Bird Cage Selection Tips

If you are a new bird owner or have never researched parrot cages before, the process of selecting the right cage can be a true challenge. Because of this we have created this bird cage selection tips article that will aid you in the process of choosing the right cage.

Bar Spacing of the Bird Cage

The most important factor when selecting your bird's cage is the bar spacing. There's really no "minimum" on bar spacing width, but there's definitely a "maximum". If the bar spacing width is too wide for your bird, it could escape it's cage and possibly injure itself in the process. It's vital that you check the bird cage bar spacing guide before settling on the bird cage you find.

Internal "Living Space" of the Bird Cage

Second only to bar spacing, the internal "living space" of the cage is most important. Avian experts and knowledgeable parrot owners agree that it is vital to your bird's health to have plenty of internal room in your bird's cage. A bird wants to swing, spread her wings, and play inside of her cage. If your bird feels confined within her cage, she's going to develop attitude and health problems over time. We highly recommend checking the bird cages by species guide to determine whether or not the cage you have your eye on is recommended for the species of your bird. Obviously, the larger the bird is the larger it's internal living space needs to be. And to further complicate things, many bird owners have 2 or more birds inside of the same cage. As a general rule of thumb, the internal dimensions should be 150% larger for a second bird to comfortably fit inside of the same cage.

The "Look" of the Bird Cage

After we've considered all health and happiness factors for the bird, the look & design of the cage is generally also quite important to a bird owner. We want something that looks like it's high quality, but also goes well with the style of the room or space it's going into. It's recommended that you strongly consider not only the colors in the space, but also the color of your bird. A cage puts your bird on display. So you want the color of the cage to contrast well with the dominant colors of your bird. When the cage is the same color as your bird, it's hard to see the bird from outside of the cage.

If you can afford it, stainless steel is a great finish to consider for your bird's cage. It looks great with the decor and style or virtually all spaces, and it contrasts well with the color of most birds. Stainless steel is also easier to keep sanitary for your bird & offers many of other amazing benefits. It's really the way to go if you can afford it!

Shape of the Bird Cage

As mentioned above, the internal living space is the second most important factor when selecting a bird cage. In general, the more "living space" for your bird inside the better. Because of this fact, most people go with a dometop style of bird cage. However, if you do go with a dometop bird cage, you will not have any sort of playpen or playtop for the bird to play on outside of the cage, so it's recommended that you also get a playstand of some sort. It's important that your bird has an activity center outside of the cage and is able to utilize it on a daily basis.

If you decide to go with a playtop style cage, you will instantly have a place for your bird to play outside of it's cage. And often times, you can leave the cage door open and allow your bird to climb the cage to play on the playtop, but return back into the cage whenever she wants to. Just make sure that the internal living space of the playtop cage is adequate for your species. This is even more important with playtop cages because the living space is shrunk due to the shape of the upper portion of the cage.

Brand Name of the Bird Cage

You wouldn't believe how many different brand names of cages we've seen come & go over the years. Literally, dozens & dozens, and possibly even one hundred or more. Most of them are around for a few months, have huge quality issues, struggle to correct the issues, and end up giving up. It is extremely rare for a name brand to stick around for the "long haul" in this particular market. The reason for that is because of the fact that bird cages are extremely complicated to manufacture. It's very challenging to find a factory capable of producing high quality bird cages. It's almost an art form that takes some serious practice to perfect.

We cannot persuade you strongly enough toward a brand name that has been around for at least 3 or 4 years. The new companies are just bound to have far too many issues the first couple of years they're in business. Not to mention the fact that very rarely do brand new manufacturers bother getting the materials used in their products tested for toxins. This has been a major problem in the bird cage market over the years & continues to be a concern today. It's very important that the powder-coating that's used to coat the cage be tested to assure the toxicity level is below the allowable amount. Otherwise, your bird is at a high risk of being poisoned by it's cage.

So for those reasons, and many others we won't go into here, we strongly urge you to select a name brand bird cage from a manufacturer that's been around for a long time. Here at we strictly carry bird cages from manufacturers that have been around for a long time, and are known for their high quality, safe cages. Over the years, we've carried just about every major brand name out there, and we offer the ones we offer for good reason. We are approached weekly by manufacturers of new brand names, and we refuse to offer their products in our store. It's important to us that we only offer cages that we would house our own birds in. At this point, the only brand names we trust and offer to our customers are: Avian Adventures, A&E Cages & HQ Cages. In our expert opinions, you're making a mistake if you buy a bird cage made by anyone else!

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