His Domain

(His Cage and Play Gym)

As I previously stated, I don't believe in getting the smallest suggested cage for my pets, but a cage that will better enhance their life. Based on this I purchased a Featherland cage. The specific model was the Stainless Steel Folding Cage 2130. The dimensions of this cage are 21” deep x 30” long x 64” high (the cage body is 41” high). The bars have a bar spacing of 5/8" made from 3mm wire. Though this is a folding cage, I have not taken advantage of this ability. I purchased this cage because it is stainless steel and I felt this was very good for cleaning and hygiene.

Here's a photo of Pepper's cage.

A bare cage is not good for a companion parrot, so I've filled Pepper's with a variety of toys and perches. You've already heard about his toys (14 are in his cage) on Page 4: Toys And Beak Power. Pepper's cage has ten perches (perching areas). One long, sanded, natural wood perch that came with his cage. Two straight branches with bark. One multi-branch manzanita perch. One Polly's Sand Walk Orthopedic Nail Trimming Perch. One twisted concrete grooming perch. One Booda Comfy Perch, cotton rope perch. One cotton rope spiral bungie. One cotton rope triangular swing. One bird hut. Most of the toys and perches are in the top third of the cage, giving it a tree canopy-like environment. Pepper will often be up there playing and many visitors have had trouble initially finding him if he's sitting quietly. Though this may sound tightly packed, I can actually reach in to all areas of the top, have Pepper step-up on my finger, and bring him out without banging into perches or toys. Also, at different levels along the sides and back of the cage there are toys hanging.

Below are two photos, looking through the opened cage door at Pepper's cage, which is filled with toys.

Notice how most of the toys are in the upper third of his cage.

I have been very pleased with this cage. The large front door makes working in the cage or taking Pepper out or returning him into the cage easy. Though I don't use them, there are four doors for accessing the food and water bowls. As for my main reason for purchasing a stainless steel cage, cleaning it is a breeze and it always looks good.

Pepper loves to be on top of his cage. He often runs side to side, then when he gets to the end leans way over and looks down.

Pepper has an Acrobird Play Gym. The model is an 18" Playland (now they make this play gym line 20", not 18"), that stands on their MST Stand. Added to the play gym are two sisal rope perches, 6 hanging toys and usually 4-6 foot toys. Also, there are always a bowl of fresh water and a bowl of the two pellets he eats on his play gym.

Here's are two photos showing Pepper's play gym.

Though I like this play gym and am considering buying a second one (the Acrobird 20" Pyramid) for use in another room, I have four concerns with it. First, Pepper has decided to chew on the sides of the base and has done some good damage to it (See photos below). I shouldn't really complain, we all know parrots love to chew and the wood has held up well to his chewing. Second, due to the low lip on the sides of the base, the corn cob substrate is easily kicked over the side onto the floor. Third, if liquid waste gets on the sides and dries, it is very difficult to remove without scraping with a knife or sanding it off. Finally, Pepper decided it was more fun climbing over the side and hanging under the base, so I had to add a way for him to get back up on his own. He spends about a quarter of his time under his play gym (See photos below). What can I say, a birds just gotta have fun.

Here's are two photos showing how Pepper

has chewed the sides of his play gym.

Below are four images of Pepper playing under his play gym.

Pepper's kept busy chewing on the wood under his play gym. I took this image during February 2007. I taped a yard stick to the edge to better show you how much he's chewed (OK, demolished) the side and the corner that used to be there.

I keep the play gym in my living room. I've eliminated most of my concerns for bird droppings, food, feathers, and substrate material getting on the floor. I purchased a 4' x 3' piece of heavyweight clear plastic tablecloth to go under the cage. Each evening this gets folded, taken to the trash, and all the accumulated waste is dumped from it. Each week a quick washing in the tub makes it look as good as new. Though all the wet wastes land on the plastic, a certain amount of substrate and feathers end up on the floor each day, so a quick vacuuming is always needed. As most bird owners will probably agree, I'm often picking up feathers, food, or other dropped items on the floor during the day.

The substrate I use in both the cage and play gym is a corn cob product. I buy it in 25 pound bags. I like this product a lot. My only problem with it is my fault. Since it hides a lot of the material that drops into it, I find that my weekly major cleaning and changing of this bedding material does not take place.

Go To Page 9: Traveling With A Bird

Page 1: Pepper -- A Senegal Parrot
Page 2: So, Why Choose A Senegal Parrot?
Page 3: Our First Days Together
Page 4: Toys And Beak Power
Page 5: Birdie Baths
Page 6: Food and Feeding
Page 7: Parrot Sounds -- Does He Talk?
Page 8: His Domain (His Cage And Play Gym)
Page 9: Traveling With A Bird
Page 10: After Two Years Together
Page 11: Parrot Behavior And Attitude
Page 12: Other Topics (Cleaning, Hygiene, Air Filters)
Page 13: Answering Your Questions

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