Let’s start with forgetting that BIRDS DO NOT LIKE CHANGE!

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She loves the big bell at the end of her sisal rope perch on the cage floor but she has to get under it on her back to ring it. It’s funny to watch~she comes out of her home whenever she wants to but usually doesn’t want to).

Sometimes I’m sad that a majority of people do not or may not ever know how truly fulfilling a relationship with a bird can be. They’re intelligent, kind and loving which makes them such a good friend.

Name: Kathleen W.

Let’s start with forgetting that BIRDS DO NOT LIKE CHANGE!


The fact that people think birds do not like change is a myth perpetuated by the cage bird keeping community and nothing is farther from the truth.

Not changing your bird’s environment on a frequent basis invites two problems.

First one major change to their lives after having a static environment for a period of time, may trigger negative behavior like plucking, self-mutilation, screaming or biting.

It is also unfair to your bird who literally processes thought at three times the rate of a mammals. 

Per Wikipedia

Since USWS (Unihemispheric slow-wave sleep) allows for the one eye to be open, the cerebral hemisphere that undergoes slow-wave sleep varies depending on the position of the bird relative to the rest of the flock.

End Wikipedia

This means a bird can be fully asleep but half their brain is awake and alert.

Does this sound like an animal that enjoys dormancy?

I equate that birds don’t like that change thing to the following reasoning “clipping a bird’s wings will make for a safer and happier bird”, is way off the mark – but I digress

The problem I have with rope toys for dogs at pet stores is that you are not sure on the type of rope and the weave may be too loose causing toes to get stuck in them especially not they are frayed.

All rope bird toys have a much tighter weave than most dog rope pull toys.

By not cleaning the bird cage for a long period of time means that when you do clean the birdcage it will be unavailable for a longer period of time. 

I spend 5 to 10 minutes on our two birdcages 5 to 7 days a week so that’s an hour a week.

Bird toys come in a large variety of materials. Wood, leather, plastic to name a few. Birds will set out to destroy certain toys while leaving other toys to hide behind or rest against while sleeping. They are their furniture.

Toys in a birdcage should be inspected at the very least weekly and rotated at least once a month.

With the toys that are being destroyed, it is inevitable that some toys become a danger to the bird in the cage. 

The fact that some of her bird toys were too far gone and had to be thrown away is a two-parter. If a toy is too far gone it may present a danger to the bird with exposed shards/splinters of wood or metal components.

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.