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We got our canary on the spur of the moment last year and I know you're not supposed to buy pets like that with no thought but it's worked out proper good and he's such a cute little thing.
When we got him he come in a very small cage with another canary, there was no toys or anything in there for them and the seed bowls were tiny. The woman used to put a bowl of water in the cage for them to have a bath in and never let them out, we reckon the canaries were still very young when we had them because their feathers were still a bit fluffy even though they were about adult size.
We made a classic schoolboy error when we got them because after 3 weeks they started fighting and it turned out we'd got 2 males and they were getting on each others nerves. Canaries are happy to live on their own but if you want 2 then you should get a male and a female, if you do that then you might as well get a breeding box as well in case you get any eggs.
We feed our canary proper canary seed from Pets At Home, it's very small seed that is perfect for canaries. We run out one time and had to buy a box of budgie seed from the corner shop, the seeds in that one were loads too big for the birds mouth and you could tell he wasn't enjoying it as much as the proper canary seed.
We've got a little dish that hooks onto the side of the cage and chop up salad stuff, carrots and apple for him to have a peck at. He loves cucumber but won't even stand on the dish if you put tomato in with it, that's weird and proves birds have got tastebuds! lol
It's important to have toys and activities in the cage with your canary and even more important if you've got a single bird to stop them getting bored. We've got a swing, some hanging cubes and a cuttlefish and Squeak (the other one was called Bubble! lol) loves playing with them.
Our canary doesn't come out of the cage much because he's quite timid but it depends on the individual bird. Some will come out and some would rather stay in their cage and it's not worth pushing them. When Squeak comes out he flies around mad because he hates being caught but when you cop hold of him by throwing a tea towel over him then he'll sit in your hand without panicking.
I think canaries are wicked birds, they're so easy to care for and only need cleaning out once or 2 times a week. We change Squeaks water every day and his food about 3 times a week so he's a proper easy pet to care for. We've got a blanket that we throw over the cage at night so he can sleep better but it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference if we put it on or not and Squeak is quiet at night but sings a lot in the morning.
I used to have a canary when I was a child, called 'Minnie'. But she sadly died after about 8 years. My parents told me under no circumstances was I getting another one as I was heart broken when she died. So when we ended up with another one, my mum really didn't believe how we came across her.
It really does sound made up but I tell you its all true. I went up to my dads work after finishing my own. My dad is always one for joking around and trying to scare me, so when he approached me with a box and said 'carefully have a look in there', I really wasn't up for it. After about 10 minutes I decided to have a look, and staring up at me was the most gorgeous looking canary. She was bright yellow and looked petrified. I asked my dad where on earth she had come from, and his reply really shocked me. He said that there had been a report that someone has trashed a breeders shed and let all of the canaries go, and she was sitting inside my dads workshop, not moving. He managed to put her in a box, for her own safety, as he looked outside there was another 3 sitting on a tree in front of his work shop. He also tried to catch these, but unfortunately they were killed by some rather large wild birds. Dad suggested that I went and bought a cage to keep her in at the moment, and see if someone came forward in the paper etc claiming the birds, but no-one did. We tried to do some investigating of our own to no avail. And to this day she still has a home with us.
We decided to call her 'Elise', after the car. She is bright yellow and is quite small. We think that she is maybe about a year old but are really unsure. We were advised that all canaries sing, but the males are the ones that normally sing the most.
Elise is always singing, which is really soothing and always puts a smile on my face. She is also kind of like a guard bird, every time some one comes into the house, she will start singing, which alerts you if you are up the stairs. The way you can tell that someone has come in is that her song is completely different from what she normally sings. However we did think that there was something wrong with her over the last 3 months or so, as she was never singing, it just seemed to be a really weird crackling sound that come out. I took her down to the vet really worried and he advised me that, all birds go through this at the time that they moult, (which is normally, twice a year. One when they are getting their winter feathers in and one when they get their summer feathers back). It is only just now that she has started singing again which is a welcome change from the last three months.
Birds will also stop singing if they are unhappy in there environment. There is a lot of conflicting views about having toys in their cages. Me personally I find that Elise likes to have her toys around her. We have a mirror in her cage that has a bell hanging from it, she is always over at it, she is either very vain or thinks that it is another bird. We have a swing that hangs from the top, and again I always see her sitting on it. And there is also a small plastic bird that sits on one of her perches, I laugh when she is near it as it looks like she is trying to talk to it, as she will sing, then gives this really puzzled look as if to say 'why are you not answering me?'.
There common name is a Canary but there real name is Serinus Canaria.
Canaries are actually a member of the finch family, native to the Canary Islands.
The wild canary is greenish yellow over most of their body with yellow underparts. The domestic canary comes in an array of bright colours, but most of them you will find are yellowish as well. Canaries can live up to 10 years, so you need to make sure that you are able to give it that life time commitment.
They also do not require a great deal of attention and are suitable for beginning pet bird owners.
