Jun 20, 2012

Buying a Bird Cage

Huachipa Bird cage                            (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We love pets, in all shapes and sizes, and if you're a bird owner, one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your pet is buying their bird cage. It's the place where they will spend over 90% of their life, and if you pick out one that's too small or does not have the perch sizes, you will have one unhappy, and possibly unhealthy, bird. Take a few tips from us when buying your next bird cage. 

What materials is your bird cage going to be made of? Do the bird cages contain any traces of zinc and lead? Odds are if you're buying a cage not intended for bird use they could possibly contain some, and your birds will certainly bite at the edges of the cages, leading to possible health damage.

Get the right size cage. Usually too big of a cage is not a problem, but it can be a problem if they can fit their heads between the bars. As long as that isn't a problem, a bigger cage is better, especially if you plan on getting more than one bird to live together.

How easily can you clean the cage? You may find a fancy cage that will be a great living environment for your birds, but if you aren't able to clean it efficiently both you and your birds will suffer.

Most importantly, do your research before buying a cage for your bird's specific needs. The internet usually has all the answers, and your local bird shop usually can help you out a bit as well.

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