Setting Up Your Birdcage

Have you decided that your Saint Lucie County home should have a bird and birdcage? Choosing the right birdcage is the most important thing you can do for your new feathered friend. There are many options when it comes to size, shape, and materials for birdcages. You’ll want to do a little research on your bird to find out what type of cage is best for him. Understanding the social needs of your bird is also crucial; for instance, some birds, like budgies, thrive better with companions. For more on this, read “Do Budgies Need a Buddy? The Truth About Social Birds.” In order for your bird to be happy, he will need to feel secure and comfortable in his new home, and he will need lots of stimulation as well.


Make sure that you choose a cage that has been treated with a nontoxic material. Stainless steel cages tend to hold up well to wear and tear, and are typically easy to clean, but there are other options as well. Wrought iron cages are very beautiful and sturdy.


Your bird will need three bowls. One will be for food, another for drinking water, and the third for bathing. Your birdcage will stay neater if you use a type of bowl that you can secure to the side of the cage.


Your bird will need different types of perches. Using different perches, at different heights, will keep the cage a bit more interesting for your feathered buddy.


You can use paper, bird liners, or other materials, such as corncob bedding or wood pellets, for bedding. Do some research to see if there is a favored type for your bird’s breed.


Where you place your birdcage is very important. It should not be in direct sunlight, nor too close to any heating or air conditioner vents. Because of fumes, your bird should not be near the kitchen either. If possible, your bird would enjoy a window view, so he can watch other birds in trees and the goings-on in your neighborhood. Setting bird-safe plants around your cage will also help your pet feel comfortable and at home.


Birds are very curious, and need lots of stimulation so they don’t get bored. There are some really cute bird toys available online and in stores, but you can also make your own. Change out your bird’s toys frequently, so his cage is always interesting.

Putting care and thought into setting up your birdcage will make your bird happy to live in your Saint Lucie County home!

If you have questions about the health, care, or behavior of your bird, do not hesitate to contact us, your local animal clinic in Saint Lucie County, FL. We offer comprehensive “Veterinary Diagnostics” services to ensure your feathered friend remains in the best possible health. Reach out to learn more about how we can support the wellness of your pet bird.

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