Before iPods there were boomboxes. Before boomboxes there were stereo radios. Precursors to phonographs were Victrolas.
But the way to get tunes in your home long before there was electricity was the natural sound of bird songs.
For years people would place a Canary or other singing finches in a small cage on either side of the room and whoever did that first can take credit for inventing stereo sound.
Canaries are small songbirds coming from the Finch family and were initially found in places like the Azores and believe it or not the Canary Islands.
The Spanish sailors brought canaries to Europe in the 1600s and the (the canaries) became a mark of high-fashion. Spanish and English kings had reading courts that they liked to have the birds perform at.
Those intrapreneurial monks bred them and sold only the males (the ones that sing) which kept supply down and prices up.
In England originally only rich people owned canaries but they were so easy to breed they became a popular commoner’s pet. They’ve been known to live for from 10 to 15 years.
In our post about birds that work for money, canaries were popular with coal miners. They were the original first responders and would give their lives to warn the miners that noxious gas was escaping.
Don’t underestimate Canaries need to play with bird toys. Simple toys with beads and fibers they can poke their beak at will be embraced by these smart little birds. Small bell toys are enjoyable.
What do you recommended as the best feeding program for Canaries. I have an American Singer.
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We have to admit that we are not experts on canaries even though I did raise a few many, many years ago.
I looked and found this site that offers all the information you could ever need on canaries.
Supplying a bit of Mineral Grit in a treat dish can also help aid in digestion and calcium supplimentation. If you have egg laying caneries it is extremely important to provide calcium sources like cuttlebone and liquid or powdered calcium products.
I hope this is helpful.
written by mitch rezman
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