Canaries are not really social birds so a single pet canary will be happy, but that said they will also live quite happily in a large group. However it is better to introduce new canaries to each other when they are young.
Get the largest cage possible, that allows for room for flight (a pet canary should never have his or her wings clipped and should be able to fly in the cage for exercise).
"Flight" type cages are the best (home built or commercial) since they are designed to provide room to move. Remember that a long cage is better than a tall narrow one (the height is not all that important).
Try to get a cage at least 24 inches long. Watch the spacing between bars - no more than 1/2 inch, and try not to get bars that are too thick either, as canaries do also like to hold onto the bars.
Wire cages are best, wood or bamboo cages are too difficult to keep clean, I have found that Elise really is messy. I find that I have to clean out her cage at least twice a week, with a safe animal disinfectant.
wood perches of varied diameter work best (3/8 to 3/4 inches). Some canary keepers alter smooth round perches by scraping them with a saw blade or utility knife, just enough make the surface slightly irregular (easier to grip and the variety may make the perches more comfortable for the canary's feet). This also helps to keep the canaries claws short. Do not use sandpaper perch covers, as this can irritate the canaries feet. I have found that the perches that are made out of branches tend to be the best, as they are as natural as they would get in the wild.
Canaries are pretty hardy and can be kept at room temperature, or outside in an aviary. Keep the cage away from draughts, air conditioners and windows that receive direct sunlight (the cage and canary can get overheated). This said I find that when Elise is in a part of the room that receives more sunlight she does sing a lot more and seems a lot happier.
Cover the cage at night, at the time the sun goes down (unless you live in an area with extremely long nights or days such as the far north). Canaries need their rest and will do best if given a light/dark cycle that approximates natural changes. Keeping them up late with artificial light is not healthy for them. Your Canary will also let you know when they are tired, but each bird will let you know in its own way. Elise will tend to go to one specific corner of her cage, and puffs her feathers up to make her self warm.
We tend to cover her gage with a thin material blanket, this also helps to keep out any drafts.
A good quality seed mixture suitable for canaries can be the mainstay of their diet.
Pelleted diets suitable for a canary can be offered as well - these are not as palatable as seeds but many owners keep a dish of pellets in the cage along with a dish of seeds. I tend to just stick to a mixture of multi coloured pellets that comes from Pets At Home, s this means that your canary is getting all the minerals etc that they need, canaries will select the ones that they like and discard the food that they don't like if you give then seed, meaning that they don't get enough essentials.
Fresh foods and greens should also be offered. Good choices include apples, oranges, bananas, green peppers, canned corn, fresh corn on the cob, cooked broccoli, raw spinach, raw dandelions, raw collard greens, raw Swiss chard, pears, peaches, strawberries, cucumbers, squash, etc. Bits of hard boiled egg can also be offered occasionally. However do not offer them too often as an everyday food as this can have an adverse affect and make them poorly. If you are unsure if they will be ok with them then I found that giving Elise a small amount of one food, then leaving it a week to see if there was any side effects. I also offer Elise some grit in a small bowl, which she likes to eat, this helps her digestion.
Just sprouted seeds are an excellent treat for your canary.
As seeds are eaten the hulls may be left in the dish, so at a quick glance the seed dish may look full when in fact it is just hulls. Blow the hulls off the seed dish at least once a day and replenish the seeds as necessary.
There should also be fresh water available daily for your canary. If you want to give them a boost there is also a vitamin supplement that you can add to their water.
You will also need to supply a bird bath at least three times week. To allow your canary to clean themselves. In the wild they would do this in puddles etc.
You will also notice that you canaries claws will become longer, this is normal but your perches should help to keep them short. Each canary is individual and I find that Elise needs to get her claws clipped every now and again as they grown to fast. You can buy clippers to do this your self, but I strongly suggest that you take them to the vet to have this done. If they are cut too short your canary can bleed to death. Unlike humans, canaries have veins in their claws that run half the length of the claws, if these are clipped, this is where you will struggle to stop the bleeding.
Canaries are a really good pet for any age. And they don't cost much to buy or to keep, but please remember how long they live, and don't take one on if you don't have the time for them.
