Did you know that January is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month? Have you recently decided to adopt a bird? Good for you! We love seeing animals get second chances. Of course, making sure that your feathered friend has a roomy, comfortable cage is very important. Birdcages are definitely not one-size-fits-all, so you’ll want to do some research before you go shopping. Here, a Pickerington, OH vet offers some tips on getting a birdcage.
Bigger Is Better
Polly will spend a lot of time in her cage, so make sure it’s nice and roomy. We recommend getting the biggest cage you can afford. Your winged buddy will thank you! (Some birds will literally say ‘thank you,’ but that’s another topic.)
Don’t buy a cage unless you know what it’s made of. Some cages contain materials that are actually toxic to birds, like zinc.
Be Wary With Used Cages
Used cages are generally cheaper than new ones, but proceed with caution. If the cage’s former occupant was sick, the cage could be contaminated with dangerous germs.
Check Bar Spacing
Look at the spaces between bars. Generally, they shouldn’t be more than about a half inch apart. Otherwise, your pet could get stuck!
Go For Extras
A cage is a one-time expense, so it’s definitely something to splurge on. Extras like removable playtops and access doors may cost more, but are usually worth it in the long run.
Research Polly’s Species
Different types of birds need different types of cages. For example, parrots love to climb and play, so they need lots of vertical space. A finch, on the other hand, would need a more horizontal cage, since they fly horizontal. Do some research, and ask your vet for more information.
Pick The Space First
You may find it helpful to decide where the cage is going before you go shopping. That way, you’ll know how much room you have to work with. You’ll also have an idea of where the access doors need to be. Keep in mind that birds often get uncomfortable if they feel too exposed. A quiet corner in a living room or family room is often ideal. That way, Polly can see and hear you, but won’t feel vulnerable.
Please contact us, your Pickerington, OH vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your bird’s health or care. We’re here to help!