Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Apr 18, 2014
I had my canary pair, Elvis and Priscilla, for five years and loved every minute with them. Canaries are small birds, so they are great if you live in small space but still want to keep birds. They don't require any out-of-the-ordinary care and are easy to clean up after. I kept mine in a large bird cage that took up a corner of my apartment and often let them out when I was home. They are very playful and love to sing, so if you don't want pretty constant background noise, they're probably not the right bird for you. However, I find they're singing to be beautiful. It was the best alarm clock I've ever had. Unfortunately, not all rental companies are fans of birds, so I had to give them to a friend when I moved, but she loves them just as much as I did. Because of their social nature, I think it is important to always have a pair. They will be much happier that way. Although I've never kept any other kinds of indoor birds, I've heard from others that canaries make great starter birds because of their size, temperament, and ease of care. I can't speak to how trainable they are because I never really tried to teach mine to do anything; however, they were always very easy to herd back into the cage after they got their daily exercise playing around the apartment.