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Buying a NEW BIRD CAGE...
Quality is shown by both beauty and durability. Our staff of
aviculturists, designers, technical experts, and our avian
veterinarian have some suggestions for setting up your new
Always check that you have purchased a cage appropriate
for your individual pet. Because of the tremendous amount
of variation in size and strength between parrot species
(and even between individuals), the owner must take the
final responsibility for determining if the cage is sized
correctly for their own parrot. Bar strength and gaps in
bar spacing, grills, ornamentation, ladders and toys can
all present hazards if the bird tries to insert a head or
a foot in an inappropriate location. Playpen manzanita
perches (if included) should fit closely against the
supporting bar. Ask your avian veterinarian or pet
retailer for assistance in safety determinations if you
Place perches away from locations that are directly
above food and water containers to try and minimize
contamination. In addition to the perches supplied, you
may wish to add perches of differing diameter and surface
(Hagen has many different types of perch available). Fresh
natural tree branches also make excellent perches - apple,
willow, alder, poplar & aspen are all popular.
Clean all cage parts and bars to remove dust. Food and
water dishes should be particularly well cleaned. Add
paper to the tray (many owners also like to use dried
ground corncobs as a tray substrate; this is also
available through Hagen. Do not allow birds to eat
substrate). Clean or change papers or substrate every 3 -
7 days. If grills are used on the cage bottom, clean
weekly. Wipe down bars and base every 2 weeks. Clean and
disinfect the entire cage periodically.
Check that all feeders and doors are securely fastened
at all times. Change food and water daily even when some
remains. Allow your pet out for carefully supervised
exercise daily. Many owners may wish to have the wing
feathers trimmed periodically to minimize escape problems
and accidents. Add safely sized toys to the cage and
rotate different types or models periodically.
Select a warm and secure location for the cage (kitchen
not usually recommended due to many hazards). Window
locations are good and avoid the need for supplemental
lighting. Drafts are not usually a problem unless very
severe. During warm weather, some smaller parrot cages can
be temporarily moved to a protected outdoor location to
allow the bird access to fresh air and sunlight (guard
against excess heat, predators, theft, storms, etc.)
Most parrots enjoy a daily bath of fine water mist.
However, this is best done away from the cage to protect
the finish on bars and fittings.
Research has shown that parrots need much more than a
seed diet to keep them healthy. Seed diets may result in
problems such as obesity, vitamin A and calcium
deficiency. Hagen makes a wide variety of advanced
nutritional products tested and approved by the Hagen
Avicultural Research Institute in Montreal, Canada. Talk
to your pet retailer or veterinarian today!
Louise Bauck BSc, DVM, MVSc.
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