When you decide to have a budgie, first of all think about acquiring a cage for it. At the same time, choosing such a cage, remember not about your tastes and preferences, but about the convenience of a parrot. How comfortable and convenient will he live in such a cage? Which one to choose? What should I pay attention to first of all?
A classic of the genre is an all-metal cage, for example, nickel-plated, made of steel wire. This well transmits light, does not block the view, is not afraid of moisture and disinfectant solutions.
In no case do not get cells from copper or galvanized. Copper is coated with moisture and detergents, poisonous to birds, with oxide. With poor quality galvanizing, the coating can peel off, and the parrot, swallowing the peeled part, can become poisonous.
Round and multifaceted cages with a compound top are not very suitable for budgies. They can successfully complement the interior, but your pet will feel bad in them.
- In a round cage, the bird loses its orientation, which gives it concern.
- In case of stress or fright, the parrot should be able to hide in the far corner.
- In a round cage, it is very difficult to fix toys and a swing from above.
The most successful form of the cage is a rectangular one with a flat top, while it is desirable that the cage be elongated so that the birds fly from the perch to the perch. In addition, a rectangular cage with a flat roof allows you to arrange a playground on the roof.
If you want to bring joy to your pet, make the cages for the cage yourself. Away from houses and roads, cut branches of different diameters and insert them into the cage so that the lower branches are not contaminated with droppings. Well, if it will be twigs from fruit trees. Do not remove the bark from the branches, this will be done by the bird itself. Be sure to scald the poles with boiling water before installation to avoid infection of the bird with parasites.
The cage should have feeders and a drinking bowl. When the pet gets used to eating inside his house, there will be no difficulties with his return after a walk. To prevent the parrot from getting bored, place a swing, a ladder, a small mirror and a bell in his house. You can add a piece of chalk to the feeder or fix it on the rods – the birds need calcium, moreover, it will allow the parrot to grind its beak.
Budgerigars are very fond of swimming, especially in the heat and when changing feathers. Better buy a special bathing suit, the walls and the top of such a device are made of transparent plastic. It protects everything from spray and can be hung from the ceiling of the cage.
If the space of the cage is too large, the parrot will feel uncomfortable, it’s bad to tame it and remain shy for a long time. And if the cage is too small, the feathered pet will face obesity, plumage problems and muscular dystrophy. The cage should be spacious enough so that your pet can move normally in it, spread and flap its wings.
In addition, there should be enough space in the cage to place bird property – feeders, drinking bowls, pebbles, toys.
The bird uses the cell height only when moving along the poles, ladders and hanging rings, therefore its size is not so important. The cage can be higher or lower – this does not greatly affect the level of comfort for your pet.
It is important to consider how many birds you are going to contain. If we are talking about one pet, then the size of the cage can be something like this: 40 x 25 x 30 cm or a little more.
If you intend to keep a pair, then the cell size increases by 1.5 – 2.0 times. The more birds you are going to contain, the larger the cage should be. For a flock of birds it is worth buying an aviary.
Absolutely – you cannot place a cage in the kitchen. There are many dangers waiting for curious parrots: from hot teapots, boiling pots and open pans to various washing-cleaning powders and gels.
A budgie cage is best installed in the room where you spend most of your free time. And if possible, do not change the place of the bird’s “apartment” unnecessarily.
When choosing a place for the cage, consider the behavior and health of parrots:
- Position the cage at eye level. A cage located too high makes it difficult to communicate with a parrot. The parrot feels uncomfortable if the cage is too low.
- For the parrot to feel safe, one side of the cage should be adjacent to the wall.
- The cage should be well lit by the sun. If the sun shines too much on the parrot, draw a portion of the cage so that the parrot can go into the shade. In low light, you can use artificial.
- The main enemy of parrots is a draft. Consider this fact.
- Do not place the cage near household appliances, much less on them. This applies to televisions, computers, microwaves, refrigerators, and also near heating appliances.
- The room where the parrot lives should always have clean air. Do not use aroma lamps, incense sticks, air fresheners, fumigator, household chemicals with strong odors in this room. Do not smoke in this room. (Ministry of Health warns). In case of repair, move the cage to another location.
- Make sure that the parrot is inaccessible to plants poisonous to it, as well as the earth from flower pots, which can become a source of parasite infection, gastrointestinal upset and even poisoning.
I hope my advice will help you purchase and equip a cage for your feathered friend, in which it will be convenient for him to live and delight you with his singing.