Budgies, or Parakeets, are small, cheerful, and low-maintenance pet birds. They do require food and fresh water, and you can allow a trained Budgie out in a secure room for exercise, but one of their main requirements is to ensure that they have a suitable cage.
Budgies tend to thrive when they are kept in groups of at least two, which will require a larger cage. There are also some times when it’s necessary to keep a lone Budgie, requiring a smaller but equally functional cage. Because Budgies prefer horizontal flying space, you should be looking at cages that are long and wide rather than those that have all their space vertically.
Below, you will find reviews of 10 of the best Budgie cages including some that are suitable for single Budgies and those that are ideal for two, as well as cages to meet a range of budgets.
A Quick Comparison of Our Winners (2023)
|Best Overall||Yaheetech Rolling Stand Extra Space||
|Best Value||Prevue Pet Products Small Bird Cage||
|Premium Choice||A&E Cage Company Bird Cage & Stand||
|Prevue Pet Products Keet/Tiel Cage||
|Yaheetech Stackable Breeder Cage||
The 10 Best Budgie Cages
1. Yaheetech Rolling Wood Perches Bird Cage – Best Overall
|Material:||Metal, Plastic, Coated Metal|
Some birds prefer vertical space so that they can fly up and down levels. Some, like Budgies, prefer more horizontal freedom. This means that Budgies benefit from longer cages, rather than tall ones. To keep two Budgies together, which ensures they have company and prevents them from getting bored and lonely, you will need an even longer cage, with recommendations suggesting a minimum size requirement of 30 x 18 x 18 inches.
The Yaheetech Rolling Stand Extra Space Wood Perches Bird Cage meets the minimum space requirements for keeping two birds. It includes one long wooden perch but there is room for an extra, and you get one feeding bowl, which means you will need to provide a second bowl for water. The bottom of the cage is a slide-out tray for easy cleaning, and the whole thing comes on a rolling base with lockable castor wheels and a bottom shelf for food and supply storage. The cage can be detached from the base.
The Yaheetech Rolling Stand Cage is a good size, and a very reasonable price, and its detachable base is really useful, making it the best overall Budgie cage, but it is a shame it doesn’t come with a second perch or an additional bowl for water. And you may need to fiddle with the bars to ensure that they are all evenly spaced.
2. Prevue Pet Products Small Bird Flight Cage – Best Value
|Material:||Plastic, Coated Metal|
A flight cage is a cage that is designed primarily for flying. One typically has fewer features and less fuss than a standard cage, allowing for unimpeded flight. It still needs to offer a suitable amount of room for your bird to spread its wings and take flight, and it will need perches to land on and bowls to eat and drink, but it won’t usually contain as many accouterments like toys, mirrors, and ladders, although you can add these yourself if you want to provide stimulation.
The Prevue Pet Products Small Bird Flight Cage has published dimensions of 30 x 18 x 18 inches, although the internal size is a bit smaller than this, which means that it might be a little too small for two Budgies to share. As a flight cage for one bird, it provides ample room, though, and if you struggle for space, it may be enough for two birds.
The cage itself is quite basic but it does come with two perches and two cups. It has a removable seed tray in the base and because it is very inexpensive, the Prevue Small Bird Flight Cage is our choice as the best Budgie cage for the money. However, the cage is a little on the delicate side and the plastic tray doesn’t sit flush in the base so it is prone to being caught as you walk past.
3. A&E Cage Company Flight Bird Cage & Stand – Premium Choice
|Material:||Metal, Coated Metal|
Although Budges do prefer horizontal space, they aren’t harmed by having extra vertical space and they will use the additional room. The A&E Cage Company Flight Bird Cage & Stand is a taller cage, but that height doesn’t come at the cost of space with the cage measuring 32 x 21 inches and being 34 inches tall. That’s plenty of room for two Budgies to fly around. The cage includes two perches and two bowls, as well as a grate and removable seed tray base. It also comes with a rolling stand. The cage can be detached from the stand, depending on your preferences.
The cage is an excellent size, allowing for the addition of just about any toys and other items, and the metal bars are sturdy and strong. It also comes in a variety of colors so you can match the cage to your décor, your mood, or even the colors of your bird. However, the size and quality of construction mean that this is an expensive cage.
4. Prevue Pet Products Keet/Tiel Square Roof Bird Cage
|Material:||Metal, Coated Metal|
The Prevue Pet Products Keet/Tiel Square Roof Bird Cage is just about large enough to hold two Budgies, and sizable enough to give one Budgie a lot of flight space. The plastic base has a coated metal grille above and a removable seed tray for easy cleaning. The cage also includes two wooden perches and two plastic cups to hold food and water.
The cage is reasonably priced and it does include two perches and plastic bowls, making it a good choice overall, but the wire cage is a little flimsy and it is basic looking.
5. Yaheetech Stackable Wide Divided Breeder Bird Cage
|Material:||Plastic, Metal, Coated Metal|
Introducing Budgies is much easier when they are young or if they have already lived together, but it is still possible to introduce mature birds. It takes time and it is generally better if you let them get used to one another without being in the same cage.
