For the majority of canary fanciers in the UK, April signals the start of the canary breeding season

Canary hens will happily rear two or even three nests of chicks each year, if properly cared for, without causing themselves any discomfort.

The key to successful breeding is a good standard of hygiene and attention to detail.

Given the right conditions, the Yorkshire canary will rear its own young unaided. With a reasonable amount of luck, anyone can successfully breed these delightful birds, and look forward to many years enjoyment from their hobby.

 

 

 

Caring for canaries Week 14

Caring for Canaries: April to June

Week 14
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Week 16
Week 17
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasSoftfoodgive daily until eggs laid.
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingCocksIntroduce cocks to hens breeding cages
HensPlace hens into individual breeding cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingTwice a week
Specialist TasksHeatingMaintain constant temperature of 55-60 degrees farenheit
LightingMaintain 14 hours daylight
NestsProvide adequate nesting material to allow nest building to commence in earnest.
ObservationMonitor birds to ensure fighting does not take place. Remove cock birds if necessary.
Breeding TasksEgg Layingcheck nests daily for new eggs.
Egg removalRemove eggs daily. Return when 4th egg laid.
IncubationCanary eggs take 14 days to hatch, from date eggs returned.
Cock birdsRemove cock birds to separate cages whilst hen incubates eggs.
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Caring for Canaries: April to June

Week 15
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Week 17
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasSoftfoodgive daily until eggs laid.
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingCocksIntroduce cocks to hens breeding cages
HensPlace hens into individual breeding cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingTwice a week
Specialist TasksHeatingMaintain constant temperature of 55-60 degrees farenheit
LightingMaintain 14 hours daylight
NestsProvide adequate nesting material to allow nest building to commence in earnest.
ObservationMonitor birds to ensure fighting does not take place. Remove cock birds if necessary.
Breeding TasksEgg Layingcheck nests daily for new eggs.
Egg removalRemove eggs daily. Return when 4th egg laid.
IncubationCanary eggs take 14 days to hatch, from date eggs returned.
Cock birdsRemove cock birds to separate cages whilst hen incubates eggs.
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Caring for Canaries: April to June

Week 16
Week 14
Week 15
Week 17
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasSoftfoodgive daily until eggs laid.
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingCocksIntroduce cocks to hens breeding cages
HensPlace hens into individual breeding cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingTwice a week
Specialist TasksHeatingMaintain constant temperature of 55-60 degrees farenheit
LightingMaintain 14 hours daylight
NestsProvide adequate nesting material to allow nest building to commence in earnest.
ObservationMonitor birds to ensure fighting does not take place. Remove cock birds if necessary.
Breeding TasksEgg Layingcheck nests daily for new eggs.
Egg removalRemove eggs daily. Return when 4th egg laid.
IncubationCanary eggs take 14 days to hatch, from date eggs returned.
Cock birdsRemove cock birds to separate cages whilst hen incubates eggs.
HatchingWatch for signs of hatching 14 days after incubation commences.
Rearing ChicksCock birdsReturn cock bird to help feed chicks from 3rd day
Cage FloorsCheck regularly for chicks fallen from nest
SoftfoodProvide fresh softfood two or more times each day, for newly hatched chicks.
Soaked seedsFeed daily from 3rd day after hatching
GreenfoodFeed daily from 3rd day after hatching
Cage FloorsRemove any uneaten/stale food daily
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Caring for Canaries: April to June

Week 17
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasSoftfoodgive daily until eggs laid.
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingCocksIntroduce cocks to hens breeding cages
HensPlace hens into individual breeding cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingTwice a week
Specialist TasksHeatingMaintain constant temperature of 55-60 degrees farenheit
LightingMaintain 14 hours daylight
NestsProvide adequate nesting material to allow nest building to commence in earnest.
ObservationMonitor birds to ensure fighting does not take place. Remove cock birds if necessary.
Breeding TasksEgg Layingcheck nests daily for new eggs.
Egg removalRemove eggs daily. Return when 4th egg laid.
IncubationCanary eggs take 14 days to hatch, from date eggs returned.
Cock birdsRemove cock birds to separate cages whilst hen incubates eggs.
HatchingWatch for signs of hatching 14 days after incubation commences.
Rearing ChicksCock birdsReturn cock bird to help feed chicks from 3rd day and monitor carefully
Cage FloorsCheck regularly for chicks fallen from nest
SoftfoodProvide fresh softfood two or more times each day, for newly hatched chicks.
Soaked seedsFeed daily from 3rd day after hatching
GreenfoodFeed daily from 3rd day after hatching
Cage FloorsRemove any uneaten/stale food daily
RingingApply closed rings when birds 4-7 days old
Nest pansCheck for mite, and replace with new nest after chicks 10 days old
Round twoNew NestProvide second nest at opposite end of cage when chicks 15 days old
Nesting MaterialProvide new nesting material to prevent chicks being plucked
New eggsMonitor any egg laying activities as described earlier
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Caring for Canaries: April to June

