Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Both Canary parents are feeding the chicks pretty regularly now. The chicks have become much more demanding for food and it's all the mother can do to keep up, so she allows the male to help out. And because the chicks are eating more, my twice-daily feedings have become more plentiful. Besides a food cup of sprouted seed and quinoa (cooked like rice), the breakfast platter on the cage floor this morning includes a piece of raw corn on the cob (her fav), cottage cheese (his fav), boiled egg, romaine lettuce, a blob of the cooked seed, and a sliver of apple. I think they're glad I'm an early riser, because they attack that plate as soon as it's in the cage! The corner of the cage with the nest is dark and the chicks continue sleeping until the parents arrive with full gullets, ready to share.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This is Chick #2. See the little eye starting to open? They stay sealed shut the first week, then open little by little.
A size comparison. Chick #3 looks much smaller than the other two, but he's equally feisty! Here, they're taking a rest after being transferred to a kleenex in a warm bowl while I changed out some of the nest bedding. Momma bird has been pooping in the nest (they're supposed to be neat and clean out baby's poop, but that's not happening. I was instructed by my friend that raises canaries that the babies would get skin rash if left in damp poo. Since my birds are very very tame, they don't seem to mind what I do and always go back to the chicks.
|Smaller Chick #3 on the left. Chick #1 (black eyes) on right. |
Check out those feathers sprouting from their wings.
|Doting parents feeding the babies together.|
|Momma bird checks out the morning snack buffet of|
lettuce, boiled egg, soaked seed , cucumber and corn.
Below is a quick video of the mother hen, still wet from a bird bath, getting comfortable with the chicks beneath her. She gives a couple of whistles, which signals the male bird that she's seated and ready for food. He feeds her from the food he has stored in the crop in his neck, similar to a hamster's. The camera was leaning on the cage and magnified the sounds of the busy male bird.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
How exciting to find that the third chick hatched early this morning! I woke up at 5 and mother canary popped off her nest and, although the baby didn't show, I saw the empty egg shell. So I swooped in and took the discarded shell (I wanted pictures of it).
|Comparison between a canary egg |
and an Eggland's Best large egg.
| Three in the nest. FEED ME!! Chick #1's eyes are |
black, but it looks like #2 and #3 will have pink eyes.
|Did you notice in the video that |
Chick #2 had something on his beak?
|Jo has food around her beak from Jessie's feedngs.|
|Both canaries are little|
but cheerful Jessie is the smallest
|Each time I try to get a picture of Jess feeding Jo,|
he leaps up to check out the camera. Hi! Hi! Hi!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Aunt Jo, such a good mother bird. The father, Uncle Jess, is so attentive, feeding feeding feeding Momma Jo. Then Jo leans beneath the fluffed feathers of her lap to feed her babies. It's all very sweet. Both parents have changed their normally chatty banter to baby talk, sweet and soft.The hatchlings are extremely small...including head, they are dime-sized. My adult canaries are small and the woven nest is barely 4 inches wide.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
There were three turquoise eggs, each about the size of a peanut M&M. Now one unhatched egg and two of the teeniest dime-sized baby birds lay next to the remnants of their halved shells. Barely audible peeps come from these ugly babies, sporting downy halos of mini fluff about their heads and big black b-b eyes hide under closed lids. Still feeding from their yolk sac, they won't begin eating until morning, but they are already practicing the open mouth beg. We are all completely smitten!
Momma Jo was polite enough to allow me a peek and I took the above video of the chicks at less than an hour old. My husband had just gotten home, and when he saw me videoing the chicks, he panicked, thinking the mother hen would abandon the nest. You can hear Mark having a fit in the video, saying she's going to "freak out". That won't happen with my very people-friendly domesticated birds. It is my guess that the chick that didn't pop his head up was last hatched and still recovering from all that hard work. Egg #3 should hatch in the next 24 hours. The discarded shells were nowhere to be found the next morning and I suppose the parents ate them. I KNOW which is the last egg laid, as the final egg in a canary clutch is always a more vibrant turquoise than the rest, and this is the one that remains.
My 33-year old niece Karen called, bubbling about "her" new chick, already named Pippa after Princess Kate's sister. Who will take the other two? I think my parents may want one, as daddy loves all little animals and my mother can whistle just as beautifully as...a bird!