You decided to get a budgie. And one of the first steps is choosing a cell for a new family member. When we select a specific bird, we not only look at its appearance and color range of plumage, its health, temperament, gender are important to us, we try to take into account all the nuances, from our emotional state from contact with it, ending with observing the behavior of the parrot in his familiar environment.
Someone needs a talkative tomboy, and someone is looking for a singing affectionate coffin. But despite the variety of characters, colors of budgies, they all need a big and safe house, where they will feel cozy and comfortable.
Choosing a cage for a budgie is a very important task, because you choose a house in which the bird will live its whole life, a place where it will spend a lot of time.
Place for the cage
To create optimal conditions for keeping the budgerigar and to avoid inconvenience for the rest of the family, you should first consider where the cage will be: in a private house or apartment, in which room, it is desirable that this is the part of the house / apartment where it is going family or most often the most visited room, the parrots are very sociable and sociable birds and they will be happy to take part in your conversations, comment on television programs and sing along to the radio.
For the peace of the parrot, the constant place of the cage is important, do not often move it around the rooms. He should know that his house will not go anywhere and that during the walk the bird will readily return to its shelter. Consider the mandatory absence of drafts and the access of sunlight, but without direct rays, the cage should also be installed so that one side adjoins the wall. You can calculate the correct position of the cage with the help of poles, they should be at the level of your eyes, this will allow you to contact the budgie more often and with this arrangement the bird will feel most comfortable, if the cage is too high, this will lead to runaway, aggression and shyness of the parrot, and it is strongly discouraged to put it on the floor, the bird will be in constant stress, which will lead to disastrous consequences.
Shape and size
Cell Size Requirements:
– the cage should be spacious, comfortable and suitable specifically for budgies. So that the bird can spread its wings with ease, its minimum size for one parrot is: 40 cm long, 30 cm wide and 50 cm high, for two budgies, the cage should be 60 cm long and 40 cm wide , in height from 60 cm. Recommended standard: the length of the cage should be greater than the width and height, so the budgie can fly from perch to perch, and not just jump up and down;
– a small cage for a budgie can only be suitable for long walks;
– a small cage is useful as a carry if the bird needs to be moved to another place of residence or a visit to an ornithologist is planned;
– an oversized cage may be unsafe if the distance between the rods is more than 1.5 cm and the diameter of the poles exceeds 2 cm. Cages for medium-sized parrots, as a rule, have similar parameters.
Having decided on the location of the cage in your house, you will know what maximum size you can count on when buying, the rest of the requirements for a house for a parrot are unchanged for all novice owners:
– it is not recommended to buy round and figured cells because the lack of an angle where the bird could rest and just watch, negatively affects the nervous system of the budgerigar, it is disoriented in space, which in turn affects health and its emotional state. In a round cage, the parrot feels unprotected, it has no place where he could retire. Figured cells are traumatic for such fun and moving creatures and become problematic in maintaining cell hygiene, in addition to the threat of dislocation of the wing and broken legs, it is more difficult to clean the corners of the house. Sample photos of curly and round cells:
– the best option is a rectangular cage with a sliding tray, in it you can create all the amenities for your budgerigar. It is much easier to correctly distribute toys, feeding troughs and poles when all the walls in the cage are even and of the same height. Another plus is that thanks to the direct roof of the cage, you can install a playground for your budgie on top of it, with the small size of the room, this will save space and it will be convenient for the bird to return to its native corner after the flight;
Sample photos of rectangular cells:
It is important to consider what material the cell is made of and what the rods are covered with.
Cages for budgies are most often all-metal and combined / wooden – with a wooden base and metal rods. Combined / wooden cages, despite being environmentally friendly and seemingly safe, have several important drawbacks: given that budgies are like trying their best, they are able to gnaw at the wooden partitions of the cage in the shortest possible time, and if misfortune occurs, the parrot gets sick, then the cage all that remains is to throw it away, since it is now completely unsuitable for either the recovered bird or the new tenant. The inability to carry out a complete disinfection and having the likelihood of parasites living in a tree, you only need to throw out the house. Regular standard hygiene procedures with a wooden cage also have an adverse effect on the material and after a certain time, a tree nibbled by a parrot and exposure to water will render the cage unusable.
The most popular and reliable ones are all-metal, they are durable and allow you to keep a budgie’s house in hygiene and in case of a pet disease, they are easily disinfected with chemical or medicinal products.
Parrots often gnaw the rods or just grab them with their beak while moving around the cage. Before buying, pay attention to the metal of which the rods are made, it should not be present in it: zinc, lead or copper. Most often, cells with galvanized rods are on sale. Zinc for birds is poison, so if you bought such a cage, then use special plastic clips to fasten vegetables and fruits.
Holder of vegetables, fruits and spikelets
If you pinch food just between the bars, a budgie can be poisoned. There are also cells whose rods are painted with enamel. In the case of cheap cages, the paint is not of high quality, there is a risk of peeling, which entails the appearance of rust and a threat to the health of the pet. The price of cells is affected by the quality of materials and the brand of the manufacturer.
When buying a cage for a budgie, pay attention to what is included. For a full life, the birds in the cage should have such items per one parrot, if their pair, the amount of some equipment doubles:
– 2-3 wooden poles (depending on the size of the cell);
– three feeders (for grain, berries and juicy food, and for organic sand and mineral fertilizing);
– a swing or a short flight of stairs, a bell and a ball (most of the toys can be placed on the game stand);
– Retractable tray, which is very easy to keep clean;
– several clamps for vegetables, fruits and herbs.