Choosing a bird cage is the first step in making sure your bird has adequate living space. You have so many choices like sizes, colors, models, and styles. Being overwhelmed when choosing a cage is an understatement!
Just like humans, you must make sure your bird has enough room to live in comfort. While it is perfectly fine to keep a Finch or Canary in a small space, larger birds need larger cages, and it is always better to buy the largest cage you possibly can for your bird. Keeping a bird in a cage that’s too small can lead to undesirable behaviors such as screaming, biting, psychological disorders, and feather plucking, to name a few.
A good cage should be large enough for your bird to walk around comfortably, and fully extend and flap her wings. Don’t forget to take into account the space that will be lost when you add your bird’s perches, food bowls, and toys! Consult your avian veterinarian for recommended cage sizes for your particular species.
Bar spacing is an important aspect to keep in mind when choosing a birdcage. Smaller birds, such as parakeets and lovebirds, require cages with bars no more than a half-inch apart, to prevent them from squeezing through or becoming stuck between the bars.
Many bird owners have been surprised to find that their pets are quite the little escape artists! Those who own larger birds should look for bars that are placed horizontally rather than vertically, to give your bird a means of climbing and exercise.
What other factors do you take into consideration when choosing a cage?
Here are links to various sizes of cages and links to our small, medium, and large bird cage pages:
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