What should be a good bird cage? Often people who acquire everything necessary for a bird for the first time pay attention only to their appearance, forgetting that in the first place the cage is the home of a bird. For this reason, attention should initially be paid to convenience, safety and functionality. This article will help you choose the perfect cage for your pet.
The first parameter that you should pay attention to is the size of the cage for parrots, canaries, amadins and other birds. Each bird species has its own recommendations. At a minimum, the bird should move freely and spread its wings completely, ideally – be able to re-flip from perch to perch.
Too small cage for a bird will not allow it to develop normally, will cause stress, aggression, self-pinch, lead to poor health and various diseases. But you don’t need to rush to extremes and choose a huge cage for a small bird – in an oversized house it will feel insecure, and it will be more difficult to tame it.
Cell parameters primarily depend on the size and number of inhabitants. As a rule, large parrots are kept alone, and smaller birds – wavy, lovebirds, amadins, canaries – in pairs and groups. A 60 cm wide cage is enough for a budgie, about 80-100 cm for medium-sized birds, and large parrots will need at least a meter.
Openwork cells with turrets, balconies and an abundance of decorative elements are certainly beautiful, but you should think carefully before purchasing them. Excessive decorations darken the cage and make cleaning difficult.
Please note – cages for birds, the price of which is in the upper range (3000-4000 rubles for small birds, 7000-8000 rubles for medium and 10 000 for large ones), have the simplest form, most often a rectangle with a flat roof. It is in a rectangular cage that space is used as efficiently as possible, the bird can move freely in the horizontal and vertical plane. On the roof you can put a game stand, a platform for walking. The distance between the rods should not allow the bird to stick its head in.
Many cages are equipped with a grate at the bottom, however, experts advise removing it – the bird’s paws are not designed to walk on such a surface, and the animal may be injured.
There are many round cells on the market. They look great in the interior, but how comfortable are they for the birds? Consider the disadvantages of round cells:
- the bird loses orientation in such a cage, worries;
- in a round cage there is little space for horizontal flights and crawls;
- in case of stress, the birds hide in the farthest dark corner and feel calmer, in a round cage there is no such possibility.
- on a sloping roof, it is inconvenient to hang toys and swings.
What material are modern bird cages and equipment made of? The pallet can be made of wood, plastic or plexiglass. Cages with wooden pallets look attractive, natural material seems the most suitable. But is it?
The tree is much more difficult to wash, it does not withstand moisture and exfoliates, absorbs odors. In addition, many birds, such as budgies, like to gnaw a tree and can cause the cage to become unusable. Plastic pallets are easy to clean and disinfect; they are strong and durable.
Rod cages should be made of stainless steel. It is safe for parrots, durable and does not rust when wet. Also on sale, you can often find cells with galvanized rods. Zinc is poisonous to parrots, so you can’t insert food and goodies between the rods, especially juicy, moist vegetables and fruits.
Cells with stained rods are widespread. But it should be remembered that if the coating begins to collapse, then the parrot can swallow a piece of paint.
Each bird cage is equipped with poles. It would seem that such a trifle … But the development of the paws of the bird, and in many ways its health and well-being, depends on the poles.
Usually, several plastic poles come with the cage. But the plastic poles are too hard and uncomfortable, the paws of the bird begin to hurt quickly, corns and corns appear, and the claws cannot grind properly. Products of bona fide manufacturers, for example, Ferplast bird cages, are immediately equipped with high-quality wooden poles.
Suitable poles can be purchased separately or made independently. To do this, cut several branches of a suitable diameter, douse them with boiling water and fix in a cage.
Also, the bird cage should be equipped with a feeder, drinking bowl, toys. Usually the cells are already equipped with plastic feeders. The feeder must be positioned so that no droppings get into it. It is better to give preference to an open feeding trough than a large closed feeding trough – a young inexperienced bird can climb into a closed feeding trough and die.
It is necessary to use an auto-drinker as a water tank. This type of drinking bowl will receive less garbage than in open containers, which means that the water will deteriorate more slowly.
Toys for birds need to choose high quality, without sharp corners and copper parts.
There are 4 types of doors:
- An ordinary door that opens to the side.
- Door sliding up.
- Door opening up.
- Door opening down.
Which type of door is better? All of them are convenient in their own way, but there are some features. The sliding door closes due to its weight, and it is impossible to forget to close it, unlike other designs. The door that opens down can open independently.