November 27, 2012
My Canaries Get a New Happy Light!
In my home, I have a large cage that houses several Red Factor canaries. These beautiful little birds bring me so much joy with their lovely singing. Several years ago, I was concerned that they weren't getting enough natural sunlight, which is so important for happy moods and healthy energy. After doing a bit of research, I discovered a company called Verilux, a lighting manufacturer specializing in Happy Lights that improve mood, energy, focus, and productivity. I saw a real difference after placing one of these lights near the canary cage. Recently, I was sent a couple of their latest models to try out. Enjoy this blog about my happy canaries!
1 I love these Happy Lights by Verilux. They can beat the winter blues and the effects of seasonal change. They improve mood, energy, focus, and productivity.
2 This is the Happy Light 6000 Energy Lamp. When placed on a table or other flat surface near eye level, the light provides just the right kind of illumination that's easily absorbed by the eye.
3 I also got a new version called Happy Light Liberty. This light delivers natural illumination to any room with no dangerous ultraviolet waves.
4 One of the places I like to use these lamps is next to my canary cage. I designed this cage after one that came from France, built around 1900, probably to house doves or quails. Bartok would love to get inside with the canaries!
5 The light is turned on from 6AM to 6PM and it provides a warm and cheerful glow, especially when the sun isn't shining. Judging from how much the male canaries sing, I'd say they are very happy, healthy, and active.
6 These are Red Factor canaries, named for their beautiful plumage. They were developed in the early 1900s by crossing a male red siskin with a yellow canary.
7 I got my first canaries about fourteen years ago from our pet expert, Marc Morrone, who acquired them from a breeder in Belgium.
8 These great singers are one of the most popular canaries.
9 Canaries are generally divided into three main groups - Colorbred Canaries, bred for their many color mutations (Red Factor belongs to this group); Type Canaries, bred for their shape and conformation; and Song Canaries, bred for their unique and specific song patterns.
10 Every morning, the stainless steel seed bowls are washed and refilled with canary seed mix.
11 The canary seed mixes are kept in a drawer in covered containers. We feed them a variety of mixes with added vitamins and minerals. We also give them an eggfood, a baked food containing eggs and other ingredients that provide good animal proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
12 In addition to seed, the birds are given fresh fruit slices and leafy greens and vegetables to munch on.
13 Twice a day, the water bowls are removed and washed thoroughly.
14 My housekeeper, Sanu is replacing a birdbath bowl. The canaries do like their baths!
15 Drinking water bowls are equipped with hooks.
16 Those bowls hang from the sides of the cage.
17 The branches in the cage are cut from the fruit trees on the farm and are changed regularly. They provide ample perching area. The little baskets hanging at the top are used as nests for egg laying. There is also a cuttlefish bone to provide calcium for the formation of egg shells.
18 When a female canary feels the need to build a nest, she pulls strands of this cotton fiber nesting material and takes it to an empty nesting basket.
19 We've had several baby canaries hatch over the years. They are adorable!
20 Canaries are highly sensitive to poison gases. In fact, during the 19th and early 20th centuries, coal miners brought canaries into the mines as an early detection system against life threatening gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and methane. This is a carbon monoxide alarm.
21 On the outside of the cage, we hang 8 in 1 Bird Protectors which protect the canaries from lice and mites for months. As it protects, this product also deodorizes the cage.