Do parrots NEED a cage?

by Lisa
(PA)

Dante at 4 months old.

Dante at 4 months old.

I have my two parrots in a bird ROOM. I have a Blue Fronted Amazon who is 12 and an African Grey who is 4. I would love to keep at least the grey out of his cage all of the time. I would never keep both out 24/7 because Azul (the Amazon) annoys Dante (the grey). I was going to build a large play tree for Dante to live on. Good idea bad idea? Why?

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Jul 07, 2009
Birds do need a cage
by: The Vet

Birds need a cage for security and protection. A playgym is terrific for this. Having them spend most of their time out of the cage is good, however. But, you do not want to leave them out unattended when they are both out or when they can climb on each others cage. They will get their toes bitten.

Dr B

Jul 05, 2009
Do parrots NEED a cage?
by: diego

they dont need a cage if they have a bird room put there food anywere its good because they have open space fly and stretch and bad that they might be on the door

Jul 05, 2009
birds need a cage
by: Linda

The parrots need a cage to live in. We also have our birds in their own room, and they have cage to be in to be safe. Leaving a bird on its own all the time can cause many problems. Firstly, if Dante decides to fly or climb over and get on top of your other bird's cage, the other bird can tear off his toes. I have seen this behavior with parrots. The other reason they need a cage is to feel safe. The only time any parrots should be outside their cages in a play area such as you have is when you are there to supervise. Birds can do a variety of things not good for them if they know they are on their own without mommie there. They will tear up wooden windowsills or any other wood trim you may have in room. If you have any light cords for grow lights hanging down, they will sever those, electrocute themselves and possibly burn your house down. If you have curtains or blinds on a window in bird's room, these will eventually be torn to ribbons. Parrots are destructive creatures in the wild and in unsupervised situations in the home.

If you wanted both birds to be in same cage, you'll need to buy what is called a Macaw flight cage (very large and expensive HQ cage). It has a divider that slides into a middle frame, and birds can be in same cage but have their own perches, feeding and water dishes and toys. Or you can just buy a cage sized for your Cockatoo. If this is one of the larger species of Cockatoos, he will need a large cage. Your Grey also needs a cage at least as large as one sized for an Amazon parrot.

Other reason cages are good is birds need to have a set bedtime where lights are out and/or cages are partially covered. They need about 11-12 hours of darkness and the same of daylight. A bird feels very safe all tucked into his cage at night, and a cover really makes them feel secure.We had fireworks all around last night, and our Amazons slept right through it all in their cage with top and three sides covered.In winter, we put the front flap down too for warmth.

Linda

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