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Choosing a Cage for a Pet Bird

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Choosing a cage for a pet bird is a crucial step, as the bird will spend a lot of time in it, and its well-being depends on it to a great extent.

Summary

  • Choosing the size of the bird cage
  • Choosing the cage based on shape, openings, and material

Choosing the Size of the Bird Cage

The dimensions of the cage depend on the size of the chosen bird. In any case, the space provided by the model should allow the bird to have enough room to move around.

If you have chosen a large bird or plan to have multiple birds, opt for the largest cage possible or ideally for an aviary.

Here are some examples of recommended cage dimensions:

  • For a Canary, a model with dimensions of 15.75 x 7.87 x 11.81 inches may be sufficient. However, for a pair, it is better to go for a cage of 23.62 x 15.75 x 19.69 inches.
  • For a Parrot, the recommended minimum dimensions are 19.69 x 27.56 x 27.56 inches.
  • For a pair of small Budgerigars, the cage should be at least 15.75 x 15.75 x 17.72 inches. If they are large Budgerigars, it is better to choose a cage of at least 59.06 x 19.69 x 23.62 inches.

What should be absolutely avoided in all cases are:

  • Narrowness
  • Overcrowding: this situation must be prevented at all costs, as it leads to numerous problems for both the birds themselves and the person taking care of them. It is indeed difficult to properly care for a large number of animals. Moreover, they are exposed to risks related to hygiene and health, such as stress and the transmission of parasites, germs, bacteria, fungi, and diseases.

Furthermore, after purchasing the cage, it is imperative to clean it thoroughly. If it is a new model, cleaning is also necessary, as well as a thorough rinse to remove residues of chemicals and detergents that could be toxic to future occupants. And if it is a used cage, it is also necessary to disinfect it.

Subsequently, the maintenance of the cage and its accessories (feeders, waterers, nest boxes, perches, toys, etc.) should be done regularly to protect the bird’s health.

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Choosing the Cage Based on Shape, Openings, and Material

In addition to dimensions, the shape of the pet bird’s cage is also a determining factor in the choice.

Specifically, for birds that prefer climbing on bars, cage models built in height should be preferred. This is the case for parrots and budgerigars, in particular.

On the other hand, passerines generally have less tendency to climb and should have the opportunity to perform frequent horizontal flights and movements. For these birds, it is therefore preferable to opt for a cage with sufficient width.

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In any case, it is always better to choose rectangular or square models, rather than more fanciful shapes that may be aesthetically pleasing but not necessarily suitable for the birds’ needs.

The openings should also be taken into account when choosing the cage for a pet bird. For parrots, it is recommended to choose doors with complex locking systems, as they are intelligent enough to unlock conventional devices. The openings should facilitate the person’s access inside the cage to handle the bird when necessary and for manipulating the accessories.

Regarding the material, there are cages made of PVC, but it is preferable to opt for models made of stainless steel or aluminum. They are easier to maintain and more durable.

Finally, cages with removable bottoms are preferred because this configuration also simplifies maintenance.

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- Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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