Category: Breeding Cages

Canaries

What bird is named after a group of islands? What bird did your grandmother probably have as a pet? The canary (Serinus canarius) is the answer to both questions. Contrary to popular opinion, the Canary Islands were not named after canaries; it was just the opposite. When Spanish sailors discovered these wonderful birds, they loved the songs so much that they took some back to their country. From Spain, the canaries found their way into homes throughout Europe. Today's many breeds of canary have a common ancestor in the little brownish-green bird the sailors found on the Islands. Some of these breeds include American singer, German roller, Spanish timbrado, Belgium waterslagger, border canary, gloster (crested) canary, Norwich canary, Yorkshire canary, frilled canary, lizard canary, fife canary, and red-factor canary. Although small in comparison to parrots, canaries need a cage 20 to 24 inches long, 12 to 16 inches wide, and 16 to 18 inches high. Never put a canary (or...

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Filed under: Breeding Cages, Canary Facilities & Equipment, Canary Health, Nutrition & Diet

Canary Perches

There has been concern in recent years of birds perching on one size perch developing painful arthritis. To avoid this condition, it is recommended that perches of different sizes be used; either commercially made dowels or branches gathered from trees outdoors. Some safe, nontoxic branches that you can include might be fruit trees, maples, birches, or ash. If you are uncertain as to the safety of using a particular tree branch, it's best to avoid using it. The branches should be fresh with no cracks or splits for tiny nails to get caught in. Our favorites are ash and river birch. We scrub these clean with soap and water and then soak them in the tub in a soap, bleach and water solution for about 30-45 minutes using a weight to keep them under water. Then we rinse well and allow them a week or two to dry. With this procedure, we have never had any invasion of mites or...

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Filed under: Aviaries, Breeding Cages, Canary Facilities & Equipment