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Pet Bird BUZZ shares our thoughts and experiences of living with pet birds for over 25 years, along with comments about bird cages, bird supplies and accessories offered at BIRD CAGE PORTAL.  Pet Bird BUZZ is all about having a great relationship with pet birds and providing them with the best envirnoment and a great life!

Saturday, July 03 2010

Be sure to keep your animals cool during the brutal days of summer. Hot summer days are hard for both humans and animals. Air conditioned environments help tremendously, of course. But what can you do to help alleviate the danger of hot temperatures if your air conditioning fails or if you can’t provide cool temperatures for your birds and other critters?

For your indoor birds, you have a few options:

  • Ice cubes in the water. Quick easy way to give your bird access to something cool.
  • Feed some frozen veggies. You can run a bag of organic frozen veggies under hot water for a minutes or less to slightly thaw and then place in your bird’s cage. A great treat, easy to make, and will help beat the heat.
  • Save your empty 2-liter pop bottles. Fill with water and store in the freezer. If you need heat relief in a pinch, put the bottles in front of a fan. The fan will blow cold air off the bottle and help cool the area down.
  • Spray your bird with cool water. Tried and true method and quick fix for a hot day.

For birds located outside in aviaries or cages:

  • Make sure the birds have protection from the direct sun. Fixing a tarp over the top of the cage/aviary will help warn off direct rays.
  • Make sure the birds have plenty of access to water, and add some ice cubes throughout the day to keep the water temperature as cool as possible.
  • If your bird is in an outdoor cage try to keep the cage off concrete. Concrete reflects heat back and can really contribute to the heat factor in an immediate area.
  • Use common sense … and monitor your birds during the day to be sure they are not over-heated and suffering undue stress.

Never attempt to apply sun block to your bird. If you are worried about how your bird takes the heat don’t push the limits. Birds can adapt to heat better than they can handle cold, but heat can still kill. If your heat wave is extreme and you are without a way of cooling your house or outside environment, consider taking your birds on a trip to a friend’s house, perhaps a local pet store, or someplace that you and your pets can safely escape the hot temperature.

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Sunday, January 10 2010
Finding a quality bird cage
Are you in need of a new bird cage? Cage shopping can be overwhelming, frustrating, and time consuming. But don't be discouraged ... when you find the perfect cage there isn't much that is as rewarding ... and yes, fun! There are so many brands and models to choose from not to mention all the little things you have to consider, such as: bar spacing, cage dimensions, style and brand, just to name a few. There are so many options out there, how can you ever narrow it down?
First, decide what you want the cage for. Will it be your bird's permanent residence? Or used as a sleeping cage or perhaps a travel carrier. Next, consider the size of the bird that will inhabit the cage. Let’s assume for the sake of this article the cage is a permanent residence.  Rule of thumb is that the cage must be wide enough for the bird to stretch its wings out fully, without getting tangled in the bars. Ideally the cage should also be double the height of the bird.  For a smaller species, this could lead to the conclusion that a small cage will work. This is not true.  Most small birds are very active and appreciate room to roam.  And don’t forget that no matter how small or large a bird is the cage must accommodate more than just the bird.  Multiple perches, toys, food/water bowls are necessities and take up space.  And for some birds, items like sleepy tents are welcome accessories.  
Next, consider your budget. While used cages sometimes prove to be good investments be sure to be sure the powder coating is in good shape, there is no rust, and the overall strength of the cage is intact.  Before allowing your birds access to a used cage disinfect the cage thoroughly with a mild bleach or products such as Pet FocusIf using bleach be sure to rinse the cage promptly so the finish is not affected.  It is possible to find a service that can re-powder coat a used cage.  However, if the powder coat is of safe quality and the workmanship meets a high criteria the expense may not prove worthwhile when added to the initial cost vs. a brand new cage.
Alternatively to a used cage, there are a number of cage manufacturers providing beautiful environments in all styles, sizes, colors, finishes and amenities.  Both powder-coated cages as well as stainless steel or aluminum cages are available to meet most any need. Prices vary, but they will be more expensive than used cages.  But with a name brand cage you can depend on the safety of the powder-coat and general construction and that it will be appropriate for your bird. 
Happy shopping!
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