Enclosures for birds come in numerous shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. Many are designed primarily to appeal aesthetically to the client, but fail dismally to address the needs of the bird.
The materials or design of the enclosures should be as spacious as possible with emphasis being on the length more so than the height. The absolute minimum width would allow a bird to spread its wings without touching the sides of the enclosure.
The enclosure should be easy to clean and constructed of a durable non-toxic material. It should be secure and free of traps where the bird can get toes, brakes, or wing tips stuck.
Newspaper and paper towels appear to be the best substances for the bottom of the enclosure versus wood chips or ground corn cob which promote growth of pathogens. Cedar, red wood, and pressure treated wood chips should not be used for substrate or nesting materials in the birds home. The enclosure should minimize exposure to its own or other bird’s droppings.
Please keep in mind that birds, like all pets, need stimulation. Your avian friend’s house should be placed in the room where he or she will be able to socialize with you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us here at Briarwood and we will do our best to help.
Written by: Dr. Randy Stirling