A cage for a
budgie is an important purchase. Your budgie will be confined to
it for several hours during the day and it needs to be safe,
entertaining for your pet, and also large enough for him to feel
comfortable. There is so much information that needs to be taken
into consideration before buying a cage. The budgie needs to
feel protected by his cage so itís important that the right cage
be selected. It can be intimidating to find the perfect cage
because there are so many sizes and so many shapes to choose.
Being attentive to your birds needs and keeping up on new material
regarding the purchase of bird cages or other general bird
information will help you have a more healthy and happy pet.
Hopefully this information will give you the confidence to
purchase the right cage for your pet budgie.
We are always
given specifications as to how large a cage should be. But the
truth is there are many factors that determine the size of the
cage. These factors to be considered are things such as location,
the number of birds that will be sharing the cage, and also how
much space can you devote to this bird cage. So rather than
provide you with specifications as to how large a cage should be,
I prefer to give you a few guidelines when selecting that home for
sure the cage is large enough to accommodate food bowls, perches,
and toys. This means that when your parakeet is standing on his
perch the food bowls should be far enough so that droppings cannot
fall into his food or water. The perches need to be arranged and
placed in such a way that you have easy access to your bird. Lots
of perches that are improperly placed will collect excess poop and
make cleaning up difficult.
Toys also need
to be taken into consideration. How many are going to be used
inside the cage and how much room will it require for the parakeet
to properly play with them. The cage needs to be spacious enough
so the toys are not above bowls or other toys. Any equipment
placed above each other can easily get covered with droppings. The
key is trying to find a balance between the perches, food bowls,
and toys. It can take work and lots of investigating but it needs
to be done. The goal is to minimize droppings on all equipment
while your parakeet is housed inside the cage.
factor is determining how many budgies the cage will house. If
you plan on housing more than two parakeets then the cage needs to
be large. Budgies are very active and will fly around, climb, and
hop from perch to perch. An overcrowded cage will become dirty
very easily and cause more problems down the road. As a rule of
thumb each bird should be able to hop from perch to perch, flap
its wings, and move a bodyís length from side to side without
touching the sides. This means if you wish to house two budgies
then you need to consider doubling the cage size.
The door of
the cage is also very important. Most cages are equipped with
three doors, one for food, one for water, and one as a main
entrance. These doors need to be easy to open and shut. The
doors should all accommodate your hands and should be easy to
open. They should also be able to accommodate at least half an
arms length inside the cage. This is important if the bird needs
to be retrieved and will reduce any added stress.
important and should be included with all cages. They collect all
droppings or food that has spilled from food bowls. This tray
needs to be below a grill because a curious parakeet will rummage
through anything on the ground. A properly installed grill will
prevent this from happening. The bottom tray needs to easily
slide out for proper cleaning. Trays designed for cob beddings or
wood shavings should not be used. They only make more of a mess
and are more prone to harmful bacteria if not changed regularly.
The bars of
the cage should be stainless steel or should be covered with non
toxic paints or sealants. Cages should not be purchased if they
do not have finishes or if they are made of brass. Rusted cages
can cause metal poisoning and are very toxic to budgies. If bars
are exposed and do not have a finish it may contain zinc. If
consumed your budgie can become ill and die.
between the bars needs to be about a ľ inch apart. Bars that are
not spaced correctly can cause your parakeet to get its head stuck
or it can possibly escape.
things when deciding to choose a cage. You want something that is
going to be easy to clean and something that is durable. You want
a cage that is going to keep your parakeet happy and one that he
will feel secure in. Remember, a cage can last as long as 10 or
more years if it is properly maintained.