The premises where the birds are located should be clean, without drafts, and easily ventilated. In captivity, amadins are kept in cages, cages and aviaries, which vary in shape, size and purpose.
Cells are rectangular, round and oval. Previously, they often used various decorations in the form of domes, balconies, carved racks, etc. The material was wood, bamboo, metal. Recently, mainly used plastic, plastic, plexiglass and other materials. Cages, if they are made carefully, without gaps and gaps, are convenient for birds, attractive in appearance, and most importantly – hygienic, easy to handle and wash well.
Cages and small indoor enclosures are made of plexiglass and instead of bamboo or metal knitting needles they pull a nylon line with a diameter of 1 mm. They are more convenient when cleaning, lightweight and hygienic, and if done carefully they are beautiful, and the birds look good in them. The base of these cells, made of transparent plexiglass, makes it possible to observe birds during feeding.
The distance between the rods of the cell should not exceed 1 – 1.5 cm. Do not make the rods of the cell from oxidizing metals, such as copper. Birds peck metal oxide, which can lead to poisoning and death. The height of the sides of the cages should be at least 10-12 cm, which will not allow the birds to throw food out of the cage.
Equally important when the content of amadins is the shape of the cell, it should be rectangular.
In such a cage, it is convenient for a bird to move around, and arranging rectangular cages indoors is much easier. The cells are round, polygonal, in the form of Japanese and Chinese pagodas unsuitable for breeding. In order for the bird to look, do not paint the cage in bright colors. It is better to varnish well-planed boards or paint them in light brown tones. Any cell must have a retractable bottom.
The cage should be with a mounted or retractable feeder. It can not be placed under the poles, on which birds rest, so that sewage does not get into the feed. The same requirements apply to drinkers. The poles should be so thick that the birds can almost grasp them with their fingers. It is best to make a perch from peeled shoots of soft tree species. For those species of birds in which claws grow very quickly, the performers are best made from bamboo or reed.
At the bottom of the cage or aviary, it is necessary to pour large washed river sand. Sand is washed in order to clean it from dust and dirt. Some lovers cover the bottom of the cells with paper or cardboard to make it easier to clean. In such cases, care must be taken to ensure that pests do not start under the bedding. Sand should still be in the cage, since it plays a special role in digestion, being a kind of millstone for grinding the food swallowed by birds.
In small cells in the upper part of the side wall, additional doors are made for hanging the nest houses from the outside. In large and spacious cages, where the nest houses are suspended inside, additional doors should not be done.
For growing juveniles and wintering birds use spacious cages called cages or span cells. They usually place several pairs of birds.