Canary Health Care For Your Canary Bird.
As always...preventive canary health care
measures should be taken
optimal canary condition.
There are MANY diseases and canary illnesses that can halt your canary's singing
and even kill your pet bird.
You want your bird to have a
STRONG immune system to fight off any viruses or bacteria that your
canary may come in contact with.
First let’s talk about what
canary care you can use to prevent illness and promote good health for your canary bird...
Good canary health can be insured, first of all, by keeping your bird's
Cage cleanliness is the foundation of good canary health. It's not uncommon for a
canary illness to arise due to filthy living conditions.
The birds droppings should be removed everyday and the
bottom of the cage disinfected at least weekly to help keep your bird happy and healthy.
Use newspaper cut to size at the bottom of the cage or cardboard
...they're both cheap or free. Or an antimicrobial cage liner product.
However, don't use anything that has a waxy finish. It will not absorb moisture. The droppings
will just sit there and collect bacteria instead of quickly drying out.
You can buy gravel cage paper already cut to size and made especially
for bird cages but I don't recommend this paper for canaries. Your canary will consume the grit from the bottom of the cage where his droppings are. GROSS!
Some other items that you should NOT use in your canary cage are
pine shavings, corn cob, walnut shells, kitty litter, hay, or cedar shavings.
Once a month, or more, you'll want to disinfect the walls of the
cage to protect your canary's health.
Water and food dishes should be rinsed out daily and disinfected weekly or more
to help protect against bacteria growth.
Disinfect with a solution of 10% bleach to 90% water. Put in a spray
bottle and spray the whole cage plus dishes (not his food of course). You can also soak a rag with
this solution and wipe or scrub as needed. Rinse dishes and dry thoroughly
There are also some custom products specially formulated to quickly dissolve hard dried droppings.
Canaries are very clean birds. If
possible they would bathe themselves everyday.
Be sure to...
Provide your canary bird with a bath regularly.
Let him bathe at least twice per week for good
canary health-->Three or four times is much better...Everyday
is better yet.
A simple shallow bowl will suffice but specially designed canary bird baths are a big help for keeping the mess to a minimum.
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about keeping your canary clean...
Baths are especially appreciated during the hot
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special information on summer canary care.
CANARY BIRD DIET
Obviously, diet has a huge impact on canary health and is an important part of canary care. All birds need a steady
just canaries...MOST animals must get these three items from their diet for
You can provide a nutritious diet with a good canary seed mixture
, fresh fruits and veggies, and healthy treats
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about how a balanced diet can keep your canary healthy.
If you've already overdone it with the unhealthy canary treats (cake and cookies) you may have ended up with a fat canary on your hands. If so...Click here to learn more about handling your big fat canary.
EXERCISE: AN IMPORTANT PART OF CANARY CARE
Everybody knows that exercise is good for you
If you have a decent size cage for your canary he
will be able to flutter back and forth
between perches. But how about letting him out of his cage once in a
while...It's "fluttering" times 10--and
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more about canary exercise.
...can be the reason you end up with a sick canary bird on your hands. Your bird does not have
the ability to filter out toxins in the air as mammals do.
Fumes from an overheated non-stick pan can kill your canary quite quickly.
careful with household cleaners like ammonia, bleach, floor and furniture cleaners,
bathroom cleansers, etc.
Pretty much anything that has a chemical odor to it can be toxic to your canary.
No matter how mild you may think it is, it can be harmful to canary health.
Some other items to limit your canary's exposure to:
No matter how clean you keep your canary's environment he will have toxins in his system.
Toxins are in the air everywhere and in the water.
A canary can do extremely well all alone. That is, as a single bird in the house. However, your bird will be happier and more content if he knows (or at least thinks) there are other canaries nearby. You don't have to get another canary though for good canary care. Click here to see how to make your canary bird feel emotionally healthy and increase his singing.
Even your canary needs "routine maintenance". You change the oil in your car ever 3 months right? Well, you should check your canary about every 3 months too.
He should be inspected for illnesses and injuries. His feathers and skin can tell you many things about his health status.
In order to do this of course, you'll have to catch him.
And don't worry...it most likely won't hurt him. He won't like it, but it won't hurt him. In fact, it'll help him.
Learn more about catching, holding, and doing "routine maintenance" on your canary...click here.
Part of that "routine maintenance" includes...
Canary claws or nails can end up having a negative effect on canary health if allowed to grow out of control.
Fortunately, canary nails don't grow near as quickly as humans.
They will need
to be clipped about twice per year.
Some people recommend wrapping the perch with sandpaper to keep the canary's nails wore down. THIS IS A NO-NO! The sand paper will damage your canary's feet.
When you clip your canary's nails look carefully for the vein inside the nail.
Stay well away form this vein...
It can sometimes be difficult to stop the bleeding
if you cut into it.
--The nail clipping sketch is from "The Canary Handbook" by Mathew M. Vriends.--Keep in touch and sign up for the free canary tips newsletter.
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