How to feed a canary

One of the most common birds that the population has as a pet are the Canaries, small birds native to the Canary Islands, where the name comes from. They are characterized especially by their song (only of the males), as well as by their colorful plumage. Caring for a canary is not particularly complicated, although it is true that we must take into account some considerations, such as the case of food. In this article we explain in detail how to feed a canary.

Steps to follow:


First of all, it should be noted that canaries are granivores, that is, that their diet will be based mainly on grains. Although it is also true that they should eat other items such as fruits and vegetables.


The birdseed should be the fundamental food of the canaries, a seed rich in carbohydrates that will have to be mixed with other seeds that suppose a good contribution of proteins and the rest of nutrients for our canary.


Other of the most common seeds to feed a canary are:

  • Negrillo
  • Hemp
  • Reddish brown
  • Rape
  • Oats
  • Cañamón


The truth is that in pet stores you can find preparations with a mix of beans ideal for canaries . Even so, if you want to make it, you can resort to mixing: 50% canary seed, 20% black, 10% reddish navy, 10% hemp, 6% cardillo, 2% oats and 2% linen.


On the other hand, it is necessary that the canary eat vegetables and fruits to complete their diet, as they will provide basic vitamins and minerals for their health. You can give your canary: lettuce, cabbage, carrot, spinach, apple, orange, banana ...


You should wash the vegetables and cut them into small pieces so that the canary can eat better. Also, it will be essential that you remove from the cage what you do not eat, replace them and do not leave them in case you eat them.


The birds should have with what to wear their beak and their legs so that they do not grow too much and they pose a problem. In the case of the peak and, especially in canaries, different objects are used such as cuttlefish or cuttlefish bones , a calcium stone or other accessories that you can buy in your pet store. You can see more information in our article How to prevent my bird from having problems with beak and nails.


Clean and fresh water will be essential for canaries, especially in summer. Make sure at all times that you have the drinker full so you can drink and hydrate well.


With proper nutrition, our birds will stay healthy and we can prevent them from contracting some of the most common diseases of the Canaries . In case your pet has a strange appearance or behavior, do not hesitate to take it to the veterinarian.

  • In case of doubt, consult the veterinarian.