You’re in the market for a brand-new cage for your parrot, but you don’t know where to begin. Perhaps you’ve had your parrot for a while, or you’re in the process of bringing home your first-ever bird. Buying a cage is an important decision since it will be your bird’s home for maybe as long as 50 years! Did you know that the oldest parrot was Cookie, a Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo who lived at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago until he was just over 82 years old?
Your parrot might outlive you, so it’s important that he’s safe and comfortable. However, we know that choosing the right cage for your beautiful bird will not be an easy task, so we’re here to make the job much easier for you. Here are the reviews of 8 different cages for different sized parrots. So, whatever your needs are, we’ve done the work, and all you need to do is make the final decision.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Prevue Pet Products Wrought Iron||
|Best Value||Vision II Model M02||
|Premium Choice||Homey Pet Parrot Cage||
|ZENY Bird Cage||
|Yaheetech Play Top Cage||
The 8 Best Parrot Cages – Reviews 2022
1. Prevue Pet Products Wrought Iron Birds Flight Cage – Best Overall
The Prevue Pet Products bird cage is designed for smaller birds and would be perfect for the Conure or Parrotlet. It can comfortably house a number of small or medium-sized birds with 2 large doors for front access and 6 smaller side access doors. There’s a bottom tray that can be pulled out for easy cleanup and 4 double feeding trays as well as 3 wooden perches. The entire cage is made of wrought iron and is set on wheels so it can be easily moved and has an additional bottom shelf that will prove useful for extra storage.
It is a little pricier than some of the other cages on this list, and we found the feeding trays to be a bit flimsy, and some might find it a challenge to assemble. However, it is a very sturdy cage that will give your birds enough room to play.
2. Vision II Model M02 Bird Cage – Best Value
The Vision II Model M02 is the best parrot cage for the money. This cage would be perfect for the smaller sized parrot, like the Parrotlet and Conure, and at a reasonable price. There are 4 perches designed with different grips for your parrot, which will help to improve circulation and stop foot problems from occurring. There are 2 double feeding trays and 2 waste guards that will keep all food and waste inside the cage. This, combined with a deep base and the ability to easily remove the cage from the base, makes cleaning up easy and convenient. The Vision II also has panels that allow you to access the food trays from the outside.
However, some may find the lack of a bottom drawer and the need to remove the entire cage for cleanup not as easy or convenient. Assembling this cage could also prove difficult, and the food containers might be considered too small.
3. Homey Pet Parrot Cage – Premium Choice
The Homey Pet cage is the perfect sized cage for your larger parrot. This is an attractive cage that is anti-rust and has a removable bottom tray for easy cleanup. It includes 3 feeding trays that have their own doors for convenience, and it comes with a sturdy base with wheels for easy maneuverability. It has a play top that can be closed up or left open for your parrot to come and go as he pleases. There’s lots of space for a large parrot, and it has a large door on the front.
Be aware that this cage is designed for larger parrots, and the bar spacing will not work for smaller birds. The wheels were not always sturdy enough for the cage and were sticking or falling off at times. Assembly was somewhat of a challenge due in part to missing instructions.
4. ZENY Bird Cage
The ZENY Bird Cage is a suitable cage for smaller parrots. It is wrought iron with thinner bars, which is another reason it is best suited for smaller birds and has 2 long, wooden perches. It has a bottom drawer that can be slid out for easy cleaning as well as 4 food bowls with 4 feeding doors. It comes with a stand with an extra shelf for storage and swiveling wheels so you can move the cage easily from room to room.
Instructions for assembling the cage aren’t clear, so you may find putting the cage together rather difficult. In some cases, the cage arrived damaged, and the holes for attaching the unit together were misaligned. We also found that the cage seemed rather flimsy and definitely not as sturdy as some of the other cages on this list.
5. Yaheetech Wrought Iron Rolling Open Play Top Parrot Cage
The Yaheetech cage is perfect for medium-sized parrots with a water and rust-resistant frame and 2 wooden perches. It has a play top and comes with 3 stainless steel food bowls and lockable feeding doors. The slide-out bottom tray has been coated with waterproof paint making it quite easy to clean off, and a grate covers the bottom, which allows the birds to avoid walking on their own droppings. All doors on the cage can be securely locked so your birds will not be able to escape, plus the cage makes an attractive addition to your home.
Like many of these cages, it came with instructions that were difficult to follow, and some of the bars on the cage were bent when it arrived. The wheels seem to work fine but are on the small side. It claims to be rust-resistant, but it would be best to keep this cage indoors.
6. Nova Microdermabrasion Play Top Parrot Cage
The Nova Microdermabrasion bird cage is a great cage for medium-sized parrots. It is made from wrought iron, and it would be a spacious home for your birds but would not be sturdy enough for a large parrot. There is an extensive play top area that includes a perch, ladder, and space for you to place 2 feeding trays, and there’s a large door at the front. It comes with 5 stainless steel feeding bowls, and there are 3 feeding doors for easy access. There is a slide out drawer for easy cleaning, and it includes 4 swivel wheels.
The cage bars are definitely too weak for larger parrots and spaced too far apart for smaller birds, which is why you should only put your medium-sized parrots in this cage. The bars can be easily bent, which means any bird with a strong beak might be able to bend the bars and potentially escape. The instructions were also missing.
