so-ever and all the birds turned out strong and healthy.

The quick and easy way--but less nutritious for your canary--is to...

Boil Seed.

The benefit to feeding boiled seed over dry seed is not higher nutrition. Boiling seed is mainly used as a nestling food which parent canaries can feed to their babies. But boiling seed for your adult pet canary is beneficial too. It simply softens the seed quickly and makes it easily digestible and a pleasure to eat. Boiling is the fast and easy way to provide a soft seed treat for your canary. Simply...

9 years ago

1. Boil your seed for 20 minutes
2. Drain and let cool.
3. Serve to your canary.

You MUST keep boiled seed in your refrigerator to prevent spoiling. It will last for 4 or 5 days in the frig.

Simple. Easy. Fast.

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But if you have the time and energy to spend making treats for your canary, then try...

Soak Seed.

"Soak seed" is soaked and rinsed over a 24 to 72 hour period. It will then begin to sprout creating a high vitamin and mineral content that was not available in the dry seed form.

Dry seed of course has an acceptable protein, vitamin, and mineral content but sprouting initiates the activation of the vitamin precursors. This process transforms the dry seed into a nutritious vegetable. I don't want this to turn into a lesson in botanical science so just remember...

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"Sprouted seed is rich in vitamins and minerals"...and your canary will love it.

Beware of Spoilage

Be aware that soaked seed is susceptible to bacteria growth and souring.

It's not the best idea to use your regular seed mixture as soak seed. Many mixtures add pellets, dried bits of fruit and vegetable, and other additives that may accelerate the souring action. However, if you use a seed mixture that contains none of these additives you may be OK soaking it.

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Soak Seed is Easy to Prepare

Although some "seed soakers" will weigh themselves down with a taxing cycle of...

soak, rinse, soak, rinse, soak, rinse, r-i-n-s-e, R--I--N--S--E...

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Soaking seed does not have to be burdensome.

While some recommend rinsing your soak seed as many as 5 timers per day, according to rinsing twice per day is adequate. Adding a little bleach to the mix will help keep bacterial growth to a minimum.

Soak Seed “How To”

1. Put 1/2 cup dry soak seed in a glass quart jar
2. Cover seed with 1 cup water
3. Add 1/2 Tablespoon bleach
4. Cover jar with cheese cloth (or another clean straining tool) secured around top with a rubber band then let sit at room temperature for 12 hours.
5. Drain off all liquid and rinse with clean water.
6. Turn the jar sideways so that air can get to as many seeds as possible and let sit at room temperature for 18 to 24 hours, rinsing at least twice per day (if you have the time and energy, rinsing 3 or 4 times per day will help keep bacterial growth down and give you more peice of mind).

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By now your seeds are beginning to germinate.

You can feed this soaked seed to your canary now or let sit for another 24-48 hours at room temperature to allow more sprouting time. Just make sure you keep rinsing to wash away any bacteria growth. This soaked seed can be stored in the frig for 4 or 5 days before it begins to go bad.

Use The Right Seeds

As I stated above, you may not want to use your regular dry canary seed mixture as soak seed. The best seeds to use for soaking are...

Rape Seed
Black Sunflower

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The seed you use must be free of any chemical treatments or vitamin enrichments.

You can buy these seeds and make your own soak seed mixture or you can find a special commercial mixture of soak seed. One popular mixture is imaginatively called "Soak Seed". It's made by Abba Seed and may be found at your local pet shop.
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Try serving some soft seed today. Your canary will gobble it up...whether boiled or soaked.

Boiled Egg

Along with this soft seed you should provide boiled egg. You can buy dry nestling food or "egg food" which can be mixed with the soft seed but it is not necessary...Boil an egg for 20 minutes, mash it up and serve 1/2 of a boiled egg next to the soft seed twice per day.

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Greens and Fruit

A tablespoon of greens, and a treat they will appreciate is a small chunk (tablespoon) of apple, will help keep all your birds healthy and happy.

Greens and fruit can be provided just once per day. Serve it along with your baby canaries "breakfast".

