Each parrot species has its own cage. The owner will also have to consider how many birds will live in one cage, how convenient it will be, whether the material from which it is made is safe. Specialists are sure that small birds, such as budgies, are best suited for cages made of stainless steel, as well as cages with a polymer coating. The second type of cells will last a long time if you do not regret the means to buy really high-quality things, while a fake will quickly lose its plastic “clothes”.
It is highly recommended not to leave the parrot in a cage near the window: bright light will prevent you from observing the bird.
Of course, no one can vouch for the fact that the cell you have chosen will serve faithfully for many years. Many make a choice in favor of wooden models, but experts doubt their practical qualities. For example, budgerigars, with a strong beak, easily gnaw at the rods of the cage, and soon they have to be replaced with new ones. Moreover, wooden cells are practically not protected from parasites.
Non-toxic materials should be used for the production of rods, so you should not buy the following cell models:
- with a copper alloy, which over time oxidizes and acquires toxic properties,
- from lead and zinc containing galvanized metals toxic to birds,
- bamboo patterns.
Lovebird parrots will feel comfortable in all-metal cages, as well as cells made of synthetic materials, such as metal, organic glass, plastic. Today, nickel models are in demand, as well as combined cells with a metal frame and organic glass.
The choice of cage depending on the number and type of parrot
Now about the sizes. If you plan to contain two birds, a 60×40 cm cage is suitable for them. If you have two pairs of budgies, the optimal cage is 1 m long.
If you have a cockatoo, a temporary cage of 70x60x60 size for an ode to a bird and 45x45x70 for a couple, as well as a model of 100x80x40 and 100x80x60 for permanent maintenance for one bird and a couple, respectively, are suitable for temporary detention.
A small cockatoo will be enough cells in size 70x60x60 temporarily and 80x60x60 permanently.
Cage for large parrots
Large parrots (cockatoo, macaw) will feel comfortable in cages 80x75x75 for one bird and 90x80x100 for a couple temporarily and 65x65x100 for one bird and 100x120x150 for two birds all the time.
Budgerigars are suitable for 40x30x20 cells of one individual and 80x40x30 pair of birds for temporary keeping and 60x40x30 for permanent keeping.
Cage for loris and ringed parrots
Ring-necked parrots and loris prefer cells of 70X70X60 size temporarily and 80X50X50 of one individual and 100X70X50 to a pair of birds constantly.
Cage for the nymph, Kalita, Nandaya
For a nymph, an optimal cell would be for one pair of size 70x60x50 for temporary detention and 80x70x40 for permanent maintenance.
Going for a cell, you should not focus only on your own taste preferences. The cell must be either rectangular or square. The round model, although it looks beautiful, is very inconvenient to maintain, and the birds in it are uncomfortable. When a parrot is stressed, it hides in a corner, and in a round cage it loses such an opportunity, and may even die from discomfort. In order for the birds to feel comfortable, the cage should have a high metal tray, as well as a wall made of plastic or glass to protect the grains from spilling. Usually a pallet in a cage is covered with sand and sieved regularly. On top of the pallet, you can put lime plaster or a lump of dried clay. Budgies will nibble them with pleasure. Sharpening the claws and beak of birds is best about fresh tree branches, which can also be in the cage.
Unusual models of cells in the form of rhombuses, houses, pagodas cause discomfort to the birds, besides, garbage is easily spilled out of them, and it is very inconvenient to look after such cages.
There should be no newspapers at the bottom of the cage. Birds love to tear and swallow pieces of paper that contains poisonous ink.
A reliable cage lock is another important detail. It’s great if it opens from above, and if several birds live in a cage, it would be wise to acquire several doors, a bathhouse will be attached to one of them. The doors on the sides of the cage are most often used to suspend artificial nesting. You can choose the color of the rods to your taste, but experts recommend staying on brown or black.