Budgies are very intelligent and love to socialize. They enjoy your company, as well as the company of other budgies. They are fun to watch because they thoroughly enjoy playing with their toys and chewing on things.
Budgie Cage Types
There are a variety of types of budgie cages to choose from. They come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. There are simple and practical budgie cages, and there are more elaborate cages that look like furniture. The following are common budgie cages available:
- Powder Coated Cages – These cages are less expensive than stainless steel cages; however, they do not last as long. If you maintain the cage and clean the cage without using abrasive cleaners, this could help lengthen the life of the cage. Check to see if the cage has been made from non-toxic materials.
- Stainless Steel Cages – These are more expensive cages; however, they tend to last a long time. Consider this type of cage as an investment if you intend on keeping your bird for many years. Ensure the cage is made of 100% 304 grade solid stainless steel.
- Plastic Coated Wire Cages – These are the least expensive of the budgie cages, and they are the most toxic if your budgie likes to chew on the bars. If you do decide to go with this type of cage, inspect the cage regularly to ensure the plastic is not chipping away, as this will expose the toxic metal underneath.
Stainless steel is the most recommended; however, it is more expensive. If you choose the other types, then make sure they are maintained and inspected on a regular basis.
How to Choose
The cage you choose will depend on your style preferences, décor, and budget. After you make a decision on the type of budgie cage will best fit into your needs, then you will need to determine what size to purchase.
Budgies are very active and energetic. At the very minimum, you should purchase a cage that is 18 inches wide and 18 inches long. This size cage will be okay for one or two budgies, as long as you allow them to fly around the house for a few hours each day. While the above size is adequate for a budgie; if you can swing it, a cage that is 30 inches long would be much more enjoyable for your bird. It will allow for room to fly around.
It is important to have a perch for your bird. There are many perches that are the size of a lead pencil; however, these are not recommended as they can cause foot problems, such as:
- Sore feet
- Broken toe
- Broken joints
It is important to the health of your budgie to buy a perch for your cage that is at least half an inch wide. If possible, a perch made from natural branches is ideal.
Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the cage is essential in keeping your budgie safe and healthy. Clean the food and water bowls on a daily basis. Once a week, at least, change the paper lining and clean droppings from the perches and toys with diluted vinegar water. Once a month, you should clean the cage with diluted bleach. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of bleach. Toys, perches, and dishes can be washed in the dishwasher with hot water to kill any bacteria.
Where to buy
Budgie cages can be found online or in your local pet store or pet shop.
Remember, the bigger the better for your budgie. If you do decide on a smaller one, make sure you let your budgie out for some playtime and free flying.