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Canary (Serinus canarius)

Experience Level: Intermediate

Canary in cage

Nutrition & Maintenance

Nutrition and Maintenance
• Maintenance diet should consist of fortified pellet-seed blend.

• Fresh fruits and vegetables should be removed after four hours to prevent spoilage.

• Clean and refill food and water bowls once a day.

• Cuttlebone/mineral block should be available in the cage at all times.

• Canaries only eat off the top layer of the food dish, so if feeding pellet-seed mixes, be sure to check the food daily and remove empty seed hulls.

 

Dietary Options 


Examples Feeding Frequency
Prepared Diets* Pelleted or pellet-seed diet Food should be refreshed daily and should always be approximately 3/4 full.
Vegetables Dark, leafy greens, (kale, collard, mustard, dandelion, escarole) and vegetables (zucchini, broccoli, squash and shredded carrots)

Once daily; should make up 20% of diet.

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours. 

Fruits Papaya, banana, melon

Once weekly; should only make up 5% of diet.

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours. 

Cooked Foods Scrambled or boiled eggs, whole wheat pasta, beans, peas

Once weekly; should make up less than 5% of diet. 

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours. 

*Pelleted diets may have grains, fruit and vegetable additives for variety and probiotics to support digestive health. 

 

 

Safety and Cleanliness
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning its home.