BIRD / new pets
Setting Up a Birdcage
All the basics to help you feather your new pet’s nest
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.Shop cages
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.Shop bowls & feeders Shop bird baths
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.Shop perches
Bird bedding can be made of paper and combined with cage liners.Shop bedding Shop birdcage liners
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.Shop toys
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