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

Posted by karen on 7/05/07
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    Below was written by the chicago area person who made the vidio
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    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.


    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.


    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