How to Choose the Best Type of Cage for Your Small Birds
By Taylor Johnson
Finches, budgies, and canaries can be some of the best small birds to have as pets because they are so charming and beautiful. Bird owners know how satisfying it is to give their birds the very best cages and play areas. So, how do you go about choosing the best one that will fit all of your birdís needs and still fit into your home as if it was meant to be there all along? Take a look at these helpful hints and youíll soon find that a decision is easier than you thought!
One of the most important aspects of small bird cages is what shape the cage is. You can choose a wider flight cage to give your bird room to fly around in a limited space, but still allowing them to get some flight movement in (this is highly recommended). If you donít like the idea of having only a flight cage, you can certainly buy one for use during part of the day and then have a regular cage with either a flat top with a play stand on top or a dome top for flying height. Either way is fine and itís a preference that each bird owner will have. Look for dome top cages that convert or lift off so that you can set a playstand (purchased separately) on top for play time. This is a great way to save space and money by not having to purchase a separate cage for each purpose.
Speaking of playstands, be sure to get one for your bird! If youíre looking for something more natural, choose Manzanita because these branches have lots of curves. You can go with either a Manzanita tabletop playstand or one that comes with a perch that resembles a miniature tree. Be sure to get ropes, bells, and hanging ladders to add to the fun! If you want something that looks more like a cage and can be wiped down in a snap, then a powder-coated steel, stainless steel, or powder-coated wrought iron playstand is best for you. These play areas are easily dismantled and can be rolled outside for a good washing or wiped down inside with a mild detergent solution and washcloth. You can also purchase lift-off playstands for going on the top of your birdís cage top (flat tops only). This saves space!
Another great feature to look for in bird cages for small birds is for bars that are both vertical and horizontal. This may not seem like a big deal, but birds need to stay challenged and entertained. You canít be there 24 hours a day to play with them and exercise them outside the cage (such as when theyíre in a playstand). Itís great to see your birds climbing about in the cage, using the horizontal and vertical bars to exercise and stay busy. These types of small bird cages are large enough for multiple birds, many come with stainless steel food cups, and they are large enough to attach a toy or two without cramping the birdsí space.
So before you go out to buy multiple small bird cages, consider the various types of cages, cage tops, and play stands and try to purchase one that combines 2 or more of these features into your cage. Youíll save money and space and your bird will thank you for getting them the perfect cage!