The change of canaries is a physiological process consisting of the change of plumage after the arrival of the summer season, in normal circumstances it usually concludes in about twenty-five or thirty days, as a rule, it occurs every year, in addition, in the male canaries , apart from the loss of the plumage, they remain without emitting their characteristic songs.
Once finished, we can observe a great beauty in the bird, since the renewal of the feathers will give it a beautiful color. During the time that this phenomenon lasts, it is essential that the Canary is well fed, we will increase the rations of fruit and vegetables, at the same time that we can supply some type of vitamin complex, on the other hand, it is necessary that it is housed in a spacious aviary, that way, can be exercised, detaching from the dead feather and favoring the appearance of the new plumage.
Regular baths during the molting period are very important, it favors faster bird recovery.
If the canary lives in a place too hot or near some source of artificial energy, this phenomenon can also manifest itself, in this case, it is called "pathological molt", we must prevent these events, since they develop outside their natural course, compromising the health of the bird, insisting on the need not to host it in areas enriched with artificial air conditioning, or where appropriate, that the area does not exceed 15 º ambient temperature. The care that the affected animal will require will be those described above.
Deworming the canaries
For the prevention of parasites, the canary will require periodic deworming, both externally and internally, it is about avoiding the drastic effects that this type of parasite can do on the animal, the characteristic symptoms in infected specimens are mainly: bad being general, itching, loss of pen, anemia or diarrhea, among other causes. In addition, regardless of deworming, it is necessary to frequently disinfect the cage and other accessories of the bird.
The usual external parasite in the Canaries is the red louse, it inhabits all corners of the cage and its accessories, they are nocturnal and it reproduces very easily, to the point that if we do not intervene in time, the canary itself may perish, As a preventive measure we can acquire in the market, some prepared to fumigate cages and other accessories of the canariera, there are also special items to be supplied in the plumage of the animal.
As for the internal deworming, the industry manufactures vermicides specified in the infection by round or flat worms, protozoa, etc., are normally supplied in the drinking water.
First aid. Canary disease prevention
As we have repeatedly stated, it is essential to visit the veterinarian and follow his indications in those cases in which our canary disease presents, it is not advisable to medicate it on its own, since it can have a negative impact on your health.
In this section we will learn the most common pathological symptoms in the Canaries, with indications for proper management of first aid.
It is convenient to have a small medical kit, it will be of good help in the event that the canary is injured, causing some type of fracture.
On the other hand, if we have more than one bird and notice a sick person, it is very significant to isolate it from the rest, for the prevention of all types of infections, in these cases, we will increase prophylactic measures, note that hygiene takes an extremely important role.
Loss of feathers
If we observe loss of feathers in non-hot times, we must check that the room where the cage is located, is not excessively heated, since it could be a pathological molt, if so, we will take the measures described in the section referring to the molt of the canary.
In the event that the canary is agitated, plucked or scratched frequently, it can be infected by external parasites, it is important to disinfect the cage and accessories, we will also proceed to deworming it with some product of those existing in the market.
It is a symptom of illness or lack of some food, the bird bristles its plumage, in extreme cases it even hides the head under the wing, as if it were asleep, it is necessary to explore the canary, we will check the sound of its breathing, if it is panting or with excessive noise, it can be some pathology that affects the respiratory tract, if we notice red belly or inflammation in the intestines, it would be some disease of the digestive tract, an inflamed liver, blackish color, is an indication of a liver ailment, on many occasions due to excess fatty foods, finally if we notice a too sharp, thinned sternum, it is an indication of weight loss in our canary.
The most common are the breakage of legs or wings, to prevent them it is necessary not to manipulate the canary excessively, especially those who oppose their handling. We will take precautions in cages that incorporate some spring system for the opening and closing of doors, in them this type of injuries is frequent.
In many cases, the fracture entails the loss of the leg, it ends up drying, however, after a period of time, the canary returns to a normal life, adapts without difficulty, even if it only has one member.
Diarrhea is common in the Canary Islands, if we observe stools that are too liquid, we must temporarily remove the vegetable and feed for several days simply with birdseed, in a short time, the bird will return to normal. In the event that these are persistent and even that the stool changes to yellowish, greenish or bloody color, we should consult the veterinarian, as it will require a pharmaceutical supply.
I have a canary which has little to buy it, it sponges a lot, its feathers make it look like a ball and the whole day goes by. So I have another canary which has been taking off the feathers due to the color while the other one is always swollen - Yatziri Guarneros
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I had 2 canaries, one is still alive but the other has just died and I don't know why it was. Previous days I was very spongy and my family and I did not know what it was but we did not think it was going to die, I am really sad that I spent the best moments with the canary, photos, videos.
I am investigating why sponge some say it is because he is about to die and if that happened to mine.
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Hello, I had 4 canaries, 2 males and 2 females gray and red and white and red, one month ago one of my males died the white and red, began one day to sing like an aphonic and then began to stop eating and drinking, it swelled up a lot and my eyes were more swollen every day until they closed and he stayed in a corner of the cage and finally died it made me very sad and now the same thing happens with the other male I don't know what it is It happens to them but nobody knows what happens to them. - Rubii Rubi
Legs with calluses, ulcerative or flaky
This type of pathology is common in the following cases: lack of hygiene of the innkeepers and base of the cage, whether it is an elderly Canary or that we face a cutaneous acariosis, in these cases, we will perform a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the place where our canary inhabits, we will also proceed to an adequate hygiene of its legs, you can apply some type of creams especially indicated for these events, all this depending on the disease that our canary presents, we can also supply petroleum jelly, which It will help remove dirt embedded in its legs.