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All of these tasty treats will be used to feed the baby canaries plus it will help keep up the strength of your busy parents.

You can also add...a small piece of whole wheat bread, boiled brown rice, soaked shredded wheat, and cooked peas to name just a few.

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Feed this nestling food once in the morning and once in the early afternoon removing any left over from the previous feeding. This stuff can spoil and grow bactieria in just a few hours so protect your canaries and remove it before it goes bad.

Make sure your pet birds have all the nestling food they want. If they eat all of their "breakfast" by the time you bring the early afternoon feeding than give them some extra until they are getting a little more than they can consume.

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They baby canary's appetite will double then double again before he is finally weaned.

You can expect your canary babies to grow rapidly and will leave the nest roughly 2 to 3 weeks after hatching. The parents will continue to feed the baby canaries until they start eating on their own which will occur around the 4th week.

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In the meantime you might find your female has started another clutch of eggs even before the first group of baby canaries have left the nest. That is why it is a good idea to have a second canary nestavailable for the next clutch of eggs.

Choosing and Using the Right Canary Nest.

Canaries use the open bowl-shaped canary nest rather than the "enclosed-only-one-small-hole-open-on-the-side" nest.

Nest Options

Use a bamboo or plastic canary nest for breeding canaries.

9 years ago

The plastic nest is much easier to clean than bamboo and will last a lot longer. It will cost you a little more than the bamboo nest but you will save money in the long run.


Place the nest in the cage, attached to the bars, but make sure it is not directly under a perch or near a feeding or water dish.

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Your canary hen will appreciate a little space of her own. If possible place the nest toward the top of the cage near a corner. She will feel safest here.

Be carefull...don't place the canary nest so high she can't enter and exit easily. Keep the top of the nest at least 4 inches from the top of the cage. This will give her room to go in and out and also enough room to stand up and turn around in the nest.

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Obviously, if she looks like she is crowded against the top of the cage move the nest down a bit.

Make sure the canary nest is secure and level. The last thing you want is to have your baby canaries falling to the floor of the cage.

Nesting Materials

Nesting materials for breeding canaries include...

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  • gunnysack fibers
  • bathroom tissue(unscented)
  • thick cotton string (no thread)
  • coconut fibers
  • small pieces of soft cloth

When using gunny sack, cut it into 2 inch squares and pull out the individual strings. Place in the cage.

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You can take a roll of bathroom tissue that is almost used up. Tie a string around it so it can't unroll and place in the cage or tie to the outside of the cage. Your canary will have fun tearing off bits for her nest.

Of course, cutting up nesting materials can be time consuming for you. Thankfully pet stores usually carry nests and prepared nesting materials.

9 years ago

Provide 2 nests per pair of breeding canaries. Before the first chicks leave the nest the female will begin a new 2nd nest.

Make sure there are enough nesting materials available for her to build the 2nd nest...otherwise she may pluck feathers from her babies and use that in her 2nd canary nest! OUCH...

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The Canary Cage.
It's your canary's home...
Get it right.

The canary cage is more than just a place to keep your's your canary's home. Just as you need room to breath and move and stretch...So does your canary.

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One of the things that is important to your canary's well-being is his cage.  There are three things in particular that you need to keep in mind. 

First make sure your canary has room to play. Pay attention to...

Size and Shape.

As stated above, your canary needs "room to breath and move and stretch".  Make sure you get a canary cage that is right for a canary and not for other pet birds...Different birds have different needs regarding their cage.

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There are a lot of canary cages out there that are all wrong...usually they're the wrong shape and size.

What shape is right?

What size is right?

Glad you asked...
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The Canary Bird Cage.
Your Canary's Home. Size and shape of your canary bird cage is an important issue.  More important to his well being than you probably think...

Size and Shape

The cage should not be tall and narrow as a cage is for a parrot or cockatiel or parakeet. Those birds are climbers and get most of their exercise through climbing up and down the sides of the cage or branch or what ever climbing apparatus is put in the cage.

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Canaries don’t climb.
They fly and hop...and they fly horizontally not vertically. Its common sense really but most people don't stop to think about it.

