Not only convenience and comfort, but also health, as well as the life expectancy of a feathered pet, depend on how correctly the cage for the parrot is chosen. Some inexperienced breeders of these funny birds often pay attention to the aesthetic component when choosing a cage, evaluating, for example, how it can fit into the interior of an apartment. Other novice parrot owners even believe that the main parameter of a good cage is high cost. What criteria should be paid attention to when choosing a cage for a parrot?
General recommendations for selection
When choosing a cage for a feathered pet, it is important to focus on a number of significant criteria relating not only to the dimensions and structure of the structure, but also to the individual characteristics of the parrot. So, some birds are distinguished by mobility and increased activity during the day, while others are sedate and prone to solitude. The general criteria that it is desirable to be guided by when choosing a home for a parrot, it is customary to include the following:
- a variety of feathered pet and its features;
- cage type (floor, table, hanging);
- cell size and shape;
- arrangement of functional parts (roofs, doors, sides, pallet);
- materials from which the parts and body of the product are made;
- manufacturer’s name.
Special attention requires the purchase of additional accessories and accessories.
In an empty cage, in which there are no toys and all kinds of entertainment devices, the feathered pet will be bored, which he will definitely try to inform his owner about.
Trying to diversify the parrot’s leisure time with the help of play accessories, it is important to strike a balance, avoiding cluttering up the space. Also, when choosing a home for a feathered pet, it is necessary to pay attention to the functionality of the design and the features of its device. The convenience of cleaning and washing the cage, removing debris and cleaning the pallet will depend on these parameters in the future.
Among the general requirements that a birdcage must meet are experienced breeders note the following:
The reliability of the design should not be in doubt. This applies to the strength of the structure and its functional elements. The cage should be securely locked, leaving no opportunity for the parrot to get out of it on its own. The same condition applies to cell sizes. If the cells are too large, the feathered pet will be able to get through them. In addition, it is known that parrots really like to test the strength of the bars of the cage, and some individuals sometimes even manage to gnaw through them. For this reason, in choosing a bird’s dwelling, it is worth giving preference to structures with strong and moderately thick rods.
The parrot cage must be safe. This also applies to the environmental friendliness of the materials from which it is made, and the features of its device. In the internal space of such a design there should not be elements dangerous for the pet, about which it can get hurt. The quality of the materials from which the cell is made determines its durability. It is preferable that the structure be made of materials that are resistant to moisture, light, corrosion and decay processes. The resistance of materials to mechanical stress is also important.
Hygiene is another significant requirement for a bird cage. This design should be convenient for washing and garbage collection. If the configuration of the bird’s dwelling includes complex functional elements, this will significantly complicate the procedure for cleaning the cage.
Sizes and shapes
In modern sales, you can find bird cages of various shapes and sizes. When evaluating a potential home for a pet according to these parameters, it is important to take into account the individual characteristics of the parrot. In their natural habitat, these creatures are able to cover great distances during the day, so capacious cages are the most preferable for their keeping. In very small dwellings, parrots feel oppressed, get sick more often and even suffer from depression.
The dimensions of the cage should not limit the physical activity of the bird. For this reason, when buying a structure, it is important to evaluate the volume of its internal space.
It should be sufficient for the parrot to move freely, fly from perch to perch, stretching its wings. It is worth considering the number of pets that are planned to be kept in one cage. The dimensions of the dwelling, even for a pair of small birds, should be significantly larger than for one individual. It has been noticed that in cramped cages, parrots not only experience severe discomfort, but also fight each other more often.
Even if the owner plans to continue to give his pet the opportunity to fly around the apartment, using the cage only as a place to sleep, the design still should not be small. The internal space of the bird’s dwelling should be enough for the parrot itself, and for functional accessories (drinkers, feeders), and for toys.
The shape of the cage is also important, which, according to experienced parrot owners, is also able to influence the psychological state of the birds.
It is generally accepted that parrots feel most comfortable in rectangular and square cages, in which they can hide in a corner in case of danger.
Round cages, according to breeders, are not able to provide feathered pets with a sense of security.
If a bird is frightened of something, then in a round cage it will rush about for a long time in search of a secluded corner, so it will be difficult to calm it down.
Parrot breeders recommend placing the cage in such a way that one of its sides is adjacent to the wall. This arrangement also affects the psychological comfort of birds. In the case of a round cell, this condition cannot be met. Disorienting feathered pets in space and polygonal structures. Their other disadvantage is the difficulty in washing and cleaning up debris that accumulates in hard-to-reach places. At the same time, the angular shape of a home for a feathered pet is considered preferable to a round one.
Most common in the manufacture of bird cages materials such as:
Each material has its own specific advantages and disadvantages. So, wooden cages are considered the most environmentally friendly and fairly durable, but the least practical and durable. Wooden pallets and rods of such structures are able to accumulate moisture, which eventually leads to deformation and destruction of the elements. The irreversible process of deformation, in turn, is the cause of the distortion of the entire structure and, as a result, the need to purchase a new cell. Other disadvantages of cages with functional elements made of wood include the laboriousness of washing and cleaning. In addition, wood swollen from moisture is a favorable environment for the reproduction of pathogenic bacteria.
Plastic cages are more convenient in terms of washing and cleaning procedures. They are easy to clean, treat with detergents and disinfectants. Another advantage of plastic structures is their low weight. The disadvantages of plastic housing for feathered pets, in turn, include increased fragility and vulnerability to mechanical stress, as well as sensitivity to high temperatures. If handled carelessly, plastic pallets often crack and break.
In the assortment of modern pet stores you can also find all-metal bird cages. Their indisputable advantages are durability, practicality, reliability and durability.
