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-Vous avez adopté un oiseau ? Vous trouverez ici de l'information sur la cage appropriée à l'espèce, les aires de jeux, installations, jouets et détails sur leur confection. Les photos sont permises en les hébergeant, au préalable, sur un site conçu à cet effet, tels photobucket, imageshack ou autres. Vous pouvez aussi y déposer de l'information ou y poser vos questions.
-You've adopted a bird ? Here you will find information about the appropriate size cage for each species, playgrounds, facilities, toys and confection details. Pictures are allowed if hosted on websites such as photobucket, imageshack or others. You can also submit information or ask questions.
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The second most important thing to consider after you choose your cage is what to put in it. Bowls should be stainless steel, a high quality plastic or porcelain/glass for easy maintenance. Perches should always be made of natural materials such as cotton rope or natural wood and changed on a regular basis. These types of perches keep feet and nails in good condition and help avoid the development of bumble-foot. Avoid using plastic perches, dowel or anything that has a symmetrical diameter as they always place the same amount of pressure on the same parts of the foot all day long creating chronic foot complications such as arthritis.

Finches should have ample amounts of perches to help ease competition between cage mates for prized roosting spots. For species that are not prolific breeders a nest can be added to help reduce stress but this is not recommended for most species. Non-toxic plants can be added in the cage to create hiding places and if none are available or not practical, synthetic plants can be used with caution; make sure they are not being consumed or made of toxic materials.

Parrots and parakeets should always have toys in their cages. Heavy wood chewers such as Cockatoos and Macaws should be given ample amounts of wood to help cope with the behaviour (better the toy then your furniture), and highly intelligent birds such as African Greys need toys that require some thought involved to solve a "problem". Variety is the key. Mix and match the type of toys placed in the cage, keep extras and try not to overcrowd the space. It is a good idea to invest in some toys that are very durable but don't cheap out on destructible toys either! In the wild parrots need to chew to keep their beak in good shape and that's no different in captivity.

What your bird decides to play with can depend on the species and personality. If Coco doesn't like his new toy one day remove it and try again some other time.

Foraging toys are fairly new on the market and are a great addition to a toy collection. They are various types of containers made usually of plastic where food items are placed inside and the bird needs to figure out how to get it out. Mimicking behaviour in the wild, these foraging toys make your pet work and think for his food or treats instead of it just sitting in front of him all the time.

Avoid toys made of copper or any other soft metal since they can be broken and consumed by accident. No toy is 100% safe. Make sure that worn out toys are removed and replaced.
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