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Buying a bird cage for your new bird?
How do you choose the perfect cage for your new pet bird?
First off you have to do your home work and decide what type of bird you want. Small medium or large bird?
Once you choose your pet bird then look for a cage that is strong with sturdy bars and a solid base. Make sure the cage is powder coated with a safe paint that will keep rust from forming anywhere in the cage. Stainless steel cages are the very best type of cage to buy but they are also the most expensive to buy.
The basic rule of thumb when buying a bird cage is always buy the largest cage possible for your bird.
This cage will be the birds home where it sleeps eats baths plays and hangs out all day while waiting for you to come and play with it so it needs lots of room to be active and healthy. A large cage can assure your bird can jump and flap and fly around getting exercise in the cage.
If you are set on getting a love bird a cockatiel, budgie finches/canaries linnies or conures you have to make sure you get a cage with the correct bar spacing.
All the birds mentioned above do well with bar spacing that's 1/2 inch wide. A larger bar spacing can be dangerous to your smaller bird especially if it manages to get its head stuck between a bars that are larger spacing. You don't want accidents so get the correct bar spacing for your birds cage.
Also try and find a cage that has horizontal bars as well as vertical bars as some birds like budgies and linnies enjoy climbing up and down on the bars of the cage.
Round cages are never a good idea for any birds home, round cages tend to be small and not very wide so you can't give adequate room for a bird to fly and exercise.
A birds cage should be rectangular or square.
I personally like to have my rectangular cage set up in a corner so my birds can have the security of one wall on one side of the cage and one wall on the back of their cage. This can help keep your birds calmer as they will only see the motion and movement we make when approaching their cage from one direction.
Make sure to find a cage that is easy to clean with a slide out bottom tray to catch all the mess of seed husks and droppings as well as a grid grate which will catch droppings and help discard dropped food to the bottom tray so your bird doesn't eat food that has spoiled after its sat on cage floor after a time.
The cage should have at least 2 to 4 food dishes that are easy to remove from outside the cage with sliding doors, outside access to the food and water dish is a good idea so you don't have to reach into the cage to change their food and water. By not having to reach into the cage to change the food and water dishes you can help keep your new bird calm especially when you first bring it home, the less activity of you reaching in the cage can help your bird build trust.
A large front facing door is great to have as it will be easy for you to reach in and rearrange toys, perches foods and treats easily when setting up the cage. Make sure the cage has a good sturdy latch and lock on the main door because some birds are escape artists and love to try and maneuver their cage door locks.
Smaller cage doors could limit your reach when you are trying to arrange perches and toys or clean your cage this can also make training difficult especially if you want to bring your bird in and out of the cage easily.
I like to set up a perch on the inside of the large front door of my flight cage so when I open the door this gives the bird a perfect place to hop out and sit so it can check out the room from the cage doorway. All my birds have learned to use this front door perch to easily fly in and out of their cage with ease.
One of the things I dislike most about some cages is if they are angled in a dome shape or a steeple shape roof top. These cages can be attractive but really they only take valuable space away from the many different toys and swings and treats you will want to hang in the cage from the top area. You also don't want your bird to hide up in a steeple nook or area when you are trying to bond or train with it.
The flat top area of the cage is an excellent place for you to put a tray of treats or place a birds play center, this can encourage your birds to come out of the cage and play up on top of the cage.
I am a huge fan of buying a sturdy flight cage that sits on a separate stand on wheels. This allows you to easily wheel the cage around to clean and vacuum underneath or behind and the stand. The stand will have a platform built in on the bottom which allows you to place all those extra things you buy for your bird in time and you will end up owning tons of things for your birds in time!
I like having an emergency bag with food and things I might need that's ready to go sitting beside my birds transport carrier set up on the platform bottom, its ready to reach should an emergency come up and I need to remove the bird from the house quickly.
There are many different types of large flight cages that are inexpensive to purchase these days they are strong sturdy and durable and will last for years to come. So shop around and look for that ideal large cage to give your smaller type bird/s a wonderful home.
You can't go wrong buying something roomy like this for your budgie linnies, conures or smaller type birds.
~ Mr Peepers
Last edited by Mr Peepers; 03-02-2016 at 12:57 PM.