how to train a canary bird

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  • {“smallUrl”:”https://www. wikihow. com/s/thumb/a/a0/Train-Your-Canary-Step-1-Version-2. jpg/v4-460px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-1-Version-2. jpg”,”bigUrl”:”/s/thumb/a/a0/Train-Your-Canary-Step-1-Version-2. jpg/aid1243482-v4-728px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-1-Version-2. jpg”,”smallHeight”:345,”bigWidth”:728,”bigHeight”:546,”licensing”:”License: Creative Commons</a> </p> </p></div>”} 1 Give your canary time to acclimate to her new surroundings. It is recommended to concentrate on training a single canary at a time, keeping them in separate cages within a room. Because canaries tend to become anxious when they perceive potential predators nearby, exercise patience and allow your pet to become accustomed to her cage and its surroundings. To avoid startling your bird, try not to enter the room with abrupt movements or loud noises. [3] For the first few days, spend time sitting in the room with your canary. Make a small sound or whistle as you enter the room, and then let out the same sound or whistle each time. This will serve as your canary’s “special noise,” alerting her to your presence.
  • {“smallUrl”:”https://www. wikihow. com/s/thumb/3/36/Train-Your-Canary-Step-2-Version-2. jpg/v4-460px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-2-Version-2. jpg”,”bigUrl”:”/s/thumb/3/36/Train-Your-Canary-Step-2-Version-2. jpg/aid1243482-v4-728px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-2-Version-2. jpg”,”smallHeight”:345,”bigWidth”:728,”bigHeight”:546,”licensing”:”License: Creative Commons</a> </p> </p></div>”} 2 Maintain her cage at eye level Your bird may become anxious if she has to move her head too much, so hang her cage so that it is at eye level with you. Put her cage in a room where there is some household activity so she can observe you and grow accustomed to you being around. Put a dark cloth over her cage at night so she can recognize when it’s time for bed. Remove the covering in the morning to help her realize that it is daytime and that it is time to move about. Advertisement .
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  • {“smallUrl”:”https://www. wikihow. com/s/thumb/7/7e/Train-Your-Canary-Step-4-Version-2. jpg/v4-460px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-4-Version-2. jpg”,”bigUrl”:”/s/thumb/7/7e/Train-Your-Canary-Step-4-Version-2. jpg/aid1243482-v4-728px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-4-Version-2. jpg”,”smallWidth”:460,”smallHeight”:345,”bigWidth”:728,”bigHeight”:546,”licensing”:”License: Creative Commons</a> </p> </p></div>”} 4 Have a ten- to fifteen-minute conversation in a quiet voice with your canary. This will facilitate your canary’s gradual familiarization with you and strengthen your bond over time. Speak softly to her, sit close to her cage, and whistle. She will eventually become familiar with your voice and regard you as a friend. Remember that stress can kill canaries, so try to be soothing and calm around her. Some owners of canaries make a low noise, such as humming or shushing, which they repeat as they approach the canary’s cage. The canary will eventually grow accustomed to the “special noise” and begin to associate it with comfort and their owner.
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To begin training your canary, begin by conversing with it in a calming tone for ten to fifteen minutes twice a day, until it becomes accustomed to your company. Then, a few days later, try reaching inside its cage and giving it a treat. If your canary bit your finger or appeared agitated, stop giving it the treat and try again the following day. Continue until your canary removes the treat from your hand. Finally, try holding your canary outside of the cage once it feels at ease having your hand inside of it. Continue reading for additional advice from our co-author who is a veterinarian, such as how to train your canary to fly free!

Doing Free Flight Training

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  • {“smallUrl”:”https://www. wikihow. com/s/thumb/5/5b/Train-Your-Canary-Step-10-Version-2. jpg/v4-460px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-10-Version-2. jpg”,”bigUrl”:”/s/thumb/5/5b/Train-Your-Canary-Step-10-Version-2. jpg/aid1243482-v4-728px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-10-Version-2. jpg”,”smallHeight”:345,”bigWidth”:728,”bigHeight”:546,”licensing”:”License: Creative Commons</a> </p> </p></div>”} 2 Engage in the practice of summoning your canary to your hand. You can teach your bird to land on your hand once she begins to leave her cage on her own and feels at ease landing on perches throughout the room. During this training, give her treats as a way to encourage and reward her. Hold a treat between your two fingers in your hand once your bird has been released from her cage. Using your two fingers together and straight out, create a perch. Call your canary to you, using the “special noise”. Give her a treat if she lands on your two fingers successfully. This should be done repeatedly until she appears at ease landing on your hand. You can gradually conceal the reward until your canary lands on your hand—or, in certain situations, the top of your head. She should become accustomed to landing on your hand or head when called with enough practice.
  • {“smallUrl”:”https://www. wikihow. com/s/thumb/c/c6/Train-Your-Canary-Step-11-Version-2. jpg/v4-460px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-11-Version-2. jpg”,”bigUrl”:”/s/thumb/c/c6/Train-Your-Canary-Step-11-Version-2. jpg/aid1243482-v4-728px-Train-Your-Canary-Step-11-Version-2. jpg”,”smallHeight”:345,”bigWidth”:728,”bigHeight”:546,”licensing”:”License: Creative Commons</a> </p> </p></div>”} 3 Allow your bird to naturally return to her cage. Your canary needs to return to her cage on her own in order to become well-trained and tamed. Reassigning your canary to a cage or chasing her away can frighten her. To encourage your bird to return to her cage, give her fruit treats. Hold the treat between your fingers, just inside the cage. Give her the treat as soon as she’s safely inside the cage. Rarely, even though it might be time for bed or you’re leaving the house, your bird might refuse to return to her cage. Make the room dark in order to swiftly and carefully net her. Be gentle as you place her back in her cage. Avoid netting your bird, unless absolutely necessary.
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FAQ

Is it easy to train a canary?

Though young birds are easier to train, you can tame and train most canaries with enough patience and consistent practice.

How do you get your canary to trust you?

If they seem nervous when you come to their cage, take a few minutes a day to sit by their habitat, talk to them, or simply spend time with them. They can pick up on energy and words that you and your family say. Gradually spend more and more time by your birds until they are comfortable in your presence.

Do canaries like to be held?

TEMPERAMENT. Most Canaries are somewhat timid and shy little birds. Unlike larger bird species, they don’t usually do well with being handled, although there may be the occasional exception. Canaries are charming birds, and many enjoy watching and interacting with their owners from the comfort of a large flight cage.

What makes a canary happy?

Canaries like to fly so giving your bird as much space as possible is an important part of keeping your bird happy and healthy. It is best to provide your canary with a cage that is longer than it is wide so that they have some room to fly.