Budgie Cages

Helpful information about budgie cages: what the best cages are, what cages to avoid, & where to find the cages you want.

my farvorite budgie picture

bugdie in finger

two budgies

a yellow budgie

The first step with owning a budgie is to choose the right budgie cage. But how do you do that? Here are some helpful guidelines to help you choose.

  1. Get the right size cage.

    Make sure you select a cage that is an appropriate size for your budgie. You don't want to get a cage that is too small, and doesn't let your little bird fly around. Budgies are active birds - they like to move. So make sure you get a cage that lets them do that. They do best in cages that are at least 20 inches wide and 12 inches deep. The height of the cage should be at least 12 inches. And of course if you can get one that is bigger, then everyone will be happy.

  2. Make sure the cage is made of good material.

    Avoid painted cages and cages made of lead or other toxic metals. Avoid plastic cages or wooden cages, as your budgie will likely tear it to pieces before long. Stainless steel cages are best - they are very durable and easy to clean.

  3. Get a cage that is easy to clean.

    Look for cages that allow for easy daily cleaning. If the cage has a grate, it should slide out without trouble. Don't buy cages with plastic bottoms which can trap food and bird droppings, leading to mold in your cage.

  4. Be sure the cage is secure.

    An unsecured feeding door on your budgie's cage may allow him to make a quick escape, and you don't want that. Be sure to check the latch mechanisms on all exits and doors to the cage - they should all have latches or quick-links to make sure your bird doesn't get out.

  5. Make sure the spaces between the bars are not too wide.

    A cage with too much space between the bars can allow your bird to become trapped. Space between cage bars should be 1/2 inch or less to avoid any mishaps.

Making your budgie happy in his or her cage:

  • Give your budgie toys to play with in his cage. Budgies are smart animals and want mental stimulation. Giving them some good toys will keep them happy in their cages.

  • Put perches in the cage. Perches of varying width, placed at various heights, promote healthy birds and help prevent foot sores that may develop if your budgie only has a wooden dowel to rest on.

  • Horizontal bars - budgies love to climb!

  • Avoid round cages - budgies don't feel safe in them. make sure your cage has at least one wall for your bird to retreat to (and that wall should ideally be pushed up against a wall of your room).

  • Cover the food and water in the cage so that droppings don't get in.

  • Put a food bowl in the cage for each budgie, so that they don't end up fighting over one bowl.

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