One of the principles of bird rearing is to ensure that your pet has plenty of living space. With all the different sizes, colors, and models of bird cages today, it is easy to feel overwhelmed when you buy a home for your pet. Although it seems that there are endless options in terms of the types of bird cages available, there are some simple guidelines you can remember and will make the process of choosing one much easier.
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What is the best size cage for your bird?
The size is the key to making a bird happy or unhappy. There are three sizes: small, medium, and large. As a rule, when you have only one bird, and this is as small as a parakeet or a chick, you usually opt for the small cages.
However, it is recommended that the cage is as large as possible. This is because the bird, to feel comfortable in his cage, should have enough space to stretch the wings and be able to flutter from side to side. Therefore, even if it is a small bird, it is better to opt for a medium cage. Now if the cage is going to serve a purely decorative function, you should opt for a small cage, because they are much cheaper.
The medium ones are designed for when you are going to have more than two small birds or a medium bird, such as an Agapornis. While the large ones are for several birds or a larger animal such as a parrot or macaw. The latter is the best when you want to set up a good entertainment space for the birds, so they can play and have fun climbing and flying, but they require a lot of space.
But the size of the bird is not the only thing you will have to shuffle when buying a cage. Think of a species that has both shorter and longer tails. Those who have a longer tail, although your species may be fine in a small cage, will require a medium for the movement of its tail. And the same is true if it is a medium species, for it will require a large one.
Intimacy and shelter
If, for example, you are going to raise the birds that you have in your cage, because you have bought a pair, this one has to be big enough not only to fit these but also there will have to be space for a nest or a house in which they have privacy. In the cage you will also have to fit a breeding module, and the bigger it is the better.
Finally, if you plan to have many different species of birds, you should still consider building an aviary. But these require to be outside the houses, because of the large space they require. They are best for raising several types of birds at the same time. Also, you can always divide them into modules to keep the species separate.
How far apart do the bars of a birdcage have to be?
One of the main causes of death of domestic birds is that their heads get stuck between the bars and suffocate. This is why you should pay close attention to the spacing between the bars.
In the case of small birds, such as canaries, finches, or Agapornis, the separation should be no more than 1.5 cm. Medium-sized birds such as nymphs or parrots should not be spaced more than 2 cm apart. Finally, larger birds, such as parrots or cockatoos, should not be more than 3 cm apart.
This will prevent your animal from getting stuck between the bars and suffocating. Not only that, but this is the ideal distance for your bird to hold on to the bars to entertain itself and look around. Keep this in mind when you buy the cage.
|Bird Type||Dimensions (W x L x H)||Bar spacing|
|Finches, Canaries||18″ x 30″ x 18″||1/4″ to 1/2″|
|Budgerigars (budgies, parakeets)||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″|
|Quaker parrots, Conures, Poicephalus, Caiques, Pionus, and Jardines||24″ x 24″ x 24″||5/8″ to 3/4″|
|Amazon parrots, Mini macaws, Goffin cockatoos, and African grey parrots||24″ x 36″ x 48″||3/4″ to 1″|
|Large cockatoos||36″ x 48″ x 48″||1″ to 1.5″|
|Large macaws||36″ x 48″ x 60″||1″ to 1.5″|
|Diamond doves, Ringneck doves, and Pigeons||24″ x 24″ x 24″||1/2″|
Why do the cage doors have to be locked?
For most species of house, birds do not have to worry about a cage having a latch. However, species such as parrots, Agapornis, or macaws are very intelligent birds.
It is therefore important that when you buy a cage for one of these birds is that it has a safety latch. Otherwise, you could be surprised that the animal has escaped from the cage.
The Shape, very important
You’ll see that in the shops there are birdcages with all kinds of shapes. Depending on what you choose, they can be cheaper or more expensive. However, it is better not to skimp on expenses and give the best cage to your bird.
For example, many opt, wrongly, for the oval cages. Recent studies show that this type of cage is harmful to birds because they create a false sense of space. Also, because the roof is vaulted, they can not hold the bars so well and that causes them anxiety. So you must avoid this type of cage at all costs.
It’s better to opt for rectangular or square ones. Also, for small species, rectangular ones are the best, because they give them plenty of space to move around. If you buy a rectangular one, try to make it as tall as possible, so that the bird has much more area to fly and stretch its wings. It will appreciate it.
What material does the cage have to be made of?
The cheapest bird cages are those made of plastic. These are usually more striking because they have very bright colors. However, they are the worst investment you can make when you have a bird.
The best cages are those made of stainless steel. A strong material that can resist the scratches from the legs and the bites from the beak of your house bird. Also, the surface has to be “powder-coating”, a powder coating, which is perfect for ensuring the hygiene of the cage and subsequent cleaning.
Should you have a travel cage?
Just as there are travel baskets for dogs and cats, there are also travel cages for birds. After all, if you go on a trip, what is better than taking your best friend? Quality travel cages are not expensive and are perfect as temporary cages for a short trip, for when you take him to the vet or if you are cleaning your cage.
They are comfortable to carry, perfect for small stays of the bird, and with many types of models. If you don’t believe it, take a look at all the models we have in the shop. You will see how you find the best one for your little friend to travel comfortably.
More than a cage, isn’t a chicken coop better?
What happens when what you have in mind is to breed or have as a pet larger birds? For example, the most common thing is to raise chickens, for which you will need a large, quality chicken coop, but one that is not too expensive. We have many henhouses on offer, but this will not only be good for chickens.
There are some species of birds from some families that can be domesticated, such as ducks and geese. Many people have some species of these birds as pets and take them out for a walk on the street with special straps. But what about when they are inside the house? Many use large cages, but these birds would be much happier if they had their own coop. Is not it a better choice than a tight cage?
Don’t go for the cheap but for the quality
Don’t be fooled by cheap cages made of plastic or dubious metal materials. You can have a very good cage for your bird at a very cheap price, you just have to know what to look for.
For example, in our catalog of bird cages all, you will find are the best brands of cage manufacturers, with an appropriate price and affordable to all types of pockets. And if you need it urgently, because the previous cage of your bird is in very bad condition, you can opt for 24-hour delivery.