Milo and Lizette Both are green canaries March 27 2005 they produced one baby we named Izzy
Milo and Lizette
Lizette Making a nest with String and Dryer Lint
Lizette Lays 2 eggs
Lizette sitting on eggs ---- Milo Feeding Lizette
4 Babies Hatch out on January 6th 2008
Breeding Canaries takes time and care but in the end it can be very rewarding. The whole process from egg laying to the time chicks become fully independent takes around two months.
It is recommended to breed canaries in cages rather than in aviaries. Breeding cages should have a removable partition down the middle to allow the male to feed the female during courtship and keeps the couples separate until they are ready to mate.
Male canaries are distinguished from females by the intensity and volume of their singing. Females do not produce the same melodious song as males. Both the volume and intensity increase as they reach peak breeding condition.
Canaries reach their breeding condition in mid-March. It is good to introduce nesting boxes and other materials at this particular time.
Canaries nest in open topped pans which can be made of metal, plastic or earthenware. The nesting pans should be lined with a soft material such as felt. In order for the female to weave the nest, additional nesting materials must also be provided like shredded tissue paper,dryer lint, cotton wool or cut up rags,etc. The strands of the nesting material must be short so that the bird's feet do not become entangled.
Canaries lay 4 or 5 eggs, although numbers can range from 2 to 6. The eggs are laid one a day, or every other day, and always early in the morning. Canary eggs are pale blue with tiny brown specks. If canary eggs were allowed to hatch out in the order they were laid, the chicks within the nest would be at different stages of development. In order to avoid this situation, the eggs are generally removed from the nest during the laying period and only replaced when the clutch is complete. Each egg is removed from the nest at around noon on the day that it is laid and replaced with a dummy egg that can be purchased in pet shops. Once the eggs are removed, they can be kept on cotton wool at room temperature for up to two weeks. When the hen stops laying, the eggs can be replaced in the nest and the dummy eggs removed. At this point, incubation begins and lasts 13 - 14 days.
Feeding the Female:
Females can be fed soft food for a few weeks prior to breeding and throughout the breeding season. A number of conditioning soft foods are available, although many breeders prefer to make up their own mixtures from a variety of ingredients.Cuttlefish bone and grit are important calcium sources and should be freely available during the breeding period.
Taking Care of the Young:
Canaries are born naked and blind. In the nest, they depend on their parents for food. They leave the nest around 16 days of age and begin to feed themselves. Soft rearing food can be introduced to the young on the second day after hatching. Sometimes, the male canary will attack the young so the parents should be watched during the rearing period.Chicks can be removed from the parents when they are fully able to feed themselves which is when they are approximately 25-30 days old.