Introducing your bird to a new cage

Author: Kimberly Santor

What is the right size cage for my parrot?

How important is the right size cage?

The truth is size is very important to your birds mental and physical health.

These are the minimum sizes for your bird to be comfortable and happy. You must take into account how active your bird is and how much time he spends in his cage.
It is best to get the largest cage that you can.

Minimum Cage Sizes

Budgies – 18 x 18 cage – 1/2″ spacing

lovebirds – 18 x 18 cage – 1/2″ to 5/8″ spacing

Cockatiel – 22 x 17 cage – 1/2″ inch to 5/8″ spacing

Conure – 24 x 22 cage – 5/8″ to 3/4″ spacing

Caique – 24 x 22 cage – 5/8” to ¾” spacing

Amazons – 32 x 23 cage – 5/8 ” 1″ bar spacing 4mm bars

African Grey – 32 x 23 cage – 5/8 ” 1″ bar spacing 4mm bars

Smaller Cockatoos – 32 x 23 cage – 5/8 ” 1″ bar spacing 4mm bars

Larger Cockatoos – 36 x 24 cage – 1 inch bar space 5mm bars

Macaw – 36 x 24 cage – 1 inch bar space 5mm bars

Help your bird adjust to his new cage

Let your bird watch you set up his new home. His natural curiosity will flow.

If your bird is very frightened leave the cage within sight but far enough away to give some comfort.

Move the new cage a little closer every day until it is in reach of your bird.
(This is for birds that are very nervous and frightened of new things)

Birds are very much creatures of habit and routine. A new cage is a brake in his safe routine. Some birds will see a new cage as being a scary new object
So let your feathered friend adjust to this scary object in his own time.

Place some of his favorite things in the new cage. If the cage has a play top attach toys and put some of his favorite food in the new dishes. Even if he won’t approach the new cage having his favorite things within sight and easy reach will keep him interested and his natural curiosity will draw him to try out this new place in time.

Some birds will adjust in a day. Others will take longer. But all birds will adjust and be happier and better off for having a bigger newer more comfortable cage.

Cleaning your Birds Cage

Your birds cage should be cleaned often to avoid infection and disease. Keep perches free of feces. Food should never be allowed to sit around or under the cage to spoil. Grates should be scrubbed every week with soap and water, water and vinegar or a bird cage cleaner that is safe for birds. Every season the cage should be scrubbed and disinfected outside. An ounce of bleach to a quart of water will disinfect the cage. Make sure to rinse it good and allow the sun to dry it and evaporate any bleach water. The sun is a natural disinfectant.
All toys should be inspected daily for any hazards. And rotated to avoid boredom.

A clean cage will go a long way to keep your bird healthy.

NOTE: Stainless Steel cages should only be cleaned with a non-abrasive
bird safe cleaner or just good old soap and water.
If you have hard water in your area it is always a good idea to dry your stainless steel cage to keep it beautiful and spot free.