Our native songbirds, which we hear in the field, in the forest and sometimes in the park, can live in a house in a cage. Previously, it was the songbirds of their locality that were kept at home, enjoying their singing and twittering. Often they were kept and budgies because of the beauty of the plumage and the ability to imitate sounds and human speech. Currently, preference is given to outlandish birds and large breeds of parrots.
At home, you can contain granivorous songbirds – finches, canaries, hemp, crossbills, bullfinches, siskins, goldfinches. Insectivorous songbirds live well in cages – redstart, lark, tits, starlings, nightingales. With a good attitude and care, the birds live at home in cages up to 25 years old and at the same time retain their ability to sing perfectly.
Canaries perfectly adapted to life in captivity and even breed. Different breeds of canaries are characterized by plumage and the manner of singing and are readily kept at home, for the sake of wonderful singing. Bullfinches are kept for the colorful plumage, like many other birds.
All birds in the house are kept in cages. Cages 40-50 cm long, 40-50 cm wide, and up to 40 cm high are suitable for small birds. The material from which the cell is made does not matter much, its main size. Do-it-yourself cells if you have carpentry skills, or you can saw out of plywood. In small cages or under cramped conditions, migratory birds beat feathers on their wings and tail, besides being unable to move, the birds are fattening. One bird should live in one cage if birds have more aviaries for them. Aviaries are spacious rooms, the birds are very comfortable in them, the conditions in them are more close to the natural ones and the birds feel good about them, they are more relaxed.
If you put a small bird in a too spacious cage, it will take a long time to get used to the person and remain shy. In a cage for songbirds, it is better not to hang various bells and rattles, this is more suitable for parrots. Of course, you can decorate the cage from the outside, as you like, it can be a painting or a pattern created wood burning device.
Cages for land birds, such as larks, should have a slightly larger floor area than for other birds that prefer perches.
A cage for songbirds and other birds must be selected with a double floor, so that one comes out for cleaning. The cage should be equipped with a feeder, firmly fixed to the floor. There should also be a drinking bowl in which there is always fresh water. River sand can be poured onto the floor in the cage to absorb contaminants, in addition, birds peck sand grains that they need for better digestion. In the cage there should be poles with a diameter of 8-12mm.
Songbirds are lovers of fresh air and constant temperatures. Birds are frightened by sharp sounds, a dog barking or a sharp approach of a domestic cat. Sudden movements of a person can also scare a bird; during a sharp take-off, it can hit its head on the metal bars of the top of the cage, which will lead to its death. Therefore, for birds that are difficult to get used to, cells should be placed as high as possible and at first create complete peace.