Proper Parrot Cage Placement

A Low Cost Way to Improve Parrot Health through Proper Parrot Cage Placement

Why A Room With a View May Be Good For You, But Not Always For Your Bird

While many bird owners spend time selecting the perfect cage and accessories for their beloved parrots, they often ignore one simple and free way to improve their parrots' health: cage placement. A parrot's environment extends beyond the bars of its cage with a variety of different factors impacting daily life. Improper parrot cage placement can cause many types of physiological and psychological problems for birds. Parrots that are comfortable in their environments are healthier, happier and more enjoyable companions for their owners. Below are some simple, free guidelines for parrot cage placement that will improve a bird's quality of life.

Why Placing the Parrot Cage Against a Wall Can Be A Good Thing

Many amateur bird owners assume that their parrot will appreciate the view of a window, or sitting in the middle of a room with more space to look around. These inclinations can actually cause stress on a parrot that has a natural instinct to take cover. In the wild, parrots live inside of trees or other thick forest areas where they can securely raise their young. A parrot's home environment must resemble this natural habitat to offer him the best comfort.

The activity a parrot might view outside of a window can startle him, and a cage that limits his ability to hide will cause distress, especially when he becomes sexually mature and recognizes his status as prey. To help prevent the stress of constantly feeling threatened, an owner can position a parrot cage against a wall or cover one side to create a sense of security and cover.  A partial view of a window and/or lighted room is ok as long as the parrot cage, also offers the bird a sense of protection.

Pay Attention to the Temperature Changes Around the Parrot Cage

Another reason parrots shouldn't have a window seat is because of the dramatic temperature changes that occur in these areas of a home. Drafty windows can be too cool for parrots in the winter. On the other hand, while natural light can have its benefits for parrots (including internal clock and metabolism regulation), direct sunlight in a warm room can overheat them.

The temperature of a house can vary throughout the day and birds have little means to adjust; therefore, it is important to choose a location with a consistent temperature for a parrot cage. This means avoiding locations near heating or air conditioning vents or other rooms that can rapidly change temperature, such as a kitchen. Regular, radical temperature changes will have an unhealthy impact on a parrot.

Parrot Cage at Chest Level is Best

The hieght of a parrot cage hangs can also impact the bird's behavior. A parrot cage should not sit on the ground. Parrots are natural climbers. They like to fly on perches and sit on arms or shoulders. Birds feel insecure or anxious when they are on the ground. A parrot cage that forces them to remain low will cause unnecessary stress. Additionally, a parrot cage shouldn't be hung above eye level because it will give the bird a sense of superiority, which can cause behavior problems.  Chest level parrot cages are typically the best, helping promote personal interactions with their owners while avoiding possibilities for insecurity or behavioral problems. 

Be Mindful of Placing the Parrot Cage Near Home Hazards

Each home is unique but be mindful of home hazzards.  Often times the kitchen and bathroom have sharp edges, dangerous chemicals and hot surfaces.  Both of these rooms also have variable heat and humidity levels, which can adversely affect a parrot’s health. Additionally, cleaning solutions or air fresheners that are regularly used in these rooms may be toxic to the parrot.  It can also be easy to forget those rooms with doors or windows that are frequently left open.  

A Parrot Cage Placement Checklist

Don't:

•Place the cage directly in front of a window
 •Place the cage in a room that varies in temperature or humidity
•Place the cage next to heating or cooling vents
•Position the cage above eye level or set it on the ground
•Place the cage in a room with potential hazards to the bird's physical health, such as the kitchen or bathroom

Do:

•Place the cage against a wall that enhances your birds security.
•Place the cage in a frequently used room promoting frequent interactions between yourself and your bird.
•Choose a room that encourages socialization with the bird
•Position the cage at eye level
•Carefully monitor the bird for signs of stress that may be related to cage placement

An optimal parrot cage placement ensures the parrot feels comfortable and unthreatened. Cage placement is a crucial component of a parrot's overall health and should not be overlooked in his care. Parrots need to establish themselves and feel adjusted in their environments. This means that their locations shouldn't be changed too often, causing unnecessary stress and reorientation to their surroundings. Attentive owners can watch their parrots for signs of discomfort and then use these simple tips to experiment with ways to improve their health.

Bad amazon parrot behaviors are often due to cage size and placement
Parrots appreciate socialization, so placing a parrot cage at eye level is the healthiest stimulating height for them. But while they require social interaction, too much commotion will overwhelm them. Owners can select a room that doesn't see large amounts of unexpected traffic, but still exposes the parrot to some of their daily activities and encourages regular socialization.

Amazon training can help behavior problems as well as larger cages

This is an example of a large vertical format cage that would suit the needs of many parrots and homes. This room placement near, but not in front of, a window gives parrots a sense of security and shelter without creating fears from activity outside. This style also saves space in a home by using more vertical rather than horizontal space..