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Seed as Canary Food
Your pet is easy to feed. What kind of canary food does he like?...Canaries eat seed from the Canary Grass plant but...
They eat other kinds of bird seed too...seed specially mixed for their natural diet. Some of the seed that is used for a good mixture of canary food are...
and yes, seed from the Canary Grass plant...
The mixtures are done in different ways. Mankind has discovered ways to get your canary as many nutrients as possible while cutting down on the amount of work involved...We humans are good at that.
As a result you end up with 3 basic categories of mixtures...
vitamin enriched mixture, and
Mixtures that have dried fruits and vegetables plus supplements mixed in with the seed...my favorite. There is no competition as far as I'm concerned. Your canary need variety so sticking with a basic seed mix is just short sighted.-->Oh...and it's
my canary's favorite too.
First let's talk about...
Standard Canary Seed Mixture
A good standard mixture is easy to find at any good pet store. Even your local Walmart will have a basic mixture that will be fine for your canary.
This species-specific daily feeding formula may be fed as-is or manually mixed with fresh fruits, nuts, and greens for variety.
However, even the best "standard" seed mixes for canaries may be short on vitamins A, B, C, and D. Supplement your canary's diet with vitamins and plenty of healthy treats for a happy healthy pet.
Or...you have another choice...
Vitamin Enriched Seed
If you use a mixture with the vitamin coated canary seed I still suggest you add vitamin supplements to your canary's water a at least once a week. This will help insure that he is getting all the vitamins he needs from his "caged" diet.
Regular use of vitamins can contribute to a healthy energetic bird that is more resistant to disease and more likely to stay healthy and keep SINGING!.
With bird seed as a staple for your bird you will need to offer supplemental foods on a regular basis...most importantly
greens (such as broccoli and sprouts) and egg food for protein.
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Providing vitamin coated canary seed plus a
vitamin supplement in his water or canary food, and treats on the side is a good way to go...
...you know you're providing a good nutritional foundation with the vitamin coated seed and supplements, and the "snack" foods will be a welcome change in his diet. Give him plenty of variety in his foods to keep him healthy and in good spirits.
***Low Maintenance Tip***
If you are really interested in keeping this as low maintenance as possible try...
...Pellets--The Low Maintenance Canary Food.
Pellets are a manufactured canary food similar to the manufactured Dog Chow or Cat Chow. You can consider pellets "Canary Chow".
Pellets are an OK way to feed your pet bird. They are
high in vitamins and minerals
. Higher than the basic seed mix actually. Pellets will provide him most of the nutrients he needs from his canary food. He won't need supplemental foods very often with pellets but don't forget...
...variety is the spice of a canary's life. Give him a healthy snack now and then in addition to his normal canary food so he doesn't get too bored.
The reason I say pellets are just "OK" is because they're not REAL food. They're manufactured rather than natural. I think natural seeds, fruits and vegetables are the way to go. Providing pellets and a good seed mix together is the best way to go.
Changing To Pellets
If you want to use pellets exclusively and your canary has been eating seed up until now you'll want to gradually change over. Give his digestive system time to get used to the new diet.
Start with a small amount of pellets mixed in with his seed mix and gradually give a little more each day over about a week. Watch your canary closely to see if he is partaking of the pellets. He may not recognize them as canary food right away and if you stop giving seed he could starve himself to death.
If your pet bird shows no interest in the pellets try splashing a small amount lightly with some apple juice to coax them into trying a taste. Discard these "apple juice pellets" after about 12 hours. Who knows what kind of nasties grow on warm moist apple juice!
Once you have him switched over you can continue mixing the pellets with his seed or...
As long as you've got all that seed left over plant it in a container for growing canary grass...Keep it moist and warm, with plenty of light and in a couple weeks whack off the top inch or so and feed that to your bird. He'll love it and he'll love you for it!
Soaking or boiling your seed is a pleasurable treat that canaries love. See Soft Seed.
THE CANARY SEED DISH
For your pet birds seed you can use the standard seed dish. You'll want to place it near the bottom of the cage so spilled seed lands on his floor rather than yours...the higher up the dish the more seed will exit the cage. Don’t put it under a perch though...guess what ends up underneath the perches...
...that's right, a pile of bird crap!
Your canary doesn't want crap in his canary seed or water but unfortunately he's not smart enough to go in the corner. Instinct tells him to crap wherever and whenever he likes...
...Must be nice.
The best seed dish is wide and shallow.
For best results it should be filled every day with one day’s ration of seed. This is the high maintenance method.
You can put several days’ worth of seed in a
deep dish but what happens is...
As your canary eats he hulls his seeds, the hulls fall back into the dish and cover up the seed. Now your pet bird is wondering where all the seed went...its covered in hulls!
You'll either want to use a wide shallow dish and put a days ration or two of canary seed in it every day or...if you use a deep dish you'll want to carry the dish outside and gently blow the hulls off the top of the canary seed every day. You won't have to add any seed for several days but you'll want to keep those hulls off the top.
If your canary can't see the seed for the hulls he'll scratch around inside the dish scattering seed and hulls everywhere...Now you've got a mess to clean up! OK, OK its not as bad as it sounds but he can get pretty messy.
One way to cut way down on scattering of canary seed and other foods is to use an enclosed feeder . It helps prevent your canary from scattering canary food to the outside of the cage.
Another way to prevent canary seed from escaping the cage is to use a seed guard. A canary seed guard wraps around the bottom of the cage and creates a curtain of sorts. Very useful.
Between the enclosed feeder and the canary seed guard things should stay pretty clean.
***Low Maintenance Tip***
Use enclosed feeders. I love these. They really cut down on cleaning and feeding time. The bigger the better as far as I'm concerned. Try to find one with a large mouth or bowl at the bottom.
You can even use a standard glass watering tube if you want. Just put canary seed in it instead of water. Presto...an automatic feeder! Just make sure you blow the empty hulls off the top of the canary seed often.Also make sure the extra seed is feeding through the outlet.
***Low Maintenance Tip***
Another great alternatives to the plain old plastic seed dish is stainless steel. Stainless steel is easy to clean and will not absorb bacteria like plastic might.
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