The Yaheetech Stackable Wide Divided Breeder Bird Cage is an ideal cage for this scenario. It is 37.6 inches long and 18 inches wide. It has a divider in the middle that separates that length in two and provides two separate living areas, so you can keep two birds apart while still letting them get used to one another. The separator can be removed, once the birds are acclimatized, giving a large cage that provides more than enough space for a couple of Budgies.
The cage is made from a durable metal and the rolling stand has lockable wheels to prevent unwanted movement. There is a storage shelf on the bottom of the stand, and the whole set includes four perches and four bowls. It is a little expensive and while the main cage compartment can be used as one or two separate living areas, they can’t be split and used independently of one another.
6. Yaheetech Flight With Slide-Out Tray Bird Cage
|Material:||Plastic, Metal, Coated Metal|
The Yaheetech Flight Extra Space With Slide-Out Tray Bird Cage is a flight cage that offers extra space horizontally, making it an especially good choice for Budgies. It is just big enough for two Budgies and has a small enough footprint that it should fit easily on most desks and tables. It is very reasonably priced and the set includes two wooden perches and two food/water cups.
The main door opens two ways, including from the top down. A top-down door makes it much easier to get in and clean the cage because the door won’t keep dropping or sliding down, although the slide-out tray means that you won’t need to get in and clean as often. There are also small additional doors where the food cups go, so you can change food and water without opening the big door, preventing the chance of a Budgie escape.
This is a good, affordable flight tray with reasonable room, but the cage is a little delicate so it will need to be placed somewhere where it won’t get bumped or banged.
7. Pawhut 55-In 2-In-1 Aviary Bird Cage
The Pawhut 55-In 2-In-1 Aviary Bird Cage is a 2-in-1 cage that offers two separate living spaces, one on top of the other, and both big enough to comfortably house a single Budgie. It is also possible to remove the middle shelf, leaving a much larger cage, but as Budgies prefer horizontal space, the layout of the large cage isn’t ideal.
The Pawhut is made from metal and has a sturdy construction and a good-quality feel to it. Both living spaces have a removable seed tray, which not only makes it easier to keep the cage clean but, in the case of the top tray, also prevents seeds and much from falling from the top cage onto the bird below.
The cage is expensive but it does come with four wooden perches and four food/water cups and thanks to the lockable castors on the base, it is easy to move around but won’t roll away when stationary.
8. Yaheetech 54-In Rolling Metal Mobile Bird Cage
The Yaheetech 54-In Rolling Metal Large Parrot Cage Mobile Bird Cage is a rolling bird cage constructed from metal and has suitable dimensions for a single Budgie but would struggle to house two because it is taller than it is long. It has the usual pull-out grate to make cleaning easy and the rolling base has a convenient storage shelf on the bottom.
For the size of the cage, it is reasonably priced, and it does include two perches and four food bowls, but the bottom shelf won’t take much weight without bending and the dimensions aren’t ideally suited to Budgies.
9. Trixie Natura 2-Story Aviary Bird Cage
The Trixie Natura 2-Story Aviary Bird Cage is an aviary that can be used indoors or outdoors. The main frame is made from a glazed, weatherproofed wood, with the sides and front featuring a wire mesh. The cage is a good size for one or two birds, although it is a lot taller than it is long, which isn’t the ideal shape for a Budgie cage. There is a sliding tray at the bottom of the aviary, which enables you to clean out seed shells and other debris without having to open the cage and get inside, and the cage comes with two perches, two stainless steel bowls, a feeding tray, climbing frame, and ladder, which is more than you usually get with other bird cages.
It is a little pricey, but the Trixie Natura 2-Story Aviary Bird Cage is one of the few that are suitable for use indoors or outdoors and it does look attractive. You also get some good accessories, but the shape isn’t ideal for Budgies to make the most of the space available and the back wall, which is made of wood, is susceptible to being chewed through.
10. Yaheetech Play Top Detachable Metal Bird Cage
|Material:||Plastic, Metal, Coated Metal|
The Yaheetech Play Top Detachable Rolling Stand Metal Bird Cage is another cage from Yaheetech. It has a plastic bottom tray and metal cage, and it comes on a rolling stand, from which it can easily be detached. It has two perches and comes with two feeder bowls, and there is a shelf on the bottom of this reasonably priced cage that is suitable for holding seed, feed, or other items.
The length and width mean that this cage is suitable for one Budgie, but most of the space is vertical, so it would be better suited to other types of birds that benefit from the height. The perches are also quite thick, which means that smaller birds like Budgies will struggle to grip them properly.
Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Budgie Cage
A Budgie’s cage is pretty much the bird’s whole world unless it is tame and can be allowed time out of its cage, but even then it is a critically important part of your bird’s daily life. It needs to be spacious enough to fly around, hold toys and other items, and provide a little space. You can also get cages that have castor wheels for better mobility and easier movement, as well as those with detachable stands and other features.
