Sing Like A Canary

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Questions and Answers

Do only male canaries sing ?

I'm new to canaries. I recently adopted two, one of which sings beatifully every day; the other one only says "beep, beep, beep".
I'm assuming the singer is male, and the beeper female ?
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@ Bird Owner: thank you , very helpful.

Posted by simsam
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Yes, only male canaries sing. A Male Canary sings to attract a mate, that is why they are kept on their own for singing, a female can sing but this is not a perfect as the Male.The Male will not always sing and there are times of the year when it will not even with a mate. Females tend to do a low singing, just as you said there "beep, beep, beep". Remember, they only sing near females, maybe that will help you see which is male/female.

Best of luck & hope I helped!

My canary sings too much, any solution?

It is too much i swear i cant take it any more, do you know why, any solutions?

Posted by Maroun
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Canary and Apricot Stir fry recipe
information
Preparation time : 30 minutes, Cooking time : 10 minutes, Calories per serving: 600

ingredients

The rich dark meat of the canary is a delicacy across many parts of Europe and Asia. This Middle-Eastern recipe enhances it with a hint of cinnamon.
3 canaries
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
2 oz (50 g) pine nuts or cashews
2 cloves garlic
3 sticks celery 3 shallots
4 oz (115 g) dried apricots
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cornflour
1 tablespoon brown or Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 fresh apricots for garnish (optional)

method
1. Cut away the breasts from the canaries by slitting closely along the breastbone to loosen the meat. Cut any excess bone from the breasts. Chop the meat finely and put it to one side.

2. Heat half of the olive oil in a frying pan and cook the pine nuts or cashews over a low heat until they are an even golden-brown colour. Remove the nuts and put them to one side.

3. Crush the garlic cloves. Trim the celery of its leaves and chop it and the shallots very finely. Chop the dried apricots very finely.

4. Add the remaining olive oil to the frying pan and cook the garlic, celery and shallots, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds. Add the chopped canary and the cinnamon and cook the mixture for about 2 minutes, stirring continually until the canary meat is browned and sealed on all sides.

5. When the meat is sealed and browned, stir in the dried apricots. Mix the cornflour with 4 tablespoons of water until it is smooth. Then add it to the pan, stirring frequently until it has thickened.

6. Stir in the brown or Worcestershire sauce, nuts and chopped parsley. Season to taste with salt and ground black pepper. Garnish with celery leaves or fresh apricot slices if desired, and serve immediately.

Serving amount
serves 4.

Canary bird not singing..?

I recently bought a canary bird but have never heard it sing. What could be the reason. Also is it better to keep a pair or just a one canary bird.

Posted by Galvazenic
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1. He’s a she.

Hens don’t sing. At least about 95% of hens don’t sing. Occasionally, a singing hen will show up but it is rare. And even singing hens NEVER match the vocal abilities of their male counter-part.

Here’s the problem…

It’s very difficult to tell a male from a female. It’s not uncommon for breeders and pet shop clerks to make mistakes regarding the sex of a canary. One thing you can do when buying a canary is ask for a guarantee that the bird will be a singer. Many breeders will be happy to do that for you.

2. He’s too young.

Male canaries don’t start singing until they reach maturity. Canaries reach maturity at around 9 months of age. Most canaries hatch out in late winter or spring so if you buy a canary in the summer you may have to wait a few months to find out if you’ve got a singer.

3. He’s molting.

Molting takes place from mid-summer until around early autumn and it’s such a stressful time that your canary will almost certainly stop singing. Growing in all those new feathers takes a lot of energy. After the molt your canary will want to settle into a long period of rest prior to breeding season.

4. He’s suffering an off-season molt.

Like I said above, canaries molt in the late summer. However, the molt is triggered by the shortening of the days after the summer equinox. So, if you’re confusing your bird with artificial lighting, he may not know whether to molt or breed or rest. Those late nights watching Leno or Letterman may be disturbing your canary’s natural rhythms.

Try to give your bird a natural amount of daylight hours by covering his cage with a cloth at sundown and uncovering the cage at sunrise. This will help keep his system in check and on schedule.

5. He’s sick

This is probably the most common reason why an otherwise well-cared-for canary won't sing. If your canary is not feeling well he may stop singing.

Keep in mind that it’s very difficult to tell if you’re canary is ill. In fact, you likely won’t notice any symptoms until the illness is so far along that your loving canary is on his death bed.

That is, unless you know what to look for.

Some of the most common symptoms are…

• Listlessness

• Huddling on the bottom of the cage

• Not eating

• Over-eating

• Sneezing and coughing

• Plus many, many others.

There are far too many symptoms to list or explain here. But once you’ve learned what the hard-to-spot symptoms are you will be in a much better position to take care of your canary bird the way he deserves.

And when you’re taking good care of your canary with a healthy lighting schedule and the ability to spot and treat any canary ailment that might pop up, you will be well on your way to making your canary S-I-N-G!

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