Buying Parrot Cages – Three in Five People Get This Wrong!

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Parrot CagesThere is a large amount of choice when it comes to buying parrot cages and bird cage fronts so it is a good idea to buy it from a store that specializes in birds and bird accessories. Their staff will be able to advise on the best possible parrot cage for you depending on factors such as the species of parrot you own and your budget.

Many people get tempted to buy parrot cages based on how well it fits with the type of decoration the room that will house it has. Cages built with this in mind are often expensive or worse badly designed in terms of the needs of your bird so this should be avoided. Remember, your parrot is an animal and a pet not a fashion accessory so be sure to pick a cage that covers his needs first. Generally speaking, a flight cage is the best option even if you think your bird will spend large amounts of its time out of the cage.

The Importance Of Large Parrot Cages

When choosing your parrot cage, size is an important factor and it needs to be as large as possible because cramped quarters can result in problems such as feather plucking; you should opt for the largest cage that your room’s size and your budget will allow for.

Using large parrot cages is also desirable because it allows for exercise while in the cage. Obesity is a real problem for the birds as it is with humans and can considerably shorten their lives. Allowing them as much freedom outside of the cage is important too though you must always be sure to close all windows and doors beforehand.

If you think you may want to move the cage around your room quite regularly but a larger cage will make this award, add castors to the legs or place the cage on a wheeled table to facilitate this. As parrots have a nature that is generally destructive, they need to be housed in parrot cages that are metal and therefor stronger than those made for similar birds such as finches.

Perches In Parrot Cages

Most parrot cages come with perches that are made of plastic or dowel. It is advisable however to replace them with fresh cut branches that you cut yourself as the ones provided can sometimes result in the development of patches on the bird’s feet, which in turn can become infected.

Your parrot will probably gnaw the wooden perches away; this is perfectly normal and they should be replaced as needed. After a little practice, you will be cutting the perfect sized branches every time so don’t worry if you don’t get it right first time.

Do not take the branches from trees that have been recently sprayed with potentially harmful chemicals. Apple, elder and sycamore are ideal as are most fruit trees however any tree that is poisonous such as the yew, lilac and laburnum should be avoided.

laura2Laura Russell is an ex-parrot breeder who has been in love with parrots and has provided parrot care for over 20 years now and regards them as part of her family. On Ultimate Parrot Guide Laura shares her expertise in her articles and is also happy to answer your parrot care questions.

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