Stainless steel bird cages are longer lasting, rust resistant, visually beautiful (especially with a polish) and are a non-toxic, bird safe material. However, there is one main drawback that I’m going to reveal to you in this article.
In this guide we review the best stainless steel bird cages for sale and whilst doing so we considered a number of factors. Design of the bird cage, the price, how many features were included inside the cage, plus how easy the cage is to use and maintain. We looked at some of the following models:
- Heliconia Hideaway – In terms of all round performance, this stainless steel cage from BirdCages4Less is a overall a great choice.
- Large Stainless Steel Cage – For a large cage that’s offered at a lower than usual rate then go with this one from WesternPacific.
- Stainless Cage with Playtop – From Prevue, the addition of a play top will provide your birds with exta entertainment. A great large sized cage.
- Hanging Stainless Steel Cage – For smaller birds and from Prevue Hendryx.
- Highland Manor – If budget is no object then check out this Featherland cage from Caitec.
- Stainless Steel Travel Cage – Ideal for transporting your bird on the road and to the vet.
Benefits of Stainless Steel Bird Cages
There are a number of reasons why stainless steel is a superior choice for your pet birds:
- Long lasting and durable – a lot of bird cages will only last a few years but a stainless steel one is built for a lifetime. In fact, it might even outlast you.
- Rust resistant – stainless steel doesn’t rust so you don’t have to worry about water breaking down and corroding your cage over time.
- Bird safe and non-toxic – stainless steel is extra bird safe because it doesn’t require a paint or coating layer which often gets scratched off or eaten by birds. Also, because it’s strong it will be hard for your bird to break or bend the bars.
- Good outside – because of this rust resistance, stainless steel makes a great outdoor bird cage.
- Beautiful – especially when polished, stainless steel really shines.
- Extra strong – the extra strength from stainless steel will prevent those curious parrot beaks from manipulating any bars and wires on your cage.
- Lacks nuts and bolts – stainless steel is often welded together throughout the entire construction thus not needing any nuts or bolts. This means your birds have one less potential hazard to chew on.
- Hygienic and Bacterial resistant – According to ASSDA, high quality stainless steel is made with the same steel that gets used in hospitals and pharmaceuticals. This is non-porous so that bacterial has fewer places to hide and so is more sterile.
- Easy to clean – it’s easy to clean because of the points previously mentioned:
- Lack of nuts and bolts (so it’s easier to wipe surfaces)
- Hygienic and bacterial resistant (so there’s less of a build up of dirt)
- You don’t have to worry about it rusting
Our guide to cleaning stainless steel is listed below here.
Drawbacks of Stainless Steel Bird Cages
So you might be wondering, with all of those benefits listed above, why aren’t all birdcages made from stainless steel? Why does everything get made from wrought iron with a powdered coat instead?
Well the reason is simple. It is because stainless steel is much more expensive when compared with a traditional bird cage made from iron.
However, consider the fact that many parrot species can live for decades. Instead of having to buy a cheap bird cage which will only last a few years, if you buy a stainless steel one then it’s likely to last a lifetime. So if you invest now, you’ll save money in the long run. But if stainless steel is currently out of your budget, then you might want to check our article on the cheapest bird cages.
Surgical Grade Stainless Steel
If you want stainless steel bird cage that is made at an especially high level then look out for 304 grade or 316 grade. The quality of this steel is so high it gets used in hospitals and for surgery. This is because it is especially non-porous and thus more bacterial resistant. However, according to Reliance-Foundry.com 304 grade stainless steel cannot be cleaned with chloride substances (as it will corrode the steel) but 316 stainless steel contains molybdenum allowing it to withstand chloride cleaning. Both grades make perfectly good bird cages.
Stainless Steel Bird Cage Reviews
Review Of: Heliconia Hideaway from BirdCages4Less
One of the best stainless steel cages available is the Heliconia Hideaway. Similar to their Java Hut Haven which is also available here, the Heliconia Hideaway is the larger version from BirdCages4Less. Made from medical grade steel and with all of the features you’d need for larger birds.
Review Of: Large Stainless Steel Bird Cage from Western Pacific
Western Pacific is not a well known manufacturer, but they do a provide a top notch bird cage made from high quality stainless steel.
Review Of: Stainless Steel Play Top Bird Cage from Prevue
A new stainless steel release from Prevue which is a well known and trusted brand. It’s hard to go wrong with a cage from this company.
Review Of: Featherland Bird Cage (Highland Manor)
Basic video guide on how to set up a Featherland cage.
If you have the cash to splash then this is the bird cage to go for. Your birds will love you for it and this cage will last you a lifetime.
Review Of: Stainless Steel Hanging Bird Cage
Perhaps the best hanging bird cage available. Made from stainless steel, this is ideal if you’re keeping smaller birds. There’s also a shorter version of this cage that’s available.
Review Of: Pawhut’s Stainless Steel Travel Cage
Ideal for anyone that wants a strong and durable travel cage that will be able to withstand any knocks when it’s transported.
Used Stainless Steel Bird Cages
The main thing that stops most bird owners from adopting a stainless steel bird cage is that they’re simply too expensive to buy. This is why a portion of bird owner’s try to find used stainless steel cages for sale – however, there’s a few issues with this problem.
Firstly, as the cage isn’t being sold officially first hand, you need to be able to tell the difference between normal steel and stainless steel. This can be very difficult if a layer of paint has also been applied. Second, you also need to check for any hidden cracks or breaks that may not be entirely obvious if you’re browsing past the cage. If you do find something that needs fixing then you’re going to have to also find stainless steel replacement parts.
Third, if there are any issues with the cage then you’re not going to have a warranty so you’re not going to be able to return the cage. Fourth, you’ll need to organize your own transport to pick up the cage and something like a pick up truck may be needed. Plus, you may be required to dismantle the cage and put it back together again for this trip.
So you can see there are a number of problems with buying used. However, if you absolutely must go down this route then Craiglist, Ebay and Gumtree are the best place to begin your initial search.
Stainless Steel Accessories
Watering and feeding trays
Feeding and watering trays come into contact with your bird a lot and are frequently chewed or bitten. So a material like stainless steel works well because it is very strong and bird safe – the one on the right is available here. This is why you’ll often see bird cages which are made from wood or iron deciding to have their trays made from stainless steel (even if the rest of the cage is made from something else). According to BarkThink, animal feeding and watering trays made from stainless steel are particularly good because they are (BPA free), BPA being a dangerous health hazard which is found in many plastic bowls and feeding trays.
Skewer & and food hangers
Similar to the feeding and watering trays, stainless steel bird skewers and food hangers will be bird safe and durable. The one in the picture is available here.
Cleaning & maintaining your stainless steel cage
Stainless steel cages are durable, strong and rust resistant – so cleaning and looking after you cage is fairly easy.
An advantage is that you can use water to freely clean your cage because there is no chance of it rusting the steel. So you don’t need to worry about drying every single drop off the cage like you would with an iron cage.
A simple method is to take baking soda, combine it with water and wipe down your cage using this solution with a cleaning cloth (some people even just use vinegar). Just make sure you’re not using anything that might scratch the metal such as steel wool or wire wool. However, there are some types of cleaning solutions you should avoid such as chlorine, spirits or alcohol. An alternative cleaning solution that you can buy is Poop-Off which is specifically made for cleaning bird waste.