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    Bird Cage Supplies: Best Buys

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Bird cage supplies are vital to the health of a pet bird. Once you have found the right bird cage you will need to fill it with a mixture of things, some for entertainment, whilst others are necessary to survive. See the following guide to cage bird supplies to make sure your bird has just what it needs. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Toys
    You should hang toys at the top of the bird cage. There should be some space in-between each one so that the bird can access each one easily. However, do not leave too much space – they should all be at the top with a perch.

    Perches
    Perches are some of the most important bird cage supplies. You should mount one perch on the top centre line of the bird cage. This allows the bird to reach toys. Remember to allow enough space between the perch and the top of the cage so that the bird can fit on it nicely without having to stoop.

    You should also mount a smaller perch near one of the top corners. This is where the bird will sleep. Ideally, this should be placed facing a quiet part of the room, and not a door or window.

    Food Dishes
    Cage bird supplies include dishes for bird food. Some cages will come with feeders, but these may be hard to clean. Stainless steel cups and hard plastic lock-on cups are the best buys. These are extremely easy to keep clean and are simple to remove and replace. Be sure not to mount food dishes under perches as this could mean droppings fall into the food from above. Dishes should generally be situated in the lower part of the bird cage, either side of the door.

    Water
    For water you have a choice of a bottle or a dish. Do not place it under perches. The same perch for food should be used to access the water.

    Security
    Some bird cages’ locks will not be as secure as you need them to be. Certain birds can break these open easily and escape. For this reason it is worth investing in keyed padlocks to add to your cage bird supplies. These locks should be fixed on all doors of the cage.

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