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Canary Tips! Feather Plucking / Nests
March 06, 2005
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Feather Plucking Part 1: What is Feather Plucking?
This is a problem that happens to a small percentage of canaries but when it DOES happen--WOW, it can be really difficult to deal with!
Feather plucking is exactly what it sounds like...the plucking or pulling or picking of feathers from the body. Sometimes it's done by another bird in the cage but often it's done by the victim himself.
During the annual molt you might notice your canary picking at his feathers...this is normal. Molting causes some slight irritation and picking at and plucking out the OLD feathers helps alleviate the problem. But it shouldn't continue after the molt.
See molting canary.
Once your bird starts picking out his own feathers--outside of the molt--it can develop into a nasty habit that is extremely difficult to break. Approximately 30% of feather pluckers are never cured.
Why on earth would a canary pluck out his own feathers?
There are various reasons and often it is a mixture of problems. It might include psychological problems as well as physical problems.
For most of these, the diagnosis of an avian veterinarian is necessary. But the most common causes can be treated by you. These include, in plain English,...
2. High Stress
3. Bad Diet
In the next issue of CanaryTips! you'll discover what you might be doing to encourage feather plucking. You'll discover what you can do to insure that he has a comfortable, clean, and healthy environment.
Canary nests come in a number of forms.
Most nests are in the open-topped bowl shape which canaries prefer but some canaries are willing to use the closed in nesting box too. If you've used these boxes for other birds--like parakeets for instance--you can try and let your canaries use it. But be ready to put in a bowl nest just in case.
You can find bowl nests made of plastic, wire, bamboo, and grassy materials.
Plastic canary nests are easy to clean and are
reusable, year after year. These plastic nests typically are not solid but
have small--sometimes large--holes cut out into them to allow air circulation.
For the nests with large holes you'll need to use a nest liner. See...
You probably won't run into these large-holed plastic nests anywhere. I haven't seen any available for quite a while and don't even know if they're made anymore.
Liners are also useful for wire nests which have gaping holes and using a liner will help protect your birds claws from getting caught in the mesh. Wire nests can be used year to year as long as you keep them clean.
Bamboo and grass canary nests are the most "natural" and most attractive--in my opinion at least. They are woven together tightly to form a bowl and typically have two wires on one side to connect the nest to the inside of the cage. You then provide either a liner or nest building materials. I highly recommend using the nest building materials--it satisfies the natural instinct to build a nest and helps alleviate unwanted stress.
Woven natural nests are also available made from hemp and sticks.
Another type of nest is the canary nest box that mounts on the outside of the cage. It is a semi-enclosed box that has a small plastic removable bowl. These boxes make for easy access to the eggs and babies.
For more info see...
Until next time...Keep your canary S-I-N-G-I-N-G! :-)
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