Show Cage Training
by Ginger Wolnik

First published in the Pacific American Singer newsletter, volume 3, number 3, July 1996.

Train your birds for the show by leaving them in their show cages forat least a couple of weeks. Some people move them back into a flightcage occasionally, but others just leave them in the show cage thewhole time. Cover the show cages with a white bed sheet occasionally.Leave the sheet on for a few hours, but remove the sheet during theday to encourage the birds to sing under the increased light. Movethe show cages around to different rooms. Get the birds used to beingcarried around. Take them for rides in your car. Invite friends tocome over and look at them up close. Wear a hat or unusual coloredclothing. Be creative in finding ways to condition your birds toaccept new situations and strangers. But the best way to conditionyour birds for a show is to take them to a show! So, even if you arenot able to do all these steps for the Capitol City show, come anywayand let that experience train them for the Santa Clara show. See youthere!

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