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Bird cages come in many different shapes, styles and sizes. Remember - this is your petís home, so it should have enough space for food and toys, and enough room to spread its wings without touching the sides of the cage. You will also want a bird cage that is big enough for your pet bird to climb up and down. Remember this standard rule: bigger is better when choosing a cage for your pet bird. Bird cages that are too small can cause anxiety in your pet, which results in screaming, biting, feather plucking and nervous birds. Bird cages should have bars spaced so that your pet cannot get trapped between the bars. Size is most important Ė after that, the shape and style of the cage should fit both the bird's needs, as well as yours. Round cages are generally poor choices except for finches and canaries. All other birds need square or rectangular cages. Make sure you choose a cage for your pet bird that is constructed of sturdy material and one that has a finish to prevent rust.

Bird cages generally come in small, medium and large sizes. Small cages are for small birds such as Parakeets, Canaries, Finches, Budgies, Lovebirds and Doves. A small bird cage should have a half-inch or less bar spacing. Medium size birds such as Cockatiels, Caiques, Conures, Wea-vers and Senegals need a medium size cage. The bar spacing on a medium size bird cage should be half-inch to 5/8 inch. Large cages are for African Greys, Parrots, Cockatoos, Amazons and Macaws. A large bird cage should have bar spacing of one or more inches. Be sure to check the bar spacing on your cage, as improper spacing can cause injury to your pet bird.

Accessories for bird cages includes stands, bird clips, ladders, bird nests and nesting material, bird rings and swings and seed guards. Bird stands keep the cage elevated and away from ventilation and drafts, as well as providing a decorative function for your home. Another important function of a bird stand is to bring your pet bird closer to eye level, which helps make your pet feel acknowledged and encourages interaction with the family. Bird clips are used to attach other accessories to the cage, such as toys and treats. Birds of all kinds, especially parrots, cockatiels and cockatoos, love to climb, so ladders are an important part of your bird cage. Bird cage ladders come in all kinds of colors, which make them attractive to your pet bird and fun for you, too. Bird rings and swings mount inside the cage and are good choices for birds that don't climb, like finches and canaries. Almost all birds, however, enjoy the rocking motion of a swing. Bird nests and nest boxes give pet birds a sense of security. It is recommended to attach a bird nest securely in a high spot in the cage. You can also add nesting materials for your bird to build or decorate their nest. Birds like to play with their food and this can become very messy, so seed guards prevent seed from spraying outside onto the floor.


 


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