Bigger = Better ?


This will be your first rule in your choice of cages, as any vet or bird breeder will tell you: Buy the biggest cage you can afford. There really should no such thing as a cage name “The small parrot  cage”. Remember, this would be the minimum size you would want to purchase. You should actually try to purchase at least one size larger than this. But go back to the golden rule, “the biggest you can afford”. Your bird will be spending most of his life for years to come in his “home”.

 Even if he is out of the cage a lot, it is still his “home”. We may have the best intentions to let our bird spend most of his time out of the cage. But there will still be times when you are sleeping, away from the home doing errands, having company, or just hanging out outside where he is not being supervised so needs to be in his cage. If you make the right choice right from the start, you will allow your bird as much freedom of movement and exercise as possible.

 The only problem with buying a cage larger than what is commonly recommended would be the bar spacing may be too large for your size of bird. Check to see if your bird can put his head through the bars. You can test this by taping 2 straws together with the bar spacing you are considering, and put them up to your birds head to be sure he can’t put his head through. The basic bar spacing for a cockatiel would be 3/4"-inch or smaller. Larger parrots such as African Grey or Cockatoo should be no larger than 1"-inch.  Large Macaws or Large Cockatoos are the only birds that  should be in cages with bar spacing larger than 1"-inch.

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