Breeding Canaries is important to keep alive the beautiful bird species and prevent extinction. Human beings are responsible for the destruction of wildlife environments, including many animals and birds that have come into the list of endangered species. One of the victims of these expansions is the stunning and most beautiful Canary bird.
Breeding canaries are possible, but it is a challenging task in itself. Canaries can mate at one year of age. This bird can be used for breeding for two to three years. Some of the canaries are also known to breed for as long as twelve years. They live a life span between six and twenty years. It is very difficult to find out the age of birds once it is over twelve months of age except by their appearance.
At the breeding time, the lower portion of the abdomen and vent of the male becomes prominent and protrudes downwards. In the female canary bird, the vent gets swollen but it is in line with the contours of the abdomen.
Breeding Canaries Information
- The male and female canary birds are placed in the breeding cage in the breeding season, which tends to begin in march. Soon the hen begins to build a nest or house. During this time the male starts courting the hen, the hen crouches down and they mate.
- In a day or seldom two days break, the hen lays four to five blue–green, brown-speckled eggs. After 13 to 14 days of incubating, with the hen sitting on the nest, the little canary birdies hatch out.
- At this time, you have to provide food to your female birds in addition to the normal seeds. You can mix your nesting food using hard-boiled eggs, mixing it with soaked whole wheat bread and grated carrots. Nesting food is also available in the store, which can also be mixed with eggs.
- Boil the eggs for twelve to fourteen minutes to ensure that no fowl diseases are transmitted to the canaries’ birds. This mixture should be given in an amount the birds eat in one hour. Prepare the egg mix, every day.
- Usually, canaries are good parents and they both take care of the chicks very well. They feed their chicks for about four long weeks. At an age of about 21 days, the young canary birds leave the nest and start moving around in the cage.
- It is recommended that, as soon as the young canaries get full-fledged, they should be separated from their parents.
Tips for Breeding Canaries
Canary breeding can be done for profit basis or merely enjoyment of new birds. If you want to breed your canaries, there are a few things that you need to know. Here are some tips on breeding the canaries.
- Diet: You should feed your male and female canary birds a rich diet before letting them mate. This will help them to get more energy for the upcoming egg production and physical activity. You should feed your canaries with apples, green vegetables, and boiled eggs mixed with biscuits.
- Fighting: Breeders commonly have problems with their canaries fighting. Sometimes, males can be aggressive with females. The male abuse can even be life-threatening for female canaries. Therefore, make sure that you keep an eye on both birds and if needed separate the two birds.
- Nest: You will have to provide each pair of birds with its own nest. If possible, you should provide them with two nests. The common materials, which can be used to make a nest are dryer lint, burlap, and shredded paper.
- Eggs: Most hens lay five small blue eggs. After a week of sitting by the hen on the eggs, you should check each one for signs of a developing embryo. Just you can hold it up to a light. It is safe to toss eggs out if they are clear. Make sure that you wash your hands before handling the eggs. Some of the substances can penetrate the eggshell and harm the developing chick.
The above information will help you get a closer view of how to breed canaries. However, breeding canaries is much more like an adventurous task but you will enjoy doing it.
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