Ways To Customize Your Bird's Cage

Find out how bird toys, perches, shelves, feeder cups, a hut and more can turn a simple cage into your bird's home.

Chris Davis


Once you set up your bird cage, consider giving a bird cage tour!

Modern bird cages offer an array of practical features not seen in earlier models. If your bird’s cage is in good shape, in addition to purchasing a few new toys, consider customizing her cage with some of the many wonderful accessories now available. These are economical ways to alter her environment and keep it interesting for her.

Accessorizing is easy. If money is tight right now, maximize your funds by considering what is going to keep her happy in the long run. Choose accessories according to your bird’s unique personality, needs and preferences. Pay attention to what she does and does not like, and then investigate what objects would be best for her.

Choose carefully. For example, huts can be quite helpful for shy birds that need a little time to peek out and be comfortable before joining in the family action. However, for some birds, a little dark and secluded area may stimulate nesting behavior and hormonal production, resulting in protective or other unwanted behaviors.

Spiral and straight ropes, swings, perches and ladders made specifically for birds can be wonderful additions to your feathered friend’s cage and offer new exercise opportunities.

Several feeding stations, including spears for hanging chunks of fruits and veggies, and additional dishes, placed in various locations, encourage foraging behavior and can make life more interesting for your avian friend.

Budgerigar on bird cage

Triangular racks that can be screwed into the corner of the cage or long shelf racks that can span an entire side of the cage can be wonderful additional play areas for active birds. If placed in a higher rear corner, they also offer a quiet location for a shy bird to observe new people in his environment. Placed in a front corner, they offer a fun, little play area and observation platform for more social individuals.

Shelves are ideal for birds that like playing with balls and other toys that are not attached to the cage. Some also enjoy dragging favorite food items to their shelves and eating them there.

Maintaining a partial covering (about 20 percent) of one end of the cage offers your bird the continued option of being able to visually remove himself from his surroundings. Even the most social birds appreciate having the choice of privacy whenever they feel the need for it and for taking little naps in the afternoon. Shy birds often become more sociable when they know they can remove themselves from visual stimuli at will.

These are just a few ideas for customizing your bird’s cage. There are many more fun and functional accessories available.

Remember to always be compassionate to your avian family member. If she is suspicious of new objects and experiences, carefully monitor all new items that will go in, or around, her cage. By gradually introducing potentially frightening objects or situations to accommodate her unique comfort level, her home will remain an enjoyable location for her, and her trust in you and her love for you will continue to grow.

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Posted: April 16, 2014, 3:45 p.m. PDT

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Great ideas! My birds will appreciate these.
Ellen, Madison, WI
Posted: 4/17/2014 4:25:45 AM
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