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THE CAGE

Whenever possible, try to purchase the largest cage that you can afford and accommodate that is suitable to the species of bird you purchased.  Minimally, the cage should allow for the bird to spread its wings without touching the sides of the enclosure.  Anything smaller is too small.

The cage should also be wider than it is tall, yet still tall enough to accommodate the bird’s tail.  Avoid cages that are tall and cylindrical.  These types of cages aren’t very practical and don’t offer the bird useful room.  Also, avoid cages with ornamental scroll work.  Birds can get their leg bands and heads caught on the loops.

Bar spacing is also a very important consideration.  If the bars are spaced too far apart, smaller birds may be able to slip through or get their heads wedged between the bars.  Even if they don’t get their heads stuck, it still presents a danger in homes with other predatory animals like cats and dogs.  The cage should also have some horizontal bars so that the bird can climb around the cage easily.

LINING THE CAGE

There are a variety of bedding materials on the market that can be used to line the cage.  We feel the best cage liner is newspaper covered with a layer of ground walnut shell. This type of bedding work wonders at controlling odor and are environmentally safe.

A grate with adequate distance between the cage and lining pan is a must in order to prevent the bird from having access to droppings and discarded food.