Show Cage Care
by Darrell Horst

First published in the Pacific American Singer newsletter, volume 6, number 4, October 1999.

Moving your males from flight cages to show cages this time of year can greatly increase the time for cleaning and feeding. I'm sure all of you have some tip and tricks to reduce the job of cleaning. I've found a couple of tricks that help a little. First I reverse the seed and water cups on the cages. I place the water on the left and the seed on the right. (For older cages, place the seed cup on the side of the cage with the solid partition). This reduces the splatters on the solid partition and makes cleaning those partitions a bit easier.

Second, when placing the paper in the bottom of the cage, I don't trim it for an exact fit. I trim 3/8" off the 8" side so it fits the tray snuggly but don't trim the other side of the paper. I place the paper in the tray and leave the excess on the forward side. I then fold the paper down against the bottom of the tray forming a crease in the paper. I then let this creased portion stick up and close the tray. This leaves 1 inch or so sticking up flush with the cage on the outside. Having this excess sticking up makes removing the sheet the next day much easier than trying to get a snuggly placed piece of paper out. I place about 3-4 sheets of copy paper in the cage tray at one time. Removing the soiled sheet each day. I used newspaper last year, but heard several judges comment on soiled tail feathers so I back to white paper.

This year I've also set a make shift table up that holds all my show cages. I clean and feed the first row of cages then place them behind the other and pull the next row forward. Having all the cages in one spot can make cleaning and feeding a little less time consuming.

Copyright 1999 Darrell Horst. All rights reserved.

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