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CAGE SETUP FOR MOBILITY CHALLENGED PARROTS AND BIRDS
Whether your bird has mobility or sight issues, setting up a cage that allows him or her to get around easier is something you should consider. Many of these birds fall easily and often, so a lower height cage is recommended You will also find that horizontal bars will allow the bird to move and climb more easily. For that reason, a small animal cage may be a better choice over a bird cage. I have found that most bird cages were designed with vertical bars. Vertical bars are much harder for a bird with mobility issues to climb. Although they will learn to adjust with either, the horizontal bars allow most birds to climb with ease.
Here is the cage that I have used for several special needs babies. The height is lower while the cage itself is a good size. It has a bottom tray and top platform with ladder that allows for easier climbing and a flat resting area.
Midwest makes several sizes and versions of these cages.
The price is comparable to a bird cage; however the lower height ensures the bird's safety while the horizontal bars allow for easy climbing and the shelf allows them to perch comfortably. I also provide my birds with bottlebrush perches which allows them to grasp the perch more comfortably and naturally.
If you do have a higher cage and a bird that falls a lot, you may want to consider adding a towel and several layers of newspaper on the bottom to act as soften the landing. I have found that putting a dog pee pad on top of the layers adds for easy cleanup.
There are flat perches and platforms available throughout the internet and you will find a few listed on the perch/platform page. however, if you are handy, they can easily be made at home. It's important that you use a wood that is bird safe and that has not been treated with chemicals.