When you’re on the hunt for a new house or apartment for you and your family, you’re keeping a lot of factors in mind—including location, aesthetics, price, and comfort. After all, this is the place where you’ll be spending the majority of your time, and you’ll be intimately acquainted with every corner. When you’re shopping for a bird cage, think of it the same way. This is more than just a way to keep birds from flying away—it’s a home where they’ll want to be comfortable. With that in mind, here are a few quick tips for choosing a cage and a location that will keep your avian friends safe and happy.
Birds often become irritable when they’re confined to a smaller space than they’re comfortable with. If your bird is acting out, consider the cage they're being kept in. Are they able to move? Can they spread their wings? Do they have room to play with their toys? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you should be thinking about providing them with a bigger, more comfortable cage.
Make sure the cage you choose is big enough to keep your bird relaxed. It’s important that your bird has the space they need to thrive. Different birds require different amounts of space, so it’s helpful to do a bit of research when you acquire a bird about their needs in this regard. Depending on your price range and the amount of space in your home, this might even affect which species of bird you opt to bring into your home to begin with.
…but be mindful of the bars. It’s great if you’re able to give your bird even more space than they require, but if they're in a cage designed for a bigger bird, you should make sure that the bars are close enough together to keep them securely inside the cage. You wouldn’t want them getting stuck in between them—or flying loose altogether!
When it comes to location, it’s all about balance. Once you’ve decided on the right cage, there’s the matter of figuring out where to keep it. Many people like having different spaces in their homes. For example, maybe you like an airy space with lots of natural light during the day, but want a cozy bedroom to retreat to at night. Birds thrive when their cages are nestled up against a wall on at least one side to give them a sense of perspective, but you won’t want to keep your bird in a closet or another space that’s too tight. They also shouldn’t be directly facing a window—distractions outside can freak them out, and the temperature changes during the day can be uncomfortable. Birds do like to have a partial view of the outdoors, though, so placing your cage peripheral to a window is fine.
Get some face time. Many factors go into the location decision, but the most important one may sometimes be overlooked: make sure you’ll get some quality time with your bird. While you don’t want to overwhelm them with too much loud noise, birds love attention from people. Keeping the cage in a common area where you spend a fair amount of time can help ensure that they get the socializing they need to stay happy.