1 Here are five speckled red factor canary eggs waiting to hatch. As you can see, the hen made this nest using shredded burlap, twine and cotton string.
2 Usually a hen will lay between two and five eggs. The mother canary typically won't sit on her eggs for the first two days of laying, but once she begins to sit tight, she will remain there most of the time until the eggs hatch. This period is called "setting".
3 Canaries tend to start hatching after the 13th day. Once they hatch, the red factor canary is pale peach in color.
4 Here is one hatchling and one egg. If you look closely, you can just make out the beak of the baby bird. Baby canaries break out of their shells unassisted, but are born featherless and sightless.
5 Here are two baby canaries still in the nest. At this stage, some of their feathers have formed. A baby chick's beak is not yet strong enough to eat seeds for the first six weeks. During this time, they will depend on their mother for food and shelter.
6 Canaries are generally good-natured, social creatures. Healthy canaries will always have clear, bright eyes, clean, smooth feathers and curious, active dispositions.
7 Red factor canaries need certain nutrients to maintain their bold, colorful plumage. Fresh foods containing beta-carotene, canthaxanthin and carotenoids along with greens and the appropriate canary seed make up a good well-balanced diet.
8 Their bold colors can range in shades of light peach to apricot to orange to red. Aren't they absolutely stunning?
9 Red factor canaries are very popular pets. They are prized for their color rather than their song, but they are also very melodious singers and enjoy singing. My canaries also love to listen to classical music, which I keep on for them during the day.
10 To keep my canaries looking and feeling their best, I make sure their cages are cleaned daily. They also get lots of fresh water and food. A canary's metabolism is very fast, so it's important to be observant of their eating needs and habits.
11 First bred in the early 1900s, this canary is the only color-bred variety with a "red factor" as part of its genetic makeup. They were originally developed by crossing a red siskin and a yellow canary.
12 I always provide natural cut branches in the canary cage for the birds to sit on. They love perching on them.
13 If you choose to keep canaries, remember to get the largest cage your home can accommodate, and the nicest cage your budget can afford. Canaries need room to flap their wings and fly from perch to perch.
14 Doesn't this deep-orange canary look as if he's smiling? The bold color and alert expression are both signs of good health.
15 Here is a great photo of three very different colored canaries, but all so beautiful and striking in color. Healthy and well-cared for canaries can live at least 10 to 12 years.
16 This canary was very curious, but I don't think he minded his photo being taken.
17 Here is a young canary just resting on his apple branch. I find these birds to be so photogenic no matter what they're doing.
18 This canary is gathering cotton string for her nest.
19 Some canaries will work very hard on their nests, adding lots of cotton string, shredded burlap or other materials, while others will build more simple ones.
20 The incubation for canary eggs is about 14-days. Mother hens are very protective of their nests and eggs.
21 Here is a nest with different types of twine and string as well as a few feathers. It actually looks quite cozy.
22 This mother canary will remain on her eggs for most of the two week "setting" period. They are very dedicated incubators. The males do not help with this function, but will help feed the hen and the chicks in the nest.
23 Here are my Spanish Timbrado songbird canaries. The incubation time for their eggs is also 14-days.
24 This canary was given to me as a gift by a neighbor and bird fancier, Frank Bua. Spanish Timbrado canaries are bred for song rather than color. In fact, the word "timbrado" refers to the timbre of the bird's metallic voice.
25 Timbrado canaries grow to about five-inches in length. Its feathering is tight and comes with yellow and white variegated markings, like this one.
26 The Timbrado canary also comes in greenish tones with tints of gray, as in this hen.
27 Once the Timbrado canary eggs hatch, the chicks will continue to be fed by their mother until they are about 28 to 30 days old.
28 It won't be long before there are more Spanish Timbrado canaries here at my farm - I can't wait.