Parrot Breeders




It would perhaps be an interesting thing to conduct a survey to find out the number of aviculturists, especially finch and parrot fanciers who do not own a hospital cage. Although it does seem to be a widely held opinion that a hospital cage is essential where a quantity of birds are kept, it would nevertheless be interesting to discover what alternative methods of supplying heat to a sick bird are used by various fanciers.

During the past seven to eight years my bird-keeping activities have fluctuated due in part to circumstances involving various changes in accommodation and on several occasions I considered whether a hospital cage would be a good investment and eventually decided that with the erection of a new aviary, together with the purchasing of a couple of pair of gouldians it would be wise to procure a hospital cage. After convincing myself that my woodworking talents would not be capable of building one effectively I then decided to arrange for someone to make one for me.

Within a short time of the completion of my hospital cage the need arose to put it into use when a young gouldian became ill, and after a couple of weeks in the hospital cage this bird became well enough to transfer to an ordinary cage before eventually going back to the aviary.

In attempting to answer the question asked “Why own a hospital cage?” I can only suggest that it is one of those important accessories for any aviculturist which when you have one, will be used often. It will probably help save many birds which is, after all, important, it is therefore an economy step in the right direction.

Or, in the words of the noted English aviculturist D.H.S. Ridson, “in curing bird ailments, it has been my experience that without heat all the medicines in the world are of little use, but with heat, you stand a good chance of curing the commoner ailments, at any rate.”

Reprinted courtesy Feathered World