7. VIVOHOME Wrought Iron Bird Cage
The VIVOHOME is another bird cage that is the perfect size for medium-sized parrots. It is made from welded steel and has 4 swivel wheels and an extra shelf for storage. Both the bottom and the top of the cage have trays that can be removed, which makes for easy cleaning and includes a bottom grate to prevent the birds from walking in their own waste. It comes with 4 stainless steel food bowls and has 3 wooden perches as well as a play top that has a ladder, a place for 2 food bowls, and a perch.
We found some sharp edges on the cage, however, which could easily injure you or your bird. It also arrived with a few missing parts, which made assembly difficult. And like many of the other cages, there were no instructions, and it is smaller than expected.
8. PawHut 63” Metal Indoor Bird Cage
The PawHut is a good bird cage for a small to medium-sized parrot. It has multiple food doors on the sides and 2 large doors at the front and includes a small basket at the bottom of the stand for extra storage. It’s made with steel wire as well as sturdy plastic and has swivel wheels for easy movement. There’s a bottom drawer that slides out for cleaning up, and it includes 3 wooden perches, 4 plastic food bowls, and 1 swing and comes in white.
It didn’t come with instructions, and most of the cage was very difficult to put together as parts were bent and didn’t line up properly. This misalignment makes opening and closing the multiple doors difficult, and some of the plastic parts arrived cracked and broken. There were also rusty areas on some parts of the cage, which made us wonder if it was already used.
Finding the right cage for your bird is essential as it could potentially be your parrot’s home for his entire life, which you already know could be a long one. Of course, you’ll want your parrot to be comfortable and safe and, even more importantly, happy in his new home, so there are some options that you should consider before plunking your money down on a new and expensive bird cage.
The size of the cage you choose is, by far, the most vital part of the cage purchasing process. The general rule of thumb for choosing the right size, particularly for a large parrot, is that the cage should be 1.5 times larger than your parrot’s wingspan, but bigger than this would always be better. For example, the Scarlet Macaw has an average wingspan of 46 inches so the cage should measure, at a minimum, 69 inches but 92 inches might be best and an African Grey has a 28.5-inch wingspan and should have a cage that is 43 inches but 57 inches would be better.
The spaces in-between the bars of the cage are critical as well. Placing a small bird in a cage designed for a larger bird runs the risk of either your bird escaping between the bars, which are usually much wider, or getting his head stuck, which is a serious danger for your parrot. For the smallest parrot (the Parrotlet), the spacing shouldn’t be wider than ½ inch. While it will be tempting to buy an extra-large cage for an extra-small parrot, always check the spaces between the bars first.
All of the cages in these reviews have wheels, making it a great option for a parrot that will appreciate a change of scenery on occasion. This can prove to be particularly useful if your bird is very attached to you, but you need to keep him inside his cage for a while, and this way, he will essentially be following you around while being kept safe. You can also bring him outside on a nice day without worrying about him flying away and maybe lift your parrot’s bad mood.
A flight cage is exactly what its name implies. It’s a cage that has enough room for a bird to be able to stretch out his wings and fly within the cage. Obviously, the larger the parrot, the larger the cage will need to be to allow him to stretch out his wings. However, if you do have a large parrot and aren’t willing or able to give up the space for such an enormous cage, you can let him fly about your home, and you’ll need to allow him a lot more time outside of his cage. The smaller the bird, the smaller the flight cage.
Just like with a cat or dog, you should have a travel carrier available for your parrot for trips to the vet or just any trip in general. Or maybe you need to move so a travel carrier should come in very handy for any of these occasions. There are soft-sided travel carriers or miniature sized bird cages to choose from, but of course, you’ll need to ensure the cage will comfortably fit your parrot.
The play top is a way for your parrot to perch outside of the cage and even have the opportunity to lounge and, well, play. Some of the cages in our list include a play top, and some even include ladders and spaces to place food bowls. Think of it as your parrot’s own little back deck, just minus the BBQ.
What the cage is made out of is another important factor to consider. It needs to be sturdy enough to house your parrot and to withstand your bird’s constant pecking. Most of the cages on our list are made of wrought iron, but stainless steel is another popular choice. You’ll also want to check on what the material has been treated with as obviously, you’ll want to avoid any toxic materials.
How you clean the cage is another important factor, especially for you. All but one of the cages in our reviews has a bottom drawer; the other is set up for lifting the entire cage off the bottom tray. The slide out tray option does make your job of cleaning the cage easier, particularly since you don’t need to take your bird out of the cage during this process. The easier it is to clean, the more you won’t mind doing the cleaning.
The Prevue Pet Products bird cage was our number one choice for the overall best bird cage for small to medium parrots. Its extra storage in addition to its sturdy construction makes it an excellent choice for your smaller parrot. The Vision II Model M02 is our pick for the best parrot cage at a lower price thanks to its unique perches and the waste guards that will help prevent food and bird droppings from landing outside of the cage.
So, there you have it. Reviews of 8 cages for different sized parrots that we hope will help you make the right decision for you and your bird. Be sure you purchase the right sized cage for the size of your bird, and we hope your feathered family member will love his new digs.
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