Bird Cage Construction and Bar Spacing

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This article is posted as part of PGAA’s curation efforts. This was originally posted at Innocative Cages

 

Bird Cage Construction

 

Bird cages are made from all different types of material in order to please all price points. The problem is, not all of these are good enough to stand up to daily use by your bird. Having multiple cages will provide your bird with the proper amount of stimulation and interaction with family members. Having an outdoor enclosure will provide your bird access to fresh air and sunlight.

Wire Bird Cages

Wire cages are suitable only as temporary transport devices, if that. They are flimsy, break easily, and can contain toxic metal dust and flaking. Most bird cages of this type are made for decorative purposes only, showing how they are prized as beautiful additions to homes and special events. Buying your bird s cage from a reputable retailer will ensure that it was made for pets and not for displaying candles.

Metal Bird Cages

Metal bird cages are a step up. The finest options have powder-coated metal that resists rust and is easy to clean. This finish can wear down over time and will have to be touched up or replaced. If you don t want a silver cage to clash with your home decor, powder-coated cages come in a variety of colors like snow flake white or cornflower blue.

Stainless Steel Bird Cages

The most expensive option, stainless steel cages are built to last. Galvanized steel is a more affordable option that still provides a sturdy bird cage. Risks of using galvanized steel include zinc toxicity from the plating process.

When touching up damage or scratches on your cage, make sure you consult the manufacturer to get recommended paints and other tips. Just picking up an item at the craft store could cause you to unknowingly expose your precious bird to a number of poisonous substances. Quality control of bird cages made out of the country is more difficult to regulate. If possible, buying an American made cage will give you the peace of mind that it has been through a thorough inspection and testing process.

Bar Spacing

Bar spacing is one of the most essential parts of a quality bird cage. You need to make sure that your bird will not be able to get his head, wings or feet stuck between the gaps. If there is excessive spacing, your bird may even be able to escape! Make no mistake about it, birds have a lot of time on their hands to figure out puzzles. To prevent these fates, there are standard spacing guidelines already in place to help you shop for the best cage.

Bar spacing for small birds should be no larger than five-eighths of an inch.

Recommended bar spacing for medium-sized birds can range between one-half to seven- eighths of an inch. For large birds, three-quarters to one and three-eighths is an acceptable range. Here is a list of common pet bird types and suggested bar spacing.
Small Birds: 1/2 to 5/8 bar spacing

  • Budgies*
  • Canaries*
  • Cockatiels
  • Finches*
  • Lovebirds
  • Parakeets
  • Parrotlets
  • [Smaller] Conures

*1/2 bar spacing is ideal.

Medium Birds: 1/2 to 3/4 bar spacing

  • Caiques
  • Conures
  • Lories
  • Mini Macaws
  • Pionus
  • Quakers
  • Ring Necks
  • Senegals
  • [Smaller] African Greys
  • [Smaller] Amazons
  • [Smaller] Cockatoos

Large Birds: 3/4 to 1 bar spacing

  • African Greys
  • Alexandrine Parakeets
  • Amazons
  • Cockatoos
  • Congos
  • Eclectus
  • Hyacinth Macaws
  • Macaws
  • Toucans

Use your best judgment when deciding what the right size cage and spacing of bars is for your pet.

This article was originally posted at Innovative Cages and PGAA was authorized to post by Shaun Kennedy. 2016 © Innovative Cages