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Cage-Bound: Bird Term of the Day

masked lovebird, playgym, pet bird, cage-bound 
Courtesy Robert Yanagihashi, Hawaii
Masked-lovebird Hawk enjoys time outside of his cage on his playgym. This pet bird is definitely not cage-bound.

Cage-bound: (adj.) A term used by pet bird people to describe pet birds, although not canaries or finches, that have not been socialized and are too frightened to leave their cages. This can commonly be seen in the smaller parrots, such as budgies, lovebirds and cockatiels, who have not been hand-tamed and then their new owners don’t take the time to properly tame and socialize them. Cage-bound pet birds have been forced or allowed to spend too much time in their cage by their owners. A healthy pet bird should feel comfortable going outside the cage, playing on the playgym attached to the cage, an unattached bird/avian playgym or a t-stand perch. If your parrot is cage-bound, you should immediately work on properly socializing him as no pet parrot should be in a bird cage all day long.

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Thanks....good info.
james, brooklyn, NY
Posted: 10/21/2010 8:08:47 PM
Rose....you are a true bird lover...to know the vocalizations of your feathered friends so well!
melinda, westchester, NY
Posted: 10/21/2010 8:03:25 PM
All pet birds should have the opportunity to be out of their cages.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 10/20/2010 4:00:04 PM
I think that this is a great article which many bird owners should heed. All my conures are out of their cages all day long with a nice view out of two windows that they can see what is going on outside while being safe inside. They also have a swing perch in the window frame to get a better eye on things much higher up. That way they can let me know who is on the property that doesn't belong there. I can tell by their tone of voice if each of my family members has come home from work or if there is a stranger outside my door. My birds make me feel safe and secure when I'm home alone.
Rose, Marstons Mills, MA
Posted: 10/20/2010 3:19:25 PM
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