It happens when the animal exhibits resistance to evacuation, it is necessary to observe the shape of its feces, if they are too hard and blackened, it will be a constipation, we will directly supply a couple of drops of castor oil, it must also have its provision, for a few days, fresh and clean vegetables.
It is important to ensure that the sewer is sufficiently clean and has no dirt embedded, to prevent it, we can clean it regularly with some cotton soaked in warm water.
Symptoms of the sick canary
- Feathers too ruffled
- Loss of activity
- Loss of song in males
- Watery eyes or excessive blemishes
- Lack of appetite, decreased water consumption,
- Intestinal inflammation
- Weak, apathetic, sleepy canary
- Excessive thirst
- Respiratory problems
- Dirty plumage
- Swollen legs
- Tremors, convulsions.
The transfer will be made by housing the bird in a carrier specially designed for this type of birds, that way we will prevent it from fluttering, with the danger of fracturing a member.
Most common diseases in the canaries
CUTANEOUS ACARIOSIS: parasite that produces conditions mainly in the legs and plumage of the canary.
RESPIRATORY ACARIOSIS: parasitic disease that affects the respiratory tract, causing wheezing and agitated breathing, secretions, unusual movements of the head, as if trying to expel something outside.
AVITAMINOSIS: caused by food deficits, the bird is embolado and weak.
COLIBACILOSIS: Bacterial infection that causes diarrhea in the Canary Islands, lack of appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst, is transmitted through contact with infected animals.
RESPIRATORY DISEASES: they can be of viral or bacterial origin, commonly called “asthma in the canaries”, the animal is dejected, has respiratory difficulty, sometimes, nasal discharge, cough or thinning, these symptoms are varied depending on the disease, among the most frequent is the coryza, CRD or a simple cold.
STRESS: excitation, nervousness, consequence of noise, excessive manipulation or change of habitat.
HEPATITIS: in many occasions produced by the consumption of too fatty foods, it causes inflammation of the liver, the clinical symptoms are spasms, weakness, respiratory distress or white stools.
INTESTINAL INFLAMMATION: Inflammation of the intestines is easily visible, they acquire dark coloration, the most frequent clinical signs are weight loss, loss of appetite or agitated breathing.
MICOSIS: This type of disease is caused by fungal infection, a consequence of housing the canary in an environment too humid, with little breathing and lack of light, among the most common conditions include candidiasis, ringworm, rust, etc.
PAUSTEURELLOSIS: It produces high mortality among canaries, the main symptoms are feverish states, diarrhea, agitated breathing.
SALMONELOSIS: Bacterial infection by eating food in poor conditions, also through contact with an infected bird, the animal has pictures of diarrhea, lack of appetite, pain, difficulty moving, the liver area is blackened.
SCABIES: Infection by mites, the bird is restless, the feathers are plucked, sometimes, this parasite can also affect legs, appreciating squamous areas.
Your canary may have stopped singing by inhaling dirt particles
This is the reason why it is not recommended to have domestic birds and go on a trip leaving them alone at home, something important to know now that summer is coming. If you leave, you have to leave your canary with someone you trust and make sure that the hygiene of your home is perfect, or your singing will pay dearly.
It is possible that recovering your faithful friend is not singing even if your friend's house is unpolluted, and why? surely for the housing changes, for missing you and for feeling sad in your absence. The canaries are very sensitive and may be "punishing" you for abandoning them. If this is the case, return it to your place of residence and, if you still do not sing, cover it with a dark blanket. You will see how after a short time he will call you and he will be glad to meet you again, recovering his voice.
The song of a canary can be stopped because of sadness or for missing you. Give love
If the problem is cleaning, the best thing you can do is to clean the room in which it is located and its cage, make sure that the water it has is always fresh and even add a little bit of diluted honey, as it will help you improve . Give him some vegetables, special vitamins for songbirds and lots of love, the canaries, like all the animals that live next to us, need it.
You may be surprised that your canary has not sung since the day of his birth. Does that mean you have a chronic disease? No, it is a female. In general, the Canary Islands do not sing changing stanzas or modulating their timbre, they are capable of emitting choppy sounds and there are specific cases in which they do manage to sing, but it is not the general norm. Sometimes male canaries have been seen that do not sing at all well, this is usually associated with that they have learned to do it from a female canary.
The song of the canary is associated with their sex, because the males use it to seduce
This difference between the two is due to the fact that the Canaries use their song to attract the females. That is why there are many owners of these birds who prefer both to live together, because in the mating season their song becomes much more beautiful and intensifies. Yes, if you add a companion to your canary, you may stop singing for a season. As we say, they are very sensitive to changes, which they express with their beautiful trill or stopping it.
If your canary has stopped singing but it is neither sad nor there have been changes in your home or you have a dirty house, then you may be sick or that he is moving his plumage. To know if you have contracted any pathology you will have to examine their excrement, are they different from normal? Listen to him breathe, does he do it in a hoarse way? Do your feathers fall off?
If you do not improve when you change your diet or the time in which you are not singing is extended, contact us. In Barkibu we have a team of veterinarians specialized in birds, we have treated countless cases related to the lack of song of a canary and we will love to meet yours. We speak?