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Signs that a canary is ill…

By Editor

Typical symptoms of a sick canary are…

  • listlessness
  • sitting at the bottom of the cage

  • fluffed up feathers (not due to moulting)

  • partially closed eyes

  • loss of appetite–or sometimes a healthy appetite accompanied with weight loss.

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Watery Eyes

  • Excessive Sleeping

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I am looking for some help. I purchased a dark red factor male canary in December from Pets Unlimited. They guaranteed that he would sing. He was not as lively as my others but was friendly enough. I waited for him to sing – which never happened. After the 60 days the store offered me an exchange but by then I was attached to him and declined their offer. Since that time he has become letharic, sleeping at the bottom of his cage. He was always fluffed up but I was told that he was probably a soft feathered variety. Now he has become very shakey, he can no longer fly and lives at the bottom of his cage. I took his droppings to the vet and they examined them for parasites, but told me that that was not his problem – they offered to dispose of him for me. :-(. It appears that he has a neurological condition. He is still eating and I set up his food for him at the bottom of the cage several times a day. I expect that he will not live too much longer. I am looking to see if anyone can shead any light on this for me. He gets the top quality seed, vitamins each day and fruits and vegetables and occasionally egg. Thank you for any comments.

Hi, BJ!
I am sorry to hear about your canary.
I highly recommend purchasing your canaries from a breeder rather than a pet store for various reasons:

1) Pet Stores may not be feeding the correct diet or caring for birds, especially parrots, as well as a dedicated breeder.

2) The birds sold to pet stores are usually the breeders’ culled birds… sad to say, their “leftover birds”. The majority of these birds are totally fine for pets! They should be healthy and come from good stock. They are not kept by the breeders because they are not of showbird quality and cannot be fit into their breeding program.

3) Neurological condition can stem from in-breeding. Some breeders are not careful with the pairing of their breeding stock. This results in in-breeding which can lead to genetic disorders. Unfortunately, this may be the case with your canary.

Best of luck to you and your canary.
If we have an ill canary, we separate him/her from the other birds and keep him in a warm environment around 25 degrees Celsius.

Thank you for your information. I have isolated him in his own new cage. He is still eating really well, in fact I am surprised by the amount of food that he is eating. He remains on the bottom of the cage and I will give the best care I can to him for as long as he decides to hang on. He doesn’t appear to be in any distress.

Thank you again for responding.

My little Alexander died this morning. I wondered if anyone could tell me how to track the breeder. I took the numbers off his band.

I would like to provide his symptoms to the breeder.


I’m so sorry to hear about your canary’s passing.

If you are in Canada, your leg bands would most likely be issued by the AACC Aviculture Advancement Council of Canada. The leg bands will have ACC in from of the numbers. You could contact the Ring Registrar here: . They can help identify the Canary Club or breeder that purchased the band. If it’s a canary club recorded for Alexander’s band, I would contact the canary club as they should have recorded the breeder who bought the band.

If you are in the US, there are several aviculture societies. The letters in front of the leg bands numbers should provide clues as to which society/club to contact.

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately there is no AACC on the band. I have emailed them in any case with the numbers and perhaps they can decipher them for me…

Thank you for response and your condolences. It is amazing how these little creatures can become so much a part of your life so quickly.

hi my female canary died a few days ago, we just purchased her with a male almost a year ago. she showed a lot of the sick canary symptoms but ate a lot of food. now she is gone the male bird is still singing but is acting stranger than normal ( he is hitting his head against the plastic mirror in the cage) and flying about like crazy. should i get another female can anyone help?

I have a female canary for the last 3 weeks started to be fluffy and keeps cleaning her self jumps all over her cage and won’t let the male canary get close to her and for the last 4 days always sitting at the corner without any movement .

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