Canaries are super cute birds that make great pets. However, for them to have a long and healthy life, it is important to feed them the right way. The bird's diet must not only include the right foods, it must also be provided in an appropriate manner. This way, your canary will receive all the nutrients it needs.
Part 1 of 3: Choosing the right foods
Step 1. Give seeds to your canary
Typically, a canary's diet consists of seeds, fruits, vegetables and greens. There are several canary seed mixes available on the market. Most come with two to five types of seeds, especially millet, which the animals love.
Seeds should only represent a part of the bird's diet. As canaries tend to eat only millet, they can end up suffering from nutritional problems if they don't have a more diverse diet
Step 2. Offer fruits and vegetables for the birds
About 20% of the canary's diet should consist of fruits and vegetables. Wash all food thoroughly before offering it to your pet. While light vegetables such as iceberg lettuce are preferred by canaries, they are low in nutrients. Here are some foods you should offer your bird:
- Pieces of apple.
- Pitched cherries.
- Green cabbage.
- Green lettuce from dark leaves.
- Sweet potato.
Step 3. Switch to feed
Some bird owners prefer to feed their pets a ration specifically formulated for the nutritional needs of the species. Transition to feed should be slow and gradual. Offer the canary fresh feed throughout the day and gradually reduce the seed supply over a few weeks. Eventually, the bird will only eat chow.
- If you stop offering seeds out of nowhere, it is possible that the bird will take a while to start eating the feed.
- On the other hand, if you give the seeds along with the feed, it is likely that he will only eat the seeds.
- If your bird is seed crazy, transition over four to eight weeks. It should be very gradual and can take a while to finish.
Part 2 of 3: Properly feeding your canary
Step 1. Feed the birds at regular times
Feed the pets at the same time every day. A strict schedule helps canaries feel safe and calm.
- A good time to feed a canary is in the morning, right after discovering the cage. That way, your pet will know when it's time to eat.
- Birds often leave seed or feed remnants. These residues must be cleaned in the morning. Clean your canary's food dish every day.
- Fruit and vegetable remains should be cleaned after one hour.
Step 2. Offer the animal fresh fruits and vegetables daily
It is essential that your canary eat fruits and vegetables every day. However, do not leave old fruits and vegetables in the cage for too long. Throw them away after an hour. Next time you're putting food for the bird, offer fresh, appetizing fruits and vegetables.
Try handing your pet's favorite fruits and vegetables to your pet. In addition to the nutritional value, this is a great way to bond with your canary
Step 3. Offer the right amount of food to the animal
A normal canary eats the equivalent of about a teaspoon of seeds a day. If the bird eats feed, consult the manufacturer's instructions for recommended serving sizes.
About 20% of the canary's diet should consist of fruits and vegetables. This means that you should give the bird one or two small pieces of fruit or vegetable each day
Part 3 of 3: Supplementing the Canary Diet
Step 1. Offer nutritional supplements for your canary
Talk to your veterinarian about supplements that can contribute to your bird's health. If the canary eats feed, it is likely that it does not need supplements. A bird that feeds on seeds, however, can benefit from some extra nutrients.
- Supplementation is especially important in times of transition, such as when the bird starts laying eggs. During the breeding season, birds need calcium supplementation so they do not develop a mineral deficiency.
- Most supplements can be offered with foods such as fruits.
- If you mix the supplements with water, it is possible that the canary will start drinking less water.
Step 2. Offer new fruits and vegetables to the bird frequently
To keep your bird interested in the food, change the fruits and vegetables offered from time to time. Choose a new food a week and see how the pet reacts. He'll like some and not others, and it's super fun figuring out what your canary's favorite foods are.
Don't completely discard a fruit or vegetable just because the canary didn't care the first time it tasted. Offer your bird a variety of fruits and vegetables, even if it has already rejected them
Step 3. Try feeding your canary bird sand
There is controversy as to how good bird sand really is for pets' digestion. Some consider sand essential, while others say it does more harm than good. If you choose to give sand to your canary, invest in a soluble product, with siba bone, oyster shells and limestone. These ingredients can be digested by the animal's gastric acids.