How to Choose the Best Location for Your Birdcage

How to Choose the Best Location for Your Birdcage. Your bird needs more than just a great cage. Like any family member, she needs a place
to hang out with the family as well as a little privacy. After all, she’s part of the flock! You will need A birdcage A table or stand,
if the cage doesn’t have legs A choice of locations for the cage A lamp with a full-spectrum
bulb (optional) (optional) (optional) and a timer for the lamp (optional) (optional)
(optional). Step 1. First and foremost, your bird needs company. The cage should be placed where you and your
family or friends are likely to hang out most of the time–the family room, the living room,
or near the kitchen. Birds are tremendously vulnerable to fumes. An overheated non-stick surface–a non-stick
pan, a toaster oven, even an iron or ironing board–can kill a bird. So never put a birdcage directly in the kitchen
or near where you’ll be ironing. Step 2. Although the cage should be in a well-trafficked
part of the home, it shouldn’t be anywhere that’s extremely busy. For example, keep the cage out of a front
hall where people rush in and out and the door keeps slamming. Some birds get freaked out if their cage is
placed under a noisy kids’ bedroom, or under a room where music is often played loudly. Step 3. Your feathered friend’s cage should be exposed
to plenty of natural light. However, most bird experts agree that it’s
stressful for a bird to have her cage directly in front of a window. If the cage can’t be set up near a source
of good natural light, set up a timed full-spectrum lamp near the cage. The timer should be set to keep the light
on for 12 to 14 hours a day. Step 4. Ideally, the back of the cage should be against
a wall. Your bird will feel more secure and less exposed
that way. Step 5. And speaking of security, a birdcage should
not sit directly on the floor. Birds need to feel they can see what’s going
on in a room. Unless the cage has legs, set it on a cage
stand or a table. Step 6. Keep the cage away from the blast of a heating
vent or an air conditioner. Birds can handle the occasional draft, but
not a constant hot or cold breeze in their faces. Step 7. If your bird’s a nibbler, keep the cage
away from shelves where the bird can reach through the bars and grab your stuff. You want her playing with her own toys, not
your antique linens or the phone cord. Step 8. Found a home for your bird’s home? Great! Now you and she can settle down to get acquainted. If she’s a talker, she may be asking you
what’s for dinner before long. Did you know Many birds love having a “snuggly,”
such as a soft cotton ring or a little fleece blanket, to cuddle up with.

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