Before you bring your feathered friend home, it is advisable to take care of where he will live. For a comfortable living of a parrot, it is necessary to equip the cage with everything necessary.
How to choose the right dwelling house, where to put it, and most importantly, what requirements should be for the cage?
Where to place the cage?
By and large, a cage for your pet can be put anywhere.
There are only a few places in the apartment where it is better not to place it:
- next to the bathroom;
- cold rooms;
- near heating appliances or under the scorching sun;
- in a draft;
- smoking room.
It is in this place that your feathered friend will feel like a member of the "pack", will understand that you love him and enjoy communicating with him. The house of the budgerigar should be located so that it does not interfere with the movement of people.
It is better not to install the cage in a room where it can be viewed from all four sides. So, a budgie can feel under the gaze and it will not have personal space. If you bought a bird for a child, you can put it in a corner of the room. Carefully monitor how your child cares for the bird: explain the basic rules of what you can and cannot do.
In the evening, the cage should be covered with a dense cloak. This will give a signal to the bird that it is time to sleep. Since the first time your feathered friend will be in the cage for a long time, and he will not be able to fly, then it is necessary to equip the cage with all the amenities.
Basic requirements for the habitat of a parrot
In order for the wavy to feel good, the basic requirements for the housing of your pet should be observed.
What should be the cage for a budgie?
- The size of the cell should be optimal: not large, not small. It is recommended to use a dwelling per 60–80 cm long and 30–40 cm high per wavy. Depth can be from 25 to 30 cm. Many experienced ornithologists say that in a large cage, undists tame more slowly, but in very small cages they sit motionless, as a result, they get a lot of diseases, including obesity.
- Take a cage made of metal, since a wooden cage is difficult to wash and pathogenic bacteria can develop in it over time. It is fraught with infections. You can also use a cage with a plastic bottom, but be careful – cheap plastic can cause allergies and contain harmful substances.
- Doors should close freely and open tightly. If your parrot, not adapting, gets out into the wild, it can seriously harm itself. Try not to buy cages with a guillotine door.
- The cell tray should extend to be easy to clean.
- As for the shape of the cage, for one parrot it can be square, but spacious – for two spans, and for a couple, it is best to take a rectangular shape.
- A bird should always have access to a feeding trough, a drinking bowl, and also to a container with sand – in it a bird can clean its feathers.
- The rods of the cell should be at a distance of 1-1.5 cm from each other. Avoid colored cells, as the paint may contain harmful substances that will definitely get into the body of the bird, because they really like to try everything “on the beak”. Try to choose cells with horizontal bars.
- The most traumatic element of the cage for a budgie is the door. It should be spacious enough to easily enter the cage with your hand and get out of there with a parrot sitting on your finger.
- The tray for the cage should extend and retract easily. Keep in mind that you will often have to change the paper in the cage throughout the life of the budgerigar, so this part should be the most convenient and easy to use. In addition, remember that the filler must be environmentally friendly, change regularly, otherwise it can lead to poultry diseases.
Budgie cage accessories
The cage must not only be put in the right place, but also equipped with all the necessary accessories.
In the house of the budgie there should be:
- feeding trough;
- drinking bowl;
- perches and twigs;
- Toys: rocking chair, bell, mirror;
- chalk or pumice to sharpen beak.
Materials must be of high quality and comfortable for the pet.
Feeding troughs and drinking bowls
Feeding troughs should be made of high-quality and ecological material. It is believed that porcelain or glazed ceramic is the optimal capacity for food and water for a budgerigar.
However, many owners neglect this requirement and buy plastic bowls, where they pour the grain mixture and pour water. In fact, this is not critical, but if you have plastic dishes, you need to carefully monitor its cleanliness. Plaque and dirt can poison food and cause bad health effects for your feathered friend.
The quality of the perches in the cage is the key to the health of the bird. Since the way of life of budgies means a long pastime on their feet, make sure that the perches are of the correct diameter and made of good material.
The poles in the cage need to be installed in different diameters, however, there is an acceptable minimum and maximum. The maximum diameter of the pole is 20mm, the minimum is 15mm.
Wooden poles can not be made from such breeds:
- oak, pear, bird cherry (contain tannins);
- coniferous (resin);
- coffee tree (caffeine);
- poplar (toxic);
Wavy birds are very curious and playful. They need to be constantly busy with something, otherwise they will be sad.
Toys are very important for them, but we will give you a few rules, guided by which, you can choose a good and safe little thing to play.
- Do not buy toys that are painted with paint, as it may contain a range of toxic substances.
- Carefully inspect the toys, especially soft, rope, for the presence of sharp elements in them, which the wavy could hurt.
- Plastic toys for wavy – short-lived. In addition, plastic may contain substances that are harmful to health.
- Be careful of all kinds of chains, as the links can severely injure the legs or claws of the bird.
The most common toy is a mirror. Whether or not to bet it is up to you. There is an opinion that with a mirror in the cage, the parrot is unlikely to speak, since all his forces will be directed at communicating with the reflection in the mirror.