Are you a first time bird owner and bought the first bird cage you saw in the pet shop because you think it looks the same with others? Or did you have a hard time choosing from all the different bird cages available today? Well, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I admit. I have experienced all these things, too.
I’ve been with my chocolate Labrador for a couple of years already. Since he was a pup, I was the one who took good care of him. When I travel, I make sure he comes with me. Sometimes, I even take him to work. It’s just that I won’t last a day without seeing him.
Last Easter vacation, I decided to pay my mom a visit. Again, I brought my pooch with me. With my mom, my other siblings, and my lab, we went to the beach and played different games for Easter. We also shared sumptuous meals together. We definitely had loads of fun.
Unfortunately, we had to bid them goodbye earlier than expected as there were things in the office that needed my immediate attention next morning. Before I left, my mom took out a lovely cage covered with a very thin cloth. She said she just wanted to give it to me so that I won’t get bored at home. When I removed the cover, five lovely little budgies were there.
When I arrived home, I just placed the cage on top of the table and stared at it for a few minutes. Confused, thrilled, amazed, happy – I don’t know how I would feel. I don’t have any idea on how to take good care of them. Whenever they chirp, my chocolate Lab would bark and then reach out for them on the table. And so I thought, how do I make sure they live their lives without having to feel threatened or frightened?
Suddenly, the thought of me working for Australia’s leading pet enclosure store sank in. I am confident that we have something in store that I can use. Yes, I know you know what I was thinking. A bird cage, a bigger one! Can you guess which one I got?
Before I answer that, let me introduce you to the different types of bird cages you can see in pet shops. While some appear like a simple piece of furniture, others are unique and practical.
Compared to stainless steel, a powder-coated bird cage is less expensive. Also, it doesn’t last long. To be able to extend its life span, it has to be cleaned carefully and non-abrasive cleaning materials should be used.
These days, powder-coated cages are sold in different sizes, shapes, and colours. But before buying, make sure that it is non-toxic to prevent any casualties from happening.
Stainless Steel Cages
Noted for its ability to withstand daily wear and tear, stainless steel cages are among those that are easy-to-clean. These are also known to be non-toxic, which makes them an ideal choice for all bird breeds, regardless if it is big or small.
Although these are quite pricey, the initial investment will definitely pay off in the succeeding years, especially if you plan to raise more birds. If you decide to buy such type of cage, just be certain that it is made from 100% high-grade solid stainless steel. Otherwise, it will suffer rusting.
Plastic-Coated Wire Cages
Like the powder-coated cages, plastic-coated wire cages are also very pocket-friendly. But then again, they can be toxic for some birds, particularly the parakeets as there are tendencies that they will chew on the cage bars.
To ensure not a piece of the plastic is removed and to avoid exposing the toxic metal beneath, it has to be checked every now and then. Nevertheless, it comes with advantages. Not only is it easy to clean, it is also very cost-efficient and is available in a variety of sizes and designs.
These are just among the most common bird cage types sold in the market nowadays. You can still see other types, which are more or less a combination of these three.
Now that you have a better understanding of the different types of cages, maybe you can guess which one I bought. Yes, you are right. I got my budgies a large stainless steel cage. Although it is a bit pricey, in terms of quality and size, it is definitely worth it.
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