Before you buy a cage...

A cage is not a way to keep an otherwise free bird from flying. A cage is a way to keep your family pet safe at night, and offer your pet a place they feel safe! There are some things you should know before investing in a home for your pet.

Here are some tips:

Try to purchase the biggest cage possible for your sweet companion. At the very least, your friend should be able to extend its wings without touching the sides of the cage. The bars of the cage should be narrow enough that your bird cannot get its head or wings stuck between them.

 

Because some birds like to chew the bars, the cage material should be strong enough to withstand chewing. It will be helpful for you if the cage is made of a material that is easy to clean.

 

Avoid cages made of galvanized wire because it’s zinc that coats the wire and cages with painted bars as both can make your bird sick if it chews the bars.

 

Stainless steel cages are safe for companions, easy to clean and durable.

 

Use newspaper to line the bottom of your bird’s cage. Avoid walnut shell and corncob bedding because if ingested it will make your bird sick and these materials can support bacterial and fungal growth.

 

Placing toys and perches in the cage will provide your bird with opportunities for enrichment and exercise. Too many toys and perches will decrease the free space for your bird, so do not overload its home!!!

 

You can place perches of varying diameters at varying heights in the bird’s home. You should not use sandpaper perches because sandpaper can cause sores to develop on the bottoms of you bird’s feet. The best perches are the natural branches, as long as they have not been treated with any pesticides. Try to place food and water bowls above perches, so the bird is not able to defecate into the bowls.

 

When choosing toys for your companion, try to avoid plastic toys that your bird can chew up and potentially swallow. Metal toys are acceptable, as long as they are made of stainless steel. Best for your bird are toys made of materials, such as rope because your bird will probably enjoy chewing them and will be safe. When hanging toys in the cage, you should use rope instead of chains to avoid leg and foot injuries. You may want to alter the arrangement of toys and perches, or you may wish to introduce new toys every so often, so that your companion does not become bored with the setup.