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    Question for bird owners

    I have one canary. If I let it out of its cage do you think its is smart enough to good back to the cage itself for food and water and its usual perch to sleep. I had finches before this and they were not up to it. Are canaries smarter birds?
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    Nope. You'll have to catch him and put him back.

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    Nope. I think the big parrots are...the little birds.. not so much!
    Just one of those dirty pinko commies some people worry about.

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    clip it's wings and then you can catch it. But, I've had parakeets who knew where they lived; once they got bored with flying around the house - or got thirsty/hungry - they would return to their cage...usually took them about 2 hours.

    If you clip its wings and let it out, it will climb all over the cage & walk around... by the time its feathers grow back, it will definitely know where it lives!
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    Not a bird expert but somebody in the neighborhood had (big emphasis on past tense) a Grey Parrot. It's wings weren't clipped and it flew out of the house. They managed to get it back. However, demonstrating a shallow to negative learning curve, they let it fly out the house again but they didn't get it back.
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    I had a flock of canaries. I never let them out of the cage though. It was a pretty big one, so they could fly a bit.

    Canaries have no cloaca control, so if it were loose, you'd be finding little white blobs all over.

    I'd recommend getting another canary to keep it company. They do get lonely. They need a flock.

    Canaries are not that smart, but they are very conscious. My first male, when he lost his mate gave a song that started at the top of his range, and wound and descended to the bottom, leaving me no doubt that he knew the depth of the blues, there was so much sadness in that song. Before that I thought that his singing was more mechanical, he included a lot of sounds from the neighborhood in his singing, including fire engines, car alarms, even the sound of the police helicopter. I had a canary tape that I played to inform him of what a canary song should sound like as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will G View Post
    Not a bird expert but somebody in the neighborhood had (big emphasis on past tense) a Grey Parrot. It's wings weren't clipped and it flew out of the house. They managed to get it back. However, demonstrating a shallow to negative learning curve, they let it fly out the house again but they didn't get it back.
    In one neighborhood I lived in, there was a flock of crows led by a green parrot. He had to really flap his wings to stay up with them, but there was no doubt about which bird was the boss.
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    Birds can surprise you.

    My ex found a parakeet on the barbecue in the courtyard of our apartment. She managed to throw a towel over it and transfer it to a cage. A few minutes later we saw a hawk in the courtyard, so we knew we saved the parakeet's life. The parakeet was unpleasantly noisy, screeching and squawking.

    We put up signs all over the neighborhood and an ad in the local paper. We got no response. I put up a small ad at work offering the bird to a good home and one of my co-workers came over to get the bird.

    The next time I saw him, he was beaming. "It talks!" he exclaimed. The bird had never talked to us so we were surprised. We guessed that he looked a lot more like the bird's former owner.
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    Not sure of parakeets, but I have about 20 chickens. They know their way back to the coop every night and they give eggs. Just say'n.
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