Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Cheap Bird Cages - Getting a Cage That Matches Your Budget
Birds can make a great first pet for any family, but expected costs may steer some people away. The truth is, birds can be an easy and inexpensive pet. Even their cages can come in good quality in low prices as long as you know what you're looking for.
When shopping for a bird cage that will fit into your budget, make sure to check the quality of the cage. Most cheap bird cages are actually decent for housing small birds such as finches or parakeets, but the materials they are made can make them a poor choice. Some older and cheaper models actually use paint that can chip easily. Birds are playful creatures that are known for chewing on things, including their cages. In many cases the paint will be non-toxic but it can lead to your pretty cage being not so pretty after all. Simple wire cages are usually a sturdy choice for a low price.
Easy access to the bird as well as cleaning is an important thing for any good cage to have. Just because it is low in cost doesn't mean it should be low in quality. Sliding trays at the bottom of a cage makes cleaning less of a chore and most models will come with this feature. Multiple openings will make taking the bird out for handling much easier, although one latch opening will suffice. Any way of opening the cage should close tightly so the bird can't get out by itself. Hook latches or sliding locks work the best.
Larger birds will require larger cages and are not cheap. If you're looking to not spend a lot of money, a small bird and a small cage is the way to go.