Welcome to our guide to the best parakeet cages. Parakeets are the group name given to small to medium sized parrots – an examples of this type of species would be Budgies or Conures. Because parakeets are a smaller type of parrot, it means you can buy cages that are reduced in size. This makes looking after a parakeet much easier as less space is needed for the cage and it’s easier to maintain and clean. Also, because a parakeet’s beak is not as strong as larger parrots (like African Grey’s) they can be placed in cages with a steel mesh that doesn’t have to be as thick (and thus more expensive). Below we’ve compared the best parakeet cages including F040 large parakeet cage that can be used as a flight cage, the M01 small parakeet cage, and the F070 two-bird breeding cage.
When reviewing parakeet cages, we looked at the following criteria: design, build quality, ease of use and budget. From this we where able to discover the best and cheapest parakeet cages for sale, plus what sizes to go for, how to set them up and which stands to use. Fortunately for you, most parakeet cages tend to be lower priced compared with other bird cages or aviaries. If you look at the comparison table below you’ll see which parakeet cage will works for you.
Best 5 Parakeet Cages Comparison Table(Partially visible? On mobile scroll through using the bar at the bottom of the table)
|Size||Small Parakeet Cage||Large Parakeet Cage||Parakeet Travel Cage||Parakeet Cage for Two (Breeding)||Hanging Parakeet Cage|
|Number of perches||2||3||1||4||2|
|Other features||2 cups, 1 door grill||4 cups, 2 doors, stand with storage shelf||2 dishes, side door||4 plastic cups, 2 doors, removable trays, stand with storage shelf||2 plastic cups, 1 door, slide out drawer|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Wrought iron bars with steel mesh||Stainless steel||Wrought iron bars with steel mesh||Stainless steel|
|Color||White||White or Black||White||Black||Black or white|
What to look for when buying parakeet cages?
When choosing parakeet cages there are a number of things you should consider:
Drs. Fosters and Smith recommend that parakeet cages have bar spacing that isn’t larger than 5/8″ and has a minimum diameter of 0.5″ to 1″. Cages that have horizontal bars are good because parakeets like to climb. Go for cages that tend to be wider rather than taller as parakeets generally prefer flying horizontally.
In terms of the set up of the actual cage size, this depends upon how many parakeets per cage. According to TheNest.com, for a single parakeet you want a cage that is at a minimum 18″ x 18″ x 20″ – but this is at the absolute minimum and really should be larger. For 2 parakeets you’ll need 18″ x 18″ x 30″ or more. If you go for a large parakeet cage then you’ll be able to include more accessories such as extra perches, toys and ladders.
When it comes to bird cages, bigger tends to be better if your budget can afford it.
Types of cages
After deciding on the size that you want your parakeet cage to be (using the information in the previous section), you can then decide on the type of bird cage to use. One small parakeet can be easily kept in a small cage but if you have several then you’re going to need something larger like a flight cage. Double parakeet cages or ones that are built for two or more birds are useful for breeding your parakeets and are designed so that parakeet’s won’t just be laying their eggs on the bottom of the cage.
There are also the smaller travel cages that tend to be used when transporting your parakeets to and from the vets. Also the hanging parakeet cage which is great if you want to display you bird a bit better in your house. Finally there is the parakeet cage that comes with a stand or playtop which are great for really spoiling your birds and keeping them entertained. ParakeetCare.org recommends horizontal cages over vertical ones as parakeets prefer flying sideways and not vertically.
Build quality & materials
Parakeets have strong beaks and tend to be birds that chew a lot and so if you use the incorrect wiring this can easily be damaged. What’s more, some wires can be toxic and harmful for your birds if they chew them. The types of wire that are toxic include zinc coated steel (or galvanized steel) and lead. Cage wires that are safe for parakeets include stainless steel, aluminium and chrome.
A parakeet cage doesn’t need to be fully kitted out as many bird cage accessories can be bought separately – but having them already included does makes things easier. The standard features that are usually included are perches, doors plus feeding and watering stations. Additional accessories that you might sometimes get include a playtop, toys, feeding guards and cup holders.
Ease of use
You might find a cage that looks beautiful but how practical is it? A good parakeet cage will have an easily cleanable floor and perhaps one that is even removable. The feeding and watering trays should be on the sides so you can easily top them up. Plus the doors should be easily accessible and big enough to accommodate your parakeet and it helps if the doors can pivot in both directions.
You can get small, low end bird cages for around $50 but ideally you want to be spending at least $100 for a parakeet bird cage and $200 dollars or more if you want to give you parakeet a high quality home. When factoring in your budget, you’ll also want to think about the accessories that you need to purchase.
Setting Up A Parakeet Cage
To see a guide on everything you need to set up a parakeet cage, check out the video below:
Parakeet Cage Accessories
As part of your budget, you should also think about picking up a number of accessories which will improve the quality of life for your pet bird.
Because parakeets are intelligent birds, they need objects to play with to keep their minds occupied. This is why each parakeet cage should have a few toys. Some popular ideas for parakeet toys include play stand and pens, ladders, foraging toys and chewing or shreddable toys – all of which can be found here.
Just as important as your parakeet cage is the parakeet food that you feed your birds. Fortunately, Kaytee are a established brand that provide parakeet food in a specialized bird feed formula that is rich is Omega 3’s – you can find this here. Instead of just bird seed, there are other foods available such as parakeet pellets and also parakeet treats like cuttlebone snacks that can be found here
Parakeet Nesting Box
Wanting to nest is part of the natural urge of your bird. However, a caged bird is unable to forage for sticks and twigs to build it’s nest. A parakeet nesting box is a nice remedy to this solution which once installed will provide your birds with a nice protective shelter for them to nest in. An example of one such home can be found here.
Used Parakeet Cages for Sale
While it might initially seem like a good idea to buy a used parakeet cage, we advise against it for a number of reasons. You often don’t know what material the cage is made from and this could potentially be toxic and harmful for your parakeet. If you do find a cheap parakeet cage, you’ll also need to check for defects, cracks and any wires sticking out. This will require repairs and you’ll have no ability to return the item if you discover further damage. If you really are going down this route, you can find parakeet cages for sale that are second hand on places such as Ebay, Craigslist or Gumtree.
Summary of the Best Parakeet Bird Cages
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Alternatively, if you’d like to set up a DIY parakeet cage, then check out he guide on how to build homemade cages and aviaries which can be found here.