The right kind of сage depends on the specific parrot species. Cages made of stainless steel or with a polymer coating are the best for small birds, such as parakeets.
Many owners prefer wooden models, but specialists are doubtful of their practicality. For instance, parakeets, with their strong beaks, can easily crack the wooden bars, which then have to be replaced with new ones. Wooden cages are also poorly protected from parasites.
Non-toxic materials should be used for production of the bars, which is why you shouldn’t buy cages:
- with copper alloy, which gets oxidised over time and becomes toxic;
- made of galvanised metals containing lead or zinc, which are poisonous to birds;
- made of bamboo.
Lovebirds will feel comfortable in all-metal cages as well as those made of synthetic materials, such as acrylic glass or plastics. Models made of nickel are quite popular nowadays, as well as cages that combine a metal frame with acrylic glass.
How to choose a cage according to the species and number of parrots you have
Now let’s look at cage dimensions. It’s important to choose a size suitable for the particular species, and of course the more parrots you have the bigger a cage they’ll need.
Cages for cockatoos
A cage of 45 x 45 x 70 cm would be suitable for temporary accommodation of one cockatoo, 70 x 60 x 60 cm of a pair, and 100 x 80 x 40 cm and 100 x 80 x 60 cm for permanent accommodation of one or a pair, respectively.
A cage with dimensions of 70 x 60 x 60 cm would make a fine temporary home for a small cockatoo, and 80 x 60 x 60 cm would be suitable as a permanent one.
Cages for large parrots
Large parrots such as cockatoos or macaws will feel comfortable alone in a temporary home of 80 x 75 x 75 cm or 90 x 80 x 100 if there are two, while a permanent cage should be 65 x 65 x 100 cm for one bird and 100 x 120 x 150 cm for a pair of birds.
Cages for budgies
A cage of 40 x 30 x 20 cm is suitable for temporary accommodation of one bird and 60 x 40 x 30 cm for a pair. A cage of 80 x 40 x 30 cm in size would be perfect as a permanent home for two birds, and a 1-m-long cage would suit two pairs of budgies.
Cages for lories and ring-necked parakeets
Ring-necked parakeets and lories prefer temporary cages 70 x 70 x 60 cm in size for one bird, permanent cages of 80 x 50 x 50 cm for one and 100 x 70 x 50 cm for a pair of birds.
Cages for corellas and monk and nanday parakeets
A cage with dimensions of 70 x 60 x 50 cm would be suitable as a temporary home and with 80 x 70 x 40 cm as a permanent one for a corella.
In order for birds to feel comfortable, their cage should have a high metal base or tray and a wall made of glass or plastic to prevent their birdseed spilling. If the tray is filled with sand, this should be sifted regularly.
You can add a piece of lime plaster or dried clay, which parakeets will enjoy nibbling. You can also put fresh twigs in the cage for the birds to sharpen their claws and beak with.
Only specially impregnated paper should be used as a liner in the tray. It should be replaced every day. It’s best to place the cage on a table or special stand.
For lovebirds, it’s recommended to purchase cages made of synthetic materials such as plastics or acrylic glass, or solid metal. Nickel-coated cages, as well as those that combine metal and acrylic glass are also popular.
It’s not easy to find a cage for large birds. It’s also difficult to find a big enough cage for a cockatoo or macaw. The cage should allow the bird to easily spread and flap its wings and sit on a perch comfortably.