Each owner of a large bird soon begins to understand that, in addition to the cost of the feathered friend, a considerable amount of money will be needed to purchase a cage, necessary equipment, lighting and other items that are necessary for keeping the bird.
Large breeds of birds require correspondingly large cells. In addition, such dwellings must be made of more durable material in order to withstand the blows of powerful beaks. Of course, a strong cage will be relatively heavy and bulky, as some manufacturers even use bolts and locks to make their products.
For the manufacture of cages capable of withstanding the onslaught of large and strong birds, usually stainless steel or even cast iron is used. The use of stainless steel in this case is more preferable, since it is an ideal material for bird cages. Stainless steel is very durable, easy to clean, stains well and looks quite aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, despite the fact that the cost of producing bird cages is constantly decreasing, stainless steel products are still very expensive.
Cages made of iron are popular among bird owners. However, this material is very susceptible to corrosion, even if the cage is properly protected with paint. In addition, the poultry owner must remember that cell coatings must contain a minimum amount of lead and zinc, in order to avoid the risk of toxic poisoning of birds in case of peeling paint. This is especially true for large birds that have strong beaks, bite the cage and hang on its rods.
On sale there are cells covered with acrylic paints, which can be successfully used for keeping small and medium-sized birds at home. However, many experienced feathered owners consider acrylic cages not the best choice for their pets. The fact is that birds like to climb, cling to the bars of the cage, thereby easily scratching acrylic, giving the cage a very ugly appearance. In addition, dirt accumulates in scratched places and pathogenic bacteria multiply rapidly, which forces the bird owner to spend more time and effort on cleaning and disinfection. Another disadvantage of acrylic cells is poor air exchange. Thus, manufacturers of acrylic bird cages have more work to do.
When choosing a cell, you should also pay attention to its structure. It is necessary to check the structural strength, especially if it is supposed to contain a large breed bird. If the cage is made of corrosion-resistant materials, it is imperative to make sure that the paint is on all parts of the cage, even on the bottom and trays, which are often prone to getting wet, as a result of which they can rust.
A quality cage should not have sharp edges that could injure the bird. It will also not be superfluous to check the decorative elements of the cage for safety, since the bird can easily get stuck in them with its paw, head or wing. It is also worth checking how firmly the jewelry is fixed.
Next, you should carefully examine the bottom of the cage and try to estimate the number of places where garbage that is difficult to access will accumulate. Of course, it would be better if such places were as few as possible. But do not forget that absolutely all bird cages require careful care and disinfection.
Any cell must have a lower tray and a grill. The tray must necessarily be retractable, which facilitates the cleaning of the cage.
A cage for a large bird should have wheels so that it can easily be moved around the house for hygiene. When choosing a cage with a stand, the presence of wheels is of fundamental importance. The surface of the wheels should be as large as possible so that the weight of the cage is evenly distributed and no dents remain on the floor.
The larger the cell door, the better. Since in this case, removing a bird or, conversely, placing a large toy inside, will be incomparably easier. In addition, before buying, you should make sure that the cage can be easily dismantled. Large cells often do not pass through doorways, and sometimes it may be necessary to transfer it to another room.
If bolts were used as fasteners in the cage, it is highly desirable that the nuts are on the outside, since loosening the bolts is a favorite pastime for many large bird species. Be sure to ask the seller about the manufacturer, because for sure during the operation of the cage, spare parts will be needed over time if something breaks. Or there may be a need or desire to install additional accessories, such as trays or bowls, in the cage of your feathered friend.
The distance between the cage rods is also important for bird safety. To be sure that, for example, the head of the pet is not guaranteed to get stuck, you should choose the cells in which the rods are located as often as possible. In addition, through rarely spaced rods, small species of birds easily penetrate outside and simply fly away. To keep large parrots, such as macaws or cockatoos, in the house, it is advisable to purchase cages in which the rods are located at a distance of about 6 cm from each other.
For a comfortable bird life, the shape of the cage is an important factor. Rectangular cells are more commonly used. However, there are many cells in a wide variety of forms. These can be cells of a flat, domed or pyramidal shape. The main criterion for choosing the shape of the cell should be the biology and habits of the bird that will live in it. If the pet spends most of the time in the upper part of the cage, then you should make sure that it will be convenient and comfortable there. If you plan to place the playpen in the upper part of the cage, then it is better to choose a cage with a flat roof. There are bird cage models in which arenas or platforms are already integrated and can be equipped with additional feeders.
Most of the time birds spend in their cages. For this reason, the cage should be spacious enough so that the bird can freely move in it, flap its wings, jump on poles or move from one feeding trough to another. Toys must be hung higher so that they also do not restrict the freedom of movement of the bird. Do not forget that, in their biology, birds are very active animals, and for this reason they need to exercise in order to maintain their muscle tone. In addition, birds differ from many other animals with a fully developed intellect, which requires the presence of various toys in their cages. All these facts indicate that the cell should be spacious.
A bird in a cage must have at least three containers: one for soft feed, one for dry, and one for water. The birds are very smart and often can guess how to turn a bowl of food or topple a container of water. In this case, when choosing bowls for feeding, you can opt for models that have locking devices.
The door of the cage should have a reliable lock, because, as mentioned above, birds are very smart and can easily learn to open it, thereby freeing themselves from the cage when they wish. Also, when choosing a cell, it is worth paying attention to the presence of poles of various thicknesses in it. This helps to prevent the development of foot pathologies in birds. A good choice would be poles from tree branches, but you should not use poles with a very rough surface, since they can be harmful to bird legs.
The poles must be placed so that the pet can move freely from one to the other. But you do not need to arrange them so that the feces of birds can get into the feed or other accessories of the cage. Most birds use poles for sleep, which are located closer to the top or back of the cage. This fact also should not be ignored.