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Canary (Serinus canarius)

Experience Level: Intermediate

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Canaries

Did you know? Canaries are named for the Canary Islands. They are commonly bred for different traits, including color, song voice or other physical traits.

Step 1Choosing a Habitat

Housing
• Canaries are social and can be housed in pairs or in larger flocks in aviaries. Minimum cage size is 12x12x15".

Perches
• Provide at least two (A) perches of differing widths, diameters and textures to help keep your pet’s feet healthy. Place perches at different heights. Do not place over (B) food bowls.

Cage Placement
• Place your bird’s cage at or below eye level, away from drafts and open windows. Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.

• Be aware that Canaries are sensitive to smoke, scorched Teflon and strong odors. The cage should not be placed in the kitchen.

Step 2Play and Hide

These items are essential for your pet’s comfort, health and wellbeing.

Nests
(C) For sleeping, your Canary may enjoy a nest.

Hay Balls
(D) When filled with timothy hay, these balls encourage foraging.

Natural Wooden Branches (not pictured)
• These are used to increase the number of habitat hiding spots. Millet spray and produce can be tied onto branches to encourage foraging.

Baths
• Offer a warm bath or gently mist your pet with warm water from a clean spray bottle 2-3 times per week.

 

Step 3Bedding

Types
(E) Corn cob bedding, aspen, wood pellets or recycled paper products can be used. Cage liners are also appropriate.

Cleaning
• Bedding should be spot cleaned weekly and completely change bedding monthly.

 

Traits and Behavior

Social
• Canaries love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your Canaries will provide the interaction and socialization they need.

Song Birds
• The beautiful song of the male bird makes the Canary an entertaining pet.

Messy Eaters
• Your Canary will drop a lot of food while eating.

HEALTH
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Decreased appetite; weight loss

• Decreased activity and grooming behavior

• Prolonged sitting at the bottom of cage

• Discharge from nose or mouth; frequent sneezing

• Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

• If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or avian veterinarian about the health of your pet.

PETSMART CARES
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.

 

Canary in cage

HEALTH
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your bird, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Decreased appetite; weight loss • Decreased activity and grooming behavior

• Change in droppings in excess of two days

• Prolonged sitting at the bottom of cage

• Discharge from nose or mouth; frequent sneezing

• Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart associate or your avian veterinarian regarding the health of your pet.

PETSMART CARES
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our birds.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.

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