Let’s look at a topic not thought about a lot, but necessary for any bird owner. When purchasing a bird cage, you will need to pay special attention to the bird cage doors and the bird cage floors.
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Bird Cage Doors
Bird cage doors are a point of weakness in parrot cages in a lot of cases. A simple hook will present little by way of a challenge to these intelligent birds, allowing them to escape into the room in your absence, with potentially serious consequences.
Aside from the risk to your furniture, a parrot may turn its attention to live electrical flex and electrocute itself as a result.
It is always a good idea to reinforce the door fastening by means of a combination padlock, which the parrot will have much greater difficulty in opening. If you don’t need to get the door often open a good strong keyring will also do the trick for smaller parrots.
In most cases, you will be able to replenish the bird’s food and water from the outside, but check that the food bowls cannot be dislodged by a bored parrot in search of a challenge.
If you are in doubt, use a padlock for them as well.
Once a parrot has mastered the skill of opening its cage door or any of the openings, it is likely to continue to do so, even if it leaves itself without food and water as a result.
Bird Cage Floors
The other important thing to assess when looking at a bird cage is the ease with which it can be cleaned.
Some cages are supplied with mesh grids above the floor area in order to stop the lining, such as sheets of a newspaper being disturbed and gnawed up by the parrot. In reality, however, droppings collect on the mesh, and so this has to be removed and scrubbed off.
It can also represent a danger to the bird because it might end up with its foot stuck as it tries to walk over the floor area. I, therefore, don’t use the grid that comes with the cage for this reason.
The tray at the bottom of the bird cage should be heavy-duty. Check that there are no dangerous gaps or sharp points, particularly at the corners where the metal has been folded up at the sides to make a lip.
It is quite possible for a bird to become trapped there and to slice its toe on the sharp edges of the metal.
Finches and canaries are less vulnerable than parrots and mynah bird’s because their cages usually have plastic trays, but beware as there could be a large enough gap for them to escape through once the tray is removed for cleaning purposes.
Things To Consider When Purchasing Your Bird Cage:
- Ease of cleanliness is an important consideration in cage design. Make sure the lining try of a bird cage can be removed easily for cleaning.
- Are containers supplied with the cage? These can be plastic for smaller birds, but metal is preferable for parrots with larger and sharper beaks.
- A cage with a large opening provides good access to the interior of the cage, and it will also make it easier to tame your pet bird.
- If the cage is large it should have wheels to allow it to be moved easily.
- If the cage is going to be outside for a lot of the time it should be rustproof.
- Make sure the cage is big enough for the type of bird or bird’s that you are going to house.
- Wooden perches are best.
Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions about birdcage doors and birdcage floors.
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