You’ve selected your perfect bird companion, now how do you find the perfect cage for her? Follow these rules to make the perfect choice:
- Size Matters!
When in doubt, go for the bigger cage! A good cage should be large enough to allow your bird to comfortably move around and fully extend and flap her wings. Keeping a bird in a cage that’s too small can lead to stress and undesirable behaviors that are hard to correct including screaming, biting, and feather plucking. Be mindful that some space will be lost when you add the bird’s toys, perches, food and water cups! Below are our minimum cage space recommendations, but our advice is to chose the biggest one you can afford!
|SPECIES||MINIMUM CAGE SIZE||RECOMMENDED BAR SPACING|
|Canaries, Finches, Budgies||18″x18″x30″||1/4″ to 1/2″|
|Cockatiels||20″x20″x24″||1/2″ to 5/8″|
|Ringneck Parakeets||24″x24″x36″||1/2″ to 5/8″|
|Conures||24″x24″x24″||5/8″ to 3/4″|
|Amazons, Mini Macaws, African Greys||34″x24″x36″||3/4″ to 1″|
|Large Cockatoos||36″x48″x48″||1″ to 1.5″|
|Large Macaws||36″x48″x60″||1″ to 1.5″|
2) Bar Orientation also matters!
Paying attention to the spacing of the bars is also important when choosing a cage. Inappropriately sized spacing may pose a hazard and allow your pet to get his wings, beak or neck caught between the bars and get hurt. For parrots and other birds that use their beaks and feet to climb, bars that are horizontally oriented are important. Bar orientation is not as important for smaller birds such as finches and canaries that do not use their beaks and feet to climb.
3) Aesthetics is also important!
Basically, invest in a prettier cage! You’ll most likely have the cage in your home for years! Choose a cage in a shape, color and size that is pleasing to the eye. You don’t want a cage that makes you cringe every time you glance at it; the bird might sense your displeasure.
4) Shape Matters
While round cages can look really beautiful, we suggest that you avoid them whenever possible. Round cages lack corners and thus they can make your bird feel insecure. Cages that are rectangular in shape are ideal. For smaller, flighted birds, the length of the cage is more important than the height of the cage, as this will gives room for the birds to fly. If space is a issue, please consider a playtop cage that typically provides all the amenities in a space-saving corner design.
5) Carefully Consider the Cage Placement
Before committing to a cage, please consider the cage’s placement in your home. Most birds enjoy warmer temperatures and no drift. Also, most birds typically enjoy being social and like being entertained. Simply allowing your bird to be in the room with you as you do your chores or work, or having a TV or radio on is something a lot of birds would find comforting. A bird’s environment in the wild is never quiet. A feathered pet sitting alone in a quiet room is a lonely one indeed, so consider putting the cage in a place where your bird will get plenty of visual simulation.
6) Safety and Quality are Important! When choosing a cage avoid cages with protruding bars or sticks that could lead to an injury to your pet. Attempt to find the highest quality cage you can afford within your budget. Powdercoated (where paint is adhered to metal via electrostatic charges) and hammertone (where metallic paint is blended with color) cages are generally safe, durable and beautiful, though not completely non-toxic. Stainless steel cages have been gaining popularity recently due to their durability and the ease with which it can be cleaned and sterilized without fear of rust (though they come with a high price tag). At any rate, a high quality cage should last you and your bird for years to come. Generally, established, higher-end brand companies offer the best support for your cage. A&E, for example, offers replacement parts for their cages which can pay off in the future.
Select a cage that is easy to maintain. Consider a cage with large doors that allow easy cleaning on the inside, with easy to pull trays and easy to remove food and water bowls. Also, please ensure that the tray pulls out easily. Our preference is for cages that are powder-coated (where paint is adhered to metal via electrostatic charges) or made of stainless steel.
Don’t skimp on cage quality because of the price. Find the highest quality cage you can afford within your budget. A high quality cage should last you and your bird for years to come. A quality cage should be a brand that has been around for years and offers support and cage for your cage in the future. Many solid companies such as A & E and Kings offer replacement parts for their cages as well. Remember to select a cage color and design that fits your aesthetic needs as well & remember that whatever cage you choose it will become a part of your home decor.