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Re: How do I prepare a cage for my baby parrot

Posted by Wanda on 7/08/07
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    On 7/05/07, karen wrote:
    > Hi
    > Below was written by the chicago area person who made the vidio
    > you purchased from windy city parrot. Hope it helps
    > http://www.windycityparrot.com/page/Windycityparrot/CTGY/library
    > web page for more
    >
    > One of the first things I evaluate with a problem bird is their
    > cage. Where it is located, size, shape, and how it is set up.
    > Many behavior problems can be attributed to having your parrot
    > in improper surroundings. Their cage should be a safe haven for
    > them with plenty of things to keep them busy.
    >
    > Type of Cage
    >
    > A good cage should be easy to keep clean, and it should not be
    > round. The bar spacing should be appropriate for the type of
    > bird that is housed in it. Whether or not you have a play top
    > or a dome top is up to you. One of the best gifts you can give
    > yourself and your parrot is a top of the line cage. When you
    > skimp on a cage you just end up replacing it again and again.
    > Do your research and get a cage that will last the lifetime of
    > your parrot.
    >
    > Placement
    >
    > The cage should be placed in an area where you are sure your
    > parrot will be able to view his surroundings safely without
    > feeling threatened. You do not want to place a parrot directly
    > in front of a window or in the center of a room. Our first
    > response is to assume that they would enjoy the outside view or
    > being right in the middle of a room so they can see everything.
    > The truth is that this type of placement may be fine while your
    > parrot is young. But once your parrot becomes sexually mature
    > and aware that it is a prey animal, this type of placement will
    > cause extreme stress upon him. Knowing this, a parrot should be
    > placed against a solid wall, if this is not possible then the
    > back half of the cage should be covered at all times. This will
    > give him the sense of security that is needed. Parrots do not
    > live out in the open in the wild. They build nests inside of
    > trees or in dense forest areas. So they may live and raise
    > young safely. Therefore we should try to mock this type of
    > environment by placing the cage in a more indiscreet area or our
    > homes. One where they can take pleasure in their surroundings
    > and not feel threatened. You will need also to consider your
    > parrots sleep requirements. Does the placement of the cage
    > allow for the proper amounts of undisturbed quite darkness? If
    > not do you have a sleeping cage in another room? Sleep
    > deprivation is a problem with many parrots I see. So if your
    > parrot is not receiving at least ten to twelve hours of rest
    > each night you will need to re evaluate his cage placement.
    >
    > Doís and doníts for cage placement
    >
    > Donít place directly in front of a window
    > Donít place in center of a room
    > Donít place right on the edge of a doorway
    > Donít place next to the TV that is watched late into the niter.
    > Donít place in the kitchen because of toxic fumes
    > Donít place in an unfinished basement
    > Donít place in a utility room
    > Donít place in the garage
    > Donít place them in your bedroom
    >
    > Do place them in a corner of the family room with a sleeping
    > cage in another room
    > Do place them in a frequently used office or sitting room
    > Do have a bird room if you have multiple birds
    > Do place in an alcove or visible dining room
    > Do place them against a wall
    > Do place them so they have a view of the entire room without
    > putting them as a focal point.
    > You want your parrot to be able to observe his environment so he
    > learns to trust his surroundings.
    >
    > Perches
    >
    > There should be three different size perches in the cage. These
    > perches should also different textures with at least one of the
    > perches being a rope or Booda perch. The rope perch should be
    > the one that is placed at the highest point for sleeping. Place
    > this perch in a U shape in an upper back corner of the cage.
    > This is especially important if you have a feather picker. It
    > gives a sense of safety to the parrot, plus if they turn to
    > pick, the rope is right there and they will opt to shred that.
    >
    > The other two perches should be wood or one wood one of a
    > different texture of choice. I would also like to add that
    > there does not have to be perches in front of every food dish.
    > We tend to make life just a little too easy for these busy
    > birds. Make them work a little.
    >
    > Cage Set up
    >
    > Three different perches with the main wood one going
    > horizontally across the middle. The rope perch should be in a U
    > shape in an upper back corner. The third should be place just
    > inside of the door so that when the door is opened the perch is
    > brought out of the cage. By doing this you do not have to reach
    > into the cage for step up commands that may be refused. When
    > you want your parrot to come out you have him come down to this
    > perch first, open the door once he is on it and request the step
    > up. This is a must if your bird has aggression issues.
    >
    > Now it is time to add the toys. You should have at least three
    > working toys in the cage at all times. Working toys are toys
    > that make them work for their treats or favored foods. The
    > other toys should be things that are easily shredded such as
    > soft wood, paper, and leather, preferably all of the above.
    > Good toys have many different shapes and textures for the bird
    > to explore and destroy. Your parrot should have a minimum of
    > ten toys in his cage at all time. You should not be able to see
    > the parrot easily when he is in his cage. This is his home and
    > he should feel camouflaged as he would if he was in the wild.
    >
    > Place one of the working toys in front of the U shape perch,
    > with the other working toy towards the front of the opposite
    > corner. Place one of the other toys directly on the side of the
    > U perch so that perch is surrounded by hanging toys. This
    > allows your parrot a hiding place to feel secure. Now take
    > paper towels, shredders, newspaper, leather, or brown paper bags
    > and fold them up and weave into the cage bars making a little
    > square section on the side and to the back of the U perch.
    > Again this gives a sense of security to the parrot. Plus if you
    > have a feather picker it gives them another option to chew
    > instead of their feathers.
    >
    > We have to remember that we took these birds from the wild and
    > it is up to us to learn to understand their needs. Set their
    > cage up in a way that is fun for them and keep it interesting.
    > Busy beaks are happy beaks!
    >
    > Thank You,
    > Michelle Karras

    Michelle,

    Thank you soooo much. You are a jewel. I did receive my video just
    a few days after I ordered it. However, having this information in
    writing is great. I will bring my baby home on the 15th of this
    month. I'm excited! I will let you guys know how everything is
    going. I know I will be writing frequently for advice from you
    guys.

    Wanda