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Setting Up Your Bird Cage

Choosing your bird cage is the most important decision you’ll have to make after picking out your bird, because this is where your bird will spend much of his time.

Finding the best cage for your bird and your personal living situation will be based on:

  • The size of your bird
  • How many birds you’ll have in one cage
  • Where the cage will be located
  • Your bird’s behavior characteristics

STEP1: CHOOSING A CAGE

It’s important that your bird feels secure, comfortable and content in his new habitat; this will ensure that your pet is happy and isn’t destructive.

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Cage Size & Shape
Birds use the width of their cage more than they use the height, and the cage should be twice the width of the bird’s wingspan.

Cage Material & Bar Spacing
Stainless steel birdcages are affordable, durable and easy to clean. Pay attention to the types of grate the cage comes with; some are easier to clean than others. Make sure that the bars are spaced close enough together that the bird cannot fit his head and body through.

Bowls & Dishes
Your bird will need two water bowls – one for drinking and one for bathing – and a food bowl. Choosing a water bowl that can be locked in place on the cage helps avoid messes.

Types of Perches
Birds need perches in varying sizes and materials that can be placed at different levels in the cage to help keep their feet and nails worn evenly. Your bird’s foot should encircle the perch with a ¾ inch gap between the front and rear nails. Natural wood perches are great for birds that like to chew, but will need to be replaced often, as well as flexible braided rope perches, which can be difficult to clean. Also consider a concrete perch for the lower part of the cage.

Bedding
Corncob bedding, aspen, wood pellets or recycled paper products can be used. Cage liners are also appropriate.

STEP 2: PLAY & HIDE

When choosing toys for your bird’s cage consider safety first.

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Because birds are highly intelligent they will get bored with their toys very easily, so choose two of each type of toy and rotate each set out on a weekly basis. Consider choosing:

  • Toys that intrigue and stimulate the mind, like puzzle, knot, and twisty toys
  • Noisy and engaging toys like swings, ladders, and knotted rope toys that allow for physical play and behavior
  • Chew toys that are helpful for beak maintenance

STEP3: PLACEMENT

Birds are social creatures and should be considered members of the family. Choose a cage location where the majority of the household action takes place like a family room. Birds have very sensitive respiratory systems, so never place their cages near areas that might emit smoke or strong odors. Also, do not place your birdcage near a window that can generate excessive heat or cold.

Some bird Pet Parents choose to have a separate, smaller sleeping cage that can be housed in a bedroom or other secluded area, or your bird’s cage can just be covered at night. Your bird will also adjust to your daily schedule and will likely sleep while you’re away.