Breeding season is approaching in the Southern Hemisphere and Shawn writes: I need urgent assistance please. I have a new bird come into my aviary who is obese.
As luck would have it, I would really like to breed him to
as many hens as possible using the striker method. However because he
is overweight he isn't near breeding condition as opposed to my other
cock birds. He doesn't even sing!
I need to slim him down urgently..
Petamine is not available in South Africa, but I was thinking to feed
him a 1/4 boiled egg as a substitute for high protein.
I will also house
him with one other overweight male in a double breeder with only two
high placed perches. Do you think the egg will be good enough to reduce
My birds are normally ready to breed by middle September..
Big Bird Says: Whether hard boiled egg is a good idea depends on what kind of canary he is. If he is a roller, it is a very good idea and I would also feed him unlimited greens and canary seed but no oily seeds.
But if you are talking about a Border, you must not feed him hard boiled egg. It would likely help with the weight but I have learned recently (See Balance Problems Post) that Borders are sensitive to protein and over time this brings on the genetic tendency for neurological balance problems and death. If it is a Border feed him as many greens as he will eat, no fatty seeds just plain canary seed and exercise.
For serious cases, I cover the windows to prevent him flying into one and turn the bird loose. At first you should do it when you are watching him but if he can fly you can put food and water on top of different cages where he has to fly to eat and drink. The last fat Border I had could barely fly when I started taking him out of his cage for supervised exercise time.
Instead of putting him with another fat bird, I would put him with breeding ready cocks and let them chase him a bit. Watch to make sure he is not hurt. It helps to move them all to a different cage at the same time rather than adding him to an established cage.