When choosing a cage for a budgie, a responsible breeder thinks through all the nuances. Dimensions and shape, materials, accessories – all details require a careful approach. It is necessary to provide that the most important condition for the budgie is fulfilled – safety.
Why is a good cell important?
The decision to have a budgie poses a number of questions, one of them: how to choose the best cage for a budgie.
If the parrot moves freely around the house, it risks injury or illness. In addition, the bird may become stuck in a hard-to-reach place or attacked by a pet. A cage is needed to make the budgerigar safe and comfortable. The bird can fly around the room, but under supervision.
The parrot’s own cage is a place where he will feed, sleep, play, hide from threats. If the shape, size and material of the dwelling is chosen incorrectly, this can affect the well-being, life span of the bird.
When buying a house it is worth evaluating its practicality and safety. We must not forget about equipping with the necessary elements: a drinking bowl and a feeding trough, doors, perches, toys.
Before you populate a new inhabitant, you should disinfect. This is necessary to prevent infection. Rods, poles and feeders should be washed and rinsed with boiling water. The rest of the inventory is recommended to be disinfected.
To independently determine what size the cage will be for one parrot or several birds, the owner must take into account the minimum dimensions of the structure.
- The width of the house is calculated so that the bird can spread its wings without touching the rods.
- The length of the cell is usually not less than 40–45 cm. With this size, two to three poles can be strengthened at different levels. A bird needs space to fly between perches without touching the rods.
- The height is selected taking into account the free movement inside.
The minimum cell sizes for one budgerigar and a pair of birds are tabulated.
The location of the rods should be cross: the horizontal and vertical directions, and the distance between them is 10 – 15 mm.
Veterinarians and ornithologists believe that a round cell is the wrong choice. This form makes the bird feel unprotected and prevents proper orientation in space.
- Round and oval. They have one significant drawback: a parrot in case of fright or stress tends to hide in a corner, wait out anxiety, but in a round design this is not possible.
- Square and rectangular designs are more comfortable. In them, parrots can move along a flat bottom. These birds climb and jump a lot in nature and at home. In addition, in houses of classical forms it is convenient to fix perches, toys, mirrors. Parrots easily get access to them.
- Complex buildings are semicircular, with ledges and arches, have intricate roofs. Their only advantage is the original appearance, which may be important to the owner, but not the bird. The convenience of staying birds in a similar cage is doubtful. It’s difficult to clean and clean.
Veterinarians believe that a classic rectangular shape is suitable for parrots. Due to the temperament, some birds can be selected individually.
Birds love to chew on perches, toys, and rods. To prevent toxic substances from entering the body, the parrot cage must be made from safe materials.
Cheap models of houses made of materials of dubious quality threaten the health of pets. Galvanized rods can cause poisoning of the parrot. No less dangerous is copper, which quickly oxidizes. Its oxides act on birds as a strong poison.
Wooden cages for parrots are only suitable as temporary housing. Budgerigars gnaw through them with ease. The tree absorbs moisture, becoming a favorable environment for the reproduction of bacteria.
A good option is a plastic structure. This material is non-toxic, but is afraid of high temperatures. Therefore, houses made from it can not be washed with hot water.
A cage with a parrot should not stand in such places:
- in a draft;
- in direct sunlight;
- near heating appliances;
- next to gas burners;
- by the open window;
- not far from working electronics.
One side of the house is leaning against the wall. This will provide the bird with a sense of security and relieve him of unnecessary stress. Sometimes bird "apartments" are placed on special stands.
When arranging a cage for budgies, safety is paramount. In addition to the fact that the inventory must be of high quality, an additional condition for it is ease of maintenance.
Drinking bowls and feeders
Dishes should be selected taking into account the size of the feathered. It must be provided that it is easily removable through the door. Water can be poured not into bowls, but into bottle-type drinkers.
The optimal diameter of the perches for budgies is 15 mm. The material from which they are made is different. Plastic additives are very harsh and cause paw diseases. Veterinarians find volcanic pumice poles useful. It is a natural material that helps grind off claws. A handmade gift made from a branch of a deciduous tree can be a good gift for a pet.
Experienced poultry farmers recommend buying houses with doors that open to the side or fall down. For active birds trying to get out, the doors with a guillotine mechanism are dangerous – sliding along the rods up and down.
The dimensions of the door should be such that a human hand with a bird fits in the hole. When considering options for houses, you need to pay attention to the number of doors. In addition to the main door, an additional one is needed, which serves as the entrance to the bathing room or nest box.
Despite all the variety of toys, it is impossible to find absolutely safe accessories. Accessories must be appropriate for the size of the bird and be easy to handle. For equipment, bells, mirrors, swings, stairs, rope ropes are suitable.
Many houses are equipped with plastic pallets. They are easy to clean. It is recommended to cover such pallets with sheets of paper or sprinkle with sawdust and river sand.
A rigorous cage made of safe material will help maintain the health of the bird. Having solved the question of how to equip the cage for his parrot, the breeder can safely proceed to taming.