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Canary hen won't stop laying eggs

Discussion in 'Bird Breeding' started by hymeria, Dec 18, 2018.


  1. hymeria

    hymeria PetForums Newbie

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    I was given two canaries (one female and one male) by my cousin who could not care for them anymore and I've had them for about a year and a half. In April, the female canary had to be taken to the vet to have her leg band removed because it was constricting her. I had kept her in a separate cage from the male during that period and when everything was done and I put her back, she immediately laid eggs. Since then, she's laid many eggs and in most cases the eggs wouldn't hatch and in some cases, the eggs would hatch but the babies would die soon after. So far only three hatched. So I read online somewhere that laying too many eggs is not good for her and usually if the same pair keeps mating the babies would be weak so I decided to take the nest away after her last batch failed and she abandoned the nest. But she's constantly crying, tearing newspapers and flying to the area the nest used to be back and forth. I don't mind if she continues to try but I don't want that to lead to her dying or getting sick. Can someone tell me what I can do? I don't particularly want to breed them. I just want them to do what they want to do and be happy.

    Also, one other thing is that they are constantly fighting since she laid her first batch of eggs in April. The boy doesn't allow her to move freely in the cage and it seems like he wants to control the perches and pushes her to go down to the bottom of the cage. He also keeps plucking her feathers when she's not paying attention. I wanted to separate them but they both become upset when I do so and I always end up putting them back together. They used to argue before over food but never like this. I would be so grateful if someone could explain these things to me. They are yellow canaries. I don't know their age as I did not buy them.
     
  2. David C

    David C PetForums Member

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    I suggest you get them a larger cage so she has platy of space to move away from the male and get up on perches. They will mate and she will lay again even without a nest pan she will build in the food pots etc. Make sure you get some liquid calcium and put it in the water as she will need the calcium intake to help her out as laying takes away allot of her own calcium levels. You could have lost those babies because of the male wanting to mate with the female again after they hatch......I always used to remove my males when they chicks hatched and left the females on their own to feed the chicks .
     
  3. mrs phas

    mrs phas my home, my sofa, my rules

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    if you dont want them to mate, move the male, canaries can and do get very aggressive when denied the conjugals, they are after all related to sparrows and weve all seen how they can squabble, just put the cages near each other
    in the meantime, put the nest pan back and get her some plastic eggs to sit on, contact some local canary fanciers and theyll point you in the right direction to be able to build her condition back up
     
  4. David C

    David C PetForums Member

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    Separating them won't stop her laying and neither will plastic eggs. We only use those to put under hens whilst they are laying so that we then put all the eggs back in together so they hatch on the same day. My females will nest and lay a clutch even without a cock bird in them and some will just do it over and over. As I said calcium in the water is needed for her and the op could also buy some cede egg food for her. She'll also feed any chicks with that.
     
  5. mrs phas

    mrs phas my home, my sofa, my rules

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    I bow to a more knowledgeable answer
    naughty of me to extrapolate my knowledge of a different species to canaries
     
  6. David C

    David C PetForums Member

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    It wasn't meant in a bad way. Just my experience of breeding them for the last 22 years. Honestly some hens just don't stop and there's nothing you can do about it.
     
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