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In the Hosptial

    Build a Hospital Cage

Now when you don't need one yet!  

Hospital cage as assembled(Click on photo to enlarge view)

This is the Hospital Cage we made, based on a setup

loaned to us by our Vet when our bird had a calcium

deficiency crisis from laying too many eggs.  

We bought these parts and built 2 whole setups

of these items to be able to prepare a clean cage

to transfer the sick bird into each day and have

it ready next to the dirty cage when you want to

move the bird from the dirty one to the clean

hospital cage.  It is less stress on the bird than

trying to catch him/her additional times for moving.

We've had 100% success with this setup since

then when any of our birds has been injured or ill.

Admittedly, ours is a low-tech solution - but it is

well within reach of most any family's budget.

We have the Full Spectrum light on a lamp timer

so it is only "on" during the same daylight hours

schedule the bird is used to at the time of being

in the Hospital Cage.   The light is not a heat source

the heating pad under the hospital age provides

all the needed heat 24/7.


Here are the materials and prices and sources:

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The Aquarium container


This is also sometimes sold as a "critter tote "

$12.99 also from Petco.

Our approximate cage dimensions are 12"X8"X10" 

Get the size where the trap door in the lid is just large enough to put your hand and forearm through.

Bistro Towels from Bed Bath and Beyond  tightly woven - not Barmop towels that have loops bird toes can get caught in

We used tightly woven 100% cotton BISTRO towels  NOTE: Not the same thing as their BarMop Towels which are made of loosely-woven terry cloth - bird toes can get hung up in!  from BedBathandBeyond or Gerber or Evenflo cloth diapers on the floor of this container. These bistro towels are almost exactly twice as big as our container, we folded them in half to provide a nice cushion, and rolled the little excess length into a very low roll (fake perch) at one end of the cage. Flour-sacking towels also work well enough but don't hold the "roll" as well when rolling one end for an elevated "perching" area.

Do not use regular terry cloth because

the loops may snag in the bird's toes. 

Place the heating pad under the "faunarium" container on low and keep the heat a constant temp. Optionally - you can place a full spectrum light above the top as shown above in our illustration.  We keep our hospital setup on a small chrome wire type rack to keep the heating pad from overheating whatever surface the cage is on - a baker's cooling rack would also work for this.
Heating pad from Walgreens or Long's Drug Store / Target / Walmart Sunbeam or Walgreen's brand small heating pad WITHOUT AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF - read the label before you buy!
Heating source

Another heat application option would be using a heating mat like this 16watt model 10"x11" 


Depending on whether your bird needs rest from perching (due to an injury to foot or leg or wing) we used  very low profile dishes for food and water- these small dishes were also purchased at Petco in the reptile section. They are colorsafe, lead free and dishwasher safe and inexpensive.

food dish


water dish Use heavier ceramic dishes instead of lighter weight plastic ones - they weigh enough for the bird to perch on the edge for use without flipping the dish up and over from the bird's weight.


We use a reptile-type stick-on thermometer to monitor cage temp. We got this thermometer at Petco - for about $6.99 
Kritterz Reptile Thermometer

Kritterz Reptile Habitat Thermometer Gauge  Accurately monitor the temperature in your Hospital Cage. Features a large, easy to read dial with degree indicators in both F and C, mounts to any smooth surface.

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