Canaries for Sale
These perching birds have an unrivaled ability to control the syrinx muscles in the throat and produce wonderful songs. Most often, the word "canary" is preceded by the word "yellow" as someone is most likely describing a bright shade of the color associated with this colorful little bird, though their name is derived from Spain's Canary Islands. Canaries tend to live 10-15 years with proper care. Finches, Canaries, and their close cousins the Estrilids (Waxbills) aren't able to mimic human speech or household sounds as they lack the chords around the voice box that Parrots have which are so similar to our own. These chords are what allow for the development of spoken language, although the body language and behaviors of these birds is capable enough for pet-caregiver communication. Uncle Bill's most popular Canary species are Yellow and Red Factor.
In addition to seeds and pellets, a variety of other foods such as fruits and vegetables can and should be offered regularly to round out the bird's diet. Sources of whole wheat grains like unsweetened fortified cereals (like "Cheerios"), brown rice, cooked oats, and seeds (like those in commercial non-sunflower based seed mixes) are nutritious. Avocado should be avoided entirely as it is toxic to birds. Sun-dried millet is highly relished, as well as the occasional treat!
Minimum cage size is 12x12x15" - 18x14x18". Canaries need enough space to fly and flit about freely. Give them at least 2 perches of varying widths, diameters, and textures for the health of their feet at different heights; and do not place the perches above food or water bowls. A covering of foliage, be it silk or a non-toxic live plant for this bird is appreciated in a flight-type cage as well as a hooded bamboo nest, some dried grasses and coconut fiber for nesting materials, and some occasional live insect food. Be sure to provide plenty of toys at all times, a hiding place or hut, T-stand or playpen for out of the cage play time, and the occasional birdbath using either a mist or warm water bath. Use caution when cooking with non-stick Teflon or using aerosols as the gases can be toxic. Cover their cage at night for sleep and to avoid drafts.
Are Canaries Right for Me?
Canaries are well known for the beautiful songs they can produce! However, if you live in a noise-restricted area their vocalizations may be a little less than welcome. Also due to their sociability, they love to make visual contact with their caretakers, but do not usually enjoy being held or pet. This may make them not particularly ideal for small children. Try talking, whistling, or singing to your canary for their enjoyment, though, and you'll soon see why they are a cherished companion! Please call ahead to confirm the store location you'd like to visit has canaries for sale if you are interested in purchasing one of these delightful birds.
At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer Canaries for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure!