On 12/28/05, Treasa wrote:
> I have a hen that hatched out one one chick a bit back.
> The chick fledged this past weekend, and "Dad" has been
> doing a great job feeding it.
> I noticed this morning though..."Dad" is being pretty mean
> to the chick, and singing to my hen agian, who is now on
> Do I pull "Dad" out..he is still feeding the chick..I just
> saw him do it, even though when he isnt feeding he is
> scaring him all over the cage..I have yet to see this chick
> feed himself.
> HELP!! Your thoughts would be appreciated!
Very normal behavior for a male/father canary towards his
offspring, especially when the pair wants to go back to nest.
Most canary breeding cages are divided. Don't know if you're
using one of those? If so, keep the fledgling on the one
side with a variety of foods such as egg food, spray millet
and seed. If the bird is just learning to eat, the father
will still be able to feed the baby through the bars of the
cage without causing harm to the bird.
If you're not using a divided cage. Remove the baby and
observe it closely to make sure it is eating. Chances are it
is, especially if it has a variety of foods to choose from.
Putting these foods on the floor of the cage also helps the
young bird find and explore eating them.
Since the hen is on new eggs, this baby sounds old enough to
be on it's own.