A bird cage is your feathery friend’s own personal living space, his or her sanctuary, and you should therefore spend time finding one that will meet your bird's needs. Bird cages come in many sizes, shapes and colors and are made from various materials. All of these factors, as well as maintenance requirements and location in your home, should be taken into consideration when choosing the right one for you and your bird. By doing so, you’ll help ensure that your pet bird leads a healthy and happy life.
Choosing a bird cage
- Location: The first thing you should think about before shopping for cages is where in your home the bird cage will be placed. Ideally, the location you pick should be in a high-traffic area and away from windows, so your bird grows accustomed to interacting with you and your family. Once you’ve determined where it will go, you'll have a better idea of what size cage will fit in that space.
- Size: The cage will need to fit into the allotted space, and should be a comfortable and roomy size for your bird. Your bird should be able to spread his wings and move around with ease. Food dishes, perches and toys will also need to fit.
- Shape and style: When it comes to birds, cages with angled corners are best. You can get a cage that will hang from your ceiling or can go on a stand. The spacing of the bars should be small enough to prevent your bird from getting out or trapping his or her head in between them. Horizontal bars can also be used for climbing and exercising, particularly for bigger birds.
- Construction: Stainless steel cages are easy to clean and are non-toxic, making them the best option for most birds. Look out for anything that could be hazardous, such as sharp edges, before you purchase the cage.