The most important part of your bird’s life is the cage, because it is the house, the dining room, and the shelter from the wrong hands. Therefore, it is important to choose a cage so that it meets all the needs of the pet.
We determine the size of the cell
The most important parameter is the size of the bird itself (from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail). Both the height and the shape of the cell will depend on this. It should be convenient for the bird to spread its wings, fly a certain distance to warm up. Also, food, water, toys and a house should not be in one corner, but dispersed around the entire perimeter.
This is important because crowding causes the birds to change their behavior, they can start to fight and peck, pull out their feathers, they can stop eating, get sick, etc. But you don’t need to choose too large a cage if this is not justified by the number of pets, otherwise, the bird will simply get lost in this space and may also begin to mope.
Large parrots tend to live alone (the cage is at least a meter wide), and budgerigars and lovebirds, like amadins with canaries, in small groups or in pairs (cage widths starting at 60 cm). Medium-sized birds need a cage from 80 to 100 cm.
Attention: The distance between the rods should be less than the diameter of the head of the smallest bird available. It is very important that your pet does not stick his head while playing between the rods.
Bird cage shape
Some ornithologists are categorically against round cells. They believe that the bird loses its orientation in space, cannot understand where it is, and therefore is very worried. However, many breeders believe that all this is contrived, and there is nothing wrong with round cells.
Rectangular cages are more popular due to ease of use, as well as placement of comfort elements for the bird (drinking bowl, feeder, swing, etc.).
Best, of course, is the processed wood. Although it may eventually become deformed or “acquire” pests. A cell made entirely of plastic is also not suitable, as it is not strong enough. Therefore, from the point of view of practicality, enameled metal is best (but in no case should the coating peel off). It is hygienic, reliable, and utilitarian.
Do not buy a cage with galvanized rods, as zinc is toxic to most poultry.
Cell Pallet Material
The pallet can be made of plastic, plexiglass or wood. Wood is not the most hygienic material, as it is difficult to clean, it absorbs moisture and odors, can lead to splintering, etc. Moreover, birds will certainly try to gnaw it, which will violate any coating and lead to decay.
Your bird definitely needs at least 2 feeders – for different types of food, a drinker, at least one wooden (this is important!) Perch or rocker. You can make them yourself by finding suitable twigs and sprinkling them with boiling water. Kupalka also does not hurt, but it is optional.
See that the toys and poles do not have copper elements and are not above the feeders and the drinking bowl, otherwise the litter will fall into the feed. Pick up the poles according to the size of the bird, so that they are not too narrow to capture or excessively large, otherwise the bird simply will not hold on to them and will experience pain in the paws.
It is better to buy a drinking bowl closed (a car drink) so that the water does not become contaminated or spill. In addition, the bird will not be able to harm herself in any way with its help. A feeder is better to buy an open – again, so that the bird does not get stuck in it and it was convenient for her to eat, sit on its edge.