If you have a small space in the house and limited funds to care for a pet, then a bird might be the right fit for you. A good example is a canary. It is one of those birds that have a lovely singing voice and does not demand too much of your attention.
This bird may be small in size but it can live up to 10 to 15 years so you have to be prepared on how you’ll be able to give your canary all the love and care it needs. When taking your new canary home, remember that it will take a while for your pet canary to get accustomed to the new environment so speaking softy during the transition period will help a lot.
Here are some tips on what you can do for your canary:
1. Cage and Living Environment
Your canary bird flies from side to side so we recommend that you look for a cage that is wide but not necessarily tall. The ideal size is 16” tall and a width of 30”. Your bird will fly happier if the shape of its cage is not rounded as this can cause restriction when flying.
Place the cage in a fresh environment because your bird is sensitive to polluted air. Be sure, too that the cage is away from drafts, from air-conditioning units, and from direct sunlight.
An ideal area where to place the cage is in your living room since canaries enjoy watching their human family. But, no matter how much you are amused by your canary’s cute, singing voice, avoid holding it.
Tip: For your canary’s sense of security, you may want to place the cage against a wall. Or, you can also hang the cage with an elevation of 6 feet from the ground.
Place wood perches with varying sizes around the cage. As the saying goes “variety is the spice of life”-your canary will sing nicer songs for you if you give it diversity. Just do not use sandpaper perch covers as these will damage those cute, little feet.
When it comes to toys, your pet canary is not as demanding compared to other birds. It is contented with just two to three toys like swing, sticks with leaves, and vine balls.
Come night time, we suggest that you purchase a cage cover so your canary will get its required 12 hours of darkness to rest well. If you don’t do this, your bird will be bothered by the artificial light inside your house which can give it a tremendous amount of anxiety.
Your canary is OC, thus, it is a good practice to clean its cage regularly. Line the bottom of its cage with newspaper and make sure to replace it every day. Make it a habit to wash the cage with water and soap once a week.
In the wild, canaries feast on seeds that are supplemented with ‘pests’ like mosquitoes and flies. In captivity, this type of diet should be imitated as closely as possible. Here’s what you are supposed to feed your bird:
- Canary Seeds: The commercially available seed mixes contain 2 to 5 types of seeds. These are flaxseed, linseed, millet seed, hemp seed, maw seed, among others. One teaspoon of seeds is good enough but seeds should only be one part of your canary’s diet. You have to supplement the diet with fruits and vegetables.
- Fruits and Vegetables: Pumpkin, kale, apples, cherries, peas, lettuce, carrots beets, spinach, cabbage, sweet potato, nectarines, and mango. The idea is to offer your pet new fruits and veggies each week. Same as you, your pet also prefers to have an assortment of tastes and textures in its food.
Avoid giving your bird avocado, fruit pits, chocolates, and caffeine.
- Canary Pellets: Preferred substitutes for seeds are pellets because of the protein content and higher amount of vitamins and minerals. But pellets are not as appetizing as seeds so we recommend that you place two plates inside the cage for seeds and pellets.
Additionally, you can share a portion of your hardboiled egg (cooked for 15 to 20 minutes) with your canary to beef-up on its protein. Your bird can have an egg twice a week.
Wondering if your bird needs calcium supplements? Yes, your bird needs calcium in all of its life stages because it helps in sharpening its beak. You can buy calcium stones or you can give crushed shells of oysters and cuttlebone.
For hydration, your bird should have access to fresh water 24/7.
Since you have an OC pet, it would happily sing harmonious melodies if you will offer it with bathwater once a week.
How to do it? All you have to do is to place a shallow container filled with lukewarm water and your bird will do the bathing by itself. Do this in the daytime when the temperature is warmer. Let it have a good time bathing for 30 minutes.
Part of its hygiene is keeping its nails in tiptop shape. Carefully clip its nail twice a year, be careful though, lest you can accidentally puncture your pet canary.
One of the good news about caring for a canary bird is that it is not prone to sickness for as long as you provide it with a nutritious diet plan and clean cage. However, they are susceptible to mite infestation, so watch out for signs like crusty plaques on its beak, dry and scaly legs, feather loss.
But, if you see something different such as shivering and droopy wings, then take it to the Vet.
The canaries are one of the amusing birds to have in the house. They love to sing a lot which is a sign of good health.
The secret of making your pet canary happy at your house is by feeding it with high-quality food, fresh supply of water, and a clean cage. Not to forget that you can add more joy into its world by giving it delish treats of fruits and veggies and few toys for amusement.
If you give all those to your bird, it will chirp melodies that are music to your ears for a long period of time.