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Re: Elizabeth, I have another question about my baby canari

Posted by kim on 7/21/06
(5) Comments

    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.
    > IMO.
    > 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
    > regularly.
    > Elizabeth
    > aka
    > kEna