Re: Weaning Canaries
Posted by Treasa on 12/28/05
On 12/28/05, Michael L wrote:
> 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.
> Good luck.
> Michael L
Thanks for the info..I dont have a dividing cage, but I do have
an extra floor grate, I guess I could wire to one side.
The chick hatched 12-7...so that makes it about 3 weeks old
I have alot to learn, as I had only 2 canaries, and have just
bought 10 from a lady who was selling out.
Im educating myself and your answer sure helped me!
How many canaries do you have??