Categories: Birds

Conure Bird Cages: How to Choose a Cage for your Pet Conure

There are hundreds of conure bird cages to choose from, which can cause a great deal of confusion for the average pet conure owner. While many different types of conures are kept as pets, their basic housing requirements are the same. So, what do you look for when selecting a cage from the huge variety of commercial conure bird cages available?

As conures are very active birds that love to chew, they need to be provided with lots of chewable and stimulating toys, and thus conure bird cages need to be adequately sized to accommodate their toys, while at the same time giving them plenty of room to move freely around the cage. As they are notorious for chewing, special care must be taken when selecting conure bird cages, to ensure that the cage is strong and durable enough to withstand the wrath of a conure’s strong beak, and that the wire is non-toxic, and/or has a non-toxic coating to prevent your pet conure from becoming poisoned.

Requirements for Conure Bird Cages

The rule of thumb is to provide as large a cage as possible, bearing in mind that you may be limited by budget and space constraints. The specific cage requirements will depend on the species of conure that you need to house. Smaller conures will require a smaller minimum cage size than larger conures, and also require a narrower bar spacing than larger conures. The following recommended minimum cage size and bar spacing can be used as a guide when looking at conure bird cages that would be suitable for your particular pet conure:

  • Conure bird cages for the smaller conure (Green Cheeks, Maroon Bellies, Black Caps, Dusky Conures, Half Moons, Peach Fronted) – minimum cage dimensions 20″W x 20″L; recommended bar spacing between 3/8″ – 1/2″ to safely contain your conure.
  • Conure bird cages for the medium sized conure (Sun Conure, Jenday Conure, and Nanday Conure) – minimum cage dimensions 24″W  x 24″L; recommended bar spacing between  1/2″ -3/4″ to prevent your conure from escaping.
  • Conure bird cages for a larger conure (Patagonian Conure) – minimum cage dimensions 30″W x 30″L; recommended bar spacing of between 3/4″ – 7/8″ to prevent you pet escaping.

When choosing conure bird cages, one needs to take a few things into consideration. Firstly, one needs to determine what is the minimum size cage that your conure can comfortably be housed in. It is best to go for the biggest parrot cage you can afford, as they are busy birds that need a spacious cage to move around, allowing plenty of space for all their toys.

Playtop cages are wonderful conure bird cages if your bird spends a lot of time out of the cage, while dometop cages offer more head room, and so are better suited to a bird that is confined to its cage for long periods of time. Flight cages on the other hand, offer length, and make wonderful conure bird cages, allowing your conure to make use of the extra space to fly freely from perch to perch.

Shop Wisely

It is essential to be informed before shopping for cages for conures, because if an unsuitable cage is purchased it is a costly mistake, as the cage will have to be replaced sooner rather than later.

The range of conure bird cages is extensive, so it is best to do your homework before rushing out and purchasing a cage that may prove to be unsuitable for your conure. Make sure you purchase a cage big enough to comfortably house your bird; that it has the correct bar spacing suitable for your conure; and that the wire gauge is strong enough to withstand being tugged at by your conures strong beak as he pulls himself up and down the bars.

Flight cages offer extra length to allow your bird to fly freely horizontally from perch to perch, while dometop parrot cages offer more height and allow space for hanging a bird tent, and give your conure head-room and space to climb vertically. Playtop parrot cages come with a built-in play gym, offering an outside play area on the cage top, which is very useful if your conure spends a lot of time out of his cage. Choose the style that is most suited to your lifestyle and your parrots requirements, keeping in mind that bigger is always better! Alternatively, if you live in an area that has a mild climate, consider building an outdoor bird aviary to house your conures.

Learn How to Build an Aviary for your birds in a weekend with these easy to follow step-by-step instructions

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Jenny Griffin

is the