Someone says, "Get this cute little inexpensive cage for your canary" and so they get "that cage". Yeah, it's cute...and it probably has one of those Japenese style roofs on it. But guess what...That cage is probably all wrong. If it is, your canary will suffer, weaken, and live a short miserable life.

9 years ago

How would you like to live in a 5 story closet? It would be impossible--even WITHOUT all my wife’s clothes in it!

Even pet store employees will give bad advice about canary cages, so don't feel bad if you've picked out the wrong cage. It's not your fault.

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The Right Canary Bird Cage

Cages for canaries should be at least 20 inches wide with 2 at each end of the cage. This is the bare minimum. 24 inches wide or wider is much better. Now the bird can flutter back and forth between the two perches and get plenty of exercise.


An exercising canary is a healthy canary and a healthy canary is a happy canary and a happy canary is a...

S-I-N-G-I-N-G canary!

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This size not only gives your pet bird plenty of room to exercise but it gives plenty of room to organize his feeders, waterers, toys, and snacks within the canary cage.

If your budget is tight and every dollar counts (hey, I've been there) you can go a bit smaller but try not to go smaller than 20 inches wide. Your pet canary bird needs room to flutter back and forth.

If for some reason you're going to use a small cage--and even if you use a large cage--let your canary out for a flight around the room a few times per week. He'll have a good ole time. Obviously...

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You'll want to make sure the room is "hazard free". Pots of boiling water, cats and dogs, and small children can cause problems. Also, make sure all windows and mirrors are covered to avoid collisions at full-speed.

Furnishings in a Small Cage

With a small pet bird cage the feeders and waterers almost always have to be placed under the perches. This creates a problem with your canary’s droppings getting into his food.

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Cage Bars

The bars on the canary bird cage should be no farther apart than 1/2 inch.


Don't get a round canary cage.

Your canary will feel more comfortable and secure in a cage with corners. Round cages confuse him. He finds security in corners.

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While Your Shopping...

Make sure it has a slide out tray at the bottom for easy cleaning.

FINDING The Right Cage

I'll admit, it can be difficult to find a bird cage that is the proper size and attractive at the same time. But there are plenty of rectangular canary bird cages that are tolerably attractive and affordable.

Here is an example of what NOT to get...
This distinctive pagoda-style cage is just the WRONG size for canaries. Sold by Petsmart.

Cute?...Yes. Good size?...NO!

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Petsmart is a great place to shop but this cage is just too small for canaries.

Here is the canary bird cage you want...also available from Petsmart. This MIDWEST Collapsible Small Bird Cage is for canaries and similar sized birds. It comes with 2 food cups plus 2 different sized perches which is important.

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If price is of no concern and you just want to get a really nice canary bird cage check out these beautiful cages at

Another canary bird cage is the breeding cage . Big enough for a family of canaries during breeding season.

Well, that about does it for size and shape of the canary bird cage.

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Next...Keep in mind cage location--A subject that could mean the difference between a happy singing canary or an unhealthy lethargic canary.

Location of Canary Cages
Should NOT Be Overlooked.

Location of canary cages can be as important as the food canaries eat and the air they breath.

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Cages can be placed on a piece of furniture like a table or book case or can be used with a stand. However, try to place the cage at eye level or higher so humans won't always be towering over the little guy.


If you have dogs or cats or, heaven forbid...a ferret--Ferrets love to eat tiny tender canary nuggets and they WILL find a way to get inside the cage--please place your canary's cage in a safe place and keep it high.


Most people don't think there little pooch would ever try to get a caged canary but . . .
...those hunting instincts kick in and look out!

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So place canary cages out of reach and your canary will live a long happy life and sing its little heart out for you.


Be aware of the dreaded human child as well. Your new family member will fascinate your young children. In an attempt to be friendly with your canary a child may try to poke at it with something. Instruct your children to respect your pet canary.


Place canary cages so that they're out of direct sunlight for most of the day. A little direct sunlight is OK. It's a good source of Vitamin D and your canary will enjoy it. Just watch closely for any sign of over heating.

