breeding canaries

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by EitanShemy, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. EitanShemy

    EitanShemy New Egg

    Apr 11, 2016
    hello guys,
    i need help with my canaries, i own an orange female and a yellow male, the male is 2 years old, while the female is 1.5 year old.
    they have 2 large cages, 1 per each.
    a month ago the female started to show signs of breeding, 3 weeks ago she started to try and pick up the paper from the cage bottom.
    i didn't do anything about it unfortunately..
    2 weeks ago when i was on vacation i decided to put the together and let my sister handle them for a week.
    she took a photo of the 2 eggs laying in the nest, but i did not leave any nesting wires, were just sitting there /:
    at sunday she bought it and the female started to build the nest right away,
    1 day after on of the eggs was gone, only shells.
    when i got back home, 5 days ago, i seperated the male again fearing he was the one who broke the egg.
    since then
    my questions are;
    do i need to get the male back in the cage with her?
    is it possible to have more eggs if i do?
    have i done something wrong except leaving her without the nesting wires?
    help will be appreciated, Eitan.
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    How many eggs in all were laid? If just one, accidents happen, canary eggs are delicate.

    If you are fairly sure the male is at fault, he only needs to be with the hen until a nest is built and the 1st egg laid. Any eggs of that clutch laid after the male has been removed will have already been fertilized.

    Canaries normally lay 4-6 eggs to a nest. When I had canaries I preferred leaving the male with the hen and eggs to make it easier on the female during chick rearing.

    During nesting season canaries need nest food/egg food in order to raise the chicks.
  3. gpop1

    gpop1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2015
    First time parent can take a few goes to get it right. Most small birds don't see this as the end of the world they just get back to mating and trying again. The female may have disposed of them herself to make room. (if you moved the eggs to the nest she might have thrown them out as they were abandoned as soon as she started building a nest)

    Now she has materials all she needs is her mate and they will try again.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016
  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    Keep the male with the female.. supply nesting material and moist canary egg food... they need this to get protein to make the eggs.. and also to feed to their chicks.

    Cut the canaries nails if they are long... often long or sharp nails will puncture the egg shell and break the egg... then the canaries will eat the egg.

    Make sure they have calcium like cuttle fish bone or oyster shell grit.. or even crushed up egg shells.

    And vegetables like grated carrots, lettuce, etc.

    Be careful if you let the bath.. because often a canary will go back to the nest with damp feathers and brood the eggs... when they leave the nest next time the eggs can become stuck to the feathers and dragged out of the nest... this can also happen to young chicks.

    Finally you must remove the eggs as they are laid and replace them with dummy ones... then once the hen starts to brood them put the real ones back under her.... this is so all the eggs hatch at the same time... if you have a staggered hatch.. the bigger chicks will get all the food and the smaller ones may not survive.

    Good luck!
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