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Re: Any Ideas regarding Canary cage mates

Posted by Benny on 1/02/07
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    On 1/02/07, Dave wrote:
    > On 1/02/07, Verdell wrote:
    >> I got a beautiful six year old male Canary at a bird show
    >> about a year ago. I have a Macaw and Quaker, but I thought
    >> the canary was so pretty and wouldn't need as much care.
    >> he's some type of Opaline something or other. I don't
    >> remember. Anyway, the breeder was getting rid of her old
    >> birds and he looked so unhappy. So aof aocurse I got him.
    >> Within a few days he was singing the most beautiful
    >> song,i've never heard a Canary sing so much and beautiful.
    >> He even got the Quaker to try and sound like him. Anyway
    >> then I got to thinking he looked lonely and that is why he
    >> was singing so much. So, I got a another canary from a pet
    >> store. They weren't sure if it was a male or female since
    >> it never sang, they thought it was a female. Since I
    >> really hadn't wanted to breed them anywasy, I went ahead
    >> and got her. They ignore each other now. When I first got
    >> her, she went to the food dish, he was by it, he opened
    >> his beak and flapped his wings at her. So, I gave them
    >> another food dish and they seem to be fine now. They just
    >> act like the other one doesn't exsist. It's been about a
    >> month now. Should I leave them together, or separte them,
    >> now neither one is singing. The possible female does make
    >> chirping noises and sounds like she is purring soemtimes
    >> though. I know more about Parrots than Canaries obviously,
    >> but I only have one of each parrot and know that once they
    >> bond to someone, they can get jealous... Also if anyone
    >> knows what kind of Opaline it is I would appreciate
    >> knowing. I should have wrote it down when I got him. He
    >> mainly white, with a little yellow around the face/wings
    >> and silver stripes on wings, body and tail. Also he has
    >> feathers puffing out from his sides that are really small
    >> and fine looking. he's really pretty. I would like to
    >> leave them together if it sounds like they are o-kay
    >> together, Thanks
    > =========================================================
    > Only male canaries sing and that happens when they're alone
    > or when other males are present but each male must be in
    > it's own cage. The male will also sing to a female in order
    > to attract her for mating purposes but that female can't be
    > seen by the male or she needs to be a great distance away--
    > at least 7 ft or more. If they see each other, the singing
    > will stop. Basically, he's wooing her. A male canary that's
    > constantly singing is a very happy canary and doesn't suffer
    > from loneliness or need companionship. The time to worry is
    > when a singing male stops singing for no reason at all. A
    > medical problem is usually the cause. Males will seriously
    > fight with each other if given the chance.
    > As far as *opaline*, that just refers to a color that the
    > canary might have. It can be on any type of species of
    > canary. Other than the AMERICAN SINGER, canaries aren't bred
    > for color. They're bred in order to improve their particular
    > classification. In that situation, color isn't important.
    > You'll need to go that person and ask for the
    > classification.........Canary Classifications
    > American Singer Canary
    > Border Fancy Canary
    > Fife Fancy Canary
    > Norwich Canary
    > Yorkshire Canary
    > Gloster Canary
    > Rare Variety Canary
    > Irish Fancy Canary
    > Other Canary Groups
    > Dave

    Dave, if you're going to give internet search advice, please
    make it accurate.
    There are three classifications of canaries: color, type and
    song. American Singers are a song canary and color is the
    LEAST important factor in the bird. The other two
    classifications are self explanatory. There are also
    color "bred" canaries and color "fed" canaries. ALL male
    canaries sing, but some sing more refined and controlled songs,
    i.e. "song" canaries. These birds are bred for their song and
    that is what is most important. And there are females that are
    quite capable of song also.
    The 7 foot distance just astounds me! Males and females can be
    kept right next to each other and within sight of each other.
    Males can be housed together, as hens, but during the breeding
    season (and yes, they have a season which is controlled by
    light) the males will become aggressive with each other. They
    can be aggressive with females and that's the reason for the
    divided breeding cage. Male/female pairs are put into divided
    cages to accustom to each other. The male starts to sing
    and "feed" the hen through the bars of the cage. When she is
    receptive, he can be introduced to her. She makes the nest and
    will not welcome him until it suits her. Even then they have
    to be monitored until you are certain of a love connection.
    Males do not sing all year round and health has nothing to do
    with it. When a male canary molts he will stop singing. Until
    the molt is complete he is usually mute. And in some cases,
    some males will go off their song even when their molt is
    This is my offering from my own personal experience breeding
    these birds.