Working for a bird breeder part time is a hazard as you end up bringing home a lot of the ones that aren't fit for breeding! Last season the lady had this little runt of a canary in one nest so I knew it would end up here. How interesting to watch it get feathers and grow with its brothers and sisters knowing it would be mine soon. It turned out to only be 1/2 the size of the rest but such a pretty little thing! She won't release them until they attempt to sing for her and she told me this one sang great. I had never heard it sing though. It came home and was happy but silent for the longest time.Then one day I was upstairs and heard this beautiful singing down in the kitchen. Which stopped when I came in the room. I guess this bird is shy as it will only sing when I am in the other room for some reason.But it is a wonderful singer anyway. Then 2 weeks ago it started acting strange and I was afraid it was ill. It stayed on the floor of the cage a lot but would come up to eat and look around, then back to the floor. Imagine my surprise when my little boy laid 2 little eggs!!!!!! She fussed over them a few days then desided they weren't any good and went back to singing. Now the breeder has an interest in this bird she rejected before and would like to "study" it more closely and maybe try to breed her? I don't think so!!!!!! My baby is not a lab experiment and seems perfectly happy the way she/he is now.She is singing quite loudly as I write this. Maybe breeders should not be so quick to judge and dispose of birds so fast that aren't perfect? This breeder learned her lesson and now takes a second look at all of them! :-)
If you haven't room for a large pet I recommend you get a canary. When I was a teenager,my father was friends with a man down the road from us who had an aviary full of them and one day when I got home from school sitting in our kitchen was a large shiny new cage with a very tiny bird inside.Dad called him a really original name - Joey.Ha ha. He wasn't very pretty at first, in fact he was quite a murky green colour but as he got older he lost a lot of this and became a lovely two tone bird with a bright yellow breast and green head and wings so he looked very striking espcially when his cage was moved into the sunshine which he loved. I was surprised to learn how intelligent and friendly these birds can be. Every day we would let him out for an hour to fly around the house,stretch his wings and take a bath if he wanted, first making sure all the doors and windows were shut.He loved this time of the day and if you held out your finger he would come and perch on it and sing to you. After taking a bath Joey would go and rub himself dry on the hand towel which was on the radiator in the kitchen,he must of been watching us using it day after day and realised what it for! Quite clever for a bird I thought.He looked very comical after doing this especially when he dried his face,he looked as if he had two big bushy eyebrows rather like Dennis Healy! Canaries have the most beautiful song and Joey would sing a lot. Dad managed to teach him to wolf whistle and he would always do that when you entered the room as a sort of greeting. His singing was at his best though when you were running water in the kitchen or when the music for the news at 12:45 came on the radio, at those particular times he would sing his heart out. Joey became a much loved bird with all the family,one us was always buying him a present like a honey bar or bell, or a new piece of cuttlefish or mirror.But he certainly knew how to command attent
ion. For instance If we were eating a meal, He would hop from perch to perch chirping away until he got a piece of apple or something else he liked. Joey was with us for about four years when he just keeled over and died without any warning. We were all devastated.After that we had three more canaries but none of them were as friendly as Joey had been.But I suppose you can never replace a pet that you've loved so much quite so easily even if it is a bird. I will definately get one of these birds for myself in the future as they are capable of giving you a great deal of affection and companionship.
CANARIES. Canaries are a popular choice of pet because of their wonderful song.When buying a canary, owners are normally keen for a well-tuned bird, but because only the male bird can sing, it is important to know the sex of the bird you are going to buy. This can prove difficult especially before the first moult when young birds look so similar. It is only when the males burst into the song that the gender is known. A healthy canary should be lively and move freely around the cage. Canaries may not be singing but they should be chirping and making noises. If the canaries have only recently been moved to the pet shop they may be less vocal; they are not fully acclimatised to the environment. If the bird is quiet and lethargic then it may be far from healthy. This behaviour will be accompanied by a continual perching on both feet, and its feathers may be puffed up. The eyes are often a good indicator of health. If the canary has watery or sore eyes, it will be inclined to rub its head against the sides of the perch or cage. Eyes may also be red and inflamed. Avoid this bird. A healthy canary will not sneeze or shiver. If there is slight watery discharge from the beak and the droppings are white and watery the bird is certainly in poor health. Females are shorter lived than males. Females can live for 5 to 6 years depending on their breeding patterns. Some male canaries have been known to live until 16 years of age. This is one bird I don't mind chirping at me in the morning.
Ive always been a fan of large pets such as dogs and cats, When I had my son who is 11 weeks I decided on a smaller pet maybe a cockatiel, my partner was against the idea but I dragged him along to a petshop where ....... we both fell in love with a Gloster corona canary, we went home and decided to forget about it we wanted something more exciting but we couldnt forget about we decided if it was a male (better singers)we would have it, we went back to the petshop to discover it wa a girl, but we coudn't resist buying it anyway. Now We love it and are just beginning to hand tame her, and Im just on the lookout for a male to breed them. They are wonderfull little creatures, with funny 'haircuts' on their hand, oh and our girl has a lovely voice, who says females can't sing.
If you're a canary fan then you're not going to like this! Canaries are without doubt the most stupid of all birds! I have to say that having had two I would never choose to have another; 1. because they don't do anything 2. because I think it's cruel to shut them in a pokey cage - and if you let them flutter about the living room someone will inevitably open a door and let them out ( thats if the stupid creature doesn't fly into a pane of glass first!) The only thing canaries have going for them is a beautiful voice - but that only serves to wrack you with guilt at having taken them away from their natural habitat. Birds are not good pets full stop and I wouldn't advise anyone to choose one. I think it's about time pensioners were better educated so they appreciated the damage they were inflicting on these poor dumb creatures!