In the wild, birds enjoy immense freedom by being able to fly basically anywhere they want. If you have a bird at home, it’s essential to your bird’s physical health and mental wellbeing that they have as much freedom as possible. However, since most owners aren’t comfortable with allowing their birds to just fly as they want, the next best thing is to provide them with a large bird cage.
What is a “Large” Bird Cage?
The problem here is that “large” is a relatively term when it comes to birds: what could be considered a large cage for one species of bird could be considered as too small for another. As a rule of thumb, your bird cage should be large enough to allow your bird to stretch their wings without them hitting the sides, and they should be able to fly around easily and comfortably. They should be able to move from perch to perch without having to bend their bodies, and there should be ample space between the top and bottom of the cage that the bird can stretch out to their complete height if they want to. So, if you have a larger species of bird such as parrots, conures, or cockatiels, you need a large bird cage that can accommodate both their size and their need for space.
Common Cage Materials
You can find a variety of materials used in creating large bird cages, such as wood, stainless steel, iron, and even plastic. Each of these materials have their own pros and cons.
Wood cages are commonly home-made cages, with the wood usually used as the frame top, and bottom, and the chicken wire used as the sides. Wood cages are cheap, and you can easily make one with instructions that you can find on the Internet.
The problem with wood cages is that they’re not as durable compared to steel or iron cages, and if you don’t treat the wood, it can weaken and rot over time, especially if your bird relieves itself on the wooden floor. Your bird’s waste will seep into the wood, and it can cause bacterial or fungal growth if you don’t clean it properly. What’s more, if you have a bird with a strong beak such as an African Gray, they can chew up the wood and eat their way out.
Large plastic bird cages are commonly found in pet shops, and depending where you buy them, they can be cheap or really expensive. If they’re coming from a pet shop, they usually come equipped with other accessories that your bird needs, such as perches, food and water containers, and even toys. Plastic is also easy to clean.
Similar to wood, however, plastic is weak and easy to destroy for strong-beaked birds. Even if you purchased a cage made from hard plastic, it won’t take much for your bird to chew through it.
Large bird cages made from iron are usually collector’s items, and they are expensive, strong, and durable. However, they are usually fixed (it’s difficult to add accessories to them, such as additional perches because you would need to weld them in), and they’re very heavy. However, they are easy to clean, and your bird won’t be able to destroy the cage at all.
Stainless steel is the most popular material that is used to create large bird cages. They’re relatively cheap, easy to work with, and it won’t be difficult to find a metal worker who can create a custom-made bird cage for you. They’re easy to clean, easy to transport, and your bird won’t be able to chew the stainless steel.
Benefits of a Large Bird Cage
Providing your bird with a large bird cage has significant health benefits. You know that you are providing the best possible living situation for your bird, and it also allows for a better relationship between you and your pet. Here are some of the benefits that come with a large bird cage:
- Better physical health – your bird will be able to move around and even fly a little bit, so they can exercise and play as needed
- Better mental health – a large space means that your bird will be able to stimulate themselves through playing and exercise, and they won’t get bored in their living space. This results in a better and calmer temperament for your bird.
- Security – if your bird is able to move around as they please, they can create their own sleeping and safe spaces inside their cage.
There’s no denying that a large bird cage is a huge investment; you get what you pay for! However, if you’re really interested in providing the best living conditions for your pet bird, you will pay for a suitably large bird cage for them. In general, it’s best to get a custom-made bird cage, so that you can adjust the dimensions and space as needed, and you will be able to add whatever features that you think your bird might need and enjoy, such as additional perches, a space for their nest, food and water containers, and even places to put toys.