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Cage birds

In their native home birds have an unbounded space for their enjoyment, but with caged birds we must give them such space as is suited to their needs, without inconveniencing the owner. There are comparatively few bird fanciers who can afford to fit up a room especially for their birds as an aviary, but when this can be done it is quite desirable, and birds will usually thrive better in such an open place.

The old style cages were usually made of soft wood and these cages were used exclusively for several hundred years. It was found, however, that the insects would congregate in the joints and this proved to be very injurious to the birds, though it could be remedied by dipping the cage for several hours in water, and after drying, oil thoroughly, taking special care to soak it into the joints.

The best cages are made of brass wire, thoroughly lacquered to prevent tarnishing. They are not only better for the birds in every respect, but are handsome, and the cost has now been so greatly reduced by the improved machinery for their manufacture that the price is very little. Thousands of these cages are sold by the leading bird dealers throughout the world.

The floor of the cage should be kept clean and the bottom sponged off at least once a day; and in one of the best and largest bird stores in the United States they clean the cages and put in fresh bird gravel twice a day, and think that it pays to keep their birds free from every taint.

Perches for canaries and other birds of the same size should be about seven-sixteenths of an inch in diameter. This makes a restful size for the bird's feet. If the perch is too small the feet become cramped. They should be made of soft wood and kept clean by scraping, but do not wash the perches unless they are
thoroughly dried again before putting in the cage, as nothing is more tender about a bird than its feet. It helps to amuse and interest a bird to suspend a small bell or other trinket in the cage for it to play with.