Show Cage Setup
by Ginger Wolnik
First published in the Pacific American Singer newsletter, volume 3, number 3, July 1996.
If you have not used the official American Singer show cages before,be sure to set them up properly. Refer to the drawing in this issuefor reference. When you are facing the side with the door, that isthe FRONT of the cage. Put food in the LEFT cup and water in theRIGHT cup.
There are three perches per cage, one long and two short perches. Thelong one goes near the bottom along the front. One end rests on themetal loop inside the solid right side of the cage. The other end ofthe long perches fits on a wire on the left side of the cage. Thisperch allows the bird to access the food and water easily. The shortperches go from front to back. Put them above the corners of thedoor. You may need to slide the front of these short perches up alittle in order to open and close the door, especially if you use theperches that P.A.S. is selling, (which are wider and tighter than theones that the manufacturer provides, but they don't wobble.) Once thedoor is closed, just slide the perches back down again so they restsecurely on the horizontal wire above the door.
Line the cage bottom with plain white paper. Do not use newspaper orpaper towels. Go to a stationery store and buy a ream of inexpensivecopier paper or paper for laser printers. If you have access to apaper cutter (available at some copier places like Kinko's) trim thesheets to 10 ½" by 6 ¾". Use two sheets per cage and change asneeded.
(Refer to the Show Cage Care article for instructions on painting andpreparing the cage for drinker cups.)
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