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.

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