A majority of people make the mistake of assuming that the cage that they saw their bird in at the pet shop is perfect for it. However, this is not true as stores only use these cages temporarily and primarily for feeding and resting.
Your pet will share their home space with perches, feeding dishes, toys, a ladder, a swing and all the other bird accessories bought online. Shop4pets.com.au notes that adding an extra bird at some point is a possibility. As such, you must plan for that as well.
With that said, purchasing a bird cage requires guidelines to ensure that you get the best.
1. Bar Spacing
Bar spacing is an important aspect of the cage. Reason being, it serves different purposes all the time. For instance, small birds, such as lovebirds or parakeets need bars that do not exceed half an inch to prevent them from getting stuck or squeezing through the bar.
On the other hand, large birds require horizontal bars to give them a place to climb and exercise on.
2. Bird Type
Just because a cage is perfect for a parrot, does not mean it will be for an African Grey. For instance, if you will be keeping finches and canaries, enough flying room should be present since they fly a lot.
In other cases, hook-billed birds and other large birds should have climbable cages for comfort and so that they can exercise. Long-tailed types, such as macaws and conures, should have cages long and wide enough to accommodate their tails.
3. Material and composition
A cage is vulnerable to stains, scratches, flakes and chipping by the pet. Other than stainless steel, all the other metals are bound to rust, discolour and eventually corrode, depending on your environment.
However, you can maintain the finish on the top surface by frequently wiping flung and food droppings as well as water spills. Note that you should never use metal polish or paint on your cage as it is toxic to birds.
Do not place cages in open sunlight to prevent your pets from overheating. Since the air is always cooler near the ground, find a low and comfortable position for your cage. You could also mount a thermometer on a wall near the cage to know and control the temperatures.