Important Notes About Hand Feeding Baby Canaries
By Connie Soto
In my experience, I find the eye dropper to be the safest way to hand feed new baby canaries. Syringes do not offer enough control when administering the liquid food for the baby. Air bubbles should be able to be seen in the eye dropper and should be eliminated before administering the food. Care must be taken not to create an air bubble in the crop which can cause aspiration and immediate death. The temperature of the food should never be too hot or too cold. Waiting until the crop is empty or almost empty helps to prevent a bacterial infection taking care not to let the baby become too hungry.
Canary Baby Food Ingredients
Ground corn Whole ground corn with the cob and not the husk
Ground wheat Consists of a coarser grind of wheat flour
Corn gluten meal A by-product of corn maize processing
Ground oat groats Cleaned oats ground without the hulls
Wheat middlings The product remaining after the flour is extracted from the wheat
Dried whole eggs High quality protein dried eggs
Wheat germ meal Wheat germ mixed with some bran, middlings or short
Soy protein isolate Dry powder food ingredient that has been separated almost fat free
Commercial products are typically available locally or readily available on the Internet. I personally do not make my own baby food and provide the ingredients here for basic knowledge. In an emergency, a person could use baby rice cereal for a baby canary in distress. Commercial products add valuable vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are a necessity for the baby canary to get a good start in life.