Your Go-To Canary Information Sheet
It’s a very exciting time adding a new canary to the family, at Pet.co.nz we want to make sure that we help you successfully introduce your new canary to your home and make the experience as stress free as possible.
Before the big day, ideally before the canary arrives, you want to set things up as they will be when the canary arrives, so that they don’t come home to an environment that then changes again once they have started to settle in. Here is what we suggest to help make sure that your canary settles in.
New Canary Checklist
- Correctly sized bird cage
- Cage cover
- Canary food
- Millet spray (bird treat)
- Canary treats
- Bird cage tidy to catch any seed etc. that falls from the cage
- Bird perches
- Bird toys
- Bird bath
- Food and water dishes
Canary’s make great pet’s, they are active, playful and intelligent birds. Canary’s are also social birds so either require a cage mate or close human interaction on a daily basis to keep them stimulated and happy.
Feeding your canary
Your Canary’s diet should consist of high quality canary seed and/or pellets, these seeds and pellets should make up approximately 65% of your Canary’s diet. Fresh fruit, vegetables and treats should make up 25% of your Canary’s diet and the remaining 10% can be made up with treats.
Fresh food and water should always be available, if fruit and vegetables are not eaten within the day they should be removed and replaced with fresh fruit and vegetables the next day.
Your canary will also need a mineral block and cuttlefish, both of these provide the canary with all the calcium and other essential nutrients they need to stay healthy.
Housing your canary
The most important part of housing a canary is ensuring that you get the right sized bird cage, a good sized cage will be at least 50cm50cm50cm for one or two Canary’s. Canary’s prefer to fly or jump around the cage so a lower/flatter cage is better to go with. The gap between the wires should be no more than 1 cm wide, any wider and your canary may be able to escape or get its head caught between the wires.
Inside the cage you will need a variety of perches, with different textures, shapes and sizes to help to recreate the outdoor environment for the bird, so that the canary can stretch out its feet and also keep its claws trimmed on the different sizes and textures.
When choosing to position your cage, ensure that the cage is not in any drafts, direct sunlight for endless hours of the day and in a reasonably social part of the house, your canary will want to feel that they are part of the family. And finally make sure that the canary is kept out of the way of any cats and dogs.
Maintaining your bird cage
It’s important to clean the bird cage and bird perches regularly, this enables you to change the bird cage around, by moving the perches and also changing out the toys helps to reduce boredom as the cage keeps changing.
Ensure that the bird's water and food bowls are changed and cleaned daily and located in a part of the cage where feathers are not likely to fall into them.
Make sure that you don’t use a lot of cleaning type chemicals and don’t spray fly spray around your canary.
Canaries health and wellbeing
By spending time with your canary on a daily basis you will notice any changes. Basically a healthy canary is active, it eats regularly, stands on both feet, its feathers look nice (unless moulting at the time), they are clean around the vent (bottom) and a clean and free from stains and any sort of build up around the nostrils and eyes.
So if you notice any of these things change, then it is time to get some advice from your local vet.
A lot of things can be toxic to birds like aerosols, cleaning products, and some indoor plants so make sure that you bird proof your home before letting the bird fly around.
The other major factor to protect your canary, is that while they are getting used to the layout of your house make sure that you cover the windows and any big mirrors as the birds can’t see glass. Pulling the curtains or blinds works for the windows, either tie a ribbon over the large mirrors or put paper onto the glass to show the bird that it is there.
Written by The Pet.co.nz
Written by The Pet.co.nz Team
A team of specialists with backgrounds in animal nursing, animal care, and all things pet related.