Re: Elizabeth, I have another question about my baby canari
Posted by kim on 7/21/06
Thank you for the info and advice! I am going to keep these
three babies and try not to have any more.. I am not a breeder
but I do love the birds. It has been facinating to watch the
whole process. I am amazed at how fast they grew and feathered!
I now understand why breeders love the hobby but I am going to
leave it to those that know what they are doing
> Here is one article, I will find you more. I can only speak
> for what I do and what works for me, I am not that exp. with
> canaries, I know enough to get me in trouble. ;-)
> As I said not the best person to ask but I will give it my
> best shot. At four weeks the babies should be safe to be
> moved...make sure they are eating/drinking on their own
> prior to moving them into their new cage. I leave the babies
> in about 5 weeks on average, that depends on how the Dad is
> treating the babies mostly. Some Dads get rather aggressive
> and the babies should be seperated if feasible.
> One article suggested a divided cage as then they can still
> be fed if needed via the parents, I have never tried this
> but it does make sense. :-) If you have one you could try it
> to see how it works for you. I think with breeding we all
> pick up tips that work for us and then make them our own.
> Make sure your mom has enough material to make a new nest so
> she doesn't pluck the babies or mate....I keep the canaries
> together after they are first weaned. As they mature and I
> know who is M and who is F I either temp band them so I know
> who is who at a glance (L&M Leg Bands)...If I am keeping
> them for a period of time (for next years breeders etc) I
> seperate the males and females. Males can dominate the
> females and you do NOT want too young birds stimulating each
> other to mate. Nothing worse than birds to young to breed
> trying to, they need time to mature.
> Make sure while the babies are weaning to be offering soft
> foods - the articles talk about that too. With the hen ready
> to nest again make sure her diet is up to par, raising a
> family is hard work and make sure she is getting enough
> calcuim. It is much harder to prevent soft shelled eggs than
> to try to correct it....
> Best wishes~! If you have more ?'s I'm around, not as much
> in the summer as I am gone alot but I do check back pretty