Show Cage Care
by Ginger Wolnik
First published in the Pacific American Singer newsletter, volume 2, number 3, July 1995.
I know, you just got your new show cage and you can't wait to see a bird in it! However, you should do some preparation before using it for training and certainly before entering in the show.
Some of the new cages have a label tightly glued to the metal saying "Another Quality Product from Prevue Hendrix." This label will not wash off with water or alcohol! I called the factory and was told to heat the label with a hair blow dryer. Then, it will peel off in one piece. If some glue remains on the cage, reheat and dab it up with the back of the same label or a piece of paper.
Even if your show cage is brand new, you should paint at least the bottom tray. If black shows on the front of the tray bottom, points may be taken off. You may want to paint the whole inside of the bottom tray so that no black shows anywhere. Use non-toxic paint, of coarse. Krylon silver or dull aluminium spray paint is recommended. If the solid side is too shiny, the bird may sing to his reflection and be disqualified, so paint that too. After painting, air dry thoroughly, then rub with a rag to remove excess paint powder before putting a bird in.
If you want to use the outside drinker cups instead of torpedo tubes, you spread the bars between the 3rd and 4th wires from each end. Take care to avoid breaking the bars, heat with a hair dryer to soften the metal! Note that PAS will include these cups with new cage orders. You do not have to use them, though. It will be acceptable to show using the torpedo tubes that Prevue Hendrix provides with the cages.
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