Parrot Cage Purchasing Checklist

Absolutely Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Parrot Cage

Parrot Cages, Like The Birds That Inhabit Them, Have Many Characteristics That Can Be Plusses Or Minuses And Bear Researching Before Purchase

Parrots are wonderful, mystical creatures, whose life spans, intelligence, needs and quirks make them both a tremendous treasure and responsibility. Buying a cage for a parrot is no small task, since it becomes their new home. Replacing the diversity and stimulation of the jungle with a parrot cage may not be totally achievable, but with prudent planning, research, outfitting and setup, a parrot owners can make cages more promising for these tremendous winged companions.

Important Parrot Cage Hunting Features To Check

Since this cage is the parrot's new home, striving to create the best conditions is most important including health, safety, security, comfort, maintenance, longevity as well as aesthetics for you and the parrot. There are some key aspects in choosing a parrot cage including:

  • Budgeting adequately for the parrot cage; since it will need to serve the parrot and you for a long time, particularly when you consider the expense of replacing when saving a few dollars by selecting a "less than" product
  • Sizing the parrot cage for comfort, exercise and the living pattern of the species including how often your parrot will be allowed to roam outside of the cage.  Check out our bird cage buyer's guide for size guidelines.
  • Shape of the is very important since parrots can feel insecure with rounded corner cages. Also smaller flighted birds tend to fly back and forth so length is more important than height while parrots like the Amazon need height so they have plenty of room to climb up and down.
  • Location of the cage including considerations of traffic patterns in the room with their exposure to interct with you and other members of the family is good.  Most birds are social and benefit from positive human interaction.  Isolating your bird to a quiet room can cause behavior problems. 
  • Safety is also important when considering cage placement.   Be mindful of unwanted "escapes" out a nearby door and ready access to household dangers such as electrical cords that can be chewed.  
  • Be mindful of the room temperature of the room.  Wide temperature shifts when parrot cages are too close to windows can be deterimental to your parrot
  • Consider your personal schedule, focusing on how long the bird will be in the cage and the extent to which you have time to socialize and interact with your parrot.  Parrots are highly social animals and require significant interactions.  If you are able, consider purchasing a playstand which can be  moved throughout your home or a second parrot cage helping to mix-up your parrots home environment throughout the day.  If your schedule takes you out of the home for extended periods of time you may even want to explore a second parrot.
  • One of the most used features of any parrot cage is the access doors.  Look for wide access doors that provide easy access.  Quality construction, especially hinges and latches will promote longer cage life.
  • Construction material for the parrot cage which can be both a key safety issue like cages which rust or are hard to clean.  Larger parrots, especially Macaws and Cockatoos, are strong and can bend or break poorly designed parrot cages.
  • Proper parrot cage bar spacing to ensure that the bird does not get caught in any part of the cage trying to escape (too big and a head may be caught, too small and the bird may catch a claw).  As a rule of thumb the bar spacing should not be wider than the spacing between a birds eyes. Check out our bird cage buyers guide for guidlines
  • Cleaning issues including removable bottoms with enough distance between cage bottom and cleaning tray to prevent the parrot from going for old food (finish can be an issue here as well with non-stick surfaces making cleaning easier)
  • Coatings which affect so many aspects of the parrot cage including cleaning, appearance and safety with low toxicity powder coating (which often need to be tested or evaluated by the supplier) offering a good middle alternative between higher cost stainless steel (the highest quality) and less durable spray on paints
  • Coming with or having the ability to add a variety of sizes and heights of perches to the cage to allow the "hanging" muscles in the bird's feet to be appropriately exercised but without hindering the flight path
  • Parrot cage feeding, watering and bathing bowls that can be placed near perches but also can be accessed for easy refilling (swing out bowls are a nice option if the bird likes to peck at "the hand that feeds it"
  • Toy placement and frequent rotation, allowing a variety of diversions for the parrot in the cage, again without impeding movement within the cage itself
  • Other parrot cage accessories and addition such as the ability to add nesting materials (and perhaps nesting boxes) for the parrot's comfort, shower perches, play stands, bird baths, and more are all important to enabling a home environment that entertains and creates diversity for your parrot.
  • Roaming capabilities which may affect all of the issues above if you decide to let your parrot out of the cage for varying periods of time with and without supervision which may affect the placement of the cage which in turn can affect access for the bird to return for eating, watering and more
  • While the above may seem more complex a consideration list in buying a parrot cage than you consider, it is good to keep these things in mind when considering your purchase. Many of these features do not add much if any cost to the parrot cage and yet can provide much better use over time. Creating a comparison table with features and characteristics can help you rank and rate the relative value of each option. There are many, many parrot cages on the market, so using the above handy checklist will be a blessing in the long run since the choices you make are key in providing the correct cage for your parrot's health and happiness.

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    Tips for an Parrot Cages

  • Select appropriately sized cage offering plenty of room for roaming. 

  • Quality construction that will last for years, including bird safe paint.

  • Mulitple easy access doors that make regular cleaning easy.

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