Sayga (sayga) wrote in canarybirds,

Baby Canary Update

Our baby canaries have pin feathers now (9 days old). The 2 light ones hatched on May 27 and the darker one hatched May 28. They are so ugly, poor little things! I took him out to see if he was still small enough to put a closed band on him, but I missed that opportunity because I wasn't feeling well for the past few days.

Mom has arranged the babies' droppings just so around the nest. I can't wait for them to get out of the nest so I can clean it.

5 days old.

2 eggs didn't hatch. They never even developed. She came home from the petstore and laid an egg, so I think the first 2 were infertile, but then she mated with our male and the rest are from him.

The first 2 hatchlings on their first day!

Mama Isis guarding her nest.
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D'awwwwwwwww! Babies! So cute!

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September 14 2011, 16:10:22 UTC 5 years ago

My canary just had 2 baby canarys like 3 days ago and i see that she's not feeding them i dont know the keep on opening there mouths.She's just getting on top of them cz theres one more egg left to hatch but can i do something about this situation i really want them and see them grow????


September 15 2011, 02:21:23 UTC 5 years ago Edited:  September 15 2011, 02:22:02 UTC

Make sure you are providing a good diet for her. She needs soft food with lots of nutrients. Try this: boil 1/4 C seed for 20 minutes, then add 1 & 1/2 finely chopped hardboiled eggs, 1/4 C oatmeal (full rolled oats, not instant, and NO sugar or flavors), 1/4 C frozen peas, 1/4C frozen corn, 1/4C chopped cooked carrots (steamed). The oats should absorb the water left over from boiling the seed. If not, keep cooking it down until the mixture is thick and not watery. Let it cool and offer her about a tablespoonful on a small dish on the floor of her cage. The baby canaries will die after 2 days of not being fed, so make sure you're offering this first thing in the morning, and again in the early afternoon. You need to offer this twice a day for the next 4 weeks, minimum, in addition to regular seed. The mixture will only last about 5-7 days in the fridge (and don't feed it to the birds at refrigerator temp; it needs to be room temp. Too hot can burn the baby's or parent's crop and kill them, too cold and the babies will die of cold), so you'll need to cook it several times in the next few weeks.

If you're already providing her soft food and she's still not feeding the babies, you may need to hand feed. You'll want to pick up a bag of Kaytee bird formula and a small syringe. You'll need to feed every 20 minutes for the first 2 hours in the morning, and every 2 hours right before dark. In the middle of the day, once per hour is sufficient. They will sleep all night, just make sure they stay warm and not hot.

Good luck!