Caring for a Canary(Top and Amazing Ideas). Caring for a canary may seem like a simple task, but it requires dedication and consistency to ensure your pet is healthy and happy.
As an owner, you will need to develop regular habits, such as cleaning the cage and monitoring the food and water intake. You should also do some research to make sure you are giving your canary the best possible care.
In this AnimalWised article, we will go over everything you need to know about keeping and raising canaries, including tips to choose a cage, keep it clean, and give the best diet. Keep reading!
Choosing a cage for a canary
Your canary’s cage should be wide and spacious, so that your bird can exercise properly. A domestic canary’s cage is their habitat and home, which is why it is very important that it is not only appropriate but also pleasant.
Some breeders, especially those dedicated to singing contests, often have very small cages to encourage them to sing.
However, we believe this is a very bad practice, as it makes the canaries stressed and uncomfortable. It also reduces their life expectancy and damages their health in the long run. We believe that your canary will be much happier and healthier in a wider cage that allows them to move around freely.
Perches for a canary’s cage
Plastic perches are commonplace in most cages for canaries, and they often come with the cage. Perches are a basic requirement for your canary’s health and happiness, and you should consider getting natural branches instead of plastic substitutes. Real wood will wear down the canary’s nails, exercise its legs and provide a more comfortable grip.
If you can’t fins any branches in pet shops, you can look for branches from fruit trees, always untreated and without varnishing. Cut them to the appropriate length for the cage.
Maintaining a clean and hygienic environment for your canary is crucial to preventing serious illnesses, as some diseases can be transmitted to humans. To best clean the cage, use a natural and harmless disinfectant at least once a week – paying close attention to detail by also cleaning the branches, food bowl, water bowl, swings, floor and bars.
It’s also important to remove rotatable food remains like fruit and vegetables more frequently to prevent the spread of bacteria. You should change all the food in the cage once a week as old seeds can harbour bacteria too.
Feeding a canary
A canary’s diet is essential for its well-being – just like humans, what a canary eats has a big impact on its physical health and development.
So, it’s important to make sure your canary is getting the right birdseed mixture, fruit and vegetables, calcium, fresh water and supplements in the right quantities and variety.
If you want to know more about this key aspect of bird care, take a look at our guide on what is the best diet for a canary. If your canaries are young, we recommend making their egg food yourself.
If your canary suffers from a mite or parasite infestation, you should seek professional help from a veterinarian as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the severity of the infestation and recommend the best course of treatment.
In some cases, over-the-counter anti-parasite sprays may not be effective against the infestation.
To prevent parasites, apply a single drop of a pipette for dogs every two or three months. You should also give your canary regular baths and check its feathers. For more information on preventing and treating canary lice, check out this link.
Creating a good environment for a canary
Your canary should be placed in a calm environment that has some natural light, but is also protected from harsh sunlight. During the summer, it should have a small patch of shade to protect it from the heat.
You should also avoid placing the cage in a drafty area, as drafts can be harmful to birds and can cause them to get sick quickly.
Canaries use the hours of light and darkness to start molting or reproducing. That’s why even if it lives inside, a domestic canary should have a minimal set of hours in which in which it carries out this process.
A canary’s molting period
Canaries generally molt during the late summer months. However, living indoors can cause this period to be pushed earlier or later than usual as a result of the different hours of light and darkness they’re exposed to.
To avoid this, try not to alter the canary’s natural photoperiod and temperature, as well as other environmental conditions. Keeping a balance is key to keeping your canary happy.
Molting periods require a lot of energy and nutrients, so it’s important to do your research on how to best care for your molting canary.