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November 16, 2022

My Canary male sits on nest of 3 eggs

I wonder why the female isn’t sitting on the 3 eggs , and it’s the male that sits on it at night. Is it cos it’s not time to incubate yet and the male is host protecting the eggs. The male is a great singer. And female yellow canary also sings.


Hi Kelvin,

If this is the first clutch, then both birds are still learning. Are they old enough? At least 18 months? If he has been sitting at night, but neither sits during the day, then unfortunately the eggs will not be any good. They can’t be warmed, and then allowed to cool off over and over. Eggs can be incubated from as soon as they are laid, but with some species, they wait until they have at least 3 eggs or have laid the entire clutch so all the chicks hatch around the same time. The hen may have been waiting but the male jumped the gun.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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