Finding a quality bird cage
Are you in need of a new bird cage? Cage shopping can be overwhelming, frustrating, and time consuming. But don't be discouraged ... when you find the perfect cage there isn't much that is as rewarding ... and yes, fun! There are so many brands and models to choose from not to mention all the little things you have to consider, such as: bar spacing, cage dimensions, style and brand, just to name a few. There are so many options out there, how can you ever narrow it down?
First, decide what you want the cage for. Will it be your bird's permanent residence? Or used as a sleeping cage or perhaps a travel carrier. Next, consider the size of the bird that will inhabit the cage. Let’s assume for the sake of this article the cage is a permanent residence. Rule of thumb is that the cage must be wide enough for the bird to stretch its wings out fully, without getting tangled in the bars. Ideally the cage should also be double the height of the bird. For a smaller species, this could lead to the conclusion that a small cage will work. This is not true. Most small birds are very active and appreciate room to roam. And don’t forget that no matter how small or large a bird is the cage must accommodate more than just the bird. Multiple perches, toys, food/water bowls are necessities and take up space. And for some birds, items like sleepy tents are welcome accessories.
Next, consider your budget. While used cages sometimes prove to be good investments be sure to be sure the powder coating is in good shape, there is no rust, and the overall strength of the cage is intact. Before allowing your birds access to a used cage disinfect the cage thoroughly with a mild bleach or products such as Pet Focus. If using bleach be sure to rinse the cage promptly so the finish is not affected. It is possible to find a service that can re-powder coat a used cage. However, if the powder coat is of safe quality and the workmanship meets a high criteria the expense may not prove worthwhile when added to the initial cost vs. a brand new cage.
Alternatively to a used cage, there are a number of cage manufacturers providing beautiful environments in all styles, sizes, colors, finishes and amenities. Both powder-coated cages as well as stainless steel or aluminum cages are available to meet most any need. Prices vary, but they will be more expensive than used cages. But with a name brand cage you can depend on the safety of the powder-coat and general construction and that it will be appropriate for your bird.