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Taming and training a bird

It is much more pleasant to have your bird tame so that it can be easily petted and handled than to have it wild and scary, and he will soon become tame if properly treated. Always move slowly around the cage and avoid any quick motions in putting in seed and water or in moving the cage from place to place. If it is necessary to catch a bird put the hand in slowly and do not attempt to catch him until you are sure the opportunity is right for it. Hold him carefully with the wings closed so that he cannot flutter or ruffle his plumage.

By beginning young, birds can be easily tamed and taught to shake hands, ring a bell when they desire attention, draw up a cup containing their food or water, and many other amusing tricks.

Canaries are very fond of hemp seed and you can readily teach your bird to take the seed from your fingers. It is a good plan to have something in the cage to amuse the bird, and we know of nothing better than toy bells, swings or spring perches.

Cats are not to be trusted generally, although we have known and kept cats which would seem to pay no attention to the bird, still should the bird happen to get out of its cage and hop along the floor, the cat is ever ready to take advantage of such an accident as it is their nature to do so, and they are also excellent climbers and bird catchers.

The training of birds should begin when they are very young, about as soon as taken from the nest. They should not be allowed to listen to any ordinary American canary nor to any bird which is not a superior songster. They also may be taught from the flute or other musical instruments. It requires a great deal ot time and attention to teach a canary so that they can whistle a tune, and as a rule they should be trained three times a day, though many persons train them only for an hour in the morning and an hour towards evening, as canaries sing better at that time than during the middle of the day. It should thereafter be repeated to him either by whistling or playing on some musical instrument whenever it seems necessary to refresh his memory, and especially when the bird is through molting, as they frequently stop singing during that season, and are apt to have a more limited variety to their song.

If you are training quite a number of young birds at a time and you find some of the number which have harsh, loud voices, it is well to discard them at once and do not leave them with the others. There are some persons who like such a bird and are accustomed to boast that their bird can be heard for two blocks, but no true lover of bird music will want a bird which bears such a reputation.