My little canary Puffy will be two in August (I got "him" September 2010). When I purchased "him" I asked for a clerk who knew canaries well to assist me in my choice. Everyone says, including the clerk who waited on me, that male canaries are the singers. So I wanted a male. I also believed that males were the most colorful so when she directed me to this little bird I was concerned I was taking home a female because its back was dark colored.
I had every intention of letting the grand kids name the bird; until I heard their choices!! As time passed without the baby having a name I began to pay close attention to "his" characteristics. The main thing about the little sweetheart was that "he" was always puffed up!! So I started calling "him" Puffy and it stuck!
To my delight Puffy did finally break into song!! Man can this bird sing!! "He" loves 60's music and "he" gets louder and louder as the volume swells too. My kind of bird!!
Then the Summer 2011 arrives and Puffy gets all antsy and starts ripping "his" paper towel floor covering to little shreds and building a nest in "his" food dish. I feel really bad dumping "his" accomplishment every day but "he" is laying in there eating "his" food so I do. Then one morning, much to both of our surprise my beautiful, loud singing "male" canary has a teeny-tiny blue egg in "her" food dish!! She has actually pecked a little hole in it too; I imagine because of her complete confusion as to what has come out of her. Well, of course, there's a chance she's known all along she was a singing girl. But I prefer to think we were both mis-led and pleasantly surprised after her research that it was indeed an egg!
I keep my home on the cool, well, ok the very cool side and I assumed Puffy was always puffed because of her environment. But last evening as I viewed some old photos I realized how many "puffy' pictures I have of outdoor birds in warm weather!! Maybe it's like when horses put their hoof in a toe position to rest?? Whatever it is I have proof positive that Puffy may not be cold, which makes me feel better. She has laid a total of three eggs in her life time so far. She also has always poked a hole in every one before I've seen it. I'm thinking motherhood would not be a good option:)