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He's not a parrot, but I'm hoping it is ok to post about him in this sub-forum anyway. :)

Last week the neighbours asked me if I wanted another bird. No, I don't really, but I asked them what and why anyway.

This little bird's story is so similar to many, many others. :( They no longer have time for him and they want to either give him to me or set him free. Thanks neighbours, what a way to guilt trip me into taking him!

Yes, these are the same neighbours that dumped their three goldfish at my door a few weeks ago!

So I said I can take in the bird but I will probably not be able to keep it forever. Instead I can find it a good home and only foster it for the time being. They didn't care what I did with the bird. They just didn't want it. :(

So this is what I picked up last night.

Why are these stands, cages and horrible plastic perches not banned!?







Apparently he is a male (though he has yet to sing for me because I think he is a little stressed from the move) and his name is Tweety.

I don't like that name and I don't think he cares very much to have any more association from his previous home. So I've renamed him Snitch.







Like 95% of the birds in the world that are being given up because of lack of time, this little guy has never seen or tasted a fresh veggie before in his life. He is on an all-seed diet and has never been let out of his cage. *Sigh*

I grabbed one of my hospital cages (don't worry, these are disinfected before AND after each use) and got some natural perches for him. I had to go bushwhacking at 9pm last night to find these perches! :laughing:

Here is his temporary cage until I can get him a larger one. I am thinking of a HQ Flight Cage?





His nails are overgrown so they will need to be trimmed.

I gave him some Cos Lettuce this morning and he devoured it! :D I'll give him some soft food tomorrow to see if he eats it too.

So that is Snitch's little story.





Anyone want to adopt a Canary? :p
 

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Aw Kelsey he is a sweet little Border Canary. Canaries don't usually whistle at this time of year. They usually start singing after moult usually starting around September. They are usually very particular about daylight hours. They need to follow the normal outside day/night cycle. If they are inside and it throws out their internal clock they can go into a semi permanent moult and not start whistling at all. This is vaguely what I remember from being in an all bird club and they were mostly Canary and Finch breeders. And I vaguely remember Dr Harry Cooper saying something about day/night cycle with someone's pet canary that had stopped whistling. I know that many show canary breeders have timer switches on the lights in their bird rooms to simulate an early spring and bring the canaries into moult early. They start extending the daylight hours around July, to try to get a jump on breeding season.
 

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Nice of you to rescue Tweety

That was nice of you to rescue that poor bird. When people really don't want pets, its very sad. People should take responsibility for their animals but, when they don't, its best to get the unwanted pets out of their home or they will suffer neglect and death.

Don't give up on the canary right away. You might like a canary as a caged pet and it's even possible to tame them - and, in any case, you can have a relationship with them and even give them some free flight time, if they are not fully hand tame. See: http://robirda.com/handtame.html for taming advice. I would not let him out when you have any parrots out of their cages, however, as a canary is fairly defenseless.

I have 10 finches and I enjoy them. Only my Java Sparrows are tame enough to come out and fly free but they are all enjoyable. Sadly the White Java Sparrow in this photo passed away (at about 7 years old) - he was the tamest one I ever had - he would cuddle in the palm of my hand and he was never wing-clipped - I had him sitting on my finger in 1 day! - and his name was Tweety! Now I just have the gray one, named Tux, and a new friend for him named, Nipper - and you can guess why! For some reason, the grays are a little harder to tame (maybe because they are the original "wild" coloration?). Now that Tweety is gone, the 2 grays rarely fly over to me anymore - but I can still let them out and they return to their cage on their own.





Here is a photo of Tweety, the day after I brought him home from the breeder, who'd never heard of hand-taming Java Sparrows! My other Java Sparrow, at the time (named "Peep") was extremely tame so he just became friendly immediately because she was tame already. Javas usually only tame if you get them right at fledging time.

 

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Very pretty birds Ron.
Kelsey that's a very pretty canary and it's so good of you to take him in. I bet you won't be able to give him up. :biggrin5:
 
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Aw Kelsey he is a sweet little Border Canary. Canaries don't usually whistle at this time of year. They usually start singing after moult usually starting around September. They are usually very particular about daylight hours. They need to follow the normal outside day/night cycle. If they are inside and it throws out their internal clock they can go into a semi permanent moult and not start whistling at all. This is vaguely what I remember from being in an all bird club and they were mostly Canary and Finch breeders. And I vaguely remember Dr Harry Cooper saying something about day/night cycle with someone's pet canary that had stopped whistling. I know that many show canary breeders have timer switches on the lights in their bird rooms to simulate an early spring and bring the canaries into moult early. They start extending the daylight hours around July, to try to get a jump on breeding season.
Thank you for all the info! I didn't know about the daylight hour thing. I've been keeping him up the same time as all my other birds (usually up until 7:30pm and open at 7:30am). I let him fall asleep with the setting sun tonight and I'll let him wake up with the rising sun tomorrow. :) Thanks for the tip!

awww he is so pretty i love yellow birdies
Thanks! :)

That was nice of you to rescue that poor bird. When people really don't want pets, its very sad. People should take responsibility for their animals but, when they don't, its best to get the unwanted pets out of their home or they will suffer neglect and death.

Don't give up on the canary right away. You might like a canary as a caged pet and it's even possible to tame them - and, in any case, you can have a relationship with them and even give them some free flight time, if they are not fully hand tame. See: http://robirda.com/handtame.html for taming advice. I would not let him out when you have any parrots out of their cages, however, as a canary is fairly defenseless.

I have 10 finches and I enjoy them. Only my Java Sparrows are tame enough to come out and fly free but they are all enjoyable. Sadly the White Java Sparrow in this photo passed away (at about 7 years old) - he was the tamest one I ever had - he would cuddle in the palm of my hand and he was never wing-clipped - I had him sitting on my finger in 1 day! - and his name was Tweety! Now I just have the gray one, named Tux, and a new friend for him named, Nipper - and you can guess why! For some reason, the grays are a little harder to tame (maybe because they are the original "wild" coloration?). Now that Tweety is gone, the 2 grays rarely fly over to me anymore - but I can still let them out and they return to their cage on their own.

Here is a photo of Tweety, the day after I brought him home from the breeder, who'd never heard of hand-taming Java Sparrows! My other Java Sparrow, at the time (named "Peep") was extremely tame so he just became friendly immediately because she was tame already. Javas usually only tame if you get them right at fledging time.
Awww, your finches are adorable! :lovehearts:
I am very tempted to keep him! I would love to! However, my mum does not want another big cage in the house. I have already taken over the spare bedroom (for the Budgies), dining room (for the Lorikeets and Plum-head) and garage (for the wild Pigeon) with my birds. :eek: Oops!

Very pretty birds Ron.
Kelsey that's a very pretty canary and it's so good of you to take him in. I bet you won't be able to give him up. :biggrin5:
I wish I didn't have to! :D
 

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What a beautiful bird!

I hope you can find him a loving home that can give him the care he deserves.

I think canaries would be a bit easier to re-home than parrots, hopefully. Good luck!

I'm so glad you were able to take him in for the time being.

Those neighbours of yours should never have owned Snitch in the first place, if they know so little about birds that they think they can just release a domesticated canary into the wild! It's really awful that they didn't even have enough time to pop a few ads on the internet, so they had to force you into taking him!

Anyway, he is a beautiful bird, and i hope you are able to find him the perfect owner that will love him and care for him like you. :)
 
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