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If your canary starts sitting still with its mouth open like a panting dog or if he starts holding his wings out from his body you know its too hot. Over heating may cause your canary to begin his molt early. And that means he'll stop singing for a while.


Make sure there are no drafts (or "droughts" if you prefer) in the vicinity of canary cages. A canary can stand cold temperatures but...
...absolutely positively cannot survive a cool draft.

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This is how you check for a draft...
...Light a candle and hold near the canary cage. Hold still for about 4 or 5 seconds. Watch for the flame to flicker. If so, you have draft. Try this on all sides of the bird cage.

"If no flicker . . .
. . .your a good spot picker!

If it looks like you have a small draft moving across the canary cage you can probably get away with draping a towel over the upwind (or "updraft" if that's a word) side of the bird cage to block it.

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Toxic Posioning

Canaries are sensitive to fouled air and chemicals.

Smoke from a hot non-stick frying pan can kill your canary. Also be careful with...

  • deodorizers
  • smoke
  • scented candles
  • bug sprays
  • strong smelling cleaning solutions like oven cleaners and ammonia.

For these reasons, cages should not be placed in the kitchen.

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You may have to move your bird and canary cage to another room or outside while using strong cleaning solutions.

If you're a smoker try and locate the canary cage in an area that gets less smoke.


Canary cages--to our canary's delight--can be placed outside on occasion. The fresh air will do him good. Just be aware of cats, wild birds, or other predators in the area.

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And when I say "predators", I also mean...mosquitoes! Mosquitos carry and spread Canary Pox. A fatal disease among canaries. A mosquito bite can kill your canary.

Also, beware of the heat from the sun.  Direct sun--even on cool days--can quickly overheat your canary.  A cloth should be placed over part of canary cages when outside so he can get in the shade if he wants.

Those that keep their canaries outside for long periods of time use a screen on their canary cages that prevents insects form entering. Large aviaries will keep finches in the cages with their canaries for added insurance--Finches eat mosquitoes.

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Your canary's hormones are regulated by light.  Canary cages, during the long days of summer, should be moved to a dark room in the evening or use a cover of some kind to put on the cage at sundown.

Very long days with lots of light could trigger an early molt and that means no singing, and possibly poor health.

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When you get your bird cage home, always do a quick visual inspection. More than one canary has lost a limb due to poorly constructed cages.

Check out this war story about a canary that lost her leg and learn more about inspecting your bird cage.

Next make sure the "neighborhood" is pleasant...

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Location. Location. Location.

Always make sure the spot where you place your canary's cage is in a good location.

Certain areas of your home could be death traps for your canary and others could just be downright uncomfortable.  Windows, for example, can be terrible whether it is a hot day or a cool day.  And...

Humans have all kinds of terrible chemicals and other items in the home that can be deadly for your canary.

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Placing the cage outside can be a real blessing on a nice day but it could also mean sudden catastrophe...

Location of Canary Cages
Should NOT Be Overlooked.

Location of canary cages can be as important as the food canaries eat and the air they breath.

Cages can be placed on a piece of furniture like a table or book case or can be used with a stand. However, try to place the cage at eye level or higher so humans won't always be towering over the little guy.

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Third, provide your canary's cage with safe...

Furnishings and Accessories.

Just like any other pet, a canary requires certain accessories that will make his life more comfortable.

First of all he needs good safe food dishes and waterers.  Using a dish that absorbs moisture will promote bacteria growth and bacteria causes all kinds of health problems...use dishes made of the right materials.

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Your canary cage will also need a couple of good perches.  Pay attention to style, size, and materials to keep your canary's feet healthy.

Canaries can even get BORED so help keeping him entertained with a toy of some kind will be beneficial.

Getting Comfortable
With A Canary Cages Furnishings...

Canary cages need certain furnishings to be operable as your canary's home.

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Canary cages need certain furnishings to be operable as your canary's home.

 Your canary does not need . . .
. . . a Lazy Boy recliner but . . .
. . . he will appreciate a couple of...

Good Perches

Perches should be widely opposite ends of the cage. The standard cage for canaries only needs two perches but if you sprang for a large canary cage add a couple. Place the perches at different levels if room permits.

