June 21, 2011
A Change of Scenery for my Canaries
After spending the last two years living in a wonderful cage in my brown room, I decided to give my canaries a change of scenery. My birds are red factor canaries, named after their beautiful plumage. They were developed in the early 1900s by crossing a male red siskin with a yellow canary. I got my first ones about thirteen years ago from our pet expert, Marc Morrone, who acquired them from a breeder in Belgium.
I wanted to have the birds moved back to their original location in the light and airy bird room into another very similar cage. I designed these cages after one that came from France, built around 1900, probably to house doves or quails. The canaries are captured one by one for transport and each bird receives a nail clipping to control the length of the claws. Now that the birds are more centrally located in my home, their pleasant singing can be easily heard throughout the house.
1 Named after its beautiful plumage, the Red Factor Canary is one of the most popular canaries. These birds are delightfully entertaining and are hardy and very easy to keep.
2 My housekeeper, Laura Acuna, loves looking after all of my pets. She's also very good at catching the canaries.
3 It takes a fast, but gentle hand.
4 After catching each bird, Laura clips its nails, one by one. This is important because the nails grow long in the cage and can actually get in the way.
5 After clipping, the birds are placed in a transport cage.
6 Maria tries out her canary catching skills.
7 Oops! Not fast enough!
8 Moving in again
9 Ah-ha! Success!
10 If held correctly, a canary will remain calm throughout this nail-clipping process.
11 There are many more birds at the top of the cage.
12 Laura reaches in again.
13 This bird is such a brilliant shade of red.
14 It's challenging to catch canaries in such a large cage.
15 Meanwhile, Sanu readies the other cage in the bird room.
16 Vivaldi watches Sanu with great interest.
17 And with even more interest when Laura brings another cage of captures.
18 With more than two dozen canaries in all, Laura makes a few trips.
19 The little birds are happy to be released into the big cage.
20 The canaries are quite happy here and they sing beautifully all day long.