From the moment they are born, most birds have the experience of snuggling up in a nice warm nest. Baby birds spend the first several weeks of their existence within the warm confines of a nest. Its where they feel safe and protected and it only makes sense that the comforting feeling of being in a nest persists as the bird grows.
Pet owners can offer their birds an alternative to a nest that will allow them to snuggle in and feel protected by using one of the various tents or huts available. There are two potential pitfalls to using a bird tent or hut. The first is that they can cause a hormonal reaction and make your bird more aggressive as they now have a possible nesting location. The second issue is that the materials can fray and your bird could get tangled in the fibers. Daily inspection of the hut is required if you choose to use one and loose fibers need to be trimmed as should be done with all bird toys and accessories. Let’s look at a few of the bird tents and huts available for your bird.
This hut hammock is available in multiple colors and measures 6.2 x 3.9 x 4.7 inches ( 157.5 x 99 x 119 mm). It securely attached to the roof of your birds cage with two clips. The plush material will provide your bird with a warm and comfortable place to sit or sleep and gives them a retreat to use in order to feel safe.
This brightly colored, hanging bird tent is made with a wire frame covered with a soft, canvas material. The tent has a width of 9.8 inches (249 mm) and an entrance height of 3.8 inches (96 mm). The canvas covering is easily removed for cleaning and washing. It hangs from a single clip and affords your bird a hiding place and play area.
The Happy Hut is available in multiple colors and has a diameter of 6.5 inches (165 mm). It is designed for small birds such as cockatiels and small conures. It firmly attaches to your cage roof with two clips and offers your bird a wam place to sleep or just rest for a while.
What’s so good about a Bird Tent/Hammock/Hut?
- They provide a warm and enclosed space for your bird to sleep comfortably.
- These items may help a nervous bird by offering some protection from the environment.
Buying Factors for Bird Tents and Hammocks
- Make sure you buy one that is big enough for your bird.
- Vigilance is required to maintain the safety of the hut. Daily inspection is recommended and the hut should be replaced when it starts to show signs of wear.
- Discontinue use if you find your bird chewing the hut excessively.