Hi everyone. I have been wanting to get indoor birds for quite sometime, having had outdoor birds for about a decade (chickens, ducks, quineas, and a turkey). A have a few questions that I cannot find answers to. 1. Just how sensitive to fumes are these birds? I've been Teflon-free for years but my kids do tend to burn things while cooking. I'm debating putting the birds at the far end of the dining room or in the living room. It's kindof open concept, so the kitchen is not separated, just 25' away from one location or "around the corner" from the other. Is this still too dangerous? What about cleaning compounds, like leather or floor cleaner, that I might spray in the vicinity. Too dangerous? These things can be worked around, I just don't want to find out the hard way that it was too dangerous. 2. Do the birds chatter/sing all day, or intermittently? 3. The cage I have is 18"x18"x30" wide. What do you use to cover your canaries? All the covers I saw online fit tall cages, not wide. I don't think a sheet or something I have around the house would keep out enough light. Is anything too thick - I don't want to suffocate them. (Okay, now I sound paranoid.) 4. Is it okay to keep a pair of canaries together year round? Well, that's all I've got so far. I'm looking forward to your wisdom and getting to know you and eventually our birds.