If Your Canary Is Ill
Separate a sick bird if with other canaries or any bird for that matter. Give them warmth, cover the cage to prevent any drafts. If you see your bird puffed up or on the cage floor all the time, he is not well. They will also puff up to keep their body temperature up. Use some time of enclosure such as a small aquarium with a top and a gooseneck lamp for warmth. You can use a heating pad under a small cage too.
See if the vent is pasted (from loose stools), Get some electrolytes and put in the water. Put a small amount of yogurt to add “good” bacteria. There are times when we see a difference in our birds and many times something is not right. However, we immediately think the worst. And, sometimes the bird is stressed by other birds and they greatly improve when given a different secure location.
Often it may be a digestive issue. I also give my birds Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Normally, it is 1 TB spoon per Gallon; you will not need anywhere near that amount but measure proportionately. The first few times you give them the ACV measure less than 1 TBL per gallon. Sometimes they do not like the tart taste. Put in the drinking water once a week.
Flavored cod liver oil is a natural immune booster. You can get the orange flavored at many places. (see recipe below) Put in some soft food or smear on a piece of apple or veggie. I have seen it work wonders for a bird that seems lethargic. If you do not see improvement, there are antibiotics (broad spectrum) at the local pet store.
It always helps to have liquid calcium on hand as well. This is an important additive if you have an eggbound hen or you notice any unsteadiness in a bird. They often will be calcium deficient.
I have a tried and true Canary Paste – For When Your Canary Is Ill or just look like they need a little “something”. Its super easy to make and the ingredients are pretty cheap!
1/4 cup almonds ground fine in a blender
1 T. butter softened, REAL butter – not margarine!
1/4 c. cornmeal
1 T. honey – local if you can find it, if not this is one I use here.
1 T. Yogurt, plain
1 T. Cod-liver oil
Cream butter, honey, yogurt and cod-liver oil together in a bowl & gradually add the remaining dry ingredients, working into a stiff paste. Pack the paste into a feeding tray or press into a small dixie cup, freeze for 15 minutes and peel away the cup
Generally, we are using double breeder cages where you can divide the cage in two so you can initially separate the male from the female. When the divider is removed, you have a spacious breeding cage and later on, can use for a flight cage for the fledglings. The breeder cages measure 24x16x16 or 30x18x18 inches. You can order these from our friends at Country Feathers.net. They are fine reliable business people.
I use plastic nests that can be used year after year and shredded burlap that you can purchase by the yard then wash, dry and cut into 3-inch pieces and shred.
I am currently using Bogena that actually does a better job in covering the wings the first year. You can purchase this product on the internet. You can also use Quiko that has the vitamins and dried egg in it.
Keep on hand some Kwik stop if you are clipping nails and you get too close. If no kwik stop available use plain flour or cornstarch.
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