Breeding a Pet Canary

Choosing a canary

The beautiful and delightful song they produce made some people think that canary is among the world’s most popular pet birds. It’s not only requires little space, but easy to keep and well suited in almost any kind of environment.

Canaries are kept for many different reasons. Normally the purpose of raring the canaries are very much related with the three categories of the birds. Those are:

1. Type
Some people might attempt to change the body or ‘type’ configuration according to their own specifications for example hair, body postures, feathers, appearance and sizes. Examples of canaries according to their types are The Gloster Canary, The Frilled Canary, The Border Canary, The Norwich Canary, The Fife Canary and The Lizard Canary.

2. Color
Color-bred canaries are bred to attain specific coloration. It ranges from many exotically colored such as red, white, rose, bronze and mosaic.

3. Song
Some canaries are bred for their lovely singing abilities. Normally male birds are very much active rather than the female, and always become perfect choice of this purpose. Examples of the song-bred canaries are The German Roller, The Waterslager and The Spanish Timbrado.

Choosing the best canary is actually not as easy as some people thought. It is not enough to look into their beautiful and gorgeous physical only. You need to consider deeper part to make sure you get the best.

Here is some of the most important guide for you to choose the best pet canary:

• Look for active and lively bird.
• The bird’s plumage should be smooth and shiny and the eyes should be bright.
• Healthy birds normally have ideal body weight. Make sure the birds not too skinny. Catch the bird and cup it in your hand to feel the chest. If the keel bone is prominent, then bird may be too thin.
• Check if the bird has respiratory disease by holding it to your ear and listen for clicking respiratory sounds. If you can hear it, then it may have problem.

Housing
Even canary is small, they also requires enough space to move around. Prepare a cage with two or three times the size of the bird’s wingspan and three times its length, from head to tail. The cage should be large enough for the birds to open and flap his wings from several places within the cage. Since, canaries like to take bath. So, prepare a dish of clean water in the cage for them to splash around it. Remember do not restrain them or try to scrub it like you would a dog.

Choosing a cage is also very much important. Make sure the cage is easy to clean, with surfaces you can wipe down and drawers, trays and grids that you can remove. Place plain newspaper on the cage bottom to make for easy cleaning. To maintain the cleanliness, disinfect the cage as often as possible by scrubbing the original cage with hot water and a disinfectant.

Feeding
There are actually varieties of pellets and other processed food sold for canaries. Normally canaries are given the ‘white bread’ as a basic diet. This nutrition is a seed mix consisting of 70% Canary Seed and 30% Rape, and often called as ‘Black and White’.

Canaries need a high protein food everyday. Besides the pellets, most breeders use chopped hard-boiled egg, a special ‘nestling’ food, or a mixture of the two. Any fruit, vegetable or green that is used for human consumption, with the exception of avocado, can also be offered to Canaries.

Make sure seed and water are kept beside the canaries at all times. Small bird can starve to death or dehydrate in very few hours.

Key terms for healthy canary
1. Feed correctly – Unbalance diet can caused countless illness. Providing proper diet is the most important aspect of keeping your pet bird healthy.

2. Maintain the bird’s cage – the cleanliness of the cage is the key point to birds health. You can change the bedding daily to deter the growth of mold and fungus that can become heavily contaminated with or contain harmful organisms.

3. Keep the bird in proper environment – Tropical birds shouldn’t be housed in Arctic temperatures. Birds that like seclusion shouldn’t be housed in high-traffic areas. Naturally social birds, on the other hand, shouldn’t be isolated.

4. Avoid risky situations – Be sure the cage is secure where wild animals are a threat. Don’t allow the bird to roam freely in an area where harmful objects like electric wires or pesticides are kept. Make sure you place the cage in safe places.

5. Get regular veterinary check-ups – Birds often mask signs of illness. Regular exams with standard lab tests reveal things about the bird that cannot be detected otherwise.