How to Pick a Location for a Bird's Cage

Two Parts:Locating the bird's cageBringing the bird home

Locating a bird's cage in the best place depends on a number of factors, such as enabling frequent interaction with the bird, hygiene of the household and avoiding hazards such as cooking odors and fumes. This article will explain some of the ways to pick a good location for your bird's cage.

Part 1
Locating the bird's cage

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    Locate the cage in a place you can easily see the bird most of the time. Your bird is a social being and will appreciate the interaction when it and everyone else is awake. Even if your bird isn't a talker, it's observing what others are doing and listening all of the time.
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    Put your cage in a suitable room. This might be the bedroom, the living room, or even outside in a wind-sheltered spot. Be aware that the kitchen is not a good location, for various reasons, including the heat, the potential for hazardous fumes, the lack of hygiene for the human inhabitants and the other kitchen chemicals.[1]
    • Choose somewhere that has an easily cleaned surface beneath it. Bird droppings and food leftovers all over a carpet are not easy to remove and present a hygiene hazard.
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    Hang your cage well above the floor. Don't place it on a shelf or on top of a cupboard. Stability is very important for the safety and well-being of the bird.
    • Birds also tend to like having a wall behind one side of the cage, so as to help reduce the feelings that predators might be looking at them from all directions.

Part 2
Bringing the bird home

  1. 1
    Get the cage before you get your bird. The cage must be a good size for the bird, leaving it plenty of space to move in. The size will vary depending on the bird type and size
  2. 2
    Leave your cat with someone else for a day or so when you first bring the bird home.
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    Put the bird into the cage. Help it to feel reassured by keeping it in a quiet place when it is first in the house. Ask other people in the house not to bother it and keep all pets away from the bird. You might even darken its cage earlier than normal, to give it some extra quiet time and to lessen the level of initial fretting as it gets used to the new place.


  • Whenever you cook, remove birds from the kitchen. The fumes from cookware, combined with fats and other items, can create fumes that are toxic to birds.[1]
  • If you can't protect your bird from your cat, you'll have to decide which you want more and get rid of the other.

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Categories: General Bird Care