Choosing and maintaining your Bird Cage

Choosing and maintaining your Bird Cage

Just as there are many factors in purchasing a home in which to live, there are many things to consider when buying a cage for a pet bird.  A bird’s cage should provide a safe and stimulating environment.  Size, location, quality and safety of the cage are very important in choosing a cage that will help promote the health and happiness of a bird.

Cage Size

A common misconception is that a small bird needs a small cage, but birds of all sizes need a cage that will provide plenty of room in which to play and live.  A birdcage should be as large as space will allow, which will help discourage destructive behaviours such as biting and feather plucking.

Even if a bird spends a good amount of time outside of its cage, it should still have room to climb and stretch its wings.  A bird will generally be happier if it has a little room to fly and climb within its cage.

If a bird shares a cage with one or more birds, it becomes even more crucial for the birdcage to have ample room for its occupants.  Each bird should have personal space, even if they prefer to spend a great deal of time perched next to each other.

Cage Type

The shape of a bird’s cage is also important.  A cage with a domed top may make the area appear larger and give the illusion that there is more space.  Conversely, some experts suggest that cages with an angled top are ideal for a bird’s physical and mental well-being.

Aviaries are large bird cages that are either wide or tall in appearance, depending upon the bird’s flying and climbing habits.

A cage should also feature items that will provide physical and mental stimulation since the bird will spend a great deal of time in it.  Toys, items to chew on and perches to sit upon will help to give the cage variety.  There should also be ample space for food and water bowls.

Location of Cage

The location of a bird’s cage plays a big role in a bird’s health and well-being.  A bird should be kept away from windows and doors where the temperature may fluctuate.  With that said, it is important for a bird to be kept in a location that gets some natural sunlight.

A bird thrives upon regular interaction with its owner, so a birdcage should be kept in an active apart of the home.  The ideal location will also be quiet and peaceful during nighttime hours so the bird can get proper rest.

A bird’s personality and needs will help determine the best location for its cage.  More sociable birds will prefer areas with higher traffic, while shyer and more reserved birds will be happier in a quieter area.

Cage Quality and Safety

A bird’s intelligence should not be underestimated.  For this reason, it is important to ensure that the cage is a place where a bird can be happy, comfortable and safe.

The cage should have secure doors that will prevent the bird from escaping.  Choosing a cage with bars that are appropriately spaced will also keep a bird from squeezing through.  This is particularly dangerous in the event that a bird becomes stuck between the bars while the owner is not home.  Bars should keep a bird secure and also provide a means of climbing.

A quality cage will be strong enough to withstand wear and tear caused by climbing, chewing and the opening and closing of cage doors.  The birdcage should also be heavy and sturdy, which will help prevent tipping or breaking.

When selecting a cage, it is also important to choose one that is made of a safe material.  A birdcage made of stainless steel provides safety and quality and is difficult to break.

A cage’s door is also an important safety feature.  Care should be taken to pick a cage with the safest kind of door.  For some, this will be a door with a latch.  If a bird is able to figure out how to unlatch a door, one with a sliding door or a lock may be a better choice.  This is a particularly important feature when the door is opened and closed while changing the bird’s food and water.

Birds are generally a bit messy by nature, so cages should be cleaned regularly to promote good health.  For this reason, a cage’s tray and other messy areas should be easily accessible.  A cage should be cleaned with mild soap or other bird-friendly products.  This will help the cage remain a safe and happy haven in which a bird can dwell.

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