The 10 Best Bird Cages
10. Zeny Play
9. Vision Hagen
8. Prevue Pet Select
7. Mcage Large Flight
6. Yescom Glider
5. Yaheetech Aviary
4. Prevue Hendryx
3. Yaheetech White
2. Prevue Wrought Iron
1. Prevue Pet Empire
Make Sure The Caged Bird Sings
Just as space, comfort, interactivity, and style are important considerations for choosing a home, the same is true for a suitable enclosure for a feathered friend. Where you keep a pet can have a dramatic influence on its behavior. For the avian enthusiast looking to give their pet bird a comfortable place to call home, the bird cage is a necessary containment tool, as it offers the animal its own enclosure within which it can play, eat, sleep, and fly freely to maintain its own natural instincts without escaping.
Bird cages are classified into four categories, including flight, dometop, playtop, and classic types. Flight cages are more commonly associated with aviaries, as they are typically large and wide enough to accommodate multiple birds with the freedom to fly around inside from perch to perch. They are ideal for housing small songbirds like finches or sparrows due to their erratic flight patterns. They are also a good option for outdoor use due to their overall size dimensions. Dometop cages are characterized by a curved and expanded top section, which offers extra interior space for those types of birds who enjoy climbing, and they give birds extra headroom without sacrificing additional floor space in one's home.
Playtop cages are designed for particularly active birds and offer an integrated play section on their roofs where the animal can interact with the whole family without having to leave the safety of the cage area itself. They can feature additional hanging toys, walking logs, and even climbing apparatuses. Classic cages are typically boxy in style, but they can also be large enough to accommodate large parrots (e.g. the African Grey). They are similar to flight cages but more proportional in size to fit in smaller homes.
Regardless of whether a cage is intended for a small or large bird, the materials used to construct it can vary greatly. The most common material used is stainless, galvanized, or powder-coated steel, as it's strong enough to withstand the abuse that a large bird could inflict on the cage itself, either through play or through potentially destructive behavior. That said, many cages offer a variety of safety features in addition to their durable construction. Cage latches, for example, come in three different types, each of which are specially suited to prevent escape. Cages can feature sliding doors that use gravity to keep them closed, swing-out doors leveraging a tension closure, and hinged doors leveraging a dead-bolt style latch-and-key system. Many cages also have built-in access and feeding doors, allowing owners to place their arms inside for safe food and water deposits.
Flights Of Fancy
The size and health of one's bird are important considerations when investing in a cage. For example, a large-sized cage with extra height will allow big parrots to move around, stretch their wings, and play in your absence. Many large cages are also equipped with durable access doors and secure latches that are easy to manipulate.
The cage should be easy to clean, especially when it comes with slide-out litter trays that can be removed from the cage's bottom and washed separately. Many cages also come equipped with caster wheels for transporting to different areas of a room without having to take the bird out of the cage each time.
Consider your bird's behavior when looking for additional cage accessories, such as perches of varying lengths to support your bird's feet and chew-proof feeding dishes made from ceramic or steel.
Finally, think about the materials and assembly time required to put the cage together. Materials should be nontoxic, especially if the bird tends to chew on the bars or door handles. If you do a lot of traveling and plan to take your feathered friend with you, try to find a cage that is relatively easy to put together and take apart.
A Brief History Of Bird Cages
Some of the earliest bird cages were not reminiscent of handmade net enclosures or simple boxes created from wood, rope, woven reeds or bamboo. The Paquime Indians of the northwest corner of the Mexican state of Chihuahua (called Paquime or Casas Grandes) were breeding scarlet macaws and housing them in elaborate, adobe clay pens between 900 to 1340 CE. These adobe pens were shaped and smoothed by hand, contained stone doors and plugs, and served to keep the macaws cool. The people also harvested the birds’ feathers for use in their ceremonial rituals, which was a common Meso-American practice at the time. It is also believed that these feathers were traded with Native Americans in the southwestern United States.
By the seventeenth century, bird-keeping became trendy in both England and France. However, it wasn't enough to simply keep birds protected, rather, the cages had to be elaborately decorated. These cages were often made with a combination of mahogany wood or brass and fitted with porcelain and silver bowls. It was equally important for the cage to provide a visually stunning effect for the homeowner and not to just serve a functional purpose. The cage represented more of a status symbol than anything. This trend continued well into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as bird dwellings were more reminiscent of houses than they were for the birds themselves.
By the beginning of the twentieth century, bird cage manufacturers began producing painted tin cages to keep up with the growing popularity of canary enthusiasts. The use of tin gave way to brass by the 1920s. Many brass cages included a stand from which the cage could hang, allowing the cage to stand alone on the floor rather than having to be placed on a table. Realizing that birds preferred the security of a wall or solid structure behind them, these stands evolved into those stainless steel and plastic cages still common today, most with a primary focus on practicality, function, hygiene, and safety rather than on aesthetics.