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03 Nov 2019, 09:04

Hello fellow avariasts

As a newby canary enthusiast, I have 2 green females and a good solid yellow male (or so I was told when I bought them).
I had one female and the male in a 76cm long divided breeding cage with a solid partition. After 3 weeks she was chirping for the male but he did not show any interest nor song.. I had the other female in a slightly longer cage on her own. I ran out of patience with them, and put them all in the breeding cage together removing the divider. I put in a nest and material and one pair have built a substantial nest but the male seems to spend a lot of time sitting in the nest. Is this normal?
I am hoping a canary enthusiast can help me.
thanks in advance
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03 Nov 2019, 19:28

G'day Bobby, welcome to the forum
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03 Nov 2019, 19:46

Hi Bobby & Welcome to the Forum :wave:
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03 Nov 2019, 22:49

Are any of your 3 birds doing a full throated whistle? None of my cocks sit in nests, just stand on the side and chat to the Mrs.
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05 Nov 2019, 11:53

Hi Finchbreeder,
No none of the 3 have given a full whistle/song. I get a chirp from one of the green ones. Even though there is a nest built I am tempted to put them one at a time for a week or so in a little 12"x 10"cage on their own, where they can hear the others but not see them and see what happens
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05 Nov 2019, 14:55

You could just put them, each in turn, on one side of the divider if it is solid and they can hear but not see each other. A cock in condition will usually sing his little heart out. Though my trio, who have been together for some time, he is not singing. Lazy begger seems to think he has his hens and does not need to call.
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09 Nov 2019, 09:12

I tried that for 3 weeks and mine are lazy too and did not utter a sound.
So I went by the what the guy who sold them to me said. Boy was he wrong, although he did get 1 out of 3 right.
Now I think I have them correctly paired.
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09 Nov 2019, 18:52

Odd for a cock who has yet to impress the lady to not be singing. That said, birds introduced into a new environment are usually slower to come into condition than those in an established environment with an established pairing.
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