Make sure that
the cage that you purchase is adequate not only to house your
bird but also to provide her with enough room for activity.
The minimum requirement is that your bird be able to extend
both wings at the same time without touching the sides of
the cage from any angle.
You must also make sure that the bar spacing on the cage is
safe for your bird. There are various recommendations but
the basic idea is that your bird should not be able to put
her head through the cage bars. This can be dangerous and
lead to accidents. There are many birds that have hurt their
toes or other body parts trapped in these designs... better
safe than sorry.
You can purchase a cage made of galvanized wire. Some people
will warn you that this can be dangerous to the birds as the
zinc used in galvanizing the wire can be toxic to your pets.
Where this can be a real concern thoroughly washing and scrubbing
the cages before use usually eliminates the danger. Use your
good judgment as to what is safe; look for sharp edges etc....
Most cages come with perches, plain wood dowels or perches
made of steel or iron. Usually these perches are too big for
your bird's little feet and also not convenient for them to
What you want to do is provide your birds with perches of
different shapes and sizes to help exercise their feet. No
matter the size of the bird you want to offer perches that
range in size from pencil to large enough that your birds
toes don't reach all the way around. If you aren't able to
provide such a variety the perch should be large enough around
that your birds toes don't wrap completely around so they
touch, but no so large that the toes rest flat across the