One of the basics of keeping birds is providing suitable habitats for your pet. With all the different sizes, colors, and models of bird cages, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when buying a home for your pet. Although there seem to be endless options when it comes to types of bird cages, there are some simple guidelines you can remember that will make choosing a cage much easier.
Location and placement
The first of these rules is to decide where you want your bird cage to be located, and purchase it to fit the area you have reserved. The area should not be near windows and drafts, but in an active part of the home to encourage the social development of the animal.
Choosing the right size
Next, of course, you need to consider the size of your bird. While a finch or canary can certainly be kept in a small space, larger birds require larger cages, and it is always best to buy the largest cage possible for your bird. Keeping a bird in a cage that is too small can lead to undesirable behaviors such as crying, biting, mental disorders, and feather plucking, to name a few. A good cage should be large enough for your bird to comfortably walk and fully spread and flap its wings. Don’t forget to consider the space that will be lost when you add perches, feeders, and your bird’s toys. Check with your avian veterinarian for recommended cage sizes for your specific species.
Spacing of bars
Another thing to consider when choosing a cage is the spacing between bars. Smaller birds like budgies and lovebirds need cages with bars no more than half an inch apart so they can’t get caught between or trapped in the bars. Many bird owners have been surprised to find that their pets are little escapees. Owners of larger birds should opt for horizontal bars rather than vertical bars so their birds can climb and move around.
Shape and style
The type of cage is also an important factor. According to some veterinarians, round cages are harmful to birds’ mental health, so square cages are preferable. Many of these cages can be hung or placed on a stand and come in a variety of sizes and shapes, making them suitable for any type of bird.
Quality and craftsmanship
Evaluate the overall quality of the cage before you buy it. Does the cage appear sturdy and solid? The best cages are made of stainless steel, which is non-toxic, easy to clean, and splinter-free. The primary purpose of a bird cage is to protect the bird: It should ensure that your bird’s home is not a threat to its health and well-being.
A properly designed cage will usually provide many years of enjoyment for the bird and its owner. You must remember that your bird spends a lot of time in its cage, and just like a human, it will appreciate having something to look at. Fill your bird’s cage with colorful toys, perches, and accessories to make sure he is well entertained. With a little planning and careful decision-making, you should be able to select a cage that meets all of your expectations and provides a safe and stable habitat for your bird.
It is common practice to trim the flight feathers of pet birds to keep them from flying. There is much debate about this practice, with valid arguments on both sides of the fence, but the bottom line is that birds have wings and they naturally need to exercise them.
The cage sizes given above are only guidelines for each species, but it is assumed that each bird has enough time outside the cage to fly or at least flap its wings.
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