Canary colour food and Finches

by Meg

Hi I have 4 society finches and an apricot canary in the same cage. They all get along fine but i was just wondering if it was ok to put the red factor stuff in the water for the canary if the finches are going to drink it too. I have tried to get the canary to eat carrots and sweet potato and stuff so i could do it naturally but so far he will only eat green vegies and apple won't touch anything orange. I will keep trying to get him to eat this stuff anyway but i just wanted to know if the colour stuff for the water will affect the finches in any way if they drink it.

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Sep 10, 2010
Don't add "suppliments" to bird water
by: The Avian Vet

You should never add any supplements to the water for any bird. Water supplement are ineffective and can cause them not to drink or not drink enough. Use only clean fresh water, and feed a diet that is 40-50% pellets and you will not need to add color supplements. Harrison?s is the best pellet. It also helps to prove a full-spectrum UV bird light to increase the feather colors. If you want to supplement use a color conditioning food. There are several on the market.

Dr B

Sep 08, 2010
Whats in the colour supplement
by: Meg

Hi again the stuff that's in the colour supplement is canthaxanthin, beta-carotene and other carotenoids. It also says to do it naturally i have to feed him carrots,sweet potato, squash, beets, tomatoes, cherries and berries every day. But if he doesn't need that much fresh food what else can i do to keep his red colour.

Sep 08, 2010
Canary colour food and Finches
by: Linda

Since I don't know what you are putting into the water and what is is made from and what kind of chemicals it contains, it is difficult to say anything except keep it out of the water until you have spoken with an Avian Vet about the product. If the Avian Vet says it is okay for the finches to drink, then you can continue putting it in the water. For now, stop putting it into the water.

The other thing you can do is to move the canary into his own cage close to the finches in their cage so they can keep each other company. First, call an Avian Vet, give them the ingredients listed on the container, and see what they have to say about this product. They may also recommend another product closer to natural. For birds to eat carrots and sweet potatoes, they have to be fully cooked and baked is the best way to preserve all the vitamins and minerals. Where green leafy veggies like the dark green lettuces and some fruits can be given raw, carrots and sweet potatoes have to be cooked, so try that and see what happens. Also birds do not need to be eating very much veggie and fruit additions, no more than 10-15% of the overall diet. Make sure you are buying high quality, organic seed mixes for your birds to make sure they are getting some extras in their mix and not dyes, pesticides, fertilizers and preservatives.


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