Hey there! This is Dorothy (Ciro’s wife) and I’m going to share with you some foods (beside birdseed) that you can feed your canary. By supplying a variety of foods your bird will receive a variety of vitamins and minerals that are not available in regular bird foods. You can feed your birds various grains, fruits and vegetables in order to help build a healthy and hardy canary that can carry a lovely song. Here is a list of various foods that you can give to your canary:
Quinoa (pronounced like keen-wah) is an excellent source of protein, fiber, B-vitamins and magnesium. It makes a great food to give to your canaries on a daily basis. You can find quinoa in almost any grocery store now-a-days, online stores and health food stores. It’s very beneficial for both birds and humans.
Polenta is basically yellow corn grits and is consumed by humans more often in Argentina and Italy. It is high in complex carbohydrates and has protein, vitamins C, B & A, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and trace minerals such as zinc and iron.
Couscous is like little balls of pasta. It is made from semolina flour (or wheat) and contains iron, protein and fiber.
Fruit & Vegetables:
Oranges, apples, cucumbers, broccoli and carrots are packed with vitamins necessary to help promote the health and growth of canaries. Jalapenos (especially red ones) can help boost your canary’s singing ability. You want to be sure to cycle the different foods with your bird and be sure to leave them a variety of foods to choose from. Beets and carrots are excellent to help boost the color of red birds.
Hard boiled chicken eggs are an excellent protein source for canaries. You can easily cut up the hard boiled egg and mix it with other dry canary food (like the Biodecken Novafood).