Canary seed is a highly nutritious seed that comes from canary grass. While it used to be a tropical seed that grew wild in many Mediterranean regions, it is now grown throughout North America (Mostly Saskatchewan, ON Canada). Canary seed is a prime staple for canaries and other birds and is named after the Canary Islands, not the bird.
A well matured canary seed mixed with cuttle bone, rape seed and hemp seed should make up the majority of your canary’s diet, however canaries can eat almost any vegetarian food, other than avocado which has too much fat for their digestive system to handle. Fruits and vegetables that have a low acid content are preferable such as: lettuce, apple, and hard-boiled eggs are ideal for their health.
While canary seed alone will not give your bird everything it needs for prime health; it’s one of the few bird seeds that give them an acceptable level of nutrition to survive. If you have your canary in a clean, sanitary environment and they don’t appear to be doing well: Their diet is usually the number one culprit. They need to be fed high quality food that’s harvested properly and free of mold, parasites, or chemicals such as pesticides.
Also make sure your canary seed mixture has vitamins and minerals added to the mix. Calcium is very important, particularly if they’re molting and you wish to breed them for a nice profit. The key thing to remember is to give them a base diet, then mix in other fruits, vegetable and egg products for variety to keep them happy.
If your canary is looking ill and not eating the way they normally do: Try soaking their food in water until the seed softens, then let it dry for an hour or two. This takes less effort for them to crack the seed and digest until they’re feeling better.
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Salvia columbariae (desert chia)
Image by brewbooks Salvia columbariae (desert chia) Synonym Pycnosphace columbariae "Chia seed is traditionally consumed in Mexico, and the southwestern United States. Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25-30% extractable oil, including α-linolenic acid (ALA). " Source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica Thanks to Flickr member edgeplot/ for ID help. Joshua Tree National Park References www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnu... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_columbariae jtz 088
Image by John and Anni If you use any of our photos, in any way, you must give credit to "Homestead and Gardens" by using a link that directs to www.homesteadandgardens.com. Tarahumara Chia (Salvia tiliafolia), also known as Lindenleaf Sage, produces an edible seed that swells up when in water, producing a gel. The Chia seeds that most people get at health food and survivalist type stores likely come from Salvia hispanica. The two plants (S. hispanica and S. tiliifolia) are related and both produce an edible seed that creates a gel when added to water.
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