Birdcages and the overall enironment for your bird is extremely important for their health and wellness.
Nearly all pet birds are social animals and benefit from human interactions and activities that keep them active and busy. The following are some tips from Dr. Jill M. Patt, DVM from Mesa Arizona regarding the do's and don'ts of birdcage location and care. (Learn more at Little Critters Vet)
DO place the bird cage in an area of the house where the bird can see and interact with the family.
DO place the cage in an area with partical view out a window so that the bird can escapt from unwanted frightening views.
DON’T place the cage directly in front of a window, which is subject to dramtic temperature shifts and also doesn’t allow the bird to “escape” the view.
DON’T place the cage directly in line with a heat or A/C vent.
DON’T place the cage in a kitchen or bathrooms situation that might have large variations in temperature and toxins. Some considerations include toxins from self-cleaning ovens or aerosol that are released in the bathroom.
DON’T place the cage in the center of activity for the house this can result in stressed and sleep deprived bird.
It is good to have a night cage in another room. This allows the bird to be placed in the sleep cage at the same time nightly, preventing sleep deprevation. Ideally, the room should be one that is quiet and dark after dusk.
An outdoor enclosure provides your bird with a safe area to enjoy direct sunlight and offers great simulations. Full-spectrum lighting is recommended if natural lighting is not available. Even those by a window will not benefit from the sun because the window acts as a filter preventing a bird from absorbing the benefits of the sun such as Vitamin D3.
A cage should be an enjoyable and safe place for your bird. All birds should be caged when you are not able to directly supervise them. An unsupervised bird will chew anything in reach (even electric cords and items containing toxins), it will roam the house and can be stepped on or get injured in other ways.