February 18, 2015
Canary Eggs Ready to Hatch!
I started raising canaries quite a few years ago, after I discovered how much joy and beautiful singing they offer to a home. It is not very easy caring for a large flock of birds—cages get dirty daily, food has to be fresh and clean, water fresh and replaced daily, etc., etc. But I would not give them up for the world! They add color and sound and beauty and friendship. And they do not have to be walked and exercised like dogs, and they do not have litter boxes like the kittens, and they do not have to be kept super warm like an iguana.
Companionship is perhaps the greatest attribute for singing birds like canaries. Think about getting some if you live alone, or if you know someone who does. Hours and hours of enjoyment are certainly worth the time it takes to care for them. And you do not have to have 24, like I do, or breed them as I do. Enjoy!!!
1 Such beautiful eggs. Such a carefully but casually constructed nest. These are eggs from my red factor canaries who live in a very large cage in my dining room. The eggs are, for me, a signal that spring is coming to the farm.
2 This was our lone song bird canary known as a Timbrado, raised by a neighbor, Frank Bua, who is well-known for his singing birds. Timbrados hail from Spain and are famous continuous singers. This was a gift to me a few months ago.
3 Another nest, this one even a bit more "casual," but nonetheless effective—three eggs about ready to hatch.
4 A peek through the wire of the cage. How many will hatch? Will they be healthy? We certainly hope so.
5 It takes just a couple of weeks for canary eggs to hatch—14 days until gestation.
6 Mother canaries are very diligent—they sit carefully for two weeks and are quite protective.
7 This canary has such bright eyes and is very alert!
8 The cage is cleaned every day, and water and fresh food—including a salad bar with greens from the greenhouse—are added daily.
9 I chose red factor canaries primarily for their brilliant red and orange tones.
10 Tim and his many girlfriends, and some competitive males, eating freshly harvested mache.
11 Bred in house, many canaries are more apricot in color.
12 A good photo of an assortment of the different shades of red—Tim is the yellowish canary on the left.
13 These canaries are vibrant, sing all the time, and listen to classical music all day on Sirius Symphony.
14 Hey, whose nest is this? Two canaries, but only one mother!
15 Another canary sitting on three eggs. She has about two more days before the babies are born.
16 We have about six nests. shredded burlap or cut up cotton string, and very fertile canaries ready to mother!
17 In the natural daylight the canaries are so colorful.
18 Look closely—one baby fuzzball has hatched!
19 Hard to distinguish, but a healthy tiny bird is in the nest.
20 I cut apple branches for roosts in the cage. They are replaced every three months or so, but I like the natural look.
21 A third bird is getting the idea that maybe it is her time to lay.
22 This many canaries make sort of a "mess" in the the cage—the cage is washed daily, as are all the dishes and water bowls.
23 This beauty looks so proud.
24 I really do not know who is male and who is female, but we try to trade half the birds each year to keep the blood lines from becoming inbred.
25 Canary nails need to be clipped every six months or so.
26 This sweet little fellow, with a dirty mouth, flew out of the cage accidentally and luckily landed on a tea pot and not in a cat's mouth.
27 It waited patiently to be rescued and returned to its cage.
28 Two babies just photographed—they are just beginning to feather out and their eyes are just little bulges.