Canaries are one of the most beautiful birds that we can have at home as pets. They can be with us for about ten years, accompanying us from childhood to a more mature stage, although there have been cases of canaries that have lived to be 20 years old. These birds native to the Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores can bring a very pleasant sound to our lives, as they love to honour us with their song. However, when the canary gets out of its cage you may have some problems convincing it to come back. Or even worse: your canary could fly out of an open window by mistake. But do not worry because we show you how to recover it with this article on how to find my canary. These are a few simple tips that will keep your canary safe and sound at home and back in its cage.

If you can’t find it at home

When the bird has hidden in a corner of the house and you cannot find them to put it back in the cage, you can follow the following steps to solve the problem:

The cage in perfect condition

Make sure the cage is an attractive place for your canary. If your home is dirty, in a cold, dark and secluded place, surely you will not want to return, and with good reason who would want to live in a place like that? The best places in the house to locate your bird’s cage are those where you usually spend most of the time, since the animal, just like you, wants company.

Well-lit places will also bring life to the bird, but make sure you don’t place it near a window to prevent the canary from feeling threatened from outside. Placing toys in the cage will also make it a more welcoming place, just like regular cleaning. You can also try giving him treats whenever he enters the cage again, this way it will seem like a good idea to return.

Be careful when you let it out

Try that the outside of the cage is not very stimulating for the canary, or it will want to sneak away as soon as it gets the chance. Avoid feeding him when he is outside, he must relate the feeding to the cage, so that whenever he wants to eat he will return home. Always put their toys inside too. On the other hand, don’t let him go out only once a week or less. This will make the bird eager to get out and want to stay outside for as long as possible when it does.

Instead, let him go out every day for a while. Another tip is to try to tire the bird as much as possible. Make him fly all over the house. When he feels tired, if his cage is a place of comfort for the canary, he will return only to rest. You can also associate his time to eat or sleep with the time of returning to the cage. This is achieved by letting him out for a while before refilling his food or before it is time to rest.

Keep calm

If after a while the bird has not returned to the cage by itself, the first thing you should do is keep calm. Animals are very sensitive to violent or nervous body language. Yelling for him to come back or looking for him anxiously by making sudden movements throughout the house will only serve to make him hide better and avoid us. The best thing you can do is call him in a calm voice and a soft tone. Go through all the rooms calmly and naturally. Your canary may fly by itself to land on your shoulder if it sees you calm.

Look well for the canary

If the relaxed movements are not enough to get the canary closer, you should start a more exhaustive search. Look at every corner of every room. Do a visual sweep from top to bottom constantly, since your little canary may be perched or hiding in any object, or be flying overhead without you noticing. The first places to search are those that are most dangerous to the integrity of the canary, for example: stoves, fireplaces, open windows, doors, glasses of water (they can drown inside), and bathrooms or underneath sofas (or behind).

There are also places where it is difficult to detect the canary, even if you think you have already looked at them. These hiding places are: lamps, bookshelves, plants, curtains, under furniture, picture frames, laundry baskets, or drawers.

If your canary has left home

It is easy that in an oversight we forget that there was an open window or door through which a canary would fly out. Two situations can occur: that you see the canary flee through the window, so you have time to react immediately — or that you do not realize it until some time has passed.

In the first case, we recommend that you follow these instructions if you want to catch it on the fly:

  1. Do not lose it in any moment of sight. Run out into the street and try to visually chase it as far as you can. Eye contact is essential to achieve a successful result. Canaries do not usually fly long distances and, if they have also been in the cage for a long time, they will not do very well. This gives us the opportunity to catch him as soon as we see that he takes a break from his recently undertaken journey.
  2. Call the canary continuously as you chase it. Remember to use a calm voice, if you feel stressed, it will move away even more. As if you were at home, attract him with your friendly voice. If suddenly the canary feels threatened by places and objects that it does not know, it will come to you and you can attract it home with the simple claim of your voice. And if you also take its cage and its toys with you, the bird may run towards it as soon as it notices the stress of the outside world.
  3. If you have lost sight of your canary, go back to the place where you saw itthe last time. You can ask your friends, neighbours or family to help you find it. Do the same thing you would do at home: constantly call him in soft and relaxed tones and look for him with the visual vertical sweeps. Look especially at the plants and trees; they will be his favorite places to rest.
  4. When your canary lives with another canary, you can take his partner with you to sing and serve as a claim. Place the cage up high where the escaped bird can easily see and hear you. It is possible that if you listen to your companion, you will fly to the cage to meet him.
  5. Remember that the bird will not fly very fars, so searching for it beyond a kilometer and a half will be unnecessary at first. Within this radius focus on parks, gardens, trees, bushes …
  6. When you find it, you may find it difficult to catch the canary, especially if you do not carry the cage with you or it is not attractive to return. If you find a hose nearby, you can wet the bird to make it heavier to fly and easier to capture. Do it in large quantities and quickly. Once you manage to catch it, take it delicately without hurting it. If, on the other hand, it is night, it will be easier for you to catch the canary, since it will be tired of a whole day of adventures. If you shine a flashlight in his face, you can briefly blind him to give yourself time to catch him.

What to do if it does not appear in 24 hours

When we have not been able to catch the canary in the first twenty-four hours of searching, it is best to go home and wait for it to return, since finding the bird on the street now could be very difficult. The only thing you can do is leave its cage near a window. Leave both open and wait for the bird to fly near the house and recognize your home. This is much more effective when our bird has a companion who sings at the window as a claim.

Have her favourite food and toys ready in her cage and try leaving her a Hansel and Gretel-style food trail to guide her home. Put birdseed in the street, on the door and on the windows and have faith that it will return. It is also a good idea to buy a trap and place it outside on the street, next to the food, or to place an extra cage on the roof of the house, also with food and toys.

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