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    How to Choose Budgie Cages

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Budgie birds are some of the most popular breeds of pet bird in the world. Originating from Australia, this bird is colourful and has a feisty character. Although the budgerigar is easy to care for, it is vital that they are given the right sort of bird cage because they are part of the parrot family. See the following guide on choosing budgie cages to make sure your bird stays healthy and happy.

     

    Size

    First, choose a budgie cage that is appropriately sized for the bird. A bird cage that is marketed as a “parakeet cage” will not be sufficient in size for a budgerigar. These birds are active and will require a cage that is at least 50cm wide and 30cm deep.

     

    Bar Spacing

    Budgie birds are very small and could become trapped between cage bars if the spacing is not narrow enough.

     

    Finish

    The finish of the bird cage is an important choice too. Powder-coated and brass budgie cages are both good options. Stainless steel cages are durable and easy to clean, but can be quite tricky to find to suit a budgie. Do not buy painted, wooden, bamboo or plastic cages as these can either cause harm to, or be destroyed by the bird.

     

    Doors

    Ensure the latch mechanisms on all doors to the budgie cage are appropriate. Guillotine-style doors are the common option, however these are not the most secure. Budgies can quite easily escape through these. Fitting a steel quick link or similar device can make sure that the budgie cannot get out.

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