Choosing a Bird Cage

birdHaving a pet bird in your home means having a bird cage.   Even if you have adapted your home so your pet bird can fly around the house you will still need to use a cage at times for his safety and welfare.

When choosing a cage for your bird you need to be sure the cage is large enough to accommodate him.  He needs to be able to comfortably spread and flap  his wings if he is a large bird.  Smaller birds need to have room to fly around.  A tall bird will need a taller cage and a bird with a long tail will need a cage to handle the long tail.  All birds need room to play with their toys and exercise.  You want your bird to be happy and comfortable when in his cage.

Bird cages should have water and food dishes that are easy for your pet to use and easy for you to maintain.  Clean natural wooden perches are nice.  You need to  be sure the bars are the right size for the bird you plan to keep in the cage.   You need to be sure  your pet bird cannot escape from his cage and nothing can get inside to harm him.

Bird cages need to be made from non toxic materials and should not have any nicks or rough places.  Any paint also needs to be non toxic.

Birds are sensitive creatures so you do not want to place their cages in drafts or where they will smell strong odors from the kitchen.  The cage needs to be out of reach of other pets in the household and out of the reach of small curious children.

You will need to clean the bird cage everyday removing any waste.  The bottom of the cage should be easy to clean and if you use a layer of newspaper on the bottom be sure the ink is safe for your pet.

Larger bird cages may be fairly pricey.  If a new cage does not fit into your budget you may be able to find a larger bird cage used.  Be sure to carefully check out the cage to  be sure it is safe for your pet.  If your bird needs the larger cage do not try to save money by buying him a cage that is too small.