Pet birds can live for a long time. Some species of parrots can live for over 50 years in captivity. During this long lifespan, most pet birds will inhabit a cage for a good part of the day. Over time, wear and tear combined with your parrot’s chewing and picking can lead to damaged parts that need to be replaced. Even if your bird never chews on its cage there is a good chance that at some point you will have to fix part of your bird’s cage.
One of the most likely parts of the cage to get worn out are the doors. The constant opening and closing that is required to let your birds out, replace food and water dishes, and clean the cage will eventually cause the door to fail. Here are some options if you are faced with this problem.
Wired Bird Cage Door
This wire grill with doors is made to fit the Vision 501/502 bird cages manufactured by Hagen. It is the perfect way to extend the life of your cage if you are experiencing problems with the door mechanism. This grate is designed for a particular cage and will probably not work in other instances.
Bird Cage Grate
Doors are one of the cage components that may need to be replaced over the life of your bird’s cage. This replacement door/grate is designed for small cages that house budgies, canaries, or similar size birds. It measures 9 x 13.5cm / 3.54 x 5.31 inches and is constructed out of metal. This door should work on most small cages as the doors are similarly sized.
Bird Cage Door Latch
The latch that keeps the cage door securely closed can get worn out over time. Mechanical spring mechanisms are subject to becoming weaker with repeated use and eventually may not be strong enough to serve their purpose. These replacement cage door latches are great to change worn latches or to provide additional protection for your avian companions.
Why a Good Quality Bird Cage Door is necessary
- A good door will provide easy, no hassle access for cleaning and feeding your pets.
- Latches can keep smart, escape-artist birds in their cage.
- Replacing a door latch is more cost-effective than purchasing a new cage.
Bird Cage Doors & Grates should be bought with the following considerations
Size is important – You need a replacement door that is the same size as the original door. A larger door might be able to be used with some extra latches, but a smaller door will leave gaps that can be dangerous to your bird.
If you are replacing a complete grate or cage panel, you need to ensure that you buy one that is designed for your size cage. As with the doors, the wrong size can cause safety problems for your pet.
Latches need to be strong enough to withstand the beak of your particular species of parrot. Larger birds may be able to snap off latches that are meant to be used with smaller birds.