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Where shall I hang my Bird Cage


Where shall I hang my Bird Cage"Where shall I hang my bird cage?" is a question we frequently hear, and our answer is, place the bird if possible just a trifle higher than your head, so that he will not be disturbed by your frequent moving around the room. Put him where he will have plenty of fresh air without being in a draft. It does not hurt a bird to be in the open air any day of the spring, summer or fall when it is not really chilly, but it is decidedly harmful to place it before an open window unless the day is particularly warm and but little air stirring.

There is about as much injury caused to birds from hanging them in such a location as from any other cause. Singing birds are as susceptible to a "sore throat" or cold as the ordinary concert singer or prima donna, and it is frequently more trouble to cure them. Prevention is always easier than cure.

Birds enjoy an occasional sun bath and like to plume their feathers when the sun is shining on them, but this must not be taken as any reason to hang a bird which has been accustomed to indoor life out where it has no shelter from the full rays of the midsummer sun. This we consider a very cruel practice, but still it is done thoughtlessly by many bird owners.

Fresh, pure water should be plentifully supplied to the bird in some dish or receptacle which can be kept clean. This water vessel should be washed daily. The bath dish should not be neglected. No one who is acquainted with the luxury of a swim will deny a bath to his feathered pet, and almost all birds enjoy it. Of course this is always accompanied by a little splashing, and it is well to remove the bottom of the cage and put the upper portion containing the bird over the bath dish, which may be placed on the table covered with a towel.

During the hottest part of the year let him have his bath every day. In the winter your bird will not require a bath so often, but when you consider that the temperature in most of our houses is kept at almost a summer heat during the winter, you will find your bird enjoys his bath at that time almost as well. Be careful to have the cage dry and comfortable after the bird has bathed.

The worst objection to the bath is caused by people who allow the bottom of the cage and the perches to become wet and this proves injurious to the bird. We want to give one caution here, however, and that is never let your female birds have water to bathe or dabble in while they are setting.

One of our friends in Kansas writes us that she has one canary which will not bathe unless the cage is set on the table, and another will only bathe when placed on the floor. It all depends on the way the bird has been treated in its younger days. When they get into certain habits they dislike to change from them. Some will not use the bath dish when it is more than half full of water, and much prefer warm water to cold.