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Many people see a tame bird as nothing less than a miracle, and the trainer as little less than an ordinary person.
And he is a little wiser than the ordinary human because he identified and acted on a reality about the feathered race that few people notice, bird intelligence.
Once you acknowledge the reality of this intelligence, employ it like you would any other intellect, and the most astonishing outcomes will follow.
Canaries can be taught almost anything, and the goal of this article is to offer a few basic tips that will allow individuals who want to own tame birds to create a system of operation and attain whatever lesson the mind has fixed on.
First and foremost, research the nature of the species you intend to educate. No two people are same in their disposition. In this regard, they differ just as much as children, as a comparison will show.
One has a calm, pleasant disposition and must be subjected to the gentlest of manipulations, soft words of sincere care.
A harsh deed, a stormy word, and the tranquil little creature runs in fright, and no amount of patience will ever restore the serene trust that has been shattered.
Another is a rambunctious, hot-headed rattler, anxious and joyful. Use him with zeal, whistle, laugh, be astute in your conversation with him, and never be impatient.
His nerves are frayed when he loses his anger. He will most likely resort to amusing pranks. Another characteristic is gluttony.
Apologize to the hunger and nurture it. Allow his need for a specific delicacy to be satisfied by doing a trick exactly as you like him to do, and rewarding him with the delicate.
Next time, he’ll rush through the lesson to demonstrate his point. Make sure to give it to him. Another is insane enough to fly. Teach him the trick and then let him soar.
Another is too self-centred. Praise him and become ecstatic. Teach the trick and be captivated by it.
Feed him his favourite delicacy with as much affection as he can stand. He’ll take it all as his rightful share.
Sometimes, but not always, a bird is unappealing; persuading, patience, love, and feeding are ineffective inducements.
He must be forced into fearing his master. He is tractable after he has been sufficiently humiliated, but he is always surly.
How To Teach Your Canary Bird To Kiss?
This is really simple. Hold the bird softly, speaking to him in soothing tones till he is calm, then kiss the small bill many times, constantly soothing him with gentle words.
Kiss the bill again and again, till he no longer struggles in dread of the salute; then offer a final kiss of approval; allow him to enjoy himself.
Repeat this the next day, and several times a day if you want to educate him rapidly, and he will soon resort to this performance as a means of persuading, opening, and shutting his bill between your lips precisely as you have done by him, as close to bird mimicry as possible.
Do not notice if he picks your lip before him. Never confound him by introducing more than one new trick at a time.
Never touch a frightened bird’s cage for any reason without first drawing the tenant’s attention.
I can’t get near my bird, not even to give him food, since he’s terrified half to death a lady remarked to us, displaying genuine rage toward the bird.
We explained why she scared him, since she has used the aforementioned technique of gaining his attention and found him always tractable.
Birds are usually engaged in some way, and a sudden movement startles them.
One may be picking industriously in the cage-bottom when he notices a quick hold on the cage, a yanking of it off the hook; his heart leaps, he flutters furiously up; a face looms over him, and he beats around even more terrified.
Do unexpected closenesses never surprise you, y es, you put your hand against your palpitating heart and furiously gasp, since the person was careless, just as you are careless in approaching your bird and pushing bits into his cage.
A call, a whistle, and all of this stomping around are avoided.
If you take out the seed cup, get his attention as you approach, show him your hand that you mean no harm, and then take out the cup, being sure to display it to him before putting it back. Similarly, show him the various meals before touching the wires with them.
After a few weeks of this care, he will have complete faith in human closeness, and if you happen to surprise him, his terror will dissipate the minute he hears your voice or catches a sight of you.
“It’s mistress; she won’t kill a tiny bird!” he appears to think “and goes about his job calmly.
If you want to tame your bird, you must observe this habit of approach, since he will never be tame as long as human contact frightens him.
Keep this in mind as you work to earn his trust. Holding a bird should be done gently; let him to arrange his feet and wings securely.
If you want to keep him for a few seconds, use both hands, with the feet resting on one palm and the other covering his body softly, since they do not tolerate squeezing.
Place the cage near where you want to sit. After a little conversation with the bird, insert a finger between the wires at the bird’s favourite seat, calmly holding it there while reading or writing.
He cautiously approaches up to investigate it now that it exhibits no intent to harm him. Then he chooses to determine its quality, and sometimes he fights it.
That’s OK; he’s no longer afraid of it. Put him away once you’ve paid him.
Try him again the next day. He may go further and light on it, or he may spend many days becoming acquainted with it.
Please be patient. Once this phase is completed, alter the program by introducing the finger in different locations. He’ll quickly shine a light on it from any direction or angle.
Then test the door, first shoving your finger beneath it, then fastening it open, blocking escape with the rest of your hand as one finger stretches within.
Draw him out a little while he’s perched on it. Next time, entice him a bit more to the perch outdoors, and so forth.
You only need to open the cage door and raise a finger for him to fly towards, and he can then be summoned to any section of the room to rest on the familiar perch.
