Buying Your Canaries
- Canary Information: General Care & Housing ... Canary Species / Breeds
- Canary Breeding ... Sexing Canaries ... Canary Nutrition / Diet ... Canary Diseases
- Books, DVDs and Other Media about Canaries
- Are you looking for a Canary? Click here for a listing of breeders
Buying Your Canary:
1. Research the breeds you are interested in and identify your preferred breed, approximate cost and care requirements.
2. Purchase your canary from reputable breeders - giving preference to those who exhibit their birds, as exhibitors focus on breeding quality birds and maintain their stock in stellar condition, as is necessary for those wishing to be successful in their endeavors. Once you identify a good source, be patient. If no birds are available, ask to be placed on the waiting list. This is far more preferable to buying inferior, or even sick, birds from another source.
3. Buy young breeding stock BEFORE they have gone through their baby molt. There are always breeders eager to sell young, unsexed birds cheaply. Most of the time these “unsexed” birds have in fact been sexed - as hens! By buying young birds that have still their immature feathering you have a better chance of getting a male - unless you purchase a proven male, of course. For referrals, contact a local bird club or veterinarian.
4. Inquire about their parents' backgrounds. Breeding line is important - especially if you anticipate to show your bird in the future. If song is important, listen to the father - to get an idea of what sound you can expect from a male canary.
5. Don't buy birds that are going through the moult (changing feathers) or are showing any signs of disease. Moulting is a very stressful phase and changing homes at the same time may be detrimental to its health. You want to start of a healthy bird in a strong, physically excellent condition.
6. Expect to pay cash. Breeders don't want to have to deal with bad checks, and won't accept them.
High Quality Species Photos, Videos and/or Articles Contributions are welcome! Click here to upload articles and images.
Please Note: The images on this page are the sole property of the photographers (unless marked as Public Domain). Please contact the photographers directly with respect to any copyright or licensing questions. Thank you.
The Avianweb strives to maintain accurate and up-to-date information; however, mistakes do happen. If you would like to correct or update any of the information, please send us an e-mail. THANK YOU!