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Old 09-27-2008, 04:43 PM
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Can canaries and finches be in the same large flight cage together? They're about the same size so I thought it might be possible.

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That is difficult. I was thinking, those 2 types have similar feeds and are generally the same size. I see no reason why they couldn't be put in together, you would have to keep a close eye over the 1st few days though just to make sure.
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Ok, thanks

My parents are considering letting me adopt 2 canaries on craigslist (they're $125 with cage, supplies and even though I'll be paying for them with my own money my parents might not let me) they have a very large flight cage (don't know the dimensions yet) and I wanted 2 zebra finches in the future so I was just wondering if they could be kept in the same cage since its so big.

They're a pair of canaries though and the female is starting to lay eggs, so would the female get defensive or something toward the finches? I'm of course not planning on putting finches in when she has eggs.

Can canaries eat budgie food? My budgie food is called Wild Harvest and its all very small seeds.
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Canaries can't eat budgie food. They also shouldn't eat Finch food. You'd need finch and canary seed, unless they were on a pelleted diet. Plus veggis of course.

I don't think you'll have problems with the canaries and finches, but it will probalbly depend on them.

My female canary, Tika, is separated from the others, especially Leander the male canary, because she seemed to do better on her own, and Leander would, on occassion, chase her and peck at her.

Leander has his own flight cage, but I have 9 socities in a HUGE cage, and when I let them all out, Leander will sometimes choose to stay in the finch cage rather than go to his own.

I would have a separate cage for the finches, just in case. If nothing else, this will serve as a hospital cage if someone needs to be separated from the others.

Just my two cents, and I'm sure others will disagree. I'm no expert.
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Leander has his own flight cage, but I have 9 socities in a HUGE cage, and when I let them all out, Leander will sometimes choose to stay in the finch cage rather than go to his own.
Do you give them playtime? Most people say they don't need playtime but I feel that if they have their wings clipped (so they dont hurt themselves) or if they're tame they should have playtime... I know I wouldn't want to stay in a cage all my life, no matter how large the cage was.
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Everyone gets let out. Everyone. I can't imagine not letting them fly.

I will say, it is harder getting the finches and canaries back in the cage. They are not hand tamed, so I have a system.

They only get let out a couple/three hours before bedtime. All the food gets taken away, and when it is time to put them to bed, I turn out all the light except the ones at the cage. I make a big show setting up food (with veggies, a BIG hit) then put the food in the cages. They are drawn to the light and the food.

It used to take a while, now it takes 2 minutes, tops, to put everyone to bed, because they know the routine now.

It bets chasing them around with nets, but I will say that finches are like little flying mice, and they get into EVERYTHING. Have rooms closed off you don't want them in, and be prepared to chase them off lights and pictures.
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My budgies aren't tame so i have to use a shirt to catch them (don't have a net). Some are more tame than others and I am working at taming them (easier said than done!) but it takes at least 5 minutes to catch 4 or 5 budgies. So the canaries/finches won't be any different. I can only let my budgies free range my bedroom and it will be the same way for the canaries/finches. Soon I plan on letting my tiels and budgies out at the same time and supervise them and when I get canaries & finches I hope to let ALL the birds out at once and no fighting occurs.

Oh, this is the ad i was talking about:

"I have a pair of singing canaries. One yellow female and one red factor male.
They come with a huge flight cage on wheels and all there food.
Moving out of state and can't bring them. They are both Just a year old and the female is laying egss.
Rehoming fee of $125.00 applies to cover cost of cage."





Anyone know what kind of cage that is and what the dimensions are?
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I have two of those cages and 125 for birds and cage is FABULOUS!!!! DO IT DO IT DO IT!!! You will not find a better deal.

2 canaries and 2 finches will easily fit into the cage.

But if the female has eggs, you might want to get rid of the eggs, unless you want more canaries.

And I'm not sure how she will feel about new finches in the cage, so you may want to start them on their own.

Again, I'm guessing here.


Also, keeping the finches and canaries separate during quarantine makes sense, if possible. Just to be cautious.

You would have quaranine, right? Away from the budgies?
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Actually canaries and finches can be housed together. They're the same family.
Unless you see any obvious fighting there shouldn't be a problem. I've seen aviaries where they live quite happily together.
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I let my two zebra finches out of the cage with the rest of my birds. I don't clip there wings because they can't climb around the cage like the parrots can. It takes me about 3-5 min to get them with a net in the dark and about 5-10 min with a net in the day but most of the time they just go back in the cage by there selfs.
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