When you decide to have a parrot, first of all think about purchasing a cage for him. At the same time, when choosing such a cage, remember not about your tastes and preferences, but about the convenience of a parrot. How comfortable and convenient will he be to live in such a cage? What should you pay attention to first?
The classic of the genre is an all-metal cage, for example, nickel-plated, made of steel wire. This transmits light well, does not obstruct the view, is not afraid of moisture and disinfectant solutions.
Under no circumstances should you purchase copper or galvanized cages. From moisture and detergents, copper is covered with oxide poisonous for birds. In case of poor-quality galvanizing, the coating may peel off, and the parrot, swallowing the exfoliated part, may be poisoned.
Round and polyhedral cages with a compound top are not very suitable for budgerigars. They can successfully complement the interior, but your pet will feel bad in them.
- In a round cage, the bird loses orientation, which gives it anxiety.
- In case of stress or fright, the parrot should be able to hide in a far corner.
- In a round cage, it is very difficult to fix toys and swings on top.
The most successful cage shape is rectangular, with a flat top, while it is desirable that the cage be extended in height so that the birds flutter from perch to perch. In addition, a rectangular cage with a flat roof allows you to arrange a playground on the roof.
If you want to bring joy to your pet, make your own cage perches. Away from houses and roads, cut branches of different diameters and insert them into the cage so that the lower branches are not contaminated with droppings. It is good if these are twigs from fruit trees. Do not remove the bark from the branches, the bird itself will do it. Be sure to scald the perches with boiling water before installing to avoid parasite infestation of the bird.
There should be feeders and a drinker in the cage. When the pet gets used to eating inside its house, there will be no difficulties with its return after a walk. So that the parrot does not get bored, place a swing, a ladder, a mirror and a bell in his house. You can add a piece of chalk to the feeder or fix it on rods – the birds need calcium, and it will also allow the parrot to undermine its beak.
Budgerigars are very fond of swimming, especially in the heat and at the time of feather change. Better buy a special bathing suit, the walls and top of such a device are made of transparent plastic. It protects everything from splashes and can be hung from the ceiling of the cage.
If the cage space is too large, the parrot will feel uncomfortable, poorly tamed, and remain shy for a long time. And if the cage is too small, the feathered pet is at risk of obesity, plumage problems and muscular dystrophy. The crate should be large enough so that your pet can move normally in it, spread out and wave its wings.
In addition, there should be enough space in the cage to accommodate bird property – feeders, drinkers, pebbles, toys.
The bird uses the height of the cage only when moving along perches, ladders and hanging rings, so its size is not so important. The crate can be taller or lower – this does not greatly affect the level of comfort for your pet.
It is important to consider how many birds you are going to keep. If we are talking about one pet, then the size of the cage can be something like this: 40 x 25 x 30 cm or a little more.
If you intend to keep a pair, then the size of the cell increases by 1.5 – 2.0 times. The more birds you are going to keep, the larger the cage should be. For a flock of birds, you should purchase an aviary.
Absolutely – you cannot place a cage in the kitchen. There are many dangers awaiting curious parrots here: from hot kettles, boiling pots and open pans to various washing and cleaning powders and gels.
The budgerigar cage is best placed in the room where you spend most of your free time. And if possible, do not change the place of the bird’s “apartment” unnecessarily.
When choosing a place for a cage, take into account the characteristics of the behavior and health of parrots:
- Place the cage at human eye level. A cage that is too high makes it difficult to communicate with the parrot. The parrot feels uncomfortable if the cage is too low.
- For the parrot to feel safe, one side of the cage must be adjacent to the wall.
- The cage should be well lit by the sun. If the sun is shining too much on the parrot, pull in part of the cage so that the parrot can go into the shade. In low light, you can use artificial.
- The main enemy of parrots is the draft. Consider this fact.
- Do not place the cage near household appliances, much less on top of them. This applies to televisions, computers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, and near heating appliances.
- There should always be clean air in the room where the parrot lives. Do not use aroma lamps, incense sticks, air fresheners, fumigators, or household chemicals with strong odors in this room. Don’t smoke in this room. (Ministry of Health warns). In case of repair, move the cage to a different location.
- Make sure that poisonous plants are not available to the parrot, as well as soil from flower pots, which can become a source of parasite infestation, gastrointestinal upset and even poisoning.
We hope my advice will help you purchase and equip a cage for your feathered friend, in which he will be comfortable to live and delight you with his singing.