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

Posted by Kj on 8/21/07
(14) Comments

    On 7/11/07, Tammy wrote:
    > 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
    > 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
    > stand a better chance than the American, Asian or Australian
    > Finches.
    > Canaries are a part of the "Carduelinae" subfamily of finches-
    > 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
    > is a male, it's entirely possible that he will kill the hen and
    > 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...

    Good post Tammy