Today we’re looking at the best hanging bird cages. A hanging bird cage is naturally preferred by birds as it allows them to position themselves higher up off the ground, making them feel safer. These types of cages also allow you to better display your birds in the home and appreciate them more.
We review a range of different hanging cages so it depends upon what you desire:
- If you’re looking for large hanging bird cage then there is the Jumbo Scrollwork.
- Whereas a decorative, house shaped hanging bird cage is available with the Shanghai Parakeet cage.
- If budget is a factor then consider the economy bird cage from Prevue which is mostly used as a travel cage.
- If quality and beauty is a factor then the best built hanging bird cage would be Dynasty stainless steel hanging bird cage.
- Finally, there’s the Sepia, Living World bird cage which is a good all rounder.
When deciding which hanging bird cage to choose, the main factor to consider is the weight. This is because you need to pair up your hanging bird cage with an appropriately strong enough bird cage stand or hook and chain if hanging the cage from the ceiling. Afterwards, you need to think about the size of the cage as most hanging cages are medium to small sized and so will only house medium or small sized birds. For example, parakeets or cockatiels typically will be able to fit into a hanging bird cage. Also, the factors to think about include the size of the bars, the build quality of the cage, how well furnished the inside of the cage is and of course the price.
Hang from the ceiling OR use a bird cage stand?
Listed below are the pros and cons of the two main bird cage hanging options below:
Hanging a bird cage from the ceiling
Hanging a bird cage with a stand
How to hang your bird cage
Hanging your bird cage when using a stand
Simply find a place in your home where you’ll be able to frequently interact with your bird. Living rooms tend to be preferred locations whereas kitchens and bathrooms are not recommended due to any potential changes in heat, moisture and fumes. Within the rooms, birds generally prefer locations that are next to walls as it makes them feel more protected.
Hanging your bird cage using the ceiling
- First locate a strong beam, joist or stud on the ceiling that will be able to take some weight. Usually, you can find these visually, but if you want extra confirmation you can use a stud finder tool.
- With the stud found, get a step ladder so you can reach the ceiling and use a pencil to mark the location where you want to install the toggle bolt or hook.
- Drill a hole into the marked location on the ceiling.
- Screw in the hook or toggle bolt.
- Attach the chain to the ceiling toggle bolt.
- Whilst off the step ladder, test the weight of the chain by giving it a firm tug.
- Whilst the chain is still long and hangs close to the floor, attach the bird cage to test it’s weight.
- With the weight test successful, adjust the height of the chain so the bird cage is positioned correctly.
You can find a guide to hanging parakeet cages specifically from TheNest.com
Hanging Bird Cage Reviews
Review Of: Jumbo Scrollwork Bird Cage
There’s a reason why this is the best selling hanging bird cage available. A great buy for anyone with smaller birds and beautiful to look at as well.
Review Of: Shanghai Parakeet Bird Cage
A good buy for smaller birds and a visually appealing cage, however doesn’t quite have the size if you need space for bird cage accessories.
Review Of: House Style Parakeet Bird Cage
Worth buying one of these as a backup in case there are ever any problems with your main cage. Just don’t use this as a main bird cage.
Review Of: Stainless Steel Dynasty Bird Cage
If you want a top notch hanging bird cage then choose this one. Because it is made from stainless steel this will last you a very long time. A smaller version is also available. However, the feeding/watering cups may need to be replaced if you have very small birds.
Review Of: Living World Sepia Bird Cage
Hanging bird cage accessories
A number of hanging bird cages do not come with the additional accessories needed to actually hang your cage. So check the contents of the hanging bird cage when you’re buying it so you can see if there are any additional items you need to purchase. These might include:
In addition to the hook that comes at the top of your cage, when installing on to a ceiling you’ll also need the other end to be secured. So an extra hook or toggle bolt (see below) is usually attached to the ceiling. Ceiling hooks can sometimes be secured with just screws but are a bit weaker than toggle bolts. Need help with using a ceiling hook? Then check out this guide here.
Used instead of a hook, a toggle bolt tends to be stronger and more secure. However, you’ll need a drill a hole to secure them to the ceiling. Check out this guide if you need help on how to use toggle bolts.
A chain is used to attach your bird cage to a ceiling hook or toggle bolt. Check that the carrying strength of the chain is strong enough for your cage and that you have enough length (go for the longer option as this can always be adjusted).
Bird cage stand
If you’re not hanging your bird from the ceiling then a bird cage stand is a good alternative. We provide a list of recommended bird cage stands and reviews here.