How to Choose a Bird Cage

Although there are several different types of pets out there, the popularity of birds has been on the rise significantly in recent years. Birds are beautiful, cheerful, and require very little maintenance. However, it is important to make sure that your pet bird has the best possible bird cage to make it safe and happy.

Luckily for you, the options in the market are so diverse it should be easy to find exactly what you need. In this post, we will give you all the information you need to buy a quality bird cage.

What size birdcage should I choose?

Size is a very obvious consideration but it is very important nonetheless. When deciding the cage size, there are two important factors you have to keep in mind. First, where will you be placing the cage?

Traditionally, many people prefer to have the cage somewhere they can see the bird and interact with it if need be. This would be somewhere in the living room and you need to make sure there’s enough space for the cage.

Secondly, consider the overall size of your bird. The cage is more like a home for your pet bird. It should provide enough space for the bird to rest, play, and exercise. Generally, it’s recommended to choose a cage that is as big as possible.

Even if you have a small bird, it could use the space to play and jump around as if it was in its natural environment. But this will entirely depend on whether there is enough room in your home for such a big cage. Either way, under no circumstances should the bird feel confined.

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The birdcage plays two crucial roles. First, it is designed to be the ultimate home for your beloved bird. This is where the pet will be spending most of its time.

The cage is also designed to keep the bird secure. The last thing you want is your bird flying around all over without any direction. The spaces between the bars in the cage are very crucial in securing the bird into place. However, these spaces are determined by many things, including the size of your bird.

For example, for those of you who own parakeets, canaries, finches, or lovebirds, the space between bars shouldn’t be more than 1.5 centimeters. However, those who own large birds such as parrots, nymphs, and others should consider cages with relatively large spaces between the bars. A good rule would be to ensure the spaces are not less than two centimeters apart.

How the bars are aligned is also very important. Smaller birds, which tend to be lighter, can jump and play on vertical bars but this may not be possible for large birds. Instead, you may want to consider cages that feature horizontal bars that provide excellent support for bigger birds.

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What are the most durable bird cages made of?

Traditionally, bird cages are constructed from metal. Stainless steel is the most popular option for several reasons. First, it is sturdy and highly durable.

It will last for many years with very little maintenance. Stainless steel can also be easily customized to suit your decor needs. Whether you want a shiny chrome-plated finish or a touch of different colors, you can customize the cage as you see fit.

But there are other metals too that you can choose from including bronze, wrought iron, and others. There are also some very good wooden bird cages out there as well. Wood is relatively expensive compared to stainless steel or wrought iron. But it can come with a unique sense of style that you won’t get in metal cages.

What types of bird cages are most convenient?

You will also need to determine between three main bird cage options.

  • Floor-based design. They tend to be relatively large compared to traditional cages. Only buy them if you have enough floor space and you don’t mind using it for the cage.

  • Tabletop cages. They are smaller in size and more portable, so they are highly recommended if you plan to move the cage's location frequently.

  • Hanging cages. They are the most convenient when it comes to space. They can be placed anywhere in the room without affecting the general arrangement of your furniture or décor.

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What is the best shape for a bird cage?

Birdcages are traditionally rectangular or square. But rounded designs are also very popular, especially because they are easier to clean. Rounded cages also feel more natural to birds.

It may be a good idea to pick cages that have some height. You want your bird to jump up and down without feeling confined. Relatively higher cages should help with this.

The shape and layout are also determined by where you intend to place the cage. If you are thinking of mounting it somewhere in a corner, then rectangular or square designs are going to work best.

The birdcage you are about to buy will become an important part of your décor. The craftsmanship, therefore, needs to be top-notch. Birdcages that feature outstanding craftsmanship will cost more no doubt. But in the end, they will truly be worth it.

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