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How to Build a Good Bird Cage

Updated on December 28, 2021
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Nyamweya is a Kenyan scholar who has done many years of research on a diversity of topics.

How I Managed to Build a Bird Cage

Birds are very amazing creatures. Personally, I love birds. Magazines, TV programs, and articles about birds always capture my attention. Due to this, I decided that I needed a bird pet so that I can feed him and play with him. I talked to my friends and family about the bird I had chosen as my pet. Choosing was not very hard since I know a lot about birds including types and most of their adaptations (Breittruck, 2012). So I shared about my preferred choice which was a pair of canaries. My parents were happy for me but they asked me where I would place the birds since I had no cage? I was excited by the idea of having a pet that I even forgot to remember some major considerations like a bird cage. I started doing some research on various types of types of cages so as to come up with the best option for my canaries. I could buy an already made cage but that was quite expensive. The option I went for was to build my own. This would be cheaper. However, I had never built anything before and I realized I needed a lot of support from my friends and family. My parents would assist me to purchase the raw materials needed to build the cage. Some of my friends had bird cages and they would greatly help me during the construction of the bird cage. I found some abandoned materials at the garage and I thought I could use some of them which would actually save some of the costs.

Collaboration with Others so as to get Ideas

To be honest I had no idea on cage construction. This meant I had to find collaborators who would shower me with ideas on the construction of a cage. I consulted some of my friends who have passion about birds. John is my best friend and he knew a lot about bird cages. He introduced me to a friend of his dad who not only had ideas about the construction but also knew how to carry out the construction. According to the guy the foremost thing to consider is the style to be used on the cage. He informed us that every bird has a required style for its cage. He took us through four most commonly used styles. These styles were the classic cages, play top cages, dome top cages, and the flight cages. After considering the four styles I finally arrived at the conclusion that a classic cage was the most convenient for me and my canaries. The reasons being that, it is cheaper compared to any other style and it is proportionate to size

My dad is friends with Mr. Gayle who is a professor in ornithology and he promised to enquire some information about canaries from him. The professor had some really important knowledge which assisted in designing the cage. He said that the canaries were not climbers like parrots, they are more of flop hoppers (Ożarowska, Ilieva, Zehtindjiev, Åkesson, & Muś, 2013). This meant that a wide rather than a tall cage was the best. However, from further inquiries, a wide and tall cage would do no harm. This collaboration with my family and friends led to me collaborating with other professionals who gave great ideas and they played a huge role in the success of the construction.

Learning how to Build a Bird Cage

This was a very challenging part of my project but all in all, I managed. It involved collecting information on the right materials to use for the construction, the required cage measurements, the right tools to use for the construction, the right features to input in the cage, and I also had to acquire some skills needed to operate some of the tools I was to use.

First, the shape of the cage was to be that of a cuboid so my measurement would have to reflect on this. I got some information on the best canary cage measurement from the internet together with some of my friends. The site I visited recommended a cuboid with a width oftwenty-four inches and a height of twenty-one inches. The site also provided information on the best materials to be used in the building of the cage. The best cages are made out of cage bars which should not be more than half an inch in cases of canaries’ cage. The metallic cages have an advantage over wooden and plastic cages. The bird can chew its way out over time due to the active playing of the birds. The metal bars should be welded to prevent the canaries from injuring themselves.

The cage should be fitted with a strong latch. According to (Guillette, Scott, & Healy, 2016), a sliding latch is the best since the bird cannot push it open. Some of the tools I would use were a welding machine which would assist attach the metal bars, a metal cutting saw to help me cut the metal bars to the required lengths, and a tape measure to make the right and required measurements.

Audience to Pilot the Project

This was the hardest part of the whole process. It was the actual construction and I had to be on the right might at the moment. I invited my dad by so that he could guide me where I did not know and correct some of my mistakes. He is an engineer so this would be a bit easy for him. I also invited bobby, my uncle who owns a garage downtown. I had watched some YouTube videos on a construction of a cage and I hoped it would help me during the construction. I also invited my mom for some moral support. At first, I found it very challenging to make measurements on the bars and cut precisely. My uncle bobby who is very good at it showed me how to and after two attempts I was excellent. After cutting all the bars in their required sizes I proceeded to the next point of welding them to make the cage. The machine needed high care handling which my dad explained in details. A problem again on maintaining of even distances between the bars was apparent. At times I even exceeded the minimum space of ½ an inch required in canaries’ cages (Frankl-Vilches, Kuhl, Werber, Klages, Kerick, Bakker, & Leitner, 2015). My dad who is perfect on this guided me through and I was able to perfect.

Fitting of the latch was also a big challenge but with the help of my dad and uncle, I was able to fit it perfectly. After finishing up the welding and the cuboid cage was complete, my dad reminded me of inserting a tray at the base of the cage to making cleaning easy for me

What I Learned from the Process

Indeed, the process of building a cage was a great experience for me and I can say that I learned both moral and technical aspects of life. Morally, I learned the best things in life take a long process and effort to get to their perfection. One has to be patient and still put a bit of effort to achieve his goals. For my canaries’ cage to be complete and look so good I had to invest a lot of my time and effort researching and building it. Secondly, I learned about the advantages of teamwork and cooperation with others. The teamwork I had with my friends, family and acquaintances were a major cause of the success of my project. Regular consulting and discussion are the key to success of teamwork. During my project, I consulted about some things which I was not sure about. Where we had a common point we discussed it further to come up with better results.


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