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    Bird Cages: Buying Guide

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Choosing the right bird cage is an important decision. There are a number of factors that must be considered when looking for bird cages so that your bird has the best home possible. Having the right bird cage supplies is vital for the health of your bird. See the following guide to choosing a bird cage properly. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Shape
    There is a wide variety of bird cages available and the type you need will depend on the breed you have. Some people prefer not to house their birds in round or dome-shaped cages, as there have been claims that these are not psychologically good for a bird. Smaller birds are better off in a long bird cage, rather than tall ones. This is because the bird can use the space better if he can flap his wings. Larger birds, such as parrots, should be housed in tall cages so they can climb and get good exercise inside.

    Features
    The lock on a bird cage is very important. If it is not secure enough, it can be quite simple for a bird to unhook the lock and escape. The materials used to make the cage should be non-toxic, such as wrought iron. Painted cages should be avoided as when the paint chips it could be harmful to a bird. It is worth investing a good amount in your bird cage as it will last a longer time. Cheap, plastic cages often do not last too long.

    Size
    You must buy a cage that is large enough for your bird. Never get one that does not allow your bird to fully expand its wings. Generally speaking, the bigger the better. Cages that are too small distress the bird and are very bad for their health.

    Location
    Before you set out to buy the cage, you should already know where you are going to keep it. The cage should be situated away from direct sunlight, heaters or drafts.

    Cleaning
    You must also think about how easy it will be to clean the bird cage. Will you be able to clean the bird cage supplies easily with its layout and shape? Retractable bottoms mean you can change the paper and gravel without any fuss.

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