Budgie Cage Size
First and foremost, you will need to pick a size of cage that is appropriate for your birds. While some birds such as Parrots like to climb vertically up their cage, Budgies need more horizontal space so they can take flight and land again. It is also generally advised that you get two Budgies, rather than one because it helps avoid loneliness and the anxiety and depression that it can cause. As such, the minimum size for Budgies is, as follows:
|Budgies||Cage Length||Cage Width||Cage Height|
|1||18 Inches||18 Inches||18 Inches|
|2||30 Inches||18 Inches||18 Inches|
There is no such thing as too much space, so cages that are longer, wider, or taller than these measurements are fine and your Budgie will benefit from having the extra space to move around.
Some cages are designed to be put on top of a table or another flat surface. Cages can go directly on the ground, but it can get cold on the floor, more dust gathers around the ground, and the bird will feel vibrations that might keep them awake. If you don’t have a table that you can use, you can buy Budgie cages that come with their own stand. These negate the need to use your own table, but you will need to check the measurement of the table, including its total height, to make sure you have room.
A detachable stand enables you to remove the cage and put it on another surface, which can be beneficial if you want to move the cage to another spot, for example on a sunny day, or you may even be able to use the cage itself as a travel cage.
A rolling stand has wheels on the bottom of the stand section. This means you can move the stand easily from one location to another. Ideally, the wheels should have a locking mechanism so that when you aren’t moving the stand, you can lock the wheels and prevent the cage from moving around. Not all castor wheels have locking mechanisms so you should look for those that specifically do, especially if you will be placing the stand on a hard floor.
Pretty much all modern bird cages come with a removable or sliding tray in the base. This enables you to slide the tray out and clean bits of seed, other food, and bird poop out without having to even open the cage door. It is less intrusive for the birds and is especially beneficial if your Budgies are prone to escaping.
If a birdcage comes with its own stand, it may also have a storage shelf. The shelf can be used to hold seeds or other items and it enables you to keep everything Budgie related in one place for easy access. Some large cages that include a storage shelf may have issues with shelf strength, though.
Although not necessary, accessories can be useful. You will need to have perches and bowls, and by getting them with the cage, you can be sure that they will fit the design of the cage. Perches are essential for your Budgie, providing somewhere for them to land, and because Budgies are not as big as most Parrots, you do need to ensure that the cage is designed for Budgies or Parakeets so the birds will be able to land and effectively grab the wood.
Food and water bowls are also important. Most cages do include at least one bowl, although not all, and some include stainless steel bowls rather than plastic. Very few cages include other accessories, but the Trixie Natura 2-Story Aviary Bird Cage not only offers stainless steel bowls but also has a climbing frame and ladder included with the set.
Should You Let Your Budgie Out of Its Cage?
Tame Budgies can benefit from being given time out of their cages. But, if yours is not tame, it can prove a real challenge to persuade the bird back into its confines. Taming a Budgie is possible but it requires daily work and will take time. If your Budgie is tame, you can let it fly around a secure room for 1–2 hours a day, giving it exercise as well as mental stimulation.
Should You Cover a Budgie Cage at Night?
Your Budgies need a quiet and dark environment to get good sleep. If the room their cage is in will enjoy this peace and darkness, it won’t usually be necessary to cover the cage. If you are unsure, it may be best to cover the cage. Ensure the cover you use is breathable and that plenty of air gets into the cage and don’t leave the cover on during the day.
How Many Toys Should a Budgie Have in Its Cage?
Ideally, your Budgie should have access to two or three toys at any time, as well as a swing or ladder. You can swap the toys out for new toys every few days, and keep the rotation going, putting existing toys back in. This way, you don’t have to keep buying new toys but your bird will enjoy the variety and the regular change.
Do Budgies Like to Be by a Window?
You should avoid putting Budgies right by windows. A Parakeet can overheat if the sun is beating through the window, or they can get cold if there is a draft coming through the window frame. Loud and unusual noises coming from outside, such as barking dogs, can also cause anxiety.
Can I Keep My Budgie Outside?
A Budgie’s natural habitat is generally around 70°F although the species can tolerate temperatures as low as 60°F. If the temperature outside your property falls to the low 60s it is better to keep them indoors, and if the night-time temperature drops low, you will need to bring them indoors at night to keep your Budgies healthy.
Budgies are sweet, fun, pretty little birds. They can provide enjoyable company, are inexpensive, and aren’t too high maintenance. But you will need to ensure that your Budgies have a suitable cage to live in.
While writing the reviews above, we found the Yaheetech Rolling Stand Extra Space Wood Perches Bird Cage to be the best Budgie cage available because it is a good-sized cage, even for two Budgies, available at a decent price. If you’re on a budget and looking for a cage with ample room for one Budgie, the Prevue Pet Products Small Bird Flight Cage includes two perches and two cups and is available at a really good price.
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