Canaries are small songbirds and have short and stout beaks for crushing seeds. This alone is sufficient to guide you in buying canary bird cages, if you know how to read between the lines. Those who don’t are asked to read on.
Canaries stay the best in cages that are not tall and/or narrow like those meant for the parrots or cockatiels or parakeets. Canaries are not climbers by nature and tall, narrow cages are only meant for birds that exercise by climbing. Instead, they fly horizontally and hop around on the ground, which explains the structure of their beaks. Thus, cute and little becomes a non-applicable phrase when it comes to choosing the canary bird cages. Thus, we rule out the birdcages with even a Japanese-style roof on it. The end result is a suffering, weakened canary living a short and miserable life. It shall be equivalent to you living in a 5-story closet.
Most people think it’s the pet store employees who will provide the best of advice; not that they don’t, but only a handful actually know what they are talking about. The rest don’t even let a chirp out and your choice becomes proportional to your purchasing power. The scenario becomes something like bird cage buying or a medium breed food for a Great Dane or a Rottweiler.
So, the right type of canary bird cages should have the following points intact:
1. A minimum width of 20 inches, though 24 inches or above is considered the best.
2. There must stay one perch at either side of the cage to allow the bird to exercise freely. Exercising shall keep your canary healthy, happy and S-I-N-G-I-N-G. Besides, it shall provide ample space for organizing the feeders, the water bowl(s) and the toys.
3. The cage bars should be no more than half-an-inch apart.
4. It must not be of a shape other than rectangular. Without corners, the canary is bound to feel insecure and confused.
5. The slide-out tray is a must.
However, if you are looking for a breeding cage, it must be big enough for entire families of canaries, yet cool enough to stop them from molting early. Also, there must not be any cool drafts present; in that case, the canaries are not going to survive for too long.
Regarding the material for the cage, one has to keep in mind that canaries are highly sensitive to toxicity, including fouled air, chemicals and smoke. Even deodorizers, scented candles and bug sprays prove lethal for them, so it is either a wooden (without varnish), cane, bamboo or a metal cage that’s going to fit; and not the ones made from polymers. Even with metal cages, the wrought iron and powder coatings are to be avoided, so aluminum or stainless steel proves to be the best. And since the hormones of the canary are regulated by light, the cage must not be kept for long in either darkness or in the strong sun. A translucent cage cover is thus recommended during the days of summer.
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