Bird cages: Home to your feathered friends
A bird cage is home to your feathered housemates and should always be tailored to their needs. Hence, it's important not to make any rash purchases. If you choose a home for your birds with great care and pay attention to the right fittings and regular cleaning, budgies, canaries and parrots will thank you for it. In our bird shop, you can find a range of popular bird cages as well
What types of bird cages are there?
The common bird cage is probably still one of the most popular types: Due to its small dimensions, it is more suitable for acclimatisation or transport instead of as a permanent domicile. Larger models offering birds more freedom of movement have become more popular in previous years. These are also known as aviaries. Large bird cages on wheels are in demand for indoors. When the weather's good, it's easy to roll them out to the balcony. However, bear in mind that bird cages shouldn't be in direct sunlight. There are very large mobile aviaries for gardens that can be made into a real paradise for birds. Our bird shop also offers several wooden or metal bird cages – you'll definitely make a find.
Where should you set up bird cages?
Litter for bird cages is a good choice for the lowest level. This can either be traditional bird sand or beech wood granules or hemp litter. You then need food bowls or a food dispenser, as well as a drinking trough and limestone to provide minerals. You can also combine feeding with activity by hiding snacks for birds in digging boxes. Bird perches, bird toys like willow balls or cork discs and climbing frames are other fixtures, although don't fill the cage too much.
How and how often should bird cages be cleaned?
Use one-week intervals as a rough guideline for cleaning the cage. However, the size of the cage as well as the number of birds may make it possible to clean it less often or may require more regular cleaning. Always remove old litter completely. You're best off cleaning bowls under running hot water, such as in the shower. Use at most a neutral soap, no harsh or perfumed cleaning products. Do exactly the same for cleaning food bowls and drinking troughs. You can simply wipe down perches and toys with a damp cloth.
Which bird cages are suitable for budgies
Bird cages for budgies should be as wide and rectangular as possible. They are in the right range for a pair of budgies with a width of 100cm and a length and height of 80cm. There are no upper limits to the dimensions. If you choose a smaller model, a daily hour of flight indoors is particularly important. Ideally, the cage door will be open at all times. Make sure too that if you buy a cage, the space between lattices is much narrower than a budgie's head.
What needs to be paid attention to if you want to hang bird cages on a wall?
The issue of safety is very important when it comes to hanging a bird cage on a wall. If the cage falls down, there is clearly a very high risk of injury. You should use at least three parts for fixings with hooks, then even if one hook fails, the other two will still keep the cage in a horizontal position. There are also wall brackets to which you can fix a chain on which the bird cage then hangs. Models with a ring or similar device on top are also useful for this. When choosing a location, you must ensure that the cage isn't hanging in direct sunlight.