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Special needs cage set up advice

Sunni Tiel

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I don't have a special needs bird but If he can't fly make sure you have ladders so he can access all perches and his food. Also try to get a short but long cage so he can't fall and hurt himself. Congrats on the new bird and good luck!
 

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When Pi first joined me he couldn't fly because the breeder clipped his wings at the last minute. He did start flying the moment his feathers regenerated.

This tree branch was his favourite place before he could fly. He like that he could hide away. Ok my photos aren't loading. I will try and post them tonight.

I would say provide amble climbing surfaces. They are high energy birds and even when Pi couldn't fly he was boundless in his enthusiasm to climb. He also ran around on the floor a bunch. If possible try providing lots of treats hidden in little bits of paper or foraging toys. I am able to attach stuff all over his tree. Your bird will enjoy the challenge. Don't underestimate the beaks, they love destroying wood. They can handle wooden blocks and natural branches easily. They get anxious when they feel like a fish in a bowl, so do what you can to provide more private areas so he can climb into his one little sanctuary if he needs. They are very chirpy and happy little birds when they feel safe. They are basically silent when they are fearful.

I think what I mentioned is all a bit vague. When I am on my comp I will try and be more comprehensive.

I typed this up ages ago
 
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When Pi first joined me he couldn't fly because the breeder clipped his wings at the last minute. He did start flying the moment his feathers regenerated.

This tree branch was his favourite place before he could fly. He like that he could hide away. Ok my photos aren't loading. I will try and post them tonight.

I would say provide amble climbing surfaces. They are high energy birds and even when Pi couldn't fly he was boundless in his enthusiasm to climb. He also ran around on the floor a bunch. If possible try providing lots of treats hidden in little bits of paper or foraging toys. I am able to attach stuff all over his tree. Your bird will enjoy the challenge. Don't underestimate the beaks, they love destroying wood. They can handle wooden blocks and natural branches easily. They get anxious when they feel like a fish in a bowl, so do what you can to provide more private areas so he can climb into his one little sanctuary if he needs. They are very chirpy and happy little birds when they feel safe. They are basically silent when they are fearful.

I think what I mentioned is all a bit vague. When I am on my comp I will try and be more comprehensive.

I typed this up ages ago
What about cage thats something I'm not sure as I have a large cage which I had my alexandrine in but I was told be too dangerous as he can't fly and seem to get around easy but it would just take and accident for him to get hurt
 

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Isn't that large diameter natural wood perch near the top... too large for his feet? Maybe a rope perch would give him more stability.
 

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What about cage thats something I'm not sure as I have a large cage which I had my alexandrine in but I was told be too dangerous as he can't fly and seem to get around easy but it would just take and accident for him to get hurt
I would at the least place a towel or soft padding at the bottom of the cage. You can line the top of that with your normal cage liner, but it will give a softer surface for potential falls.

I don't have the best advice for a permanently incapable bird since I haven't shared that experience. I think some members here use med tape to help protect from slips.

Pi spent almost all of his time on his tree when he couldn't fly. The leaves and cover gave him a sense of safety in addition to keeping him busy.
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Isn't that large diameter natural wood perch near the top... too large for his feet? Maybe a rope perch would give him more stability.
He isn't with me yet that is his breeders who have him in that cage
 

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What about cage thats something I'm not sure
If you can find a cage like this, it would be a good choice;

There was a member here with a special needs vasa, she´s not a member anymore, so you can´t ask her anything, but you can still read her thread showing her cage set up;
 
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