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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-15-2013, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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Material for covers?

What is the best material to make cage covers with? Right now I'm using the inexpensive fleece blankets from Walmart and a sheet on Shelby. I have a sewing machine a friend gave me and I'm getting it tuned up to make some tents and covers.

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I'm glad you asked this because I'd like to know to
Since I'm also using cheaper blankets that barely cover their cages.

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I would use black-out material.
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i use fleece but i only cover 3 sides it is easy to wash and it does not fray either so i do not have to worry about loose strings and my birds getting hung or eating it

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I use a regular cotton sheet--dark green. They are light, easy to wash and last a really long time. Also, you can get a decent quality one that's on sale if you are not too picky about colors. I've had the same sheet for over ten years and other than being a little faded, it is still holding up well--but the canaries and linnies don't really chew it. When I had a ringneck, it was a good color because she hated it if it wasn't completely dark in her cage and would scream until I got all the corners. Also, cotton is a breathable material, so I don't worry about them getting too stuffy.

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I use sheets (flannel in the winter) and fleece blankets too. I have to be especially careful with my linnies because their claws get caught in material that is loose weave.

Note: My linnies like to chew on sheets and fleece, but I have not seen any health problems from this. I think they are just chewing and not swallowing.


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Also meant to include that I have used cloth shower curtains as cage covers and as covers for things I don't want the birds to poop on or chew on. The cloth shower curtains are slippery, so don't encourage climbing and they are easy/quick to wash and dry.


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I just use cotton bed sheets
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Bed sheets is what I used. The only thing is that the sun gets through them really easy so it didn't help keep the Birds quiet in the morning, lol. I also don't think it would help stop hormonal behaviour since so much light gets through a bed sheet.



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I use thick jet black ones all of my bedding is black and white so the bottom sheets are way more practical being black. It helped so so much with Clyde. He would scream all day if he didn't get his covered beauty sleep!
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That works, ha. I used white ones because they were all I had on hand. :P



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For my parrotlet's cage I use a beach towel. For Skyler I had a beautiful blue table clothe that I cut down to a nice cage cover. Levi I sewed together two Navy colored fleece blankets. I cover three sides the front stays open. They have their own room so it's dark and quiet at bedtime this time of year it's 5:30 pm. They tell me too like clock work!!

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this lady make beautiful cage covers for parrots I had her make Smokey one and I love it , but I paid 125.00 for it but it was well worthe it and real easy ti fit over the cage , it Velcro's on one side
http://www.judysstuff.com/Cage%20Covers.htm
heres Smokeys cage cover , I want to get Rocky and Shamrock one to as soon as I have the extra cash
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Wow, that's a nice cover! I'll hit Walmart and get some sheets in the spring. They have bed sets you can mix and match the pieces.

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I use fleece blankets. One is around the sides and back and the other is on the front.

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I use fleece blankets. One is around the sides and back and the other is on the front.
Yep, that's what I'm doing right now.

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I use whatever blanket/sheet I can find, however, I would loved to have a personalized one for my future parrot.




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