Southwest Gardening forum: Baby Canaries on the way?

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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Feb 3, 2011 4:59 PM CST
I'm so excited. About two weeks ago, a fellow co-worker gave me their male canary. Today, I noticed my female canary has started building a nest. Canaries on the way maybe?

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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Feb 3, 2011 6:05 PM CST
"It's colder than a witches tit in a brass brassiere out there." Edited to reflect the way I heard it many, many years ago, Alan!

Congrats on your canary newly weds! Remember my little rescued lovebirds? I don't know if they're both females or one is just sterile. They 'mate' and the female lays eggs, but none ever hatch. Thumb of 2011-02-04/tomatofreak/ba8647
Alma
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Feb 3, 2011 6:24 PM CST
That's a bummer, babies would be kewl!

























Name: Brenda
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bsavage
Feb 4, 2011 1:45 PM CST
Seet! Baby canaries! We'll be expecting lots of pics if this comes to fruition!
Name: Lynn Reno
Mesa, AZ
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azreno
Feb 7, 2011 1:14 PM CST
tomatofreak said:
I don't know if they're both females or one is just sterile. They 'mate' and the female lays eggs, but none ever hatch. Thumb of 2011-02-04/tomatofreak/ba8647


Sterile, I thought I had said before that one was a sterile hybrid but I guess not =(
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Feb 7, 2011 2:47 PM CST
Lynn, you may have made that note and I just forgot. Not the first time, I'll grant you! Whistling Just out of curiosity, what causes the sterility? Offhand, the only hybrid animal that comes to mind is the mule, a crossbreed between horse and donkey. Surely this little 'guy' lovebird is all lovebird. No? I sorta feel bad for the blue baby. Apparently, she raised a brood while in captivity after she was stolen. She was the only blue in that 'aviary' (if you could call it that); most of the rest were peachfaces with one bright yellow and lots of what I'd call dilute torties if they were cats.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Lynn Reno
Mesa, AZ
Purple Rocks!
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azreno
Feb 7, 2011 4:01 PM CST
It's a hybrid of 2 lovebird species, I think there are 9. There are some lovebirds called 'eyering' species and when crossed with peach faced will create sterile birds which might also be quite nervous and confused at maturity due to the differences in breeding and nesting behaviors, so I'm thinking lucky for you and the bird that it's male since that probably mainly holds true for females which are in large part responsible for the nesting.
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Feb 7, 2011 5:47 PM CST
Very interesting. Lucky for me, indeed. The green bird is - was - very outgoing and friendly. That is, during the time the blue bird was away. As soon as she returned, they resumed being a bonded pair with no time for humans. Sad I love 'em anyway....
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Lynn Reno
Mesa, AZ
Purple Rocks!
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azreno
Feb 7, 2011 6:09 PM CST
Yep, I think pairs are a lot of fun to watch Thumbs up

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