Crash Course In Cage Buying

The cage is the most significant piece of “furniture” for your bird. When choosing a cage, size is perhaps the most crucial element to consider. It should be large enough for the bird to stretch and flap its wings without colliding with the bars. Small birds, such as canaries and finches, should have ample space to fly about, while bigger hookbilled species should have cages that allow for climbing and exercising. Long-tailed birds, such as ringnecked parakeets, macaws, and conures, need cages that are tall enough to accommodate their tails.
Don’t always assume that the cage you saw your bird in at the pet store is the right size. Because many businesses show birds on open perches, cages may only be used for feeding or rest times and may not be suited for long-term habitation. Choose the biggest cage you can buy and fit within your house.

Toys, bowls, perches, and maybe a swing, ladder, and other items will occupy your bird’s interior area. It’s also not out of the question that you’ll want to add another bird at some time! Take measures before buying a huge cage to ensure that it will pass through your doorway if it is welded. To prevent awkward entryway situations, build a “knocked-down” cage in the area where it will be utilized.

The style of the cage you choose will be mostly determined by your own preferences. Rectangular cages are practical, simple to care and clean, and will fit into the majority of houses and flats. There are round, pagoda, pyramid, “home,” and even covered-wagon-shaped cages available, however most of the novelty forms are only available in small bird sizes.

Any cage’s bar spacing should be adequate to avoid toe and limb entrapment but not being so wide that birds may shove their heads through them. Make sure that bars do not converge in the middle of cages with curved or domed tops. Welds should be smooth, with no sharp edges that might harm your birds or your hands when cleaning the cage.

If your bird does not nibble on the bars or continually splash water, a good-quality cage finish will last quite a long time. Except for stainless steel, all metals are susceptible to rust, discolouration, and eventual corrosion depending on environmental variables. Painted surfaces are prone to scratching, chipping, flaking, and staining. As your bird uses its beak to climb, you can anticipate some wear. Acrylic cages are becoming more popular, although they, too, may be scratched.

Most cage finishes may be kept in good condition with frequent cleaning with nonabrasive materials and wiping away wet, droppings, and hurled food. Metal polish should never be used on cages since it is hazardous to birds.

Place your pet’s habitat at a location where the bird can observe family activities without being in the thick of a frenzy. Place the cage away from heat or cold sources like as windows, radiators, fireplaces, air conditioners, and outside doors. Cooking smells and temperature swings might be dangerous, so avoid placing the cage in the kitchen. Because the fumes from overheated nonstick-coated cookware may be harmful to birds, you should avoid using nonstick pots, pans, and utensils in your house.

Birds may get overheated if cages are placed in direct sunshine without enough shade. Keep in mind that the air is colder towards the floor. Set up bird cages at a reasonable height. Install a thermometer on the wall at cage level but out of reach of the beak to monitor real cage temperature. If you have other pets in the home, make sure the bird’s cage is out of reach of their jaws and claws. Some houseplants are hazardous if eaten, so keep them out of reach of your bird.

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