Canary Feeding. You are what you eat...and so is your canary.
Treats are an important part of your canary feeding routine and an imperative
part of a balanced diet.
Extra treats, in addition to the staples of seed, water, and
cuttlebone, will help keep your canary convinced that you are his best friend.
Yes...Your canary needs a well balanced diet just
like you and I.
He will get bored to tears with nothing but
canary seed or pellets all the time. Wild canaries enjoy a variety of
canary foods including grasses, insects, fruit, and seeds.
Isure like to have a snack now and then--If
I could stay away from the brownies and go for the carrots instead I'd
be a lot better off...but bored. I'd bet you like snacks too. Who
doesn't? One thing I know for sure...Your canary likes...
Below are few treats that your canaries will love and
are good for him too. Just BE CAREFUL, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing (think brownies).
I know a lot of people sometimes like to give their
canary something sweet and tasty. I'll say it again...BE CAREFUL. Always be aware of your canaries body language so that if something ever makes him feel a little less than perfect you'll notice it right away.
If you offer a lot of bread, cookies, or cakes you just might end up with a fat canary on your
hands...not good for him OR you.
One of the most important treats you can give your
Egg is a great supply of protein which wild canaries get from
Boiled egg is a huge part of canary feeding for canary
breeders. The protein is super-important for canary egg production
and as a soft food for baby canaries.
important for canaries that are not breeding. Protein supplies the
muscle with amino acids which keep the muscles strong and healthy.
Boil the egg
for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the shell...or not...I like to offer the
shell separately so the canary can choose which one he eats.
it up and put about a teaspoon in his treat dish. (Let it cool down
first.) Don’t let the egg sit in the cage more than 4 or 5 hours. All
kinds of nasty bacteria and such like to grow on eggs and can
make your canary sick. Boiled egg at least twice per week will give your canary a good
amount of protein in his canary feeding program.
In addition to boiled egg I like to offer a nice store-bought egg treat several time per week. Here are some of my favorites...
Next, remember what Mom always said. "Eat your...
it or not
peppers make good canary food.
the peppers will encourage your male canary to sing more…He's probably
trying to cool off his tongue!
Canaries love fresh greens like broccoli, romaine, lettuce, and kale. One or two tablespoons per day is plenty. And any seed mixture that has a few bits of veggies is a great addition to your canary feeding routine.
"An apple a day keeps the vet away."
and most other fruits.
twice a week is a nice treat and addition to your canary feeding plan.
Just offer a
chunk and let them go at it. NO APPLE SEEDS... these are toxic to
Again, a seed mixture with fruit and fruit sticks
will be much appreciated by your canary.
Other treats to add to your canary feeding regimen
MILLET SPRAYS A very welcome treat for canaries. You
can clip them to the inside wall of the cage with a treat holder
a clothes pin--or for a little entertainment attach it to the roof
of the cage. Your canary bird will have a ball.
One canary feeding of millet per week is plenty.
Millet is a high fat canary food and most likely your canary seed
mixture has a little millet in it already. Natural unprocessed millet
is a treat that bird's love!
are a great canary food. Canaries love'm. Limit
his access to honey sticks to a few hours once or twice a week. Your
canary will enjoy these so much he will ignore his normal canary food
Honey sticks are a fun, tasty, and nutritious treat
stick that combines vitamin enriched seeds and delicious fruit but your
pet bird needs his canary seed and greens for a balanced diet.
is a healthy snack that many canary breeders like to offer in small quantities. You can find bee pollen in most grocery stores or health
are made from the skeletons of squid
and as canary food are an absolute necessity for your pet canary.
Cuttlebones are really NOT a treat but a staple. Your
canary should always have access to a cuttlebone. They are high in
calcium and the eating routine will help keep your bird’s beak in good
shape. Leave a cuttlebone in the cage at all times with canary seed and
One snack food per day is plenty.
In other words...you can give him a piece of orange or
broccoli or egg food today...but don't give him all three in one day.
(Except cuttlebone. Leave it and the canary seed in the cage at all
***Low Maintenance Tip***
Use a canary food clip or treat dish to attach the
canary food snack to the inside of the cage bars. This will prevent
your bird from slinging canary food around the cage in his enthusiasm
and creating a mess for you to clean up. Plus, it's not a good idea to
have canary food on the floor of the cage in the vicinity of his waste.
***End Low Maintenance Tip***
Your canary can get sick and tired of seed, seeds, and more seeds.
Give him a couple healthy treats every day to help keep him physically healthy, prevent any kind of illness, and to keep him emotionally healthy too :-)
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