3 things to consider before buying a bird cage

October 28, 2014

Picking the right bird cage is important for the well-being of your avian pet, so think about your bird's needs before purchasing. There are several factors to consider when making your decision, but the specifics will depend on the type of bird or birds you'll be keeping.

3 things to consider before buying a bird cage


Size definitely matters when it comes to buying a bird cage. Ideally, you should purchase the largest cage that you can afford. You should also consider how much space you have available, especially if you're going to be keeping birds who don't enjoy human contact and therefore spend much of their time in their cage. The minimum size your bird cage depends on the type of bird that will be living in it. For instance, a small bird like a finch can get by with a minimum cage size of 45x45x75 cm, whereas a large macaw would require a cage of at least 90x120x150 cm. The breeder, animal shelter or pet shop from which you get your bird should be able to tell you what size cage to purchase.

Bar spacing

It's not just the size you need to consider, you also need to buy a bird cage with the appropriately space between the bars. If the bars of a bird cage are too far apart for the bird you're keeping, it could escape or get caught in between the bars and become injured. However, bars that are too close together might not provide a pleasant environment for the cage's inhabitants. Again, correct bar spacing depends on the species of bird you're going to be keeping, so you'll need to research the best bar spacing for your feathered friend.


Material is another vital consideration when it comes to picking out a bird cage. Wire or metal cages are generally the most common. They're durable and affordable, but can rust if they get wet and aren't always the most attractive option. You can get painted wire cages, but if you choose to go down this road, pick a powder-coated bird cage, as the paint is non-toxic and won't chip. Stainless steel cages are much more durable and don't rust, but can be more pricey.

Picking the right cage for your pet bird is an important decision, and should not be taken lightly. Choose carefully, so that your feathered friend gets the best house you can give him.

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