The cage is the home of the parrot. Accordingly, it should be comfortable, reliable, durable, with well-thought-out ergonomics. The bird should feel safe in it – for budgies, which are very shy by nature, this is a very important requirement. A do-it-yourself cage for a parrot is a good solution for those who like to tinker on their own, and want to save on buying a pet.
It only at first glance seems that there is absolutely nothing complicated in choosing a suitable cage for such small creatures as wavy. In fact, everything is a little different. It is important to remember that in order for a bird to feel comfortable, it needs living space. It can be provided in two ways – to regularly release a bird flying around an apartment or a private house, or settle it in a large cage.
To make a bird feel comfortable, it needs living space
The first option is considered the most optimal, because in this case there are no shackles – the parrot flies freely, trains its wings, and builds muscle. Accordingly, his health improves. But there are obvious disadvantages. Firstly, it can be problematic to drive the animal back into the cage – you have to wait until it is hungry and climb to its own feeding trough. Secondly, the vital processes of the bird organism are completely uncontrollable. In combination with the fact that they also have an accelerated metabolism, this threatens you with the fact that after a short period of time your rooms will be plentifully contaminated with droppings, and in the most unpleasant places – on a TV, computer, on a dining table, etc. d.
Therefore, the cage should be in any case, especially if you plan to release a pet from it from time to time, and not on an ongoing basis. Accordingly, his home should be as comfortable as possible. First of all, this applies to its dimensions. There are many assumptions, tips, recommendations, requirements, limitations, etc. From all this, it can be understood that the volume of the cage should be directly proportional to the size of the bird that it contains, as well as the number of pets.
If there are more than two parrots, then this is a nursery. It is not recommended to keep such a number of birds at home on a regular basis – only if it is young animals that will go on sale after a while, gifts to friends, relatives, etc.
Keeping a large number of birds on a regular basis at home is not recommended
The essence of the choice of cell volume is that the bird needs a space where it could fly. It is clear that it’s not so free, but they need a kind of workout, because its absence can threaten parrots with the appearance of physical inactivity, as well as other diseases.
Any construction business begins with the design of the future design, and then with the choice of materials. If you have already decided on the volume, it’s time to choose the materials from which the cage for parrots will be made with your own hands.
It is important to understand that as a raw material you need to use materials that will be safe for your pet. A distinctive feature of birds (and not only them) is that they constantly try to taste something. Do not hesitate – the cell itself will also be the subject of their increased attention, namely, the pallet, poles, grille, etc.
If the materials contain toxic substances, they can enter the body of the wavy, causing the corresponding consequences.
This should be avoided by all available methods. Many manufacturers make their cells from cheap materials, such as plastic, in order to reduce the cost of the production process. But such designs for budgies are very poorly suited. Plastic, especially colored, emits harmful substances into the environment, which sooner or later will enter the body of the bird. In addition, the plastic is elementary hard – it can press on the legs of a parrot, because of which painful corns will appear on them.
The best alternative to plastic is natural wood. But there are certain limitations. Firstly, it should not contain any glue and paint and varnish solutions – they are toxic. Secondly, carefully choose the kind of wood – ash, oak and other solid and durable wood are perfect for a pallet, fruit trees and shrubs for poles.
Ash pallet, oak and other solid and durable wood are perfect for pallet cages
Some types of trees absorb harmful substances from the environment – such a feature, for example, has poplar. Take an interest in this before picking up wood for making the cage.
How to make a cage for a parrot with your own hands
Now, we will consider in detail the method of manufacturing a cage for poultry using improvised materials and tools. Contrary to popular belief, completing this task is quite simple, even for those people who do not have much experience in construction or carpentry.
To make a cage is quite simple, even for those people who do not have much experience in construction or carpentry
Initially, you need to make a pallet. This is the basis of the future cell, it must have the appropriate dimensions. All other elements of the cell are adjusted to this size – mesh, poles, etc. cannot be smaller or larger than the pallet.
The pallet can be made from separate blanks, for example, a wooden sheet and four bars that this sheet is chipped around the perimeter, or you can take a finished structure – even the door from the cabinet or from other furniture is suitable. You can adjust the workpiece to the required dimensions using a conventional hacksaw. You need to hammer the nails with the point out – so that they do not stick out in the cage.
When the pallet is ready, proceed to the manufacture of mesh fencing.
You can cut the steel mesh with a grinder or, if there is no such tool, with metal scissors. The work is simple, no difficulties should arise. It should be noted that it is necessary to cut so that on all sides of the workpiece open rods remain that do not overlap with a perpendicular strip.
You can cut steel mesh with scissors for metal
Next is the grid collection. Take two blanks, put them at an angle of ninety degrees, and then carefully twist both bare rods into a strong loop – this will be the connection for the two parts. It is advisable to twist in such a way that the sharp edges look outward, and not inside the mesh.
Perform this operation with the rest of the workpieces, and then get a fully assembled mesh.
The length of the poles should correspond to the width of the span of the grid. It is desirable to make an incision from both ends of the wooden crossbar, where the wire will subsequently be inserted – this will significantly improve the quality of fixing the perch inside the cell. This is very important, because budgies, despite their not too large sizes, are very active, and if the pole is loose, it can fall, seriously scaring the birds.
Homemade cages for parrots must be collected as carefully as possible so as not to make mistakes, because it will be difficult to fix them. Place the net on the pallet in the way you see the finished cage. Next, under each open rod, make a corresponding note – here you will need to make small holes to insert the grid.
After marking and drilling holes, re-install the grid, but already in these holes – everything should coincide. Some rods are gently bent, so that the grid will be held on a pallet. It is not necessary to bend all the rods – three or four on each side is enough – this will be enough for high-quality fixation.
Next, install the poles and all other accessories. The cage is ready!