The choice of a cage is an important subject because it is the habitat of your parakeet or your parrot, and this for many years. A cage is above all a living space, a sanctuary, in which a bird rests, plays, feeds, bathes, washes, in some cases flies, and even reproduces. It is in no way a prison or a place of confinement, and as such, it is necessary to take some precautions for the well-being of your protected.
Without a doubt, a rolling cage should be as large as possible for the well-being of your bird. When it comes to cages, size matters!
But, it’s not that simple, because a large cage takes up space and costs more. But would you agree to live confined in a very small area, without even being able to spread your arms? No, of course.
So if you are considering acquiring a parakeet or a parrot, especially if it is large, assess the budget for its habitat well in advance! And if that seems a bit too expensive for you, then it is better to consider a smaller bird.
But these dimensions are very theoretical and depend on the behavior of the birds housed
Parrots such as caiques, lorises, lorikeets, or some rosealbins have more energy than others and are generally over-active. They will use every cubic centimeter of their cage constantly. These birds need a larger cage. Canaries and many straight bills are also very active and need a lot of room.
The size of your cage must also take into account its layout. Because a cage, like a house, can be fitted out! You need perches, hiding places, swings, food dispensers, bowls, a bathtub, … and toys. And these accessories take up space. Beyond the size of the bird, it is necessary to integrate the space
You will find many different forms and principles, each with specific advantages and disadvantages. In general, there are 3 types of cages : the type called “closed”, “with an open roof”, or “with platform”.
these cages have a closed, flat or rounded roof (dome). These are the simplest cages, often the cheapest, more than enough to house a bird that has one or more independent play areas at its disposal. You can easily hang different accessories or toys on the roof since it is closed.
the roof of these cages opens in two and it is enough to place a perch between the two open parts of the roof. The parakeet or parrot can easily perch, and go back down to its cage to feed or drink. This opening is in fact an additional play area. Some open cage models accommodate a removable platform.
Cages with platform
the platform is located on the roof of the cage and consists of one or more perches. This platform is fixed, requiring no intervention. In most cases, the parakeet or parrot comes out of its cage and climbs directly onto its platform! These cages are particularly suitable when the bird has no other play areas available.