The cage is the place where your bird will spend its entire life, so if you want it to develop well and live happily, take some time to choose the best one for it. In small apartments, the space you have can determine what kind of birds you can have as a pet. The most important thing when looking for a cage is the size and the separation between bars , then the shape, ease to clean it and other details that make it more secure and durable. Finally you can apply your taste and choose different colors and styles that are appropriate to your home.
How to Choose the Right Bird Cages
Size: as a general rule, the bigger the cage, the better . You must know the size of the bird with the wings spread (wingspan) and multiply it by 1.5. This should be the minimum height, width and length of the free space inside the cage. The space for houses, hangers, nests, toys, etc. does not count as free space. In the case of small species calculates that there is a free area for them to fly . Ideally, the size of the cage should be 3 times that of the span. A too small cage not only causes stress and illness, but it can generate vicious behaviors such as screaming, plucking feathers, pecking, etc.
Space between bars: obviously it must be according to the size of the bird. For the parakeets, canaries, lovebirds, finches, etc. The distance between bars should not be more than 1.5 cm. The nymphs, parrots, arantingas, Senegalese parrot, etc. can have bars with up to 2 cm distance. Larger birds such as yaks, parrots, cockatoos, macaws can live in cages with 3 cm of separation between bars. For large species, cages with horizontal bars are convenient for them to climb and exercise. The bars must be strong and endure the mistreatment of birds, especially in the case of the largest.
Form: square or rectangular are generally more spacious because the interior area is better used. These are preferred over circular ones because they seem to be better for the psychological well-being of the birds. Avoid the angles and recesses that make cleaning difficult.
The best material is stainless steel or some other metal failing. This is resistant, washable and can be disinfected easily. Note that there are no sharp edges or tips that could hurt your pet. There should not be toxic paints or enamels for birds. The sliding tray in the base must be easily removed for cleaning and must not leave holes where the bird can escape. There are cages that have a high plinth that prevents the remains of food falling to the ground. The door should have an escape-proof safety lock or you can add a bolt .
Keep in mind the site you have chosen to put the cage before buying it. This must be safe from drafts, it must be a place where you spend a lot of time to stimulate the sociability of the bird. Avoid locating it in the kitchen because there are produced emanations that can poison a bird, especially Teflon pots.
Finally you can choose the style that you like most among those that meet the requirements for your bird: oriental type, with modern design, with vaulted ceiling, a large birdhouse, silver, gold, etc. There is a wide variety of cages available and surely one of them will be perfect for your home. Do not forget to add the hangers, plates, toys and decorations necessary to turn it into a healthy habitat.
Dr. Isabel Iglesias