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Cage setup for perch potato?

I change ice's setup every week but all she likes to do is climb to the highest perch and preen,

She has tons of toys( chewing, straws, foraging)

But she rarely takes interest in them.. Maybe for maximum 10 minuites.

Is there a special way you guys setup you cages for birds who love to climb to the top??

I'm doing a full cage cleaning tonight and then a new setup .

Looking for some ideas to eliminate this laziness
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(she also has a heat lamp.. Maybe this is making her more lazy!?? She is also molting

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Try to put the perches all at basically the same height. Birds always love to perch on the highest one. So I always put mine at all the same level. And then I hang a toy above or next to each perch.

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I agree with Sally.


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Agreed too My birds climb right to the top of their boing and rarely use the lower perches. They go in their cozy hut at night though, which is set mid way up and on the right hand side

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Ok thanks guys! I set it up.. But I don't like it so I'm Doing iit again.. I think I'm going to put a boing sideways.. Maybe that will be fun ??


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I LOVE perches, well, let me set that straight, MAXX LOVES perches.

This shows the 32" which goes from side to side, and the boing which goes from the very top to the 32" perch.


This shows the 2-24" rope perches which goes between the toys


A tree perch, right side of cage, and a 24" Wacky Perch.




And his latest for the left side of his cage, another tree perch.




I also have 3 other perches that are close to some toys, 1 being a perch for beak and nail trimming which Maxx refuses to use.



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WOW maxx's cage is HUUGGEEE!!

i think i need to give my forrest a little visit.. find some natural perches

what are maxx;s cage dimensions??

mine is 33" tall X 24" wide X 17" deep

here is her cage now
why am i writing in bold????^^^^ LOL















ice's cage looks really cramped.. i know.. she has lots of big perches.. i think i need some natural perches..

should i de-cramp it??

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I think Ice's cage looks great. Maxx's cage is 32x24x67" with 46" interior. I got a great deal on it from Craigslist, so couldn't pass it up.



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WOOW thats huuge!! lucky maxx

very nice cage


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You've both got great cages! My kakarikis live their boing sideways haha, they can run over, under or through it!

Bob, that cage has a breeder door right

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Ice LOVES her boing sideways!
Especially with her attack buddy perching on it as well!

Ehehe yes breeding doors


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It looks like all you have are rope perches. You should have perches of different sizes and made out of different materials.

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Yes, there is also a cement perch and a wooden one.

Im going for a walk today to my woods. I'll be getting a natural perch there.

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Natural perches are great

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ice's cage looks really cramped.. i know.. she has lots of big perches.. i think i need some natural perches..

should i de-cramp it??

thanks!
wow there are a lot of toys!! hmm.. im wondering if Ice feels overwhelmed with toys so he just has no interest in them. you know? Like there is sooo much to play with he doesn't want to play thats all i can think of. i know bigger parrots are supposed to have a lot of toys but maybe you should take some out and switch them up. and every once and a while surprise him with a new toy. hope i helped

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thanks soo much guys!

ya thats what im thinking.. to many toys. ive changed it around. more toys spread out..and she can get around alot easier!!

ill post pics tommorow !


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Does Ice like swings? One thing you can do to get a perch potato moving is to feed them in various bowls, buckets, and foraging toys around the cage at all different heights. Put the favorites down lower or in foraging toys to make them a little challenging.

I love Maxx's perches! I think perches can really add to a Parrot's daily enrichment. Love the grapevine perch Maxx's has especially.


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