Parrot cage : How to choose it ?

Are you finally taking the plunge and wanting to have a parrot in your home? This bird, with its imposing wingspan, its hooked beak and its formidable intelligence, has pleased the most famous pirates of the rough seas and more and more enthusiasts like you. The choice of a parrot cage is therefore essential for the well-being of your feathered friend.

A cage adapted to my pet’s needs

With a life expectancy of thirty to sixty years (depending on the species), welcoming a parrot at home is a long-term investment. To apprehend this meeting, you must be well prepared by arranging a space dedicated to its needs, comfortable and spacious.

The size of the animal will be the first element to take into consideration for the acquisition of a parrot cage. There are a multitude of species, generally originating from the hot countries of South Africa, such as: the small Senegalese skiff, the grey parrot of Gabon, the parakeets or the majestic macaw with its bright colors, which will not have the same needs in living space.

The cage must be large enough for the king bird to spread its wings without injury. But on the other hand, not too much space, because the animal would lose its head! It would not be able to occupy all this surface… would feel bad and would develop a behavior without coherence, harmful for its mental and physical health.

A well arranged cage can accommodate two individuals, preferably of the same species, to restrict any contagious epidemics. It is necessary to take care that the construction materials of the cage are solid and the bars must be resistant to the powerful hooked beak, with an adapted spacing, to avoid any attempt of escape of the bird.

As a practical matter, several exits must be installed on the cage and triple secured! A padlock is essential on each opening, because the intelligent bird will quickly understand how the system works and will not hesitate to cast off and go on an adventure during your absence!

Essential accessories for his well-being

  • Cages are generally equipped with indoor perches and various food and water bowls, but for the animal’s well-being, it is highly recommended to add a few essential accessories to the layout.
  • An outdoor perch, since the animal loves to roam freely.
  • More than fond of refreshing showers and splashes, he will also be delighted to have a water bath at the bottom of his cage or suspended, specially designed for his stocky morphology.
  • Finally, there are plenty of toys to satisfy his mischievousness, sharpen his beak and file his big claws.