If your kids have been begging for a pet lately, but you just can’t tolerate cats or dogs, a bird might be a viable option for you. Birds can make great companions, often are quite affectionate, and generally are fun to have around. Just make sure you get the right bird cage for your new pet bird.
Things to Consider When Buying a Bird Cage
Generally speaking, there are four major things to consider as you purchase a bird cage and prepare to bring home a new feathery friend.
1. What Type of Bird You Will Get
Birds as pets have been around a long time. Centuries, or millennia, in fact, have found birds as companions for humans. Many species, like parrots and budgies, talk or sing in response to human interaction, which makes them especially appealing over less talkative or friendly species.
Before you run to the pet shop and get the prettiest bird, learn a little about the species so that you know the supplies you’ll need, the level of care given, and any other pertinent information. Some species are a lot more work than others.
Several of the most popular bird species are:
- African Greys
Lesser known, but still great pet bird species include:
- Indian Ring Necks
2. What Each Species Will Generally Cost
Different birds have difference prices. The more exotic the species, for example, the more costly he’ll be. Their supplies will also differ in price, so keep these figures in mind as you research and decide.
3. Supplies You’ll Need
Not only will you need a bird cage for Polly, but you’ll need a variety of other supplies that may include:
- Water bottle/dish
- Species specific bird food
- Bird cage cover
- Shredded paper or other lining material
- Avian first aid kid
- Phone number for a local avian veterinarian
Bird Cage Types
Bird cages come in a variety of styles and sizes. These differences, of course, are based upon the species each one is designed for, as well as the decorative styles preferred by the owners. You’ll find an assortment of cages that include these types:
- Small Bird Cages
- Large Bird Cages
- Decorative Bird Cages
- Floor Bird Cages
- Flight Cages and Aviaries
- Table Top Bird Cages
- Antique Bird Cages
- Play Stations/Play Cages
4. Space Usage
The final component of deciding what kind of bird(s) to get is how much space you’re able to give up to his cage. If you’ve got a small apartment, this will limit your options. If, however, you’ve got a large porch with windows and heat, you could get as many birds as you like, and keep them in large cage that works for a miniature flock.
The Best 3 Bird Cages
1. Prevue Hendryx Pet Products Wrought Iron Flight Cage
Finches may be small, but they, and canaries, do best with a lot of space for flight. The Prevue Hendryx Flight Cage is perfect for keeping your flock of finches happy as they flit and fly around. This bird cage includes a removable gravel tray and storage rack, and is built onto casters to make moving it easy and stress-free.
2. Yescom Bird Parrot Cage
The Yescom Bird Parrot Cage is great for a variety of birds including parrots, cockatiels, and furry non-bird fliers like sugar gliders, and leapers like chinchillas.
This particular cage is coated with a non-toxic powdered finish, and is one of the more attractive options in larger, rolling bird cages.
3. Prevue Pet Products Penthouse Suites Curved Front Bird Cage
Our top pick for small bird cages is the Prevue Pet Penthouse Suites Curved Front Bird Cage. While this little cage isn’t actually vintage, is has a retro feel that suits classy, retro-decorated spaces. This cage is designed for cockatiels and other smaller birds that don’t need as much space as a finch does.
The stand this bird cage comes with helps it feel secure, and the flat back shape is perfect for placing against the wall.
Other Bird Cage Options
Of course, if you love antiques, you can always scour thrift stores, antique malls, and flea markets to find the perfect antique bird cage.
Since bird cages are a thing in DIY décor, you can easily find a variety of options in more traditional styles. Just be sure that any cage you purchase is actually designed for birds, and not just for use as a decorative home piece.
Bringing Polly Home
You’ve decided which kind of bird to bring home, you’ve purchased the supplies, and located a local avian veterinarian. The only thing left to do is find and bring home Polly. Take your time to find him, and then take your time letting him integrate into your family. You’ll be both glad that you did.