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The correct size perch for canaries is .25 to .5 (that's 1/4 to 1/2 ) inches diameter. ...and try to get two different diameters to give his feet a variety for grasping.

If only one size perch is provided your canary could develop painful arthritis. The best thing for your canary is for you to have 3 or 4 different sizes available and rotate through the canary cage regularly.

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I don't recommend sand perches. They are made to keep nails and beaks short but these are awfully rough on your canary's feet.

If you like, you can put in a branch from an apple or plum fruit tree as a perch but make sure you wash it with a 10% bleach and water solution to kill any critters. Let dry thoroughly before putting it in the cage. Other non-toxic branches include ash, maple, and birch.

These are a fun perch...
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Canaries will also appreciate...


Toys are great ways for canaries to entertain themselves. Birds get bored too you know! Plus it will give birds an opportunity to get a little exercise while still inside their canary cages.

He might like a mirror too but be aware that a mirror may stop your canary form singing. Plus he may think that other bird is invading his territory and really stress him out! I wouldn't worry too much about this though. It's common for people to put a mirror in canary cages without any problems.

You never know...he just might enjoy the company.
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Canaries also like swings. If your cage is big enough you can hang one from the top center. Otherwise you may have to move it off to the side so your pet canary has room to fly between perches.

Also, very important for canary cages are...

Feeding Dishes.

To keep bacteria growth down use plastic or stainless steel feeders and waterers.  Materials that won't absorb moisture and are easily cleaned.

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Water your canary with a glass watering tube.

Breeding canaries need a special large enough to house a breeding pair and several young chicks

Breed Well!...
With the Right
Canary Breeding Cage Thinking of breeding canaries? Then this 2 hole canary breeding cage may be just what you need.

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If you're looking for a cage for a new canary, it might be a good idea to just get a canary breeding cage.

Whether you intend to breed canaries or not the cage is useful. For a single canary simply remove the divider and you have a nice sized cage for your lone canary.

And if you think you might be interested in breeding a pair of canaries some day, you'll already be set up and ready to go.

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Two Holed Breeding Cage

This cage has a removable divider to keep the male and female separated until they are ready to mate.

It will also have a spot for a nest or nests.

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Once the babies leave the nest, they can be isolated to one side while you leave the breeding pair together in the other side to raise another batch of babies.

Check with your local pet store or bird aviary to see if they carry these. My local bird farm sells their dividable cages for around 40 bucks.
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Breeding cage with divider.

This dividable breeding cage is also great as one big cage for your lone canary. Just remove the divider.

Three Holed Canary Breeding Cage

Breeding cages are also made with two dividers...creating three holes. This will allow the canary breeder to mate one male (in the middle hole) with two females (on the outside holes).

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Canary Health Care...
Keep His Spirits UP!

As always...preventive measures should be taken
to ensure optimal canary health

There are MANY diseases and canary illnesses that can halt your canary's singing and even kill your pet bird.

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You want your bird to have a STRONG immune system to fight off any viruses or bacteria that your canary may come in contact with.

First let’s talk about what
you can do to prevent illness and promote good health for your canary...

Good canary health can be insured, first of all, by keeping your canary's home clean...
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CAGE CLEANLINESS... the foundation of good canary health. It's not uncommon for a canary illness to arise due to filthy living conditions.

The birds droppings should be removed everyday and the
bottom of the cage disinfected at least weekly.

Use newspaper cut to size at the bottom of the cage or wrapping paper that butchers use. You can buy this in rolls of 50 feet and 18" wide. Don't get the waxy paper though. It will not absorb moisture. The droppings will just sit there and collect bacteria instead of quickly drying out.

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You can buy gravel cage paper already cut to size and made especially for bird cages. This is the cleanest and easiest low maintenance way to go. It will absorb spilled water and droppings.

Once a month you'll want to disinfect the walls of the cage to protect your canary's health.

Water and food dishes should be rinsed out daily and disinfected weekly to help protect against bacteria growth.
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Disinfect with a solution of 10% bleach 90% cool water. Put in a spray bottle and spray the whole cage plus dishes. You can also soak a rag with this solution and wipe or scrub as needed. Rinse dishes and dry thoroughly before replacing.

