The premise of laying out a good birdcage is to have a suitable birdcage, if the birdcage is not suitable, it is all useless!
About the choice of birdcage, we choose from five aspects:
- Necessary Accessories
As we all know: parrots are suitable for square cages but not for round cages.
Parrots are climbing birds who like to climb up and down in cages. The round cage has a defect, that is, the more up, the narrower the bar spacing, toes easily stuck when parrots climb upwards, if the parrot panic, force a tug …… bird will be injured and disabled.
Parrots need a sense of security when staying in the corners. But round cages do not have corners, parrots will appear the behavior of walking around the bottom of the cage in a circle to find the corner. Parrots can become depressed if they stay in a place where they do not feel safe (corners) for a long time.
The cage should focus on choosing a wide one, not a high one. The wide cage has a large range of movement from left to right, which allows the parrot to feel the spaciousness of the cage, but requires the cage to be placed high; the high cage has a large range of movement up and down, and parrots tend not to go to the lower part of the cage, so there is little room for them to move around, and the space utilization of the cage cannot be maximized.
The size of the birdcage not only determines how many birds can live in it but also how many toys can be put in it. Different types of birds require different sizes of cages.
|Species||Minimum Cage Size||Bar Spacing|
|Finches||18″x 30″x 18″||1/4″ to 1/2″|
|Canaries||18″x 24″x 18″||1/4″ to 1/2″|
|Budgies||18″x 18″x 24″||1/2″|
|Cockatiels||20″x 20″x 24″||1/2″ to 5/8″|
|Lovebirds, Parrotlets||24″x 24″x 24″||1/2″|
|Ringneck, Parakeets||24″x 24″x 36″||1/2″ to 5/8″|
|Conures, Poicephalus||24″x 24″x 24″||5/8″ to 3/4″|
|Caiques, Pionus, Jardines||24″ x 24″ x 36″||5/8″ to 3/4″|
|Amazons, Mini Macaws, Small Cockatoos, African Greys||36″ x 24″ x 48″||3/4″ to 1″|
|Large Cockatoos||40″ x 30″ x 48″||1″ to 1.5″|
|Large Macaws||48″ x 36″ 60″||1″ to 1.5″|
Security mainly to consider as three aspects: whether it will be stuck, breathability is good, whether it is convenient to jailbreak.
Will it get stuck →
Check the width of the cage wire gaps or bar spacing, whether there are thick or thin, where the bird can easily get stuck. Usually, it will be because of poor quality cage wire easily deformed, cage piece junction welding is not perfect, chassis and grid width is not reasonable and other problems, resulting in birds easily stuck.
Breathability is good →
If it is a full cage using acrylic or a large area using the acrylic cage, breathability is generally not too good, especially in the summer stifling heat, poor ventilation, easy to cause heatstroke, suffocation. It is recommended to buy a cage without acrylic or a cage with at most two sides of acrylic.
Is it convenient to escape from jail →
Many people like to keep their parrots outdoors, and if they are kept outdoors and the cage door is loose, the parrot will open the cage door to escape on its own. Pet birds cannot survive in the wild and break out of jail ≈ death. If you buy a cage with a loose door, you don’t have to eliminate it immediately. You can buy alligator clips and use them to hold the cage door to prevent your parrot from opening the door and escaping (other clips are also available but don’t use plastic clips, they are easily chewed).
It’s recommended that cleaning once a day in the summer and at least once every 3 days in the winter, and as the place where the parrot spends a long time – the birdcage, the sanitation of the birdcage is the top priority for cleaning. If you buy a birdcage that is not easy to clean, it will be easy to get dirty and the bird will get sick. Considering the time-saving in life, it is therefore recommended that you buy bird cages that are easy to clean.
Note: Cleaning a birdcage is not the same as disinfecting it. Don’t disinfect it every day, but it doesn’t mean don’t clean it every day. Cleaning means rinsing with water, which still leaves bacteria, while disinfecting does not leave too much bacteria.
- Necessary Accessories
Most cages already have perches installed, so you’ll want to make sure you have perches of different heights, sizes and materials. You’ll also need to add a variety of toys and other equipment to help entertain your parrot and exercise itself. Mirrors, climbing ropes, swings, etc.
Choosing a suitable bird cage for your parrot or bird is a top priority. In addition to the five aspects I described above, there are other factors to consider, such as the material of the cage; the habitat of the parrot; and other necessary accessories for the birdcage. You can shop at online marketplaces or go to offline stores in person, and asking professionals is also a good way to go. Create a great and comfortable environment for your parrot.