I once was asked to pet-sit for a little Canary named Joggl during the vacation of his owner. First I was skeptical if the little bird will be comfortable enough in my apartment. But this little fluffball started to sing the moment I placed his cage in my living room. I became so used to his daily singing that I missed the little guy when the owner came back from vacation and picked Joggl up.
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During my canary-sitting time I found out that feeding bird food that Joggl really loved made him sing even more and louder. One nice song after the other. Giving canaries the right food is of course also important for health reasons.
Actually there is a very close correlation between health and singing with canaries. They stop singing when they don‘t feel good or healthy. A very strong sign. If this is the case with your little canaries try to change their food. Most often this alone will help to bring back health and beautiful songs.
The right food for canaries should consist of a rich mix of nuts, fruits, seeds, vegetables, herbs and even include some bee pollen that are considered to be very healthy. The seeds are among all the other ingredients the most essential ones.
Canaries are seed-eaters. In nature they consume a variety of seeds and only look for other food when the seed season is over. Then they even eat insects and mostly fruits such as berries and vegetation.
What good canary food shouldn’t contain is sugar, salt, any preservatives, chemicals or artificial flavors. Your feathery friend will thank it to you with happy singing.
It‘s recommended to mix food from different brands, you can have a base food and add some treats and diet supplements to it. Your little canary will always demonstrate if he likes it or not.
And while I speak about food I have to mention the importance of water. Canaries need water, they need to have access to fresh water all the time.
About how much you should feed your canary there is the general rule that you should offer up to 2 teaspoons of food per bird. If you have more than one canary in a cage, give their food in different dishes. And if there is food left over at the end of the day you might have given too much and need to adjust the amount of food.
The following brands offer differently sized packages of canary food. Also take into consideration that some of the provided food is staple food or meant as diet supplement.
Dr Harveys Incredible Canary Blend Bird Food
- Holistic health blend for canaries
- Contains no preservatives, dyes or synthetic ingredients of any kind
- Large variety of fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds and herbs
- Promotes longevity and beautiful plumage
- Bag of 2 lbs.
My Stafford Canary literally went crazy for this seed as seed as I put it in his cage. I put it in a separate dish and still had his other seed varieties in the cage. I don’t know what it is about this seed. I can definitely smell a fresh, spicey and sweet aroma when I open the bag and maybe the bird can too and that is what attracts him to it. One thing is for sure and that was when I first placed the open dish in his cage he immediately and enthusiastically hopped on to it and started eating this new seed with zeal.
This canary seed is the freshest and best quality I have seen. If you care about your canary, you will purchase this seed. The best I have seen!
My canary sings a lot and is feisty while going through this food He awaits when I’m changing his food dish so he can jump right in and get going. He is not even mindful of my standing right next to him as he’s more interested in eating than me. Isn’t that nice!
Grains & Greens Variety Blend for Canaries
- New SURP package
- Diverse mix of nutrient-rich garden vegetables and select grains
- Delicious mix for fruit, vegetables, seeds and grains to add diversity to your birds diet
- 1 pack of 8 oz.
My canaries love this mix added to their regular foods!
My finches love it. It’s a plastic ‘resealable’ packet.
Great product, bird loves it.
Volkman Super Canary Bird Seed
- Nutritionally balanced bird diet
- Fortified with vitamins, minerals amino acids bonded and select grains
- Designed mix special for Canaries
- All mixes contain exceptionally clean all-natural, human-grade ingredients
Definitely approve of this seed for canaries. Thanks to Amazon, it always arrives on time and as expected. Thanks.
I am very satisfied with this canary seed as far as price, quality, quantity and shipment speed, and ease of ordering. My little canary sings his heart out, night and day; he deserves a fresh, nutritious meal!
Nice product, good seeds, clean.