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The Reality Of Cheap

The wrong cage could end up costing you more

By Laura Doering

Spend the extra few dollars on the high quality cage - it could save you money in the long runBob just got a bird. Now Bob needs a bird cage. So Bob goes to his local pet store and — whoa! —Bob’s jaw drops. The price tag lists triple digits that are more than what Bob paid for his bird. Bob notices that the smaller bird cages are lower in price, so Bob starts thinking, “Well, perhaps I can get away with a smaller cage.” Bob’s eyes zero in on the price tag first, then they zoom out to see what type of cage the price tag comes with. The prices keep dropping, but what Bob fails to notice is that he’s now looking at what many bird owners would consider a sleep cage or a travel cage.

Stubborn Bob is determined to save on the cage, so he buys one designed to house a smaller bird species. He sets it up on his corner table and tries to introduce his bird to it. His bird’s body is almost the size of the cage’s opening, so Bob has to bring his bird down, then up and then forward a little just to get his bird through the cage door, and even then the bird’s head bumps against the door frame going in.

Getting his bird out of the cage isn’t all that easy, either. To the bird, Bob’s hands look massive coming through the small entrance. It takes some more careful maneuvering to get the bird out without hitting the side of the cage. Bob soon discovers that his bird seems to panic whenever he tries to get him out of the cage.

**For the full article, pick up the February 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**

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