Nickel-plated structures are considered the best, according to experts. Among the disadvantages of metal dwellings for feathered pets, significant weight, bulkiness and noise are usually noted. In addition, the price of such structures is quite high.
The best option, according to experienced parrot breeders, are combined cages.in which plastic and metal elements are combined. Such models are easy to use, practical, hygienic and affordable. The lower part, including the pallet, in the combined models is made of plastic, the rods are made of metal. All this determines the low weight of the structure, simplicity and ease in its washing and cleaning.
Preferably, the bars of the cage are made of steel and coated with a non-toxic and durable lead-free paint. Cells with rods covered with gold and white paint look impressive. Structures with rods made of copper are strictly not allowed for keeping birds.
Oxides of this metal are deadly for feathered pets. It is not allowed to use cages with galvanized rods for keeping parrots.
How to choose?
In choosing a suitable cage for a feathered pet, you should focus on its size. So, for keeping one bird of small size (wavy parrots, lovebirds), the recommended dimensions of the cage (length, width, height) are at least 40x30x30 centimeters. For a medium-sized parrot (nandaya), it is preferable to purchase a dwelling with dimensions of at least 50x40x60 centimeters. For the maintenance of larger feathered pets (cockatoos), cages are recommended, the dimensions of which are at least 70x60x60 centimeters.
The largest and most spacious cages are required for very large parrots – macaws. The recommended length of their dwelling should be at least a meter with a height and width of 80 centimeters. The thickness of the rods of the structure should also be determined in accordance with the size of the feathered pet. So, for budgerigars, a dwelling with metal mesh rods, the thickness of which varies from 1.5 to 2 millimeters, is suitable. In this case, the distance between the rods should be no more than 15 millimeters.
Birds of medium size need cages whose rods are at least 3-4 millimeters thick. The gap between the bars in this case should not exceed 20 millimeters. Given that parrots are extremely mobile and active creatures, they need to be able to move around the cage in all directions.
For this reason, attention should be paid to the fact that the rods in the structure are located both vertically and horizontally. Thanks to this arrangement of the rods, it will be easier and more convenient for the birds to master the interior of the cage.
When choosing a suitable home for a feathered pet, you should pay attention to the doors. Their device, size and shape are different. The best option, according to experienced breeders of ornamental birds, are simple doors that swing open to the side and are equipped with a reliable latch or latch. The dimensions of the door should be such that the hand and the bird can pass through it without hindrance. Most bird cage models are equipped with retractable trays. This functional detail greatly simplifies the procedure for cleaning the home of a feathered pet. The most practical pallets are plastic, which are easy to clean with warm water and cleaned of dirt with a scraper or brush.
Studying the features of the cage you like, you should pay attention to the height of its sides. High sides in the future will significantly reduce the amount of debris flying around the bird’s home. Another aspect that deserves attention when choosing a bird cage is the name and authority of the manufacturing company. Quite well-known brands are the Italian manufacturers Marchioro and FOP, the Belgian company Savic. In addition, the well-known European brand Ferplast also offers quality products.
Cells from Chinese manufacturers are also in demand, affordable and characterized by quite decent quality. However, when choosing Chinese models, you should still independently evaluate the strength of the product, analyze the composition and environmental friendliness of the materials used. Experienced ornamental bird breeders do not recommend purchasing suspiciously cheap models. Even a very beautiful cage, sold at a dubiously low price, can pose many threats to the health of a feathered pet. When buying a home for a parrot, it is advisable to worry about purchasing a special cover. This accessory is often very useful in keeping hyperactive and shy birds.
How to arrange?
In order for the parrot to feel comfortable and not get bored during the day, one should responsibly approach the arrangement of his home. Mandatory details of the interior of a bird cage are perches, a house, a drinking bowl and a feeder. Drinking bowls and feeders are located so that bird droppings cannot get into them. Other desirable accessories and fixtures are:
- swings and rings.
Many species of ornamental birds, including parrots, are very fond of water procedures. Bathing not only gives feathered pets tremendous pleasure, but also helps to prevent the appearance of parasites in them. For this procedure, it is recommended to purchase a capacious container that is suitable for the parrot in size. Very convenient to use are bath models that are hung from an open door.
It is not recommended to keep a bath of water inside the cage all the time.
Equipping the home of a parrot, you must carefully monitor its reaction to new objects. Some birds may be very frightened by the reflection in the mirror, the noise or sounds of a new toy. If an unfamiliar thing causes anxiety and panic in a feathered pet, it is better to hide it for a while.
Where to install?
It is very important to determine a suitable place in the house to place a cage with a feathered pet. It should be a bright, dry and warm corner, protected from drafts. It is not allowed to place the cage near radiators, TVs and radios. You can not place it on the windowsills, where the bird can catch a cold due to a draft or overheat in the sun. Another extremely inappropriate place to place a cage with a parrot is the kitchen. Most often, this room is the hottest and stuffiest in the house. In addition, during the cooking process, extraneous odors and unpleasant sounds begin to appear in the kitchen, which can cause stress for the house bird.
Experienced parrot owners claim that these creatures really enjoy watching their owners. For this reason, a cage with feathered pets is best placed in a room where family members spend a significant part of their free time. At the same time, it is desirable that the cage is approximately at the level of human eyes, due to which constant visual contact will be maintained with the pet. If there is no place in the house suitable for the height where you can install a cage with a feathered pet, the problem can be easily solved with a special stand. Modern models of such accessories not only allow you to place the bird’s dwelling in the most suitable place, but also help to diversify the familiar interior of the apartment.
How to choose a cage for a parrot, see the following video.