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Canary Tips! Feather Plucking Part 2 Environment
April 02, 2005
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Feather Plucking Part2: How Your Canaryís Environment Can Lead to Feather Plucking.
You can help avoid the problem of feather plucking in your canary by keeping his environmental conditions clean and free of toxins.
Environmental conditions include air quality, temperatures, humidity levels, and the like.
One of the worst things for your canary is...
It's terrible for your canary's feathers. You and I can take off our smoky clothes and wash them. Your bird can't and he is very sensitive to this type of toxic environment.
Tobacco smoke residue will cause filthy unhealthy feathers and irritated skin.
As a side note...It's absolutely deadly for your bird to breathe in tobacco smoke as well. Birds don't have the filtering system that other animals have. See... Canary Toxins.
Letting your canary have a daily bath will help a little in keeping his feathers clean but will do little to cleanse his skin and that's where the problem begins. To insure that your canary has clean healthy skin keep his environment clean.
Another cause of feather plucking is an...
Excessively Dry Environment.
This may also cause skin irritations.
If your home has a fire place or a running furnace that keeps the air dry you might want to use a humidifier. Regular baths will help also or even a conditioning spray. See...Clean Canary.
It Sure Is Hot in Here!
And your canary is not a mushroom so be careful of...
Low Light Intensity.
Don't let your canary become confused as to whether it is dusk or early afternoon. Open up some drapes and turn a light on. Let the sun shine in. :-)
Too Many Daylight Hours
Long days can cause an off-season molt--or soft molt--not to mention nights that are too short to allow sufficient rest, resulting in feather plucking. Remember to cover the cage at sundown and uncover it at sunrise. If this is inconvenient at least try to keep the number of daylight hours to under 12 per day. See...
Zinc and Lead Toxicity can be a problem but is not as common in canaries as it is in the parrot family.
Birds in the parrot family use their beaks on the cage bars a lot...climbing, chewing, and sucking. Although today's cages tend to be powder coated--protecting birds from the metal of the bars--birds in the parrot family have been known to eat through the coating, especially on older cages.
The good news? Canaries do not have the same habits. You will rarely see a canary mouthing the cage bars. However...
If the coating on your canary's cage is flaking off--making it easy to get at--he may decide he wants to eat some of it. Inspect your cage closely. If you see any type of material flaking off the cage bars, get a new cage...immediately!
An infestation of feather mites can cause irritation that may lead to feather plucking. See...Canary Disease.
Keeping your canaryís environment healthy goes much deeper than just preventing feather plucking. A good environment will prevent many other illnesses. Plus, it will keep him happy and full of song!
In Part 3 weíll talk about how high stress can lead to a number of physiological and psychological problems...including feather plucking.
My Male Canary Laid An Egg!
Once in while I get an email from someone who wants to know how to determine the sex of canaries. I also will occasionally get an email from a new canary owner that goes something like this...
ďMy male canary laid an egg today! I didnít know they could do that! What do I do?Ē
No my friend, males donít lay eggs. You have a female.
But donít feel too bad. Even experienced breeders get fooled now and then. Itís extremely difficult--if not impossible--to accurately determine the sex of a canary.
My friend Edith Vermeij wrote a poem recently that I want to share. It is short and sweet but says SOooo much about the job of sexing canaries.
ďThose of us who raise canaries,
Confusion with canary pairs
Thanks Edith, for letting me post this poem.
So how do you determine a canaryís sex? Youíll have to wait to find out. The next issue of CanaryTips! will teach you how. Sorry...Youíll just have to be patient. ;-)
Keep Your Canary FREE of Toxins.
Give Your Canary The Best Home Possible
What's the #1 way to increase canary singing? Use recorded songs!
Written by Darren Walker
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