Keeping A Canary
By Eric Hartwell
It is said while creating the canary, God had taken the same utmost care as he did when creating the earth so as to make it one of its finest creations.
The brightest semblance that a canary exerts is that it is both a wonderful pet to view and wonderful to hear sing. It is always in motion, cheering on its own and seems to have a keen interest in things that it comes across.
Truly speaking, canaries form that breed of bird that has been with men for centuries and its selective breeding has led to various shades and colors. The original wild canaries are mostly a drab greenish-brown color whereas it is well-known that canaries tend to be yellow. But yellowness has been developed by selective breeding. Generally people want canaries mainly for their singing ability. Male canaries are the best singers.
It is nice to see, but to keep a canary there are several steps that should be taken essential for its safe and secure livelihood. As is applicable in cases of other pets, certain conditions are also required so as to make the canary’s life more comfortable.
To begin with care must be taken over of all its basic needs like food dishes and water that ought to be provided in a good state. Dishes tend to absorb moisture and that in turn can promote bacterial growth and cause all kinds of health problems and thus endanger the life of these tiny species. They should also be provided with canary seed mixture and cuttlebone for calcium.
The canary’s cage needs a couple of good perches. Therefore due concern should be paid to style, size, and materials to keep the birds healthy and content.
Generally these birds remain happy in those cages that are large enough so as to enable them to fly at ease from one perch to another. Simply hopping from place to place fails to provide sufficient exercise. To enrich their lifestyle the cages should be at least 24” long by 15” deep by 18” tall. This is the benchmark that is expected and should be maintained before proceeding in any venture to keep canaries. Moreover, some people to let them loose at least once a day.
There are also limitations that should be stringently observed. Since these canaries are one of the most delicate species, care should be taken with windows and mirrors irrespective of their sizes – ensure there is no chance of injury.
There are also chances of harm from other pets. Since nowadays we are accustomed to have multiple pets, care should be taken that other animals are kept at bay. There is a possibility of losing the little creatures if they are allowed to fly free out of their cages without taking precautions. Try to make it a habit to clean the bird’s cage thoroughly once a week including the seed (or pellet) cups, the water container, and the perches.
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