WHAT’S NEW IN CAGES AND
In celebration of its 25 years in business, Greenfeather Bird Supply and GFB Toys are
releasing an Upcycle series of toys for birds to play with, made from leftover parts.
“GFB Toys strives to improve upon designs,” said Dena Tucker, president of the
West Hartford, Conn., company. “At the same time, the priority always is to maintain
the highest level of quality, coupled with using primarily environmentally conscience
materials to create toys and products that help enrich our companion animal’s life.”
Caitec Corp. in Baltimore recently launched a macaw-size carrier and universal
mess-free feeders for parrot cages. As for
accessories, the company has released
a window play gym, a millet holder with
a built-in perch, and a bathtub with a
mirrored pedal for birds that are cockatiel
size or smaller.
Kaytee Hard Goods, a division of Walnut
Creek, Calif.-based Central Garden & Pet,
just relaunched its Kaytee Activity Centers
and Kaytee T-Stands for Pet Birds.
“It has been suggested that regular
physical and mental enrichment can con-
tribute to reduced boredom and stress in
companion birds,” said Mary Ann Loveland,
associate brand manager. “These allow
you to re-create and enjoy a pet bird’s nat-
ural behavior in your home environment.” C A R
TREATS FOR CHICKENS’ Better
Brooder Blend is a specially crafted and
formulated botanical blend that provides
antifungal and antibacterial benefits
to the spunky living environment of a
brooder. The herbal blend was created
to stimulate and encourage natural
foraging behaviors of baby chicks. The
product is natural and organic.
MULTIPET’S Pop-Up Playland is a fun, portable
enclosure that a little critter can enjoy while
being out of its cage. Small pets need outside-the-cage playtime and exercise. Provide both
with this cute, colorful, secure play area. Pet
owners simply pop open the book, secure the
sides (which include fasteners), place their pet
inside and watch them play. When popped up,
the product has a slide, a seesaw, wheels and other fun features
where pets can play. It’s colorfully painted inside and out to mimic an urban playground, and it is coated to make cleanup easy.
• A removable bottom tray allows for the
bottom of the cage to be removed and the
debris to be dumped directly into the trash.
It also makes it easier to scrub or hose down
the cage bottom, which is typically the messiest part of the cage.
• The wheels on the foot of the cage simplify moving it from one location to
another, especially for large cages that are too heavy to carry.
• A cage with a built-in playtop offers an additional spot for the bird to hang
out on, much like a separate, stand-alone playstand would, but without taking up
additional space. Some cage playtops have their own pullout tray, which makes
keeping this area clean much easier.
• Outside-accessible feeding stations eliminate the need to reach inside the
cage to replenish food and water. This is especially helpful for birds that tend to be
territorial around the cage or for fully flighted birds, and it can make a caretaker’s
or pet sitter’s task of feeding a bird much easier and safer.
• A flared cage skirt incorporated into the cage’s design directs debris back into the
cage instead of onto the floor. The slanted skirt essentially causes food bits, chewed-up
toy parts and other debris to slide down into the bottom of the cage. Another mess
manager is a grate at the cage bottom, which can keep a bird from chewing on the
cage liner or accessing debris that has fallen onto the cage bottom.
• A slide lock on the door handle or pin that drops in place behind the door to
outside-accessible food bowls can add an extra line of defense to foil a feathered
escape artist. Similarly, some cages offer a mounted metal triangle-shaped hinge on
the inside of the cage and a metal hinge on the outside of the cage for an extra es-cape-proof element. If the bird manages to open the door lock, these hinges prevent
the bird from pushing or pulling the cage door open.