Habitat Sweet Habitat: Canaries

Setting up a cage for your new canary? Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing a Habitat

  • Canaries are social and can live alone or in pairs.
  • Your canary needs a home large enough to fly around in with wire spacing no larger than ½” apart. It should be large enough for a food dish, water dish, bird bath, multiple perches, toys and a cuttlebone. Get the largest cage possible that allows room for flight (a pet canary should never have its wings clipped).
  • Place the cage in a warm, bright part of the house, close to where the action is but away from all drafts and direct sunlight, and off the floor.
  • Avoid setting up the cage in or near the kitchen at all costs. Birds are extremely sensitive to fumes and those from self-cleaning ovens and Teflon-coated cookware.
  • Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.

Play & Hide
Small birds enjoy ladders, swings and mirrors with bells. Provide a minimum of two toys to keep your canary entertained.
Make sure that you locate the toys out of the bird’s natural flight path to prevent flight obstructions.
A minimum of two perches of different widths are great for exercising your canary’s feet and should be placed at varying heights throughout the cage, away from food dishes.
Nests are a great addition to canary cages and are used for sleeping.
Hay balls or hide-a-way’s filled with timothy hay will encourage foraging.
A canary’s beak will never stop growing, so make sure to provide cuttlebone or a calcium block to keep its beak trim.
Provide a warm birdbath a minimum of three to four times a week.

Bedding
Your canary’s cage should be lined with corncob bedding, recycled paper or a cage liner.
A thorough cleaning of your pet’s cage is required once weekly. Remove and wash the cage tray and perches, and wash the area around the cage. Make sure all toys are clean and damage-free, without loose or broken parts that could hurt your pet.

Shopping List
❏ Cage
❏ Water Dish
❏ Food Dish
❏ Bird Bath
❏ Multiple perches of different widths
❏ Swing
❏ Toys
❏ Fortified Canary Diet
❏ Cuttlebone
❏ Mineral block
❏ Treats
❏ Bedding

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