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What size of cage should I use for a large bird

IF I were to get a large bird how big of a cage should I get. i KNOW I would need a rather large cage now for example say if I had a baby bird that fits an old ferret cage till then pending on it's size would i beable to use that cage till I can afford a bigger cage? It is a two story cage but not the biggest size out there.
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what species are you looking into. because a macaw needs a VERY large cage, big enough to spread its wings, and so that it doesnt break its tail on the bars from a narrow cage.... so a large macaw could be looking at 5feet plus in some dimensions... but i do not know for sure. if you are thinking of a ferret nation cage, they would be good for birds up to the size of african greys (have seen them housed in them comfortably, though i dont think i would go smaller unless you have a timid grey) or even small cockatoos but again the ferret nation double stack would be the minimum for those species i would think. keep in mind, i just have little parrots. but both my cockatiels are in a ferret nation. they just share the top half for now, one day they will have both top and bottom.


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what species are you looking into. because a macaw needs a VERY large cage, big enough to spread its wings, and so that it doesnt break its tail on the bars from a narrow cage.... so a large macaw could be looking at 5feet plus in some dimensions... but i do not know for sure. if you are thinking of a ferret nation cage, they would be good for birds up to the size of african greys (have seen them housed in them comfortably, though i dont think i would go smaller unless you have a timid grey) or even small cockatoos but again the ferret nation double stack would be the minimum for those species i would think. keep in mind, i just have little parrots. but both my cockatiels are in a ferret nation. they just share the top half for now, one day they will have both top and bottom.


someone else might come along who might know better than i do with large bird cage sizes.
I'm thinking of maybe a Cockatiel, Macaw, gray (But, it also would have to depend if its not its full grown size too at the moment) I am thinking of an indian ringneck, conure *other birds that talk *




Thats about the size of cage that my old ferret cage is like (however it no longer houses any ferrets I had to give my boys up due to health reasons )

I do know the cage doors are not big enough for a super large bird but maybe a baby large bird till I can afford a bigger cage. That's one of the reasons why I am pondering.

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i would say that cage size is only suitable for birds like cockatiels and green cheeked conures and those size birds. that cage is not big enough for an african grey or anything.


i would seriously reconsider wanting a bird that can talk. do a LOT of research on the birds you are interested in, because they live a super long time.

a baby is still the same size as an adult and generally has the same size requirements.



i would do some VERY serious considerations for many of the large parrots.



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Nodds, I plan to do so when it comes time of course, smiles. and yeah I would want a bird that I can talk to and what not. It'd be nice to try to talk to a bird agian. I'd perfer on getting a male of course smiles.
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Honestly, if you're wanting a bird that can talk you're wanting a bird for all the wrong reasons. Even the most talkative species may never ever talk and then you'd be disappointed. I definitely wouldn't have a bird in that cage either. If you want a macaw then even the normal specifically macaw made cages aren't really all big enough. You'd want a double macaw cage or an indoor aviary really. BUT, you can get smaller macaws, and if you want a talker a good bet for you would be a Hahn's macaw have a good look into them

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Macaw cages need to be large because of their long tails and wing span,

Here is a size comparison to how big it has to be ( now I don't know if this is a suitable cage.. But just to show how big it has to be)

Not all birds talk, yes African Grays are known for talking. But not all talk. Honestly if you are only wanting a bird for talking.. You may be dissapointed.

My gcc doesn't really have a clear speech, but you can make out what she is trying to say. I still talk to her, and she does respond back. You don't have to have a large bird to have a loving companion.


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Kennedy your link does not work... I agree if you are getting a bird for talking ability you may be dissapointed... Choose a bird who fits your lifestyle and financial needs... Cuddly or not cuddly, emotionally needy or not... Tame , or more decorative they all have different needs and wants... My green cheek does not talk but my ,'let does a little... I love the conures personality , size and everything about them!
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I'd say check out a quaker too, they're small and don't take up too much space, good talker, and if he/she doesn't talk then you'll still have a very funny bird. My quaker behaved like no other birds I have, he's a ornery bird, but oh boy is he funny

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That I know of, I dont plan to be disapointed if he or she doesnt chose to talk. For I do know it is the birds nature weather he or she wishes to or not. I basically am looking for a bird mostly for the companionship of course smiles.
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I used to think I wanted a bird who talked..and then ended up with Kirk. And then I got more cockatiels. And I haven't really worked with them to try to get them to talk, but none of them do at this point. And I'm fine with that because they're still awesome birds. I've got 2 cuddlers, 3 loudmouths, a grumpy old lady, and a bird that runs away from us. And I love them all..even though Taz doesn't have any of the personality traits I would look for in a bird, I love him all the same.

So yeah, it's cool if your bird does talk..but don't expect it to. Also, English Budgies talk very very well. Youtube it.

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I used to think I wanted a bird who talked..and then ended up with Kirk. And then I got more cockatiels. And I haven't really worked with them to try to get them to talk, but none of them do at this point. And I'm fine with that because they're still awesome birds. I've got 2 cuddlers, 3 loudmouths, a grumpy old lady, and a bird that runs away from us. And I love them all..even though Taz doesn't have any of the personality traits I would look for in a bird, I love him all the same.

So yeah, it's cool if your bird does talk..but don't expect it to. Also, English Budgies talk very very well. Youtube it.

I had two english budgies before. I've had a parrolet(who died this past monday ) I have a very witchy old lady my female tiel, i had a beautiful tiel who talked. he was male. But yes, I do know that i wouldnt look for a bird just to get them to talk. I mostly want for cuddles as well as companionship as I mentioned before smiles.
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