Most birds pick up on this familiarity in a matter of days, but some take two to four weeks.
Allow him to starve for many days for a favourite delicacy, such as a fig. Show him one; he’s overjoyed, but don’t give it to him.
Spread a few seeds over the end of your finger and place them near a perch.
Allow him time to speculate he will eventually steal a seed or two; if he flatly refuses, put him away sadly, leaving the fig where he can see it.
Try again the next day; he’ll take one or more. That will suffice. Don’t bother him any longer; put a piece of fig in his cage and let him alone till the next day.
He may feel autonomous, while being overburdened, and refuse to pick. Put him away without his fig; the next day he’ll pick off everything on the finger. Praise the performance; pay him. After that, it’s smooth sailing.
Other Clever Tricks For Training Your Canary
It’s a clever sight to see a bird lay its feathers at a mirror after washing, and it’s easy to teach.
First, accustom him to a mirror by keeping one in the cage; he will quickly continue to understand it, and then it is time to remove it. After a wash, place it in the cage for no more than an hour.
After been robbed numerous times, he will cling to it the instant it is restored, which must be while he is dripping from the bath, and he will remain near it while pluming. Leave it in for a bit longer to pay him.
After a few more days of this routine, he has developed the habit of studying his reflection when using the restroom. Never take it away from me again.
A lady with a pair of canaries lashes them with a rattle stick to force them to sleep on the swing together. This is complete idiocy! Anyone can achieve this lovely effect by removing all of the perches when night falls, when both will take to the swing.
After a few nights of this precaution, they will become accustomed to the swing and will want to sleep nowhere else; therefore, the perches do not need to be removed at night.
A jerk severed the tail of a good singer because he would sit at an odd angle, pulling the feathers out of shape.
Taking away the perch was the right approach, and as such, a bird would be better off on a swing.
The bird never sung again after this interruption “event until a new tail formed, which took several months, according to what I gather.
Teach Your Canary Bird How to Play Rare Notes
Remember, one at a time, since he gets confused with several and therefore catches none. The best instruments are a toy whistle, a flute, or recordings from expert breeders.
The recently developed recordings are becoming popular among bird owners as aids in teaching new notes.
Slowly play a few notes while keeping an eye on the bird. You will see that someone will delight him. Choose that one and play it over and over. You’re tired of the sameness, yet you don’t give up.
The next day, it is repeated by spells throughout the day. Play nothing else till the bird sings it. Even then, don’t play anything else for a few days; he needs time to practice it with variations or he’ll forget it in his excitement about the new pick.
A baby bird will learn many excellent notes in this manner, beginning with him at the age of six months, or even five months, when the voice begins to alter, and continuing until the bird is twenty months old.
Birds seldom catch a new note after the age of two, and certainly not with the same eagerness as a younger one.
If a bird is encouraged to sing throughout the evening, it will do so. Simply shine a bright light on him and keep him awake.
Because he is used to retiring after dusk, he will be tempted to disregard the light for a few evenings when he has to be kept active by attention.
Whistle, chirp, and play with him. On the third evening, he will try his hand at singing, and on the fourth, he will sing even more.
A brilliant light will undoubtedly keep him aroused and in songful ecstasies that sound sweeter heard in the night.
Where there are numerous birds, just one needs this encouragement; his song will excite the others, and each small throat will trill forth its music. This is the entire breeding night-singing secret birds.
If you get a so-called “imported night-singing canary,” “Do not make the mistake of putting him in a dark room at night, because the imported treasure will have to be taught this skill all over again, just like another canary.
The bigger the range of the voice’s training, the greater its compass. The principles that control the possibilities for a prima donna’s vocal education are, in some ways, relevant to the effective training of singing birds.
When the muscular system is freshened by slumber and thus malleable, the prima-donna teaches herself to expand her chest by deep breaths, etc.
We cannot reason a bird into a habit of long inspiration to achieve this desired result; therefore, we must attack nature with that common sense treatment that will render the fibrous body flexible, and then test their expansive powers more and more each day by constant practice on long, trilling flute-notes.
A soft diet is extremely necessary for making the muscular physique flexible.
Seed diet offers the muscular body compactness of strength; thus, seeds must not enter unless we except rapeseed significantly into the selected meals that will comprise the songster’s regimen during the first eight months of his existence.
From the time he breaches the shell until he is eight months old, or until his instructor thinks him ideal, he must eat a soft diet that keeps his bowels loose.
Boiled eggs, grated with bread or cracker and boiled in milk, soaked rapeseed, and so on, are ideal for the nestling; when they are able to feed themselves, bread and cracker crumbed in milk will be his main diet.
Some seeds must be permitted, as well as a little amount of lean meat (tender), chopped fine, once a day. When the egg is offered, leave out the meat. A little wing training helps to enlarge the breast tissue.
When allowed, sunset is the best time to indulge because the singing exercises aren’t disrupted.
Lax bowels indicate a malleable muscular system, whilst tight bowels indicate a flexible tension that cannot be utilized beyond a certain limit.
