Canary Breeder

Breed beautiful canaries from eggs for sale as pets.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Canary Breeders do?

Having a pet canary can be incredibly rewarding. The little birds are born Musicians, filling the air with twitters, tweets, and trills without requiring large union fees or signing bonuses in return. To perpetuate such a precious species, Canary Breeders help canaries breed and raise healthy babies for the pet trade.

Canary Breeders make sure they breed only the best birds. If you are a Canary Breeder, you look closely at your current flock, then you choose a few of the healthiest, loudest canaries. You turn them upside-down to determine whether they’re male or female. They won’t resent the invasion of privacy, although they may peck at your hands when you handle them.

Next, you place one male and one female in a brood cage, and you adjust the light that enters the cage as well as the temperature of the room to encourage the birds to mate. You may even play Barry White music to help the birds feel loving and groovy.

When the birds mate and the eggs are laid, you remove the eggs to check them for defects, and then return them afterwards. You watch closely when the eggs hatch, removing eggs that don’t hatch and baby birds that didn’t survive the process.

You watch over your canaries as they grow, selecting a few birds to keep for your own breeding programs and selling the rest to help you cover your costs. It may take up to a month for the babies to become large enough to sell, and you may become quite attached to the little ones as they grow feathers and develop personalities. So you may feel a touch of sadness when they leave your home for good.


Should I be a Canary Breeder?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Breeding Manager

    How to become a Canary Breeder

    Most Canary Breeders have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9makat&chl=no+college+%2848%25%29|certificate+%2830%25%29||bachelor%27s+%288%25%29||doctorate+%2815%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,48,48
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