Week 18
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasSoftfoodgive daily until eggs laid.
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingCocksIntroduce cocks to hens breeding cages
HensPlace hens into individual breeding cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingTwice a week
Specialist TasksHeatingMaintain constant temperature of 55-60 degrees farenheit
LightingMaintain 14 hours daylight
NestsProvide adequate nesting material to allow nest building to commence in earnest.
ObservationMonitor birds to ensure fighting does not take place. Remove cock birds if necessary.
Breeding TasksEgg Layingcheck nests daily for new eggs.
Egg removalRemove eggs daily. Return when 4th egg laid.
IncubationCanary eggs take 14 days to hatch, from date eggs returned.
Cock birdsRemove cock birds to separate cages whilst hen incubates eggs.
HatchingWatch for signs of hatching 14 days after incubation commences.
Rearing ChicksCock birdsReturn cock bird to help feed chicks from 3rd day and monitor carefully
Cage FloorsCheck regularly for chicks fallen from nest
SoftfoodProvide fresh softfood two or more times each day, for newly hatched chicks.
Soaked seedsFeed daily from 3rd day after hatching
GreenfoodFeed daily from 3rd day after hatching
Cage FloorsRemove any uneaten/stale food daily
RingingApply closed rings when birds 4-7 days old
Nest pansCheck for mite, and replace with new nest after chicks 10 days old
FledgingChicks will leave their nests \t approx 21 days old.
Weaning chicksObserve fledged chicks feeding themselves, and remove to separate cage.
Next RoundNew NestProvide second nest at opposite end of cage when chicks 15 days old
Nesting MaterialProvide new nesting material to prevent chicks being plucked
New eggsMonitor any egg laying activities as described earlier
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Caring for Canaries: April to June

Weeks 19 - 25
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Week 15
Week 16
 
Week 17
Week 18
Week 26
 
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasSoftfoodDaily
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingAdult birdsRemove from breeding cages and house in small groups in flight cages
Young birdsindividual cage per bird if possible
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingTwice a week
Specialist TasksHeatingReduce temperature to 45-55 degrees farenheit
LightingSwitch off artificial lighting
Breeding TasksAllow birds to finish rearing late bred young, and remove to flights.
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Week 26
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
DietStaple foodFresh WaterDaily
Mixed Canary Seed
Added extrasSoftfoodgive daily until eggs laid.
MineralsMineral Grit
Oystershell Grit
Charcoal
Cuttlefish
Always available
Refresh weekly
SupplementsFeed as recommended by manufacturer
General ManagementHousingCocksIntroduce cocks to hens breeding cages
HensPlace hens into individual breeding cages
CleaningCagesWeekly / as required
PerchesDaily / Weekly / as required
UtensilsDaily / Weekly / as required
BathingTwice a week
Specialist TasksHeatingMaintain constant temperature of 55-60 degrees farenheit
LightingMaintain 14 hours daylight
NestsProvide adequate nesting material to allow nest building to commence in earnest.
ObservationMonitor birds to ensure fighting does not take place. Remove cock birds if necessary.
Breeding TasksEgg Layingcheck nests daily for new eggs.
Egg removalRemove eggs daily. Return when 4th egg laid.
IncubationCanary eggs take 14 days to hatch, from date eggs returned.
Cock birdsRemove cock birds to separate cages whilst hen incubates eggs.
HatchingWatch for signs of hatching 14 days after incubation commences.
Rearing ChicksCock birdsReturn cock bird to help feed chicks from 3rd day and monitor carefully
Cage FloorsCheck regularly for chicks fallen from nest
SoftfoodProvide fresh softfood two or more times each day, for newly hatched chicks.
Soaked seedsFeed daily from 3rd day after hatching
GreenfoodFeed daily from 3rd day after hatching
Cage FloorsRemove any uneaten/stale food daily
RingingApply closed rings when birds 4-7 days old
Nest pansCheck for mite, and replace with new nest after chicks 10 days old
FledgingChicks will leave their nests at approx 21 days old.
Weaning chicksWhen fledged chicks feeding themselves, remove to separate cage.
Paper tray weaning cage and clean daily
Feed soft food, greenfood and soaked seeds only
Provide fresh drinking water daily
Allow weaned birds to bathe daily
Apply split rings at 3-4 weeks
Commence show training when chicks five weeks old
Provide hard seed when chicks six weeks old
Remove promising birds to individual cages at six weeks old
Next RoundNew NestProvide second nest at opposite end of cage when chicks 15 days old
Nesting MaterialProvide new nesting material to prevent chicks being plucked
New eggsMonitor any egg laying activities as described earlier
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