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love-birds Cages

two LovebirdsLorries parrots standing on a stick

It’s very important to get a very good cage. Lovebirds are very active and playful creatures that need a lot of space to move around, toys to keep them amused, and perches for exercise.

love birds Cage -Size of the Cage

The smallest cage should be at least 2 feet wide, 2 feet tall and 2 feet long. However, this can get pretty cramped if you factor in the toys and the perches. And naturally, you need something much bigger if you are planning to keep a pair of birds!

If you are looking at a larger cake, aim for a wider rather than a taller cage. This should give the birds enough “wing room” to play without bumping into a perch or a feeding dish. The bars must be less tan ½ to 5/8 inches apart. Since love birds like to climb, look for horizontal bars rather than vertical.

It is better to get a square or a rectangular cage. Round cages don’t give birds a safe corner to hide if they are scared (they’re the equivalent of being trapped in open fields). This can make them jittery or even aggressive.

love birds Cage-Perches

Love birds need a place to perch. Some cages come with one swing, but that’s not enough. You can add tree branches collected from your own backyard, but make sure they haven’t been exposed to chemical sprays like insecticides or fertilizer. To be sure, soak them in a bleach solution or place them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.

The birds should have at least 2 perches, preferably thick enough that they can stand without their claws turning inward. Space the perches apart so that they can fly comfortably between them.

love birds Cage-Dishes

The cage should be wide enough to hold a set of three dishes: a water dish, a pellet dish, and a treat dish for fresh vegetables and fruits. It is best to keep the dry food separate from the organics—lettuce, apples and other food have natural moisture which can seep into the pellets and cause them to spoil. By segregating them, you don’t have to throw away uneaten pellets at the end of the day. (However, you should wash the bowl and put a completely fresh batch once every five days.)

Many owners say it is convenient to have two sets of dishes, so you can alternate and wash them everyday. Others prefer hanging a water bottle on the side of the cage, especially if the birds like to play with their food (pellet soup, anyone?).