Products are available that quickly dissolve hard dried droppings. Check with or local pet store or online at Petsmart.
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Canaries are very clean birds. If possible they would bath themselves everyday. Be sure to...

Provide your canary with a bath regularly.

Let him bathe at least twice per week for good canary health-->Three or four times is much better...Everyday is better yet.
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Canary Pet Cleanliness

You shower virtually everyday right?  But how often does your canary pet bathe?

Great canary health is dependant upon keeping your pet canary clean. 

Birds are naturally clean've probably seen the neighborhood sparrows delightfully splashing around in a cool mud puddle after a spring shower...OR playing in your backyard sprinkler on a hot summer day.  Well...

Canaries love to bathe too.  If you provide the bath, your canary will bathe everyday.  Don't forget...A clean canary is a happy and healthy canary and a healthy canary is a...


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The feathers of your canary pet are collectors of dust and other particles floating through the air and become dirty quickly.

Good canary health depends on your pet canary getting a regular bath.

Your canary will LOVE his bath...

He'll get in there and really splash water around the cage in his delight!  Any shallow bowl-like dish that will fit through the cage door will suffice.

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I use those water catchers that gardeners put under their potted plants. I'm talking about the clear plastic ones that cost about 50 cents at Wal-Mart. They're very flexible and can be bent slightly to maneuver through the cage door...

Just put 1/2 inch to 1 inch of water in and leave it for a couple of hours. Let him have fun. Or...

You can get a bird bath for your canary pet that attaches to the door of his cage.  This is VERY cool.  It cuts way down on the mess of sloshing water and is very easy to make available to your canary.

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Canary Pet Bath --"Canary Bath"
by Marsha Heatwole.--

Offer a bath early in the day.

That way he and the cage have all afternoon to dry out. You don't want to put your canary to bed with a "wet head".

He could catch cold!

An additional way to keep your bird clean is to use "Bird Bath" or "Conditioning" Spray.  This is a "less messy" way for a canary pet owner to help keep her canary's feathers clean.

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It is a deep cleansing spray that invigorates and revitalizes your canary's feathers. It helps to "tighten" plumage making it softer and brighter.

It's VERY good for the health of your canary’s' feathers and will bring out his colors nicely. Just spray on and let your bird preen himself.
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Baths are especially appreciated during the hot summer months...

Canary Bird Care
For The Hot Summer Months!

Good canary bird care is important year-round...but here are some special tips for keeping canaries healthy, happy, cool, and comfortable during the warm season...

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Are You Providing Good “Summer Canary Care”?

There is a real need to monitor CLOSELY your feeding, watering, and cleaning habits during the warm summer months...

Especially if the place where you keep the cage gets warm or you routinely take your canary bird and cage outside to enjoy some fresh air.

Warmer conditions during this time of year create a breeding ground for parasites and bacteria.

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Good Canary Bird Care includes...

Cleaning and Disinfecting the Cage Regularly.

Parasites breed RAPIDLY on your birds droppings in warmer weather.  An increase in parasites in your birds cage could lead to worm infestations and other unwanted diseases.


Bacteria also grow more rapidly during the warm summer months.  Fruit, greens, egg food, and other snacks should be removed within 4 or 5 hours in a warm climate.

9 years ago

Water should be changed daily...Algae and bacteria love warm moist conditions.

Be wary of heat stroke...

canary bird care. Canary by Orellano ...whenever the temperature around the cage rises above 85 or 90 degrees F.

Once the temperature rises above 90 degrees your pet will begin to get very UNCOMFORTABLE. 

9 years ago

At the bare minimum provide a fan in the room for good canary bird care and if possible, an air conditioner or cooler of some kind.

You don't want these things blowing directly on your canary but use them to keep the room from getting to hot.

Keep an eye out for panting and holding his wings out from his body...he's trying to cool off.  Good canary bird care includes helping to keep him cool on a warm day so...

Give Him a Spritzer.

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