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Yellow Canary - Pet Bird Care

Canaries are well known for their beauty and varied colors. Male canaries are popular for their sweet singing. Canaries do well when kept singly or in male/ female or female/ female pairs. 

Fast Facts

  • Average Size: 3 to 4 inches long 
  • Life Span: 10+ years with proper care 


  • Specialized pelleted diets for canaries are highly recommended and should consist of 6070% of the diet.
  • Use fortified seeds in moderation as they are higher in fat and less nutritious than pellets. 
  • Assortment of soft foods such as shredded carrots, dark green leafy vegetables, and apple slices.
  • Clean, fresh, filtered, chlorine-free water. 
  • Do not feed birds fruit seeds, avocados, chocolate, alcohol, or caffeine; these can cause serious medical problems .


If your bird is use to a seed diet, convert to pellets gradually. Fresh pellets or seeds and 
fresh, clean, chlorine-free water should always be available. Fresh fruit and vegetable supplements should be give daily and should be discarded when not eaten within 24 hours. Canaries appreciate quality and variety in their food.


  • Birds acclimate well to average household temperatures- be cautious of extreme temperature change.
  • Cage should be placed on the floor in an area that is well-lit and away from drafts
  • A cage approximately 24" W x 14" D x 18" H, with metal bars spaced greater than 3/8" apart, makes a good home for your canary. 
  • As with all animals, it is best to provide the largest habitat possible; 
  • A light cage is strongly recommended 
  • Perches should be at least 3" long and " in diameter.  
  • A variety of perch diameters and materials are recommended to exercise feet and help prevent arthritis. Our favorite is the Oval Bird Perch
  • A metal grate over the droppings tray will keep the bird away from droppings.  
  • Line the droppings tray with cage paper or appropriate substrate for easier cleaning.
  • To avoid contamination, do not place food or water containers under perches 
  • Bird owners should avoid non stick cookware and appliances as they can release 
    fumes hazardous to your birds health 

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