Choosing a Bird Cage

Choosing a Cage

When you are choosing a cage for your pet bird you will need to bear in mind a few important facts:


Big is best

The cage should be as large and spacious as possible and should allow your bird to spread their wings and exercise.

View our bird Products section for our wide selection of bird cages and accessories

Cage location

Where you position your bird cage is important.  Birds are very sensitive to fumes and gases, which is why canaries were used to detect gas in coal mines years ago.  


Strong and safe

Ideally, cages should be made of stainless steel for strength and durability.  If you have a bird that likes to chew – such as a member of the parrot family – the cage needs to be tough enough to withstand their powerful beaks.  Avoid cages made of fancy wrought iron and painted finishes as these may be toxic and the scroll work can easily trap your bird's head, wings, feet or beak.   Our trained staff are happy to advise you on the best cage for your bird in store.


The bottom of your cage needs to be lined with either sand sheets, bird sand or wood chips to collect droppings and scattered food.  Sand sheets provide a good grip and also help to keep your bird's claws trim and clean.  A removable tray will make cleaning easier.



Your cage should have a variety of perches that are the right size for your bird's feet to grip.  Our staff are happy to help you choose the correct sized perches for your particular bird in store.  Perches should be positioned at different heights of the cage and near each food and water dish.


Toys and boredom breakers

Your bird will need plenty of toys and boredom breakers to keep them happy and healthy whilst in their cage.  There are a wide variety available from chimes, mirrors, mineral blocks, balls, swings and bells.  There are 5 types of toys for birds and you should have at least one of each:  1.  chewing toys, 2.  preening toys, 3.  foraging toys, 4.  teaching toys, 5.  foot toys.


Water, food and bathing

Fresh water and food should be provided at all times for your bird in suitable food and drink cups or dispensers attached to their cage.  

Birds need water to bathe in, which is an essential part of their grooming routine.  Bird baths are available to place inside your cage.   
Some birds prefer to be sprayed with water instead and there are bird-specific shower sprays that you can use to gently mist their feathers!  



Although birds do not use nest boxes to sleep in your bird may require nesting material if they decide to make a nest.  Bird nests and boxes are available for finches, canaries and larger birds such as parrots as well as safe and natural nesting materials.

At Night

Cover your bird cage at night so you do not disturb them whilst they are sleeping. This will also keep your bird quiet!  Covering the cage keeps your bird warm at night as the room temperature is likely to fall.   Do not use a cover made of fabric which could be toxic (such as polyester) or from a material that your bird could get their feet stuck in (such as wool).  The best thing to do is to buy a proper bird cage cover which will ensure your bird's safety.



Droppings and uneaten food should be removed on a daily basis and the cage should be cleaned with bird-safe disinfectant once a week.


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