Needing an indoor living space for your bird is something you have to consider before ever getting your feathered friend. However, the cages you see in the stores are not all there is when it comes to indoor set-ups! Here are a few of our favorite set ups from friends and clients along with how you can achieve the same look.
Want to see our indoor set up? Check out all of our information here.
The Open Bird Room
If you are thinking to yourself "oh wow this is a bird's paradise!" you are not alone. This room was created by a free flight student of ours, Ashlyn, and she was nice enough to write up a blog for us on how to make this amazing DIY room sized tree at home for under $50. The best part? She can continually rearrange the branches and come up with new fun ways for her birds to not get bored of the room. The video at the top of the page is her most recent arrangement!
Things to be aware of with bird rooms...
- Make sure the flooring is easy to clean
- Don't make it so your bird can chew on window treatments or corners of the room
- If you have outlets, make sure power to them is turned OFF and cover them if possible
- No fans, no cords, no nesting type areas.
- Be aware of places to hang toys that are not also places that will get easily pooped on. You don't want your bird pooping on the toys it is about to play with!
- Don't forget a place to secure a food and water dish.
The Traditional Cage
A traditional cage set up is definitely the easiest, most available option to go with in regards to indoor living spaces. We have no problems with traditional cages! However, there are some things to watch out for when it comes to cages that you need to be mindful of when considering which cage is best for your bird. (Click here for this cage in particular)
- Bar Spacing. Bar Spacing is a commonly overlooked feature of a cage yet can be a life threatening one. Check out our blog here!
- Cage Size. We weren't joking on our front page when we said "size matters". When it comes to size, as long as bar spacing is correct, the biggest you can offer is best! Cages in big name retail stores are almost always too small - check online for better options.
- Material Used. Do not get anything with galvanized metal! This is toxic to your birds. Instead, stick with stainless steel or powder coated - those are 2 popular and safe options.
- Multiple Sized Perches Available. This is key to your bird's foot health and provides a lot of places to play! Check out our blog here!
- Lots and Lots of toys!! Remember this is where your parrot should enjoy living, not a place it considers a punishment. Need toys? We got you!
The Indoor Aviary
Some people might just consider these extra large indoor cages, but indoor aviaries are something we love and implement ourselves! They are meant to be large enough for the birds to be able to climb and fly and be the amazing birds that they are. This amazing stainless steel aviary was custom made for our friend and free flight student, Claudia, but you can get an indoor aviary online or from Corners Limited. Just be aware of all the items we mentioned in the traditional cage set up as those apply to indoor aviaries as well.
One thing we do want to mention about indoor aviaries is while it is tempting to consider these as being "multi-bird" cages, birds should only ever be house together temporarily and it should never be with a bird of a different size. Also, if the birds do not get along, they should never be housed together.
We recommend every bird have their own living space to avoid behavioral and possible physical issues down the road .The aviary in the photo is for one bird.
Indoor living spaces do not need to fit into a single category - they can be a combination or something completely new! What is important is that any indoor living space should be a safe and happy place for your bird. Check out our Additional Inspo for more awesome set-ups!
We have found over the years that many people who feel bad about needing to put their parrots in a cage sometimes feel this way because the cages are not fun areas. Your bird should be just as excited to go in its cage as going out! If you work on your area with that in mind, you will have an amazing indoor set up that works for you and your bird.
Companies we personally recommend for indoor set ups are...
- Corners Limited
- Prevue Pet
Companies we have had clients purchase from and enjoy...
- A&E Cage Co.