Budgie Bird Cages Cage Locks Aviary Building And Cleaning Them All

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What size cage is the minimum size for one small budgie?

The experts have all sorts of rules on proper cage sizing.

“It needs to be this size and shape in height”.

“In needs to have levels on this and that”.

“The bar spacing MUST be…….”

So here’s my deal with the experts

When you can tell me how to

  • Stop parrot screaming
  • Stop parrot plucking
  • Stop prolific egg laying
  • Stop filling up bird rescues

You can tell me how big my cage needs to be.

Until then my 15 years of selling, assembling and placing birds in bird cages has lead me to believe that

there ain’t no right size birdcage.

There are certain rules that we follow like our 26 inch wide small flight aviary is too small to house two additional budgies bringing the census up to six.

It’s a no-brainer “they” need a bigger cage. Doone and done.

Beyond that there are birds that I know that have nothing but a sleeping cage they enter nightly.

They go to sleep at birdie bedtime and cage doors are opened by the humans in the household at a precise hour every early morning.

The birds are out of the cage all day until birdie bedtime, free to roam around and test their boundaries daily.

Conversely common sense would dictate that you if you have a larger parrot like an African grey that you acquired even though you knew that you were gone 8 to 10 hours a day, a large of cage would be more appropriate, offering the the bird more choices to eat, play and learn.

Lovebirds can do well in smaller cages 18 x 18 – 20 x 20 IF they live in the cage all day.

Parrotlets, similar size to lovebirds but requires a cage more suited for an African grey (bar spacing aside).

We know this having assited in the housing of quite a number of parrotlets over the years – I call it our unGoogle-able organic knowledge base.

By the way we detest grilles as the bird cage floor.

We remove them or cover them with newspaper that is replaced once or twice daily depending upon the bird(s).

Exposed grates/grilles regardless of powder coating thickness will be the first things that rust in a cage because of the constant interaction of water and fecal matter.

We actually keep our food dishes on a covered grate in one cage and on the floor (newspaper covered refuse tray) of the budgies cage.

Budgies are ground eaters, it’s natural but we have our Senegal’s food dish on the floor so when she decides she doesn’t like this or that morsel it doesn’t get as far as that top sheet of newspaper

Feel free to reach out with cage bird environmental questions any time.


How should I set up my bird cage and how often should I clean it?


I own a Green Cheek Conure.

He has a pretty large cage, not sure of the exact dimensions, but I’m very confused on how to set it up, I hear that people put newspaper to line the cage with but are you supposed to put that on top of the litter or under it?

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.