Major Mistake #1: Scrimping on Space

When we’re talking about aEoespaceaE? here, we’re not just talking about the total, overall dimensions of the cage you purchase or the aviary you construct, but also the overall environment that you’re constructing for your canary. The problem is unlike humans, canaries have particular needs that, if neglected, can easily lead to problems with toxicity and even death…Canaries don’t just care for themselves, they depend on YOU to protect them from illnesses and the elements. Many a newbie has gone to great lengths to purchase all of the latest and greatest cages, seed mixes, accessories aE” you name it aE” only to get their canary home and later lose it thanks to something as seemingly harmless as non-stick cookware being used in a kitchen close to your canary’s cage! No one wants to suffer through the sting of loosing their pet canary. How much worse would it be to lose your bird by committing a common plunder you could have completely avoided? Here are a few of the basics you need to take into consideration as you iron out the details of establishing an environment and overall space that will encourage health and comfort in your bird that will last a FULL and healthy lifetime. Remember: canaries with too little space will soon fall into depression, seriously shortening the amount of time they spend in song, if they don’t cease singing entirely!

Heres how to avoid this deadly mistake {!firstname_fix}…

When you’re selecting your cage, remember that size does, in fact, matter. Opt for a cage built rectangularly, versus circularly, since the resulting space will be much less cramped and easier (and more comfortable) for your canary to move around… The cage should be AT LEAST 16 inches (40 cm) in length if you’ll be housing one bird, 20 inches (50 cm) or more for a pair of canaries. Vertical wires should be spaced at intervals of 3/8aE? to A?aE? (to prevent your new canary from getting it’s head stuck in between the cage wires in times of curiosity). {!firstname_fix} Your Canaries Cage Positioning: Cages should be placed to optimize the amount of sunlight your canary receives. The total number of hours of sunlight a canary is exposed to can alter their behavior DRAMATICALLY. Too little sun and your canary will think that Winter is approaching and act appropriately aE” even if you’re in the middle of June! On the flip side.. ..if you keep your canary up with too much light, they’ll think it’s summer and throw themselves into an early molt, further disrupting their normal breeding cycle. Match sunlight exposure to the actual number of hours the sun is shining to keep your canary on a natural protection.

But constant direct sunlight is NOT ideal. This can lead to SUNSTROKE! Pay attention to your cage positioning. It’s important to avoid drafts or overly breezy areas. Canaries are very susceptible to respiratory illnesses and problems, and can easily develop life-threatening bouts of pneumonia seemingly overnight! If you’re a smoker, and you smoke inside of your house, you’ll need to make your canary an outdoor pet, which can be not only dangerous, but in some living arrangements is impossible!

THIS CAN KILL YOUR CANARIES INSTANTLY! Even if you’re willing to start smoking outdoors, you’ll first need to quit smoking indoors, open up the house to breeze, do a thorough cleaning to remove the tar and nicotine from the walls. Open up the windows so that sunlight is hitting the humid walls and furniture, do not smell. Give it about a week (at least) before introducing your canary into the home. Other potential health risks indoors include: room deodorizers, bug sprays, oven cleaners, harsh chemical cleaners, Teflon and the other main components of non-stick cookware (as you cook, these break down, releasing chemicals that will rapidly debilitate your canary to the point of death). Canaries have incredibly sensitive lungs that are unable to filter out a number of the everyday chemicals we as human beings have come to take for granted. For a whole library of essential canary health tips, how to avoid diseases and how to give your pet canaries a long-lasting, happy & healthy life in your own home go to:

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