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Canary Birds Manual | by William Wood

A Manual Of Useful And Practical Information For Bird Keepers.

TitleCanary Birds Manual
AuthorWilliam Wood
PublisherWilliam Wood & Co
Copyright1869, William Wood & Co
AmazonCanary birds: A manual of useful and practical information for bird keepers
Canary Birds Book CoverCanary Birds

Canary Birds.

New York: William Wood & Co., 61 Walker Street.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1886,

By William Wood & Co.,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.

R. Craighead, Printer, 81, 88, and 85 Centre at, N. Y.

We are all lover of birds - song birds especially. How can we help being so ? They are at once the most lovely, and innocent, and joyous of God's creatures. It is good for us to cherish this love - he...
-Chapter I. The Canary Finch
Called by Linnaeus, Fringilla Canaria, because it first came, as is generally supposed, from the Canary Isles, where the species is still found in abundance, singing very sweetly, although not, perhap...
-The Canary Finch. Continued
The female is hardly distinguishable from the male, except that the plumage of the latter is generally brighter in color. His head, also, is rather larger and longer; the body more slender; the neck n...
-Chapter II. Bird Cages
Having purchased a bird, the first consi-gn deration is, which is the best kind of bird cages. Of wooden cages those made of mahogany are decidedly the best, as they are less likely to harbor insec...
-Chapter III. Baths
Birds like to have a good depth of water to bathe in ; at the same time, of course, they do not wish to be drowned. If birds are ill, a bath seems to be their most universal remedy; they are hydropath...
-Chapter IV. Food And Water
However much we may feel inclined to give our pets plenty of such dainties as sugar, cake, and other rich food that we know Dickey is as fond of as any boy of sweets, yet it will not do for us to forg...
-Chapter V. Breeding
The propagation of canaries is attended with many difficulties and disappointments, which have not been diminished by the many expedients to obviate them. For pairing, young males, of from two to five...
-Breeding. Part 2
One cannot well see the shape of these insects with the naked eye; but, with a magnifying glass, they resemble somewhat the bug species. If you kill them on white paper, it is stained with blood; in f...
-Breeding. Part 3
While birds are sitting, the supply of food should always be very abundant. Where hard boiled egg is given, powder it fine and mix with grated stale bread. Only a small quantity should be given at a t...
-Breeding. Part 4
Up to the twelfth day the young are almost destitute of feathers, and need the warmth of their mother's wing; and it is sometimes the case, especially in cold, dry seasons, that they never become prop...
-Chapter VI. How To Teach Young Birds To Sing
At a fortnight old, the male may be dis-CT' tinguished from the female by the more connected character of his song. If a young bird is to be taught to whistle, it should now be separated from its comr...
-Chapter VII. Aviary Birds And Cages
E.A. Maling gives useful information in relation to aviaries, but mostly adapted to English birds and English climate. The most enjoyable arrangement that I ever knew for the cage bird building, was ...
-Aviary Birds And Cages. Continued
There is always a doubt as to the agreement of many birds together; but it must be remembered that two birds alone in a cage will fight, if it so pleases them, just like cat and dog; while in an aviar...
-Chapter VIII. The Room Aviary
I believe one of the least troublesome and most enjoyable of aviaries is that fitted up in a small spare room. It is better without paper on the walls; but if it is on, be careful not to have the leas...
-Chapter IX. Diseases Of Canaries
It gives a most miserable and discouraged feeling to read the long list of diseases incident to the canary, and the remedies proposed for them. It is our firm belief that most of these maladies are th...
-Diseases Of Canaries. Part 2
There should be always a little bed of rather fine dry oatmeal for the bird to stand on for a moment when its bath is over; this dries the feet, and in all ways is useful, while its dusting the feathe...
-Diseases Of Canaries. Part 3
Cancer, unless arrested before it becomes developed, is a fatal disease, and is thought to be contagious (it will be better to separate the infected bird from its companions at once). It always attack...
-Chapter X. Wants Of Bird-Keepers
Amongst the various things found useful in keeping birds, I may mention, first, the cages, varying from the cheapest and commonest forms to the largest and most elaborate aviaries - these have been he...

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