A pet parrot is a captive bird. Captivity involves limiting freedom and the ability to move. For a parrot, such a limiter is the cage in which it is contained. And loving owners are required that the cage that they choose for their pet, allow him to comfortably exist in captivity. And for this, it must meet certain requirements.
Cell parameters depend on the size of the parrot, as well as on the number of birds. Usually parrots, at least large ones, contain one at a time. Rarely a couple. Small varieties of these birds, such as wavy or lovebirds, in pairs or groups. When selecting a cage for a large parrot, one should proceed from the fact that the bird should occupy 5 – 7% of the cell space. It is, of course, necessary to let the pet out so that he flies around the apartment or house, but nevertheless he will be in the cage for more time, so it should give him the opportunity for free movement and small flights.
Its width should prevail over the length, as the parrots move horizontally and do not climb high. The horizontal indicator of the cage for keeping budgerigars is at least 60 cm, for medium-sized parrots (Jaco, Amazon, etc.) – 80 cm – 1 meter. Large birds (cockatoo and macaw) require a width of more than 1 m.
Cell shape – also an important indicator. For parrots, cages of a rectangular shape or rectangular with a top in the form of a dome are more convenient.
The material used to make the cage – metal. Ideally, the parrot cage should be all-metal. If the frame of the cell is wooden, then quite quickly it will become worthless and will have to be replaced. Parrots are lovers of gnawing, and a tree, no matter how strong it may be, cannot stand it.
The thickness of the rods and the distance between them will also depend on the size of the bird. For wavy friends, the diameter of the rods should be up to 2 mm with a distance between them of 15 – 20 cm. Birds larger (jaco, cockatoos, amazons) will require a cage with rods of 3-4 mm in diameter and a distance slightly larger than 20 mm, – so that the head of the parrot between the rods does not fit. This condition is necessary for the safety of the parrot.
Retractable tray and grill above it desirable in the cell. A retractable tray makes cleaning easy. Yes, and the parrot will not have to bother once again to restore order in his house. It will be good if you install a grill over the pallet. She will not allow the parrot to spoil the pallet, which is often made of plastic, and eat fallen and mixed with litter feed.
The cage must be securely locked. A parrot is a very smart bird that will strive to open a cage. Unauthorized departure of a bird can bring a lot of troubles, so you need to take care of a reliable castle. It can be padlocks with a key, carbines or reliable powerful springs, which the parrot will open “not in its beak”.
If the parrot in the cage is not alone, then the shape of the cell must be exclusively rectangular with a longer length. Groups contain, as a rule, small parrots – budgies and lovebirds. For convenience, their cage should have several doors: a bathhouse is attached to one, and nests are attached to the end doors. It is better not to provide the cage for small birds with a grill above the pallet: they like to run. The grate can be replaced with sand, which when cleaning in a cage will need to be sieved, removing debris. Alternatively, you can still use dry plaster or caked clay. Parrots will be happy to bite them, replenishing their body with microelements and grinding off claws and beak, which is also very useful for them.
In conclusion, consider where is it better to put a cage with a parrot. A parrot is a bird requiring communication. A cage with her should stand in a room where most of the whole family gathers, all households. A feathered friend will be constantly in the spotlight and will maximize all his abilities and talents – with your help, of course.