Posted Mar 28, 2015
American Singer Canaries are not the easiest birds to keep. If you have young children who like to play with their pets (say, petting a dog or a guinea pig) or you have a very lively, chaotic household, I would even go as far to say that they wouldn't be a great choice. As a teenager, I kept two canaries that I got as a gift from a market which sold pets. They were fairly young - a male and a female bird with light yellow feathers and a soft, sweet song. They were very pretty to look at and it was nice sometimes to hear birdsong in the quiet moments in the house, but if you do decide to keep canaries you have to be prepared for a fairly high maintenance pet. The cage needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent the birds from getting infections from feces, which is best done outside the house with special birdcage cleaner and a hose. This had to be done at least weekly, and before the cage is cleaned, the birds obviously have to be moved to a smaller cage. This has to be done carefully, as canaries are quite fragile creatures and naturally afraid of humans (perhaps if I had gotten a bird that was already trained or had some more experience in training birds this would have been an easier process, but I'm not sure).
The cage has to be cleaned thoroughly and newspaper changed, accessories cleaned and the cage scrubbed of any built up feces. The newspaper liner should also be changed daily, again just to make sure that the birds have a clean environment.
Canaries require special care and attention and are generally known as fragile creatures. Any loud noise can cause them great distress, and I'd recommend that if you have a quiet room and some time/extra expense to spend on keeping a nice, unusual and much-loved throughout the ages pet, canaries might be a good choice. If you have young children who want something they can play around with, a dog in the house, or a noisy household in general, I would say that canaries are a pet best observed at the pet store and not taken home.