One of the most common birds that the population has as a pet are canaries, small birds native to the Canary Islands, from which they get their name. They are characterized especially by their song (only of the males), as well as by their colorful plumage. Taking care of a canary is not particularly complicated, although it is true that we must take into account some considerations, such as food. In this article we explain in detail how to feed a canary.

Steps to follow:

  1. First of all, it should be noted that canaries are granivores, that is, their diet will be based mainly on grains. This should NOT be their only food – they must eat other elements such as fruits and vegetables.

2. The birdseed should be the staple food of canaries, a seed rich in carbohydrates that will be mixed with other seeds that represent a good source of protein and other nutrients for our canary. Carbohydrates are not a bad word for birds. Because they move/fly a lot, pet canaries use up a lot of energy. So they burn it off.

3. Other of the most common seeds to feed a canary is:

  • Niger
  • Hemp
  • Canary Seed
  • Millet, various ones
  • Rape seed
  • Oats
  • Hemp

4. In pet stores and online, you can find preparations with a mixture of grains ideal for canaries. Even so, if you want to make it yourself, you can resort to mixing: 50% canary seed, 20% oats, quinoa, wheat, or buckwheat; , 10% reddish rape, 10% hemp seed, 6% cardillo, 2% black lettuce and 2% flax.

Bonus points if you can find the following seeds and add them to your mix:

  • foxtail
  • rye
  • orchard grass
  • Timothy grass

5. Besides this seed mix, it is necessary for the canary to eat vegetables and fruits to complete its diet, as they will provide basic vitamins and minerals for its health. You can give your canary: lettuce, cabbage, carrot, spinach, apple, orange, banana … and more.

6. You should wash the vegetables and cut them into small pieces so that the canary can eat better. Try a food processor or This Mini Food Chopper Food Chopper 1.5 cupLikewise, it will be essential that you remove from the cage what is not eaten, replace them and do not leave them in case they are eaten.

7. The birds must have something to wear down their beaks and legs so that they do not grow too large and pose a problem. In the case of the beak and, especially in canaries, different objects are used such as: cuttlefish or cuttlefish bones, calcium blocks or other accessories that you can buy in our pet store. You can see more information in our article How to prevent my bird from having beak and nail problems.

8. Clean, fresh water is essential for canaries, especially in summer. Make sure at all times that he has a drinker full of clean water so that he can drink and hydrate well.

9. With a correct diet, our birds will stay healthy and we can prevent them from contracting some of the most common diseases of canaries. In case your pet has a strange appearance or behavior, do not hesitate to take it to the vet.

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