WINGDOW®

Tips/Special Considerations

Clipped Birds and Sunny Windows

Just as you wouldn’t leave your bird locked in a car or cage on a hot day, don’t leave your clipped bird unattended on a Wingdow® installed in a hot sunny window.  Although both Wingdow® Seat and Wingdow® Lite provides some protection from the hot sun, your bird could still become overheated if left on a Wingdow® in a sunny window for long periods of time—especially in the South, where warm temperatures and afternoon sun can make windows very hot.  Give your clipped bird a way to get down off his/her Wingdow® if needed—by tying a ladder to the it or giving your bird a way to move between Wingdow® and cage or playstand.  Better still, move both bird and Wingdow® to another, less sunny room/window when temperatures rise--so that your bird can still enjoy the view!

 

Tips for Using Wingdow® for Small Flighted Birds (Finches, Canaries)

Both Wingdow® Seat and Wingdow® Lite are wonderful products for small, flighted birds, such as canaries and finches.  They provide small birds with a safe and comfortable place to land—and do a wonderful job of catching their messes.  However, when using Wingdow® Seat or Wingdow® Lite for very small (sparrow-size) flying birds—such as finches or canaries—we recommend that you put a rolled piece of paper towel or cloth at the top of your Wingdow®—in the space between the back of the unit and the window—to avoid any chance of a less surefooted bird falling into the small gap behind the unit.  We’ve never actually had a case of this happening with a Wingdow®—but we once saw a small finch get caught behind the raised sash of a double hung window—which made us recognize this as a potential danger for very little birds landing on the top edge of Wingdow®.  So, please err on the side of caution and plug the gap at the top of the Wingdow® for finch and canary use.  You can also order a special plastic ledge for the top of your Wingdow®—which will bridge the gap between Wingdow® and window.  (See "Small Bird Safety Ledge".)  We will send this along with your Wingdow® order free of charge.

If you have a lot of small flying birds, you might also consider getting a medium or large Wingdow® Seat instead of Wingdow® Lite--and adding a second level ("Double Decker") perch to your Wingdow® Seat to give your birds more landing/perching area.  (See Double Decker Perch under Wingdow® Seat.)  The Double Decker Perch fits into the holes in the back of the Wingdow® Seat to form a second level perch above the regular perch.  It is recessed in several inches from the bottom perch so that droppings from birds sitting on the top perch do not fall on birds sitting below.  Double Decker perches are available for both the medium and large Wingdow®.

 

Adapting Wingdows® to Special Needs/Physically Challenged Birds

Birds with missing feet or toes, club feet, broken wings and other physical challenges need our help in adapting their cages, playstands, and perches to their disability—and Wingdows® are no different.  We have a club-footed bird ourselves—so we’ve learned a lot about how to make our Wingdow® products comfortable for a physically challenged bird.

First—and this one is pretty obvious--make the perch as low as practical, while still providing sufficient room for the bird’s tail.  That way, if your special needs bird falls off the Wingdow® perch, he/she doesn’t have far to fall. 

Second, use a soft perch in lieu of a standard hardwood Wingdow® perch to provide sore feet and toes with extra cushion.  One trick we’ve used is to wrap the existing Wingdow® perch with “vet wrap”, the same soft and rubbery bandage material that veterinarians use to treat animal injuries.  The vet wrap cushions the hard surface of the perch and makes it more comfortable and easier to grip for birds with bad feet.  Vet wrap is easy to find online, but you can also find it on our site under “This N That”.  If you don’t like the idea of vet wrap, you can also wrap the perch with strips of fleece, cotton, or other soft material and accomplish the same thing.  Just make sure that the material you use is something safe if your bird decides to chew on it—and that are no loose threads or gaps in the fabric that can catch toes.  For severely disabled birds, sometimes the best solution is just to remove the perch altogether and put a soft towel or cushion on the floor of the Wingdow®. 

Finally, for birds with unsteady legs and/or broken wings, we recommend putting something soft—a pillow, cushion, comforter, etc.—on the floor underneath the Wingdow®.  That way, if your bird loses his/her footing—or just decides to take a fly/jump off the Wingdow®, there’s something there that provides a soft landing.

If none of the above suggestions do the trick, call us—and we’ll come up with another perch solution for your bird. We will do whatever it takes to give your special guy a way to enjoy Wingdows®, too!