12-14-2008, 02:48 AM
Essentials to a Great Cage
Revised November 2017 by FaeryBee
Please note that if rope perches are used, you need to ensure your budgies are not chewing them.
Remove any cotton rope perch immediately if you notice any chewing or if the rope becomes frayed from the birds' toenails.
Toys containing cotton string are not recommended. Ingestion of cotton fiber can easily lead to crop impaction.
All members should have a second cage on hand for use as a quarantine/hospital/travel cage.
The excuse, "I don't have a second cage" when a budgie becomes ill or injured or needs to be separated from a cage mate due to aggressive tendencies is simply not acceptable.
Cage size and bar spacing is very important.
Many people think they have a "huge" cage when in reality it does not meet
the recommended minimum for the number of birds housed in it.
Bigger is better - the more room your birds have the healthier and happier they will be.
The space between the bars on cages for budgies should be no more than 1/2".
Cage width is important as budgies fly laterally.
Round cages are not recommended as budgies need to have corners where they will feel secure.
Having a variety of perches is best.
Having only dowel perches does not provide good exercise for the feet and legs.
Plastic perches are not recommended.
Natural wood perch
Multiple branch perch
Twisty branch perch
added by FaeryBeeRope perch
Comfy Clam Perch
Rope perches should be used only with extreme caution.
If a cotton rope begins to fray from use, remove and replace immediately.
Dangers of Rope Perches
Remember variety is key.
Placement of perches matters.
Try to place them in different corners, at different angles and or create a playground atmosphere with them.
Never use Sandpaper perch covers in your budgies' cages. Sandpaper perch covers are a primary cause of bumblefoot in budgies.
You can, however, safely use a sand or cement perch in your budgie's cage as one as you have a good variety of other perches available to them as well.
Natural wood ladder
Dowel Rod Ladder
Swings are a favorite of most budgies and there are many different types
Mini Flying Trapeze
Grapevine perch swing
Toys provide physical and mental stimulation and exercise. Rotating toys saves money and helps prevent budgie boredom
Budgies can never have enough bells.
Many toys come with a bell attached
Make sure any toys with metal are budgie safe.
Stainless Steel is best.
Prepare to buy more, as these may be gone in a few days
Combination Toys -
Other toys include maze and knot toys, sisal and leather toys for chewing and foot toys.
Designed to make budgies work for their food, these encourage physical and mental exercise helping to prevent obesity and its inherent problems.
Food and Water Cups
Many type and varieties of food and water dishes/bottles are available including:
stainless steel, acrylic, crock-lock and plastic
Keep in mind female budgies may use food dishes as a nesting site.
Choose a type dish that will discourage egg laying if it is being used in a cage with female birds.
Keep in mind that over time plastic can scratch and harbor bacteria so if the dishes become too worn, it is best to replace them.
Multiple dishes are recommended:
1. Seed mix cup
2. Pellet cup (pellets only)
3. Water cup
4. Vegetable cup
Budgies dishes (both food and water) should be washed daily.
Remember not to leave vegetables in the cage for too long as they may begin to spoil.
Cuttlebones and Mineral Block
Both should be provided in every budgie cage.
Cage Grates and Bedding
Edited by FaeryBee February 2016
The bottom of your cage plays an important role when it comes to budgie housing, as well as budgie health.
Many cages come with removable grates.
Placing clean paper on top of the grates allows a quick clean up.
Additionally, by changing the paper morning and evening, you can easily use the bottom of the cage as a foraging area for your budgies and encourage them to use the entire cage rather than just the top-most portions.
Other options for liners are white kitchen paper towels, white butcher paper and commercially purchased cage liners.
Having recently moved, I've discovered that for the Prevue Hendryx F040 and F050 cages packing paper is excellent to use as cage liners. I've changed completely from using newspaper to using only packing paper in my cages now. I purchase it in a 50 lb package and it lasts for months even when changing the paper in four large cages twice daily!
Corn cob bedding
These types of bedding promote bacterial growth as well as making it difficult to monitor droppings for changes in health.
Other Cage Accessories
Cages can be placed on any secure, spacious and flat surface or an appropriately sized stand can be used
Seed guards/Cage Aprons
Millet holders -
Secure locks -
Cage cleanliness is key to your birds' health.
If you wipe the cage, perches and toys down on a daily basis using either white vinegar or hot water, clean-up is quite easy.
Creating a great cage is fun while maintaining the cleanliness can be challenging.
The importance of maintaining a clean cage cannot be stressed enough with it comes to the health of your birds.
These are just some of the basic elements to ensuring you have a great budgie cage. Budgies adapt to change well, so rotate toys and perches to provide stimulation.
Options are limitless
Last edited by FaeryBee; 10-19-2018 at 08:49 PM.