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It is no good idea to keep only one budgie or other pet bird. Most of these
animals live in pairs of flocks in the wild, and therefore our pet birds
also should be kept with a feathered friend or several other conspecifics.
Regrettably from time to time an illness can occur in one or more pet birds.
Therefore it is recommended to own more than just one cage, because a sick bird
often needs rest and therefore should be temporarily kept in a cage of its
own. A so-called recovery cage should contain all things your pet birds are used to. In some cases,
even though they're not perfectly healthy sick birds don't feel too bad.
Therefore it is important to provide a comfortable surrounding for example
with a swing and natural twigs. Furthermore, a sick bird's recovery cage
should be easy to handle and transport because in most cases, sick birds should be
taken to a vet and therefore the cage should be suitable for a transport.
in a new version
A large recovery cage for two birds
Size of a recovery cage
In worse cases it may be necessary to keep a
bird single in a recovery
cage for many weeks. Due to this, the cage shouldn't be too small since
the bird should be able to spread its wings inside the cage of it
without damaging its feathers. But on the other hand, it is not practical
if the recovery cage is too large in case you have to tale your bird to
a vet inside this cage. For example, a large parrot cage isn't easy to handle if one wants to place
it in the back-seat of a car. And there is another detail you should
consider: Vets are in trouble if they try to catch
a small pet bird from a large cage. So you should choose something in the middle of the two
extremes if you buy a recovery cage for your birds.
Dishes for the recovery cage
In a sick bird's cage, dishes for food and goodies shouldn't miss. Another
dish filled with sand and grit may be useful in case of an illness that
forbids covering the base tray with sand. Budgies and other pet birds need sand and
grit for digesting
Of course there should also be a dish for water. But pay attention! Birds
who are concussed or suffer from a disease affecting the central nervous
system are in danger of drowning in big dishes! Narrow ones that can
be fixed between the bars of the cage are much safer. Natural twigs and
perches are also very important, and in most of cases pet birds prefer
to rest on a swing while living in their recovery cage. Please don't
forget to offer an iodine bar which always is important to keep a pet
fit and healthy or support the organism while the bird recovers from an
Litter for the base tray
Depending on what illness the
bird suffers from, the base tray
shouldn't be covered with sand or sand sheets. If for
example a foot of a pet bird is injured, sand would stick to the wound
and could cause further troubles. In such cases it is better to leave the base
tray blank. Place a layer of tissue into the tray as soon as your bird
isn't bleeding any more. Tissues absorb the humidity of the bird's
droppings. Please note: You should never cover the base tray with tissues
as long as a pet bird is still bleeding. Many injured birds stand on the ground and the
tissue would soak the blood even faster out of the wound or stick
to it. If you try to remove such a sticking tissue the wound will
most probably start bleeding again.
In case your bird might suffer from inner parasites, there
should be no litter in the base tray as well. Vets need fresh and clean
droppings without sand or other pollution for examining them. Otherwise, most inner parasites
would be harder to recognize.
Birds who suffer from a fracture must be
kept in a cage with a padded
base tray. Rumpled newspaper or - what's even better - creased tissues do a good job.
Please do never use wool or fibrous cloths! Tiny threads could wrap around the
legs or toes of your bird and make them die off!