The life span of a canary is ten to fifteen years.
When you go to buy a canary, avoid a crusty-looking beak or feet; if it seems to be struggling to breathe (it could have a mite infestation). Look out for a bird that looks puffy or sleepy--it probably isn't healthy. Check the leg band--that will tell you who the breeder is and the age of the bird. If you buy a singing bird, be sure it comes with a guarantee to sing. Make sure you have the cage ready before you bring your bird home. The bigger the cage the better, wider rather than taller as canaries like to fly back and forth. Keep your cage clean--put down 5 or more layers of newspaper on the bottom of your cage, removing 1 layer each day, and completely clean your cage once a week.
Cuttlebone is important as it contains nutrients such as calcium, iodine, and it helps to keep the beak in good condition.
Change the seed and water each day. A good choice for your bird is 8oz. bottle with a ball point tube wide mouth. If your bird isn't singing, the
cage needs to be put in a higher place.
Always wash your hands handling it or it's food. Food to feed your bird: fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, offered regularly. Feed it slices of fruit such as apples, oranges, pears, bananas. Most green stuff grown in the garden are also suitable for canaries, but ensure that they have not been treated with pesticides prior to feeding them to your canaries. They should always be washed prior to feeding to your birds. Offer a small piece of fresh apple once a week to keep it's liver healthy. The following is a listing of suitable supplemental food for canaries.
Greens: Kale, turnip tops, mustard, chicory, spinach, broccoli, endive, and watercress.
Vegetables: Corn (raw or cooked), grated raw carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, cucumbers.
Fruits: Apples, pears, oranges, bananas.
Toys: canaries enjoy small toys beads, bells and they love swings. Do not use a mirror--it may stop singing, the bird thinks it is competition.
Never place the cage in any draft, it could kill it.
Fumes or smells: Keep your canary's cage away from toxic fumes or strong smells. They are very sensitive to air borne pollutants like: hair spray perfume, candles, heated Teflon, cleaning products, heated cooking oils, air-fresheners, pesticides, herbicides, etc.
Canary's like to keep themselves clean--provide your canary with a birdbath for it to splash or shower once a day or a minimum, once a week.
Never leave the bath water sitting in the cage, you don't want it to drink it.
Canary's wings should never be clipped.
Keep all houseplants and flowers away from the cage--they are toxic for the birds.
Moulting time is between July and September when canaries shed and replace their feathers--this is highly stressful for them, they usually sing very little
while moulting. High quality food is necessary at this time. Grated carrots and beets to enhance colors, and dark leafy greens, kale enhance yellow
shades. Give it slice of cucumber during molt--it eases the process. Give your canary a new cuttlebone--if it refuses to chew on it, scrape a little into
it's soft foods.
Play a CD or tape of canary songs or other type of music. When you leave it alone for long time, turn on the radio--it will feel more secure.
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