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How To Buy The Best Cockatiel Cages

Updated on February 23, 2013

Tips To Choose The Best Cockatiel Cages

Buying a new Cockatiel cage can be a challenging task for new or first time buyers. If you don't know how to buy the best Cockatiel cage, here's a complete guide for you to help you choose the right cage for your Cockatiel. Before you read this guide, bear in mind that it's very important to buy a cage for your pet that will make him feel safe and comfortable. Pay close attention to the next 3 important tips in order to make sure that you are buying the right cage.

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Check The Size of Different Cockatiel Cages

You can easily find a good Cockatiel cage for your lovely little pet in a wide range of sizes. But you need to pay close attention here because size of a cage decides whether your pet is going to have a good time in the cage or not. It is advised to buy a large Cockatiel cage that should come with sufficient inner space so your Cockatiel can move inside the cage without any problem. What's more, make sure that the inner space allows your bird to spread his wings without hitting the side bars and without getting caught in the bar spacing. Buy a cage that has a dept and width of 18 to 50 inches, and a height of about 25 to 75 inches.

As a guide, look for a cockatiel cage that is at least 20 inches wide and deep, and 24 inches height. Larger cages are the ideal home for your pet. Ideally, a comfortable cage should have a bar spacing of 1/2" or 5/8", and it should be ¾ of an inch wide.

Tip: It is wise to buy a "square-shaped" large Cockatiel cage, so your pet can nest in any of the four corners and feel safe.

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Check Bar Spacing of a Cokatiel Cage

The second most important thing that you must check in a Cockatiel cage is the bar spacing. As I have advised you to buy a large cage, it is important to carefully check its bar spacing. Bar spacing of a Cockatiel cage should neither be too wide nor too narrow. It's because if it's too wide, your Cockatiel is likely to escape from the cage. Plus, too wide bar spacing can cause harm to your pet, as your pet can get his head caught in the too wide of a space. Conversely, if the bar spacing is thinner, your pet will face difficulty in grasping the bars while climbing up and down inside the cage. What's more, your pet can get his feet caught in the bars which can cause injury.

Tip: It is strongly recommended to you to buy a large Cockatiel cage with bar spacing between ½" to ¾" of space.

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Check The Functionailty of Cockatiel Cages

And now, last but not the least, carefully check the functionality of a Cockatiel cage. A good cage should come with a removable grate. Its slide-out trays should allow you to clean the cage easily. Also, pay attention to bar material. If you're on a budget, you might want to buy a cage with welded wires, but this type of cage will get excess of zinc that could be very dangerous fir your pet. A good choice is the one that has plastic coated bars.

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How to Keep Your Cockatiel From Escaping?

Keep Him Occupied

Cockatiel is a light-bodied bird so it flies with great ease. Many people prefer clipping their Cockatiel's wings, which is a good option. If you want to keep your bird from escaping, you have plenty of other ways that you can use to keep your Cockatiel from escaping. These ways are good for those who don't want to use wing clippers to clip their Cockatiel's wings. Some of the best ways include:

  • Cage latches
  • Bird toys
  • Appropriate bar spacing
  • Buy a tame bird or tame your bird so it will not escape
  • Equip cage with perches

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      5 years ago

      Good article! My husband built a cage for our birds. But they are a breeding pair and now I have 3 "kids" to find homes for! Interested? Email me! You'll need a cage! jordiemann at gmail dot com. Thanks!


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