Finding A Parrot Cage Your Bird Can Call Home

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Obtaining a proper parrot cage should be one of the first considerations when purchasing a parrot.  Models vary and there are different shapes and sizes for sale, so it’s a good idea to know which parrot cage you require.

When selecting your cage, keep in mind that some parrots like Macaws and Cockatoos are larger than others.  This means you need to match your parrot cage with the bird you are buying.  While most parrots tend to remain stationary on their perches much of the time, they still require adequate room for those occasions when they want to spread their wings.  Interior dimensions for Macaw and Cockatoo parrot cages, for instance, should be approximately 48” X 34” X 60” in height.

There may be some energetic parrot owners who prefer to construct their own cage.  That is fine, and they can be very aesthetically appealing and quite sturdy if constructed properly.  If you are good at this type of craft, you might decide to follow a manufactured pattern or completely design your own with special features for your bird.  Keep in mind that building your own cage will be a long-haul project and very exacting work.  Like Burt Lancaster in “Birdman of Alcatraz”, you can easily spend more than a year constructing a single parrot cage.

Should A Parrot Cage Be New Or Used?

Every new parrot owner probably wonders whether to purchase a new or used parrot cage. While it is always safest to opt for a new cage, that doesn’t mean a used parrot cage can’t be considered. One of the dangers associated with a used parrot cage is the buyer has no idea of the history of that cage.  Ask yourself: “Why is this parrot cage for sale?”  Determine what became of the parrot that once called it home.  If it died, you should not put your parrot into that cage without first having it thoroughly disinfected by a professional.

A used parrot cage is going to be less expensive – at least to purchase.  But, if your parrot contracts a virus or disease from that cage, that will be far more costly than forking out the dollars for a new one.

How Expensive Is A Parrot Cage?

Parrot cages aren’t cheap by any means.  You can expect to sink anywhere from $300 to $3,000 on a new parrot cage, depending on what you need and want.  You can even spend beyond $3,000 for a Taj Mahal version.   That doesn’t include accessories like water and food dispensers in some cases.  You are probably better off purchasing a parrot cage that comes with all the accessories as opposed to furnishing accessories later.  And, you have more wiggle room in price negotiations on higher-priced housing for your parrot.

Many parrot owners also want a stand so their bird can leave the cage and have a place to perch at will.  They are much cheaper than a parrot cage and well worth the cost.

Whatever decisions you make about your parrot cage, keep in mind that parrots tend to live long lives, some as long as 50 years.  That being so, you will want to make sure your parrot cage is going to last many years.

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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