However, caution must be exercised to avoid over-laxity. The droppings should not be strewn about. If they become so at any point, try a dryer diet until you feel better, or contact the medical chapter based on your symptoms.
A range of different meals, in a suitable ratio, may be supplied to improve the richness of the blood and the health of the tissue, as the first eight or ten months of a bird’s existence entails, and especially while educating any given capacity under high vital pressure.
It is the growth season, and if the adult bird is not adequately maintained, he will never amount to much and will not live out half of his natural days.
Eight months has brought the bird to maturity; the food may now be shifted more completely to seeds, unless the owner wishes to continue testing the possibilities of tissue development and further advancement in musical culture; in any event, we would propose a dryer diet after eight months.
This is a discipline that necessitates the music teacher’s undivided attention and patience.
However, it is beneficial. A bird that has been cured of chop-notes and properly trained with flute and recordings is worth a high price.
The following is the formula that encompasses the rules for growing and expanding tissue, remove the young songsters to a bright room as soon as they are able to feed themselves, and place them along the walls in cages with white muslin coverings, so that they permit enough of air while preventing the inhabitant from becoming interested in exterior things.
He can see to eat and hop around; the sun energizes his blood; he is in a position to detect and appreciate delicious strains; and all the more so because they are his sole delight.
The morning should be given more attention than the afternoon, because the birds like to rehearse from dawn until midday, singing more casually as the day progresses.
We give them three hours of activity in the morning, just one hour after meridian, when the baby-warble persists.
However, as the voice begins to change (some in the fifth month, most in the sixth month), we spend more time teaching and polishing the notes, frequently spending the entire day on the tedious process.
The teacher must first extensively rehearse a series of twenty or fewer notes on flute and triangle, maybe a harp or recorded instrument, until he or she is safe to play them in all sorts of combinations without introducing others.
Six to a dozen of these notes must be chosen as a base or common practice and played repeatedly, bringing in the other sounds injudiciously, so that they do not confuse or sound rattling.
When the voice changes, these extra notes must be played as frequently as the others until each learner gets them down pat, which he will almost certainly have by the time he is eight months old.
The teacher will always be on the lookout for the first break into chop notes, and when it is detected, the beautiful guiding strains must come to a halt and drop into harsh, discordant noise, loud enough to drown out the chop and terrify the birds. Allow the same conflict to encounter the chop every time.
After being broken in on a few occasions, the birds will avoid the reason.
If any of them persist and no effective cure is found, the instructor must strike the cage holding the rebellious child with a long stick each time a chop results.
It must not be done too harshly, lest he grow too afraid to sing again.
Be gentle but firm in your admonitions, and be patient. Time and patience are required for success; after all, you can’t drive a bird, but you may kill one trying.
The teacher must be positioned in such a way that he can strike any cage without it lifting or rattling.
The birds must not be able to see him or the instrument he is playing. There must be no sound of footsteps or movement to distract the young students from the music; even a whisper is not permitted.
The covering may be removed from the cages at dusk, and the birds are free to gaze and speak to each other until bedtime, when the coverings must be re-adjusted.
It will be much nicer for the birds if they are allowed to fly around during the sunset hour.
We keep licorice-root fiber stripped up, wrapped in tiny bunches, and placed in the cages of our singers for them to gnaw on, believing it has a beneficial impact on the vocal tissues.
When the birds prefer to play with it rather than eat, we place it in the water cup.
If a bird trained in the manner described above can receive a couple of weeks of the same instruction when recovering voice after his second moult, his song may be said to be perfect in the broadest sense of the word, because there is no period in his life when practice is as enjoyable to him as after those weeks of his first complete silence.
Make a Friendly Relationship With Your Canary Bird
It’s nice to have feathery companions fluttering around you with the happy familiarity with which dogs welcome their master and children embrace a parent, and this familiar relationship may be achieved with a few weeks of attentive care.
Clip the wings to the point where flight is impossible; then educate him not to fear you by conducting yourself in such a loving and affectionate manner that he gains trust.
Because he is unable to fly, controlling him is easy, and you may teach him whatever trick, habit, or pantomime you choose.
However, never forget to recompense his docility when carrying out your objectives.
When canary birds are domesticated in the nest, they are most easily trained to perform pantomime feats.
They should be taken from the parent-birds when they are about ten days old and reared by hand; handled as they mature, and given all the privileges of hopping over your person, nestling in your neck, hair, etc., just as if they were spoiled favourites, and they will become tractable to almost any degree.
However, if the wing is a bit too sporty for your liking, there is a simple fix cut the lengthy pennons.
Birds are unusually free of hypocrisy. What they are feeling is immediately revealed.
They fawn where they love and fight fiercely where they detest. And their intuition is never wrong.
Allow a stranger to approach their cage, and their behaviour would reveal a hint to that person’s character, or rather, disposition, which your slow faculties would take months to determine.
Allow the one with a harsh, unloving temperament to creep up on them ever so gently, and they will flee in panic; whereas another, kind hearted, a lover of birds, etc., will be received with calm serenity.