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    Choosing the Best Birdcage

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    All pet birds need a birdcage to live in. There is a huge variety in birdcages and you will need to get one that is suitable for your bird. Birdcages need to be large enough to allow the bird a god deal of movement and generally, you should buy the largest one you can afford in terms of finances and space. Birdcages can be bought from any number of places such as pet shops, markets and online. This guide outlines how to buy the best birdcage. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Buying the Best Birdcage

    • Probably the biggest factor in deciding which birdcage for sale that you buy is the size. As an absolute minimum, it needs to allow the bird to be able to fully stretch out its wings. Whilst the bird is sat on the perch, its head should not touch the roof of the cage and its tail should not touch the floor. Again, by the largest birdcage that you can realistically afford and have space for.
    • Birds will like to climb on the bars of their birdcage so you should look at birdcages that allow them to do this. It is important however that they cannot get their heads through as birds can accidently hang themselves on their birdcage.
    • The bottom of the birdcage should be made of a material that doesn’t rust, probably plastic but wood is also popular. The bottoms of birdcages should be high enough that droppings and dropped food does not fall out.
    • Perches are a vital addition to a bird cage and they allow the bird to get some exercise. The perches should be of different sizes so that the bird can exercise its feet and they shouldn’t be placed directly above food or water dishes so that they don’t get contaminated. All perches in a birdcage should be large enough so that the bird cannot wrap its toes completely around.
    • The placement of birdcages is very important to the mental and physical wellbeing of the bird. It should be higher rather than lower as birds fell secure at height. Do not place it anywhere that has regular and sizeable temperature changes such as in direct sunlight or somewhere there is likely to be a draught. Birds like to feel part of the family so the birdcage needs to be placed somewhere with lots of activity. Do not place a birdcage in the kitchen however; Teflon pans give off a gas that is toxic to birds.
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