How to Get a Canary to Sing

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The canary is known for its singing, yet many captive canaries do not sing and the owners are left disappointed. A healthy, happy bird is much more likely to sing. If you have a canary, there are a few steps you can take to encourage your canary to sing.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Bird cage
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Clean water
  • Canary seed

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  1. 1

    Buy a male canary that is between six months and three years old for best results. Males will sing the most.

  2. 2

    Feed your canary a proper diet of high quality, fresh canary seed. Malnourished birds won't sing much.

  3. 3

    Give your bird plenty of dark leafy greens, cooked rice and noodles, cooked eggs, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.

  4. 4

    Maintain a constant supply of clean, non-chlorinated water in the canary cage.

  5. 5

    Provide your canary with an appropriately-sized cage that is at least 15-by-15 inches wide and 15-inches tall. If you bird feels closed in, he won't sing at all.

  6. 6

    Clean the cage regularly to control disease and bacteria growth.

  7. 7

    Take your bird to the vet if it has been singing an suddenly stops. This may be a sign of illness.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase a CD of canary songs and play it around your canary. Some people feel that this teaches and encourages a canary to sing.
  • A molting bird will not sing. This usually happens in the summer and it may take up to a few months before the bird sings again.
  • Do not buy a female canary, they generally do not sing and instead only beep and chirp.
  • Do not place a mirror or another bird in the cage. These things may lead to a lot of singing at first, but it can quickly turn to no singing at all.

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