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Proper Bird Cage Bar Spacing Recommendations

Windycityparrot.com recommends
the following bird cage bar spacing and perch diameters.
 

Every website has recommended cage sizes. We can't recommend what size cage to buy. We don't know your needs. We don't know how much room you have. We don't know how much social time your bird experiences.

You may have many small birds you seek to house together. Our point? Choose the size cage that's right for you and your bird. Just make sure the bar spacing is appropriate.

Why is this so important? Birds are too smart for their own good. They're inquisitive. They like to know "what's going on." Basically we don't want them to get their heads caught in the bars.

Atthe same time, we had a male & female Indian Ringneck in an old cage with 1" bar spacing. He was fine for years. We had to clamp down the lift up food doors because she would try to lift them and escape. Moral of the story - there are no absolute rules when choosing a cage

It's also important to evaluate other areas of the cage where there is space say between the bottom of the front door and area below leading to the grate & the refuse tray. Some older cages have potentially problem gaps near the food dish doors. Please evaluate a new cage carefully.


Smallest species of birds
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Perch Diameter Recommendations: 3/8" to 3/4"
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 3/8" No more than 1/2".

Smaller species of birds (Click for list)

Perch Diameter Recommendations: 3/8" to 3/4"
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 3/8" No more than 5/8"


Medium species of birds (Click for list)

Perch Diameter Recommendations: 1/2" to 7/8"
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 1/2" No more than 3/4"

Medium Large species of birds (Click for list)

Perch Diameter Recommendations: 5/8" to 1-1/2"
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 5/8" No more than 1"

Large species of birds (Click for list)

Perch Diameter Recommendations: 3/4" to 2"
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 3/4" No more than 1-1/4"

Every website has recommended cage sizes. We can't recommend what size cage to buy. We don't know your needs. We don't know how much room you have. We don't know how much social time your bird experiences. You may have many small birds you seek to house together. Our point? Choose the size cage that's right for you and your bird. Just make sure the bar spacing is appropriate.
Windycityparrot.com recommends the following bar spacing and perch diameters.

Why is this so important? Birds are too smart for their own good. They're inquisitive. They like to know "what's going on." Basically we don't want them to get their heads caught in the bars.

  • SMALL: Examples, Finches, Canaries, Parrotlets, Parakeets, Lovebirds:

  • MEDIUM: Examples: Cockatiels,  Conures, Lories, Senegals. Cage Bar Spacing: 1/2" to no more than 3/4"
    Perch Diameter: 5/8" to 1 1/4"

  • LARGE: Examples: African Greys, Amazons, Macaws, Cockatoos. Cage Bar Spacing: 3/4" to no more than 1 1/4".
    Perch Diameter 1" to 2"