What is the best time for canary breeding? Which is the best location, cage and nest for breeding canaries? Tips that you will need if you are thinking of pairing your canaries.
What should be clear from the beginning before cititng some tips and thoughts on mating canaries, is that everything that will be mentioned below is empirical knowledge acquired during my more than 20 years of dealing with canaries. This is not a scientific essay and do not claim infallibility. I ust want to help, to give a few words, directions to the amateur breeder in the most comprehensible way to mate properly his few chicks in its possession.
First of all we have to respond to the most common question…
What is the best time for Breeding Canaries?
The answer is simple. The one that nature has set for mating; the season when the duration of daily illumination reaches 14 hours. For our country, the beginning of May or at least at the end of April.
It is the time when the temperature is around 19-20 degrees and the relative humidity is usually close to 50-60%. This is what we call ideal conditions for breeding season.
WARNING We SHOULD NEVER MATE BIRDS THAT ARE ILL.
Quite some time however before mating, maybe a month, we must have acquired adequate space to house the family of our canary friends. And here we have to answer to another basic question also…
What is the best place for Canary Breeding?
This breeding cage will be placed at a point that is cool and bright (not exposed to direct sunlight) but also with no drafts. It is very important that our decision for placing it to result after careful observation of the space and of the possibilities we have. There should be no movements in retrospect.
After we have decided for the location where our “precious stars” will house their love, the first contact comes.
We put the partition in the breeding cage and our birds, each one in his own half. Our next care is also a very basic parameter for the successful contact of the pair. Their preparation!
You see even in the mating of birds there must be a preparation beforehand. Although you can easily play the role of the best man, there are other things you need to take care for you to have good results.
Which is the most suitable canary nest?
Canaries, with regard on breeding are generally what we call “convenient” birds. They don’t have specific requirements for building their nest. Many times you will see your female bird, if its time comes, trying to be crammed in the feeder or in some other food utensil, or even in a convenient corner in the bottom of the cage to create its nest.
We however should not be indifferent about the condition of the canary breeding nest. Commercially available forms in the shape of nests and types of yarns facilitate matters immensely.
Basically you need to choose between two types of nests for your canaries. The internal, those fastened to the inner part of the cage and the external, fitted (suspended) on the outside. Each of these has some advantages and some disadvantages.
Here I will say that once we can solve the cleanliness issue in positioning the external nest (not soiling the surrounding area from the droppings of the chicks), I think it is the best solution. It has the great advantage that it adds rather than subtracts living space, but also is very easy to clean, to access and monitor the progress of its inhabitants.
Certainly the most common construction materials of this kind of nest is plastic that creates some difficulties to the female canary when she “paves” it. Its difficult to immobilize the threads at some point (they slip) and so it is appropriate for this reason, and not only, to stitch a quetche (felt) on its bottom.
It is a material that is sold in relevant shops. On the subject of the Forum “Felt in Nests you can see some “finished ones”, ready to use, nests.
Having therefore such a nest positioned in our mating cage is almost certain that our female canary would opt for it over any other spot and will pave it with the nest material which we will provide her with.
It is nothing other than yarns of different qualities and from that will be needed for dressing the nest. Preferences vary but all can be covered since “everything” exists in the trade.
Threads made of cotton, burlap, hemp, coconut palm, goat hair, etc. Do not hesitate to do some testing by changing threads, if you find that your female canary does not like some material enough.
The preparation of breeding canaries
It is in essence the particularly intensive diet for increasing their sexual desire. Before continuing on that, I would like you to notice the priority that you should always give to the male.
It is the bird that must be preceded by a week in intensive diet to be followed in order to be sure that it will be consistent in its duties and will not be left exposed before our eyes but also its partner.
The FIRST nutritional week begins by putting daily to the male bird, seeds, half hard-boiled egg, spinach-radish-endive alternately, and three times a week a multivitamin in its water. For the female canary give only seeds, but always with a small cuttlefish bone in its possession.
In the SECOND week the diet is common to both of the two birds. Seeds, egg food, green apple as well as a multivitamin every day in the water. On the side of the female every other day, we add 1.5g of calci-lux in the 100g drinker.
The THIRD and FOURTH weeks are identical to the second.
At the beginning of the fourth week we place the nest on the side of the female and give threads to the bird. Do not forget to place the “felt” deep inside the nest. You will find it very useful in a few days.
In this phase may a lot might happen, ranging from humorous to paradoxical. What we should know is that if her mood is to pave the nest with threads then we are ready to open the panel and to bring the couple together.
Somewhere here the first stage of our actions finishes which was to bring the birds into contact properly, with good preparation, causing them a high sexual desire.
Enjoy what happens next. The construction of the nest, the kisses and their sexual contacts. Watch and make your own conclusions about the temperament, the character of your canaries.