If you are thinking of getting a pet bird firstly consider what a massive commitment it is. Depending on the breed, birds can live well over 50 years, will you be able to look after it for that long?
If you decide to go ahead then you will need to think about where you are keeping your bird. Your pet bird will spend a large proportion of its life in a cage, and it is paramount that the cage be spacious, comfortable and interesting for your bird.
It is necessary to strike the balance between a spacious cage and an interesting one. I have put together some tips and instructions for making your bird a perfect home:
Bird Cage Setting Tips
1. Making you bird’s environment interesting is incredibly important.
Bird’s are intelligent and enjoy toys and puzzles. Visit a pet store to get ideas and vary the toys you buy each time. Birds love hanging toys which are readily available from pet stores or you could look up how to make your own.
Ensure you leave enough space between each toy so that your bird can access each one, and that they are not too far from your birds perch. You should have a perch along the center of the cage to access toys but also a smaller one near the top, in a corner for roosting. Be sure to leave enough room between perches and the roof of the cage so that your bird can sit upright.
2. Next you need to ensure that your cage has good quality feeding coop cups, made of stainless steel or plastic.
Do not mount the dishes below the perches where droppings could end up in them. They should be placed in the lower third of the cage, and easy for you to remove to clean. The water bottle/dish should also be placed somewhere it will not get soiled by droppings, and easily accessed from a perch.
3. You will need to line the bottom of the cage with old newspapers or cage liners specifically made for pet birds.
Finally you must ensure the doors of the cage of very secure as birds are excellent at escaping, which means a padlock wouldn’t go amiss. Remember if your pet is always trying to escape it suggests boredom, and you need to regularly add new toys to keep them stimulated.
Finally remember that your pet will need time out of its cage everyday to be happy. It is never fair to keep a bird caged up constantly.