Cockatiel cage: The first problem we encounter the first time we want to acquire a parrot species is all the questions about the cage. Through this article, I will try to answer your questions, so that you and your bird can have a good environment to live extraordinary moments together!
Cockatiel cage size
There are many opinions on the dimensions, but in general, we recommend a couple, at least 80 cm in length, 60 cm in width, and 80 cm to 1 meter in height. The best, of course, would be to have an outdoor aviary. But keep in mind that the bigger the cage, the better.
Cockatiel cage set up
The cage must be made of a non-toxic material for your Cockatiel because our dear parakeet loves to climb on the bars of the cage, which must be horizontal and fairly solid. Please note that the distance between the bars must not exceed an average of 2cm.
Feeders and drinkers
Most cages are equipped with feeders and drinkers that can be renewed from the outside, this is very practical, especially when the animal is new or untamed. The most advisable is to have them in stainless steel, to avoid rust.
Tray and mesh
For your convenience, the box must be removable from the outside, which, again, will be very practical when the animal is new or untamed. Cockatiels love to descend on the ground, which will involve the removal of the wire mesh.
Finally, I recommend sand with shells at the bottom of the cage, but there too, opinions are divided, you should also know that some people use a straw, newspaper (very inadvisable because the cockatiel nibbles on bits of it), grit, corn cob, wood pellets and much more.
Perches for cockatiels
The most advisable is to use perches of different sizes and made of natural wood because it is necessary to stimulate the legs of your cockatiel. Do not forget to put a cement perch for it, so that it can redo its beak and nails.
Toys for cockatiels
Do not put too much, because let’s not forget that the cage remains a comfortable place, where the parakeet will feel comfortable, where it can spread its wings without difficulty and fly a little. Pay attention to the composition of your toys:
the cockatiel is not known for its destructive beak (in general), but you should not provide it with toys whose composition is very easy to destroy. The flap for hanging the toy must be made of stainless steel. And always leave her some fresh wood so she can go wild a bit. Pay attention to the type of wood you pick, if you decide to make your own. Here are some toys: