One of the fundamental rule of owning a bird is to provide them with a comfortable living space. However, when choosing the perfect bird cage for your feathered friend, there are various models, sizes and colors to take into consideration. Whether you are choosing a Parakeet, Mini Macaw, Cockatiel or a Parrot cage, you can make the right choice by following these simple rules:
Rule #1: Placement and location:
The first rule is to decide where to place the bird cage in your home. How much space is available in your home will be a determining factor for your purchase choice. The area you set aside for the location of the bird cage should be in area that is away from drafty windows. Also it should be in an area where it is not in isolation which encourages opportunities for social interaction and development of your feathered friend.
Rule #2: Size:
You will need to consider the size of your bird before deciding on the size of the bird cage. While it is perfectly acceptable for selecting a small bird cage for breeds such as Canaries, Conures and Finches, however for breeds such as Cockatoos, African Greys and Parrots, you will need a large bird cage. If you selected a small cage for a large bird, it will lead to undesirable behaviors such as biting, screaming, feather plucking and other psychological disorders. There should be enough space for your feathered friend to be able to walk around and fully flap their wings comfortably.
Rule #3: Bar spacing:
Bar spacing is another important factor to take into consideration when choose a bird cage. Smaller birds will require bar spacing that are not more than half an inch apart. Closer bar spacing will prevent them from trying to squeeze through and getting their heads stuck between the bars. As for larger birds, always opt for bird cages with horizontal bar spacing as it provides them with opportunities for climbing and exercise.
Rule #4: Style and shape:
The shape and style of the bird cage is also worth thinking about. Many experts say that round bird cages are actually detrimental to your bird's psychological health; opt for angled or rectangular bird cages instead. You should avoid bird cages with sharp edges or loose parts as they are more as decorative and less practical in term of living space. You can also place them on a stand or hang them as they come in a variety of styles and shapes.
Rule #5: Quality and Craftsmanship:
Another consideration is the quality and craftsmanship of the bird cage. The birdcage you select should be solid and sturdy enough to protect them for external elements. The best ones are those made of stainless steel; they are easy to clean, non-toxic and doesn’t have peeling paint chips. Thus, you should purchase one that don’t pose any health hazards to well-being of your precious feathered friend.