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Re: female canary male finch is it safe to breed them?

Posted by Tammy on 7/11/07
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    I asked about this from someone who always gives wonderful
    information on another board, this is the answer:

    Canaries are a species of finch, but it's unlikey that a canary and
    a specific type of finch could produce a chick. I was a little
    wrong, it is possible for canaries and SOME species of finch to
    produce a hybrid, but the chick will be infertile, just like a
    mule. I would imagine that European and African finch species would
    stand a better chance than the American, Asian or Australian
    Finches.

    Canaries are a part of the "Carduelinae" subfamily of finches- like
    most finches. I would suspect that it might be possible for a
    canary to produce a hybrid with another species within this
    subfamily.

    However, male canaries can be very very aggressive so if her canary
    is a male, it's entirely possible that he will kill the hen and any
    chicks that they might produce. Like with most birds, there's no
    guarantee that the two will pair up even if they are forced into
    the same cage. Canaries are pretty solitary birds, unlike other
    types of finches. I think that the hens are more laid-back and
    accepting of neighbors than the males are.

    I would tell her that the very best solution is to keep them in
    separate cages and get a second finch (of the same species as her
    male finch) and put them in a cage together. If that is not
    possible, then put the canary hen and finch together and see what
    happens. She should be very careful, however, and watch for any
    signs of aggression.


    Tammy


    On 7/10/07, KittyJ wrote:
    > A canary is a finch though.. and no you shouldnt house the two
    > as pair. The regular finch needs a mate or either sex of its own
    > specie, and the canary can be there with them if needed. And
    > cage should be big enough that its not merly hopping from one
    > perch to another...