5 Steps to Get your Canary to Sing

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: November 7, 2016
5 Steps to Get your Canary to Sing

Everyone who owns or wants a canary is delighted when they hear this bird sing. In fact, a happy canary that enjoys your company and likes its home will even be able to learn different songs. Whether your canary sings or not will depend on many factors such as the condition of its cage, its diet, mood or training.

Today at AnimalWised we'll show you the 5 steps to get your canary to sing. If you follow our tips you'll soon be able to enjoy your canary's amazing melodies, bar a few special cases.

You may also be interested in: How to Improve your Canary's Singing

1. Feed it well

An unhealthy canary will never sing. You must feed your pet canary a good diet of seeds such as niger seed, hemp, rapeseed and oats among others, so that it feels happy and eager to sing. Some foods which you can reward your canary with to make it feel even happier are fruits and vegetables.

Never forget to put fresh water in the cage, since your canary should be able to drink whenever necessary. Its feeding times should be regular; there must be a schedule so that the canary knows exactly when it is going to eat.

Here you can learn what is the best diet for a canary.

2. Make its cage comfortable to live in

Having a small or dirty cage will not motivate your canary to sing. Buy a medium-sized cage in which it can move relatively freely, or it will feel sad.

You should also clean the cage on a daily basis and ensure that the room it lives in isn't too hot or cold, since this could be bad for your little friend's health. Besides, you'll be preventing parasites.

3. Avoid noise

Canaries hate noise. They like harmony, relaxation and silence so that they can rest to their heart's content. If you keep the cage on a balcony overlooking a noisy road or next to the washing machine, television or radio, the canary's health will get worse and it will feel stressed.

Canaries usually sleep for around 12 hours, almost half the day. As such, you'll need to make sure that their environment is quiet enough for their needs.

4. Play it other canaries' music

With a good cage, appropriate diet and a peaceful environment, you've ticked all the boxes for the canary's health and happiness. Now you need to start pushing it a little bit towards singing.

And how can you do it? Don't just play it any old record; play recordings of other canaries singing. It will be easier for your canary to recognize those sounds and imitate them, since they are common and understood as part of its natural language. You can also play it normal CDs. Help it by whistling along to the track so that it picks up the pitch of the songs, and reward it each time it sings.

Read our other tips on teaching a canary to sing and improving a canary's singing.

5. Sing along with it

If you sing along next to the canary's cage when you play a CD or song, it will take much less time for it to learn the song. It may seem silly, but it will be much easier for your little bird to understand the songs if you sing along with them when you turn on the radio or play a CD. They prefer live music.

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Shelley Stevens
I have tried everything! I bought fatty oil drops for 3 bucks!! BOOM with in 2 days...he is chirping like crazy and trying to do trills...he has not sung for over 1 year and was loosing feathers like crazy!! Please go buy these drops - I put 3 drops in his water and 3 drops in his seed!
Al Peters
What oil did you use? Can you buy it online?
5 Steps to Get your Canary to Sing
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