Part of the problem in breeding these birds
is knowing when. They don't breed all year round like some birds. This was part of the information that I couldn't find on
the Internet. As it turns out, some breed according to their ancestors' African biological clock which is after the rainy
season, around September and October and some have adapted to the typical northern hemisphere "Canary" biological clock. It
can be a problem if you have one of each! My pair bred this year in March/April but I'm going to try both pairs again now
Another thing I didn't realise in the beginning
is that they really like their privacy. When I read this somewhere, I went out and got a little bush, put a Canary-type nest
in it and put it in the cage- the next day they started building a nest. Below is a picture of the three babies who left the
nest about 6 weeks later. I was so pleased!
|My first Green Singer babies
|They're soooo cute!
As I mentioned already, information on breeding
these wonderful little birds is hard to come by and that I would try to breed them soon. I had been told that they would
breed in the Spring like the Canary. Well recently, I've been observing them and I noticed that their plumage was in excellent
condition; leading me to believe that now is the time. Today, I went out to check them and the pair that have never bred look
like they just might breed now! The male is carrying goathair around in his beak and disappearing into the little bush I've
provided. As soon as I put in more goathair, he goes straight over and pulls at it! Meanwhile, I saw the male from the other
pair feeding the female. I went straight out to the country and cut some olive branches and now they have goathair and a place
to nest too!
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