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Setting Up a Birdcage

All the basics to help you feather your new pet’s nest

Overview

How to choose a birdcage

When you’re deciding between the many sizes and types, keep in mind:

  • The kind of home that best suits your bird's species
  • Your bird’s size
  • How many birds will be living together
  • The location of the cage

Cage size and shape

A cage will provide your bird with a sense of security, protection and living space. It should be large enough to accommodate all accessories required for your bird’s comfort and well-being with enough space left for the bird to maneuver and play.

Cage material and bar spacing

  • A stainless-steel birdcage is affordable and durable
  • Make sure the bars are close enough together so the bird can’t squeeze through
  • Take a close look at the bottom grate; some are easier to clean than others

Where to put the cage

Birds are social creatures and love to be part of the family. Their cage should be near the center of the action. Some birds may also like to have a second, smaller cage somewhere quiet and private to help them sleep.

Avoid putting birdcages in the kitchen or anywhere gas or smoke may be present; birds have very sensitive lungs and can be negatively affected.

Because some birds don’t do well in heat or cold, keep birdcages away from drafts and direct sunlight.

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Furnishing the birdcage

Bowls and dishes

Your bird will need a food bowl and two water bowls, one for drinking and one for bathing. Some bowls lock into place, which helps keep them from spilling.

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Perch spots

Birds love perches! Give them a few to choose from, at different heights and made from different materials. Natural wood perches double as chewing posts, so they’ll need to be replaced regularly. Braided rope makes for a flexible perch, and concrete can be a good choice for a lower perch.

Perches should be varied in width to exercise your bird’s feet. Make sure at least one provides a 3/4” gap between the bird’s front and rear nails.

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Bedding

Bird bedding can be made of paper and combined with cage liners.

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Cage toys

Birds love stimulating cage décor. Some great choices:

  • Rope knots, twisty toys
  • Puzzles with treats inside
  • Swings and ladders
  • Fall-apart toys designed to be pecked to pieces
  • Beak-strengthening chew toys

When choosing cage décor, safety comes first—don’t give birds anything that might be accidentally swallowed, or anything that might entangle them.

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GUIDES TO YOUR NEW BIRD