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Calendar:

SAT, DEC 26, 2020
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

2021

SAT, JAN 23, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, FEB 2, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, FEB 20, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, MAR 2, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, MAR 27, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, APR 6, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, APR 24, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, MAY 4, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, MAY 15, 2021
"Reading Rendezvous" on the Loussac Library lawn 12-4pm

SAT, MAY 16, 2021
"Migratory Bird Day" at the Alaska Zoo 11-5pm

SAT, MAY 22, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, JUN 1, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, JUN 26, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

SAT, JUN 26, 2021
Bird Club Picnic, Abbott Park, 11AM-3PM

TUE, JUL 6, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, JUL 24, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, AUG 3, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, AUG 28, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, SEP 7, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, SEP 25, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, OCT 5, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, OCT 23, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, NOV 2, 2021
Educational Meeting via Zoom

SAT, NOV 27, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 7, 2021
Holiday Potluck AND Board Elections

SUN, DEC 26, 2021
Board Meeting via Zoom, 10-Noon

2022

TUE, JAN 4, 2022
Educational Meeting via Zoom


 

Bird Care: Housing
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The number one housing consideration is that the size of the cage should match the size of the bird. Make sure the bar spacing of the cage is right for your bird. The bird should not be able to stick its head through the bars! Also, try to avoid galvanized wire on cages. This can cause zinc poisoning if your bird were to ingest some of the zinc coating. Additionally, your bird should be able to open its wings to turn around and not touch the cage on either side. Because birds don't hover when they fly, a cage that is wider than it is tall is a better choice because it gives the bird the best chance to fly in its cage.

Most cage manufacturers make cages to fit the needs of the owner, not the bird. With larger birds, making a horizontal cage fit into an apartment setting may present a challenge. This is when it becomes the owner's responsibility to exercise the bird out of the cage. Remember: birds were meant to fly, not sit on a perch all day.

Once you know the proper bar spacing and sizing requirement for your bird, find the largest cage you can afford. Also, determine if the cage uses special screws, clips or fasteners to hold itself together and then consider whether your bird is likely to easily undo the screws, clips or fasteners as many species are prone to do. Check the cage for safety features and/or concerns, especially whether or not it will be easy to clean. Bird Talk magazine is a great resource for looking at pictures of various cages.

Small to Medium birds (finches, lovebirds, etc):
Fairly simple caging, usually more vertical, lot's of perches to hop around on. Nothing less than 18" x 24"

Conures and Pionus:
Typically 27" wide, 24" deep and 62" tall. 5/8" bar spacing with 4 mm bars.

Birds with LONG tails:
Taller, more-vertical cage with good horizontal width so they can spread their wings.

Cockatoos, Amazons and African Greys:
Typically 48" wide, 36" deep and 60-75" tall. 1" bar spacing, usually powder coated metals and welded bars. These birds can be escape artists so the cage should also have some kind of locking mechanism on the main door and feeding doors.

Macaws:
Typically 48" wide, 36" deep and 70"+ tall. 1" bar spacing, welded bars, usually powder coated, usually with a dome top to accommodate the tail. With any macaw, the bigger the better, though smaller sizes might do if the bird had plenty of opportunities to be out of the cage and on other perches.

 

Playtop cages
There is new research being done on large cages with play top areas on top of the cages. This design may not be a good idea, especially with larger birds at or abover your eye level outside of the cage (dominance issue). Some people report that they cannot get their bird down and back into the cage! Make note of that when you are looking for a cage.

 

Outdoor housing
Here are two pictures of how to get your bird outside. One is a fully netted (UV-Protected, high-strength netting) on a porch. The other picture is a cart on which the bird cages are mounted to take them outside safely. Neither one requires that you load the birds outside. They are safely protected from escape.

 

 

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