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Set Up Your New Pet Bird Cage

Find the perfect pet bird cage that fits your pet bird's personality and your lifestyle.

By Laura Doering

Cage Setup
When you're picking a new pet bird cage, ask yourself, "How big a cage can I get away with?" 

If you’re a homeowner, you know the amount of time and research that goes into finding the right home. You probably took everything into consideration; its proximity to work, and whether it is in a quiet suburb or near the hustle and bustle of the city. Square footage was probably one of the first things you noted, as well as if it had a decent-size yard. You wanted to make absolutely sure that this long-term commitment was right for you. Although the cost of your pet bird’s cage is nowhere near that of your home’s, you do have similar considerations.

Pet Bird Cage: Condo Or Mansion?
You might find plenty of bargains on cages, but no cage is bargain if it is too small for your pet bird. Instead of shopping at price tags, shop at cage size and configuration. Imagine how your pet bird would feel spending a large portion of its day in this one area. Also keep in mind that, just as an empty room shrinks once you move in all your furnishings, the cage shrinks once you add its perches, food bowls, toys, swings and sleep hut. Your pet bird must have room to spread its wings without coming close to touching the cage bars. The cage should allow your pet bird the opportunity to take a good walk, not a short shuffle, along a perch that is extended from one end of the cage to the other. Instead of thinking along the lines of “How small of a cage can I get away with,” think, “How big a cage can I get away with?”

Suburb Or City Life?
The typical options for placing the cage include the family room, an occupied bedroom, a spare room, your home office or a rec room/basement. Each of these can be good locations for the cage, but a lot of that depends on your lifestyle and your pet bird’s personality. If your pet bird is outgoing, it might prefer to be where the family is. If that’s the case, the living room might be ideal. If your pet bird is on the shyer side, it might feel more comfortable in a quieter location, such as a guestroom or home office. These rooms might change if, for example, your household is up late at night (keeping your parrot from getting its required shuteye) or if that spare bedroom, office or basement is rarely entered.

You can find a balance by scheduling your pet bird’s day. For example, your outgoing Amazon parrot that prefers to be in the thick of things can have his great big cage in the family room, but then he retires for the evening to a smaller sleep cage in a quieter room. (If the cage is on casters, it can be rolled into a quieter area.) Or your shyer Eclectus parrot might appreciate a room with a good view and then placed on a playgym for one-on-one interaction or while you check your email.

Corner Or Center?
Your next consideration is where in the room to put the cage. Again, you’re working with the needs of your pet bird and the available space. Your pet bird might prefer a corner in a room, where it isn’t exposed on all sides, or it might enjoy having a window view. Fortunately, there are a variety of cage styles to fit any room. Some pet bird cages are collapsible to fit through a hall or doorway (measure your door frame before you go cage shopping to make sure you can get the cage through it), and some are designed to fit into corners. Others can be stacked so you can have more than one pet bird without sacrificing space. There are also double-sided cages with a removable divider in between so you can choose, or not choose, to allow two birds to share the same space.

Also keep in mind that pet birds are messy. You might want to rethink placing the cage on your white carpet. Linoleum or tile, on the other hand, is much easier to clean. You can still go with the carpet option if you buy a plastic office chair mat.

Once you’ve got your pet bird’s basic setup done, keep in mind that nothing has to stay the same. It might take some fine tuning to get a setup that works for you and your bird, but the reward is a happy abode for all. 

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Good info for newbies!
Terry, Houston, TX
Posted: 4/16/2012 12:18:20 PM
good article
marc, newburgh, NY
Posted: 4/15/2012 7:09:28 PM
Thanks for the advice
phil, manhattan, NY
Posted: 4/15/2012 6:54:04 PM
Very good article.
Koko, New Orleans, LA
Posted: 4/15/2012 2:22:32 PM
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