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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.
Size of a recovery cage
Dishes for the recovery cage
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 bird fit and healthy or support the organism while the bird recovers from an illness.
Litter for the base tray
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!
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