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"My Sun Conure has enjoyed a series of tents which last until she chews them up. Fuzzy ones like this are her favorites - on nights when she doesn't sleep in it she snuggles up against the outside wall." RG
While not being strictly necessary, there are many accessories that you can add to your cage that will enable you to save time, upkeep your cage more easily, and most importantly, to give your feathered friend that sort of home that will keep him or her happy, comfortable, well rested and with the ability for diversion.
While it's also important to keep your cage free of unnecessary clutter, provided you purchased a cage of adequate size, you should have plenty of room in there to create a fun, lively, safe, and best for you, easily cleaned and maintained space for your bird.
Cleaning and Maintenance:
1. Bird cage liners.
With your bird working on the bars, splashing water, and bird poop lying around, your cage is going to fall prey to rust, and may eventually need to be replaced.
To help maximize the lifespan of your cage, bird cage liners are very cost effective, and, as a bonus, make cleaning as effortless to rollup, remove and replace!
2. Bird Cage Covers and Seed Catchers.
These handy little numbers fall into the same maintenance category. A bird cage cover will filter out unwanted noise and light, and help your bird to settle down at night. Just be sure that the cover isn't too heavy, and that your bird still gets lots of fresh air.
Along with seed catchers, that... catch seeds, a bird cage cover also help to catch a lot of the feathers and dander that are shed during the night, so that there will be less to pick up off the floor next morning, so you spend less time cleaning up after your pet polly and more time playing around!
3. Cage lock.
Your bird may enjoy hanging around her cage, but she enjoys being outside of her cage more. And she has a lot of time to figure out how that cleverly sprung door works, and believe us, she paid close attention while you were watching "Prison Break" and is already planning her escape.
Many a cranky bird owner has found himself coming home from work, tired and ready to relax but lefting try to catch a delighted bird who has finally cracked the combination to her cage.
Seriously consider getting a lock. Makes it a lot easier for your little Houdini to stay put.
4. Bird Cups & Water Bottles
Locking Bird Cups and Water Bottles are other time saving little essentials that just make sure that yur bird doesn't remove it's bowl and dump the contents. And the water bottle makes sure that your bird's drinking water stays clean.
5. Shoulder Cape (aka Poop Cape)
These need no introduction. They keep the poop off your clothes when you're handling your bird, and also prevent holes for when your bird decides that a friendly little 'nip' at your shirt is in order.
Having Fun, and Keeping Your Bird Comfortable!
1. Bird Swings, Bungees & Exercise Ladders.
Think of your bird as a teenage kid, who, because he can't be trusted outdoors has been confined to his room.. forever.
How long would it take him or her to start going stir crazy?
Now give that same teenager a video game console and a home gym.
Chances are, as long as you threw a pizza in there occasionally you'd never hear a peep out of him or her again!
Your bird spends a large amount of time inside that cage of his, and any physical and mental entertainment that you can give him will be much appreciated, and will go a long way toward minimizing birdy boredom and irritability.
This doesn't mean that you don't have to play with your bird though, and you should still spend as much time as you can spare with your little one.
2. Bird Bed or Bird Hut.
Some birds enjoy sleeping on a perch, but most like to sleep in a nest or covered space.
A bird bed or hut mimics the environment in which your bird would most likely have slept out in the wild, and can make your bird a lot more comfortable in his or her cage. It may also filter light and noise a little helping your bird get a good nights sleep.
3. Your bird's favorite, a Bird Treat Holder!
Why not? Who doesn't like to see their pet relishing a sweet little treat occasionally? Just install one of these in your cage, attach a nice sweet little treat, and enjoy the show as your happy bird digs in!