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In regards to bird cages, why is bar spacing so important? As long as the bird cannot fly out, then why does it really matter?

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Inappropriate bar spacing can ultimately lead to injuring your bird. A cage where the bar spacing is too large could be hazardous to your bird, while a small distance between spacing will limit your birds view and also your view of your bird.

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