If Your Canary Is Ill
Separate a sick bird if with other canaries or any bird for that matter. Give them warmth, cover the cage to prevent any drafts. If you see your bird puffed up or on the cage floor all the time, he is not well. They will also puff up to keep their body temperature up. Use some time of enclosure such as a small aquarium with a top and a goose neck lamp for warmth. You can use a heating pad under a small cage too. See if the vent is pasted (from loose stools), Get some electrolytes and put in the water. Put a small amount of yogurt to add “good” bacteria. There are times when we see a difference in our birds and many times something is not right. However, we immediately think the worst. And, sometimes the bird is stressed by other birds and they greatly improve when given a different secure location.
Often it may be a digestive issue. I also give my birds Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Normally, it is 1 TB spoon per Gallon; you will not need anywhere near that amount but measure proportionatly. The first few times you give them the ACV measure less than 1 TBL per gallon. Sometimes they do not like the tart taste. Put in the drinking water once a week.
Flavored cod liver oil is a natural immune booster. You can get the orange flavored at many places. Put in some soft food or smear on a piece of apple or veggie. I have seen it work wonders for a bird that seems lethargic. If you do not see improvement, there are antibiotics (broad spectrum) at the local petstore.
It always helpful to have liquid calcium on hand as well. This is an important additive if you have an eggbound hen or you notice any unsteadiness in a bird. They often will be calcium deficient. Keep on hand some Quik stop if you are clipping nails and you get too close. If no quik stop available use plain flour or cornstarch.
Generally, we are using double breeder cages where you can divide the cage in two so you can initially separate the male from the female. When the divider is removed, you have a spacious breeding cage and later on can use for a flight cage for the fledglings. The breeder cages measure 24x16x16 or 30x18x18 inches. You can order these from our friends at Country Feathers.net. They are fine reliable business people.
I use plastic nests that can be used year after year and shredded burlap that you can purchase by the yard then wash, dry and cut into 3 inch pieces and shred.
I an currently using Bogena that actually does a better job in covering the wings the first year. You can purchase this product on the internet. You can also use Quiko that has the vitamins and dried egg in it.