Keep Your Baby Canaries
Happy and Healthy.
Discover how to care for your baby canaries
from hatching to weaning...
You can expect your canary eggs to hatch around 12-14 days after being laid. The new born canaries are tiny, naked, and helpless but they grow quickly...if they’re fed properly.
And your young canaries will be born HUNGRY.
But before they hatch, on the 12th day of incubation start providing...
Nestling food is what your parent canaries will feed their babies...and once your baby canaries leave the nest they will begin to eat nestling food on their own and eventually will learn to eat the normal dry seed as well.
Nestling food is a protein and nutrient rich food that will not only support the fast growing baby chicks but their overworked parents as well.
Nestling food includes at a bare minimum...
-->Soft seed (either boiled, soaked, or sprouted--see below)
There are other things that can be mixed into nestling food such as grated carrot, rolled oats, and Cream of Wheat. You can even buy some pre-mixed nestling food. But the seed, egg, and greens are a "must-do". The greens are mostly for the Momma canary...she will need the extra nutrition during this stressful time.
Two Ways to Make Soft Seed
1. Just boil your canary’s normal seed for 20 minutes,
let cool and place a tablespoon of this soft seed in the cage in the morning and another tablespoon in the afternoon along with the boiled egg. This soft seed will be used by both parents to feed the canary babies for the next 3 to 4 weeks.
I have stored boiled seed in the refrigerator for up to 7 days without having any problems with spoilage. To be on the safe side though, it's best to throw it out around day 5 as it is probably beginning to spoil.
2. Many canary breeders will recommend that you use a specific blend of canary seed specially mixed for soaking and feeding to your baby canaries. This "soak seed" is soaked in water, rinsed, soaked again, rinsed a few more times over a 24 to 72 hour period...then it will begin to sprout. Now you can feed it to your baby canaries.
Soaked seed is high in vitamins and minerals and closely resembles a natural food source that canaries find in the wild during spring that helps keep your canaries in a state of premium health.
All in all, it is the BEST soft seed to use but, my friends, I don't always have that much time to soak, rinse, soak, rinse, rinse, rinse....
That's why I often boil instead. In a 30 minute period I have soft seed ready for my baby canaries. I have never had any problems with unhealthy or malnutritioned baby canaries using boiled seed instead of using the specialized "soak seed". And they devour it like it's the best thing they've ever had.
You can learn more about Soak Seed here.
Along with this soft seed you should provide boiled egg. You can buy dry nestling food or "egg food" which can be mixed with the soft seed but it is not necessary...Boil an egg for 20 minutes, mash it up and serve 1/2 of a boiled egg next to the soft seed twice per day.
Greens and Fruit
A tablespoon of greens, and a treat they will appreciate is a small chunk (tablespoon) of apple, will help keep all your birds healthy and happy.
Greens and fruit can be provided just once per day. Serve it along with your baby canaries "breakfast".
All of these tasty treats will be used to feed the baby canaries plus it will help keep up the strength of your busy parents.
You can also add...a small piece of whole wheat bread, boiled brown rice, soaked shredded wheat, and cooked peas to name just a few.
Feed this nestling food once in the morning and once in the early afternoon removing any left over from the previous feeding. This stuff can spoil and grow bacteria in just a few hours so protect your canaries and remove it before it goes bad.
Make sure your pet birds have all the nestling food they want. If they eat all of their "breakfast" by the time you bring the early afternoon feeding than give them some extra until they are getting a little more than they can consume.
They baby canary's appetite will double then double again before he is finally weaned as long as they stay healthy.
You can expect your canary babies to grow rapidly and will leave the nest roughly 2 to 3 weeks after hatching. The parents will continue to feed the baby canaries until they start eating on their own which will occur around the 4th week.
In the meantime you might find your female has started another clutch of eggs even before the first group of baby canaries have left the nest. That is why it is a good idea to have a second canary nest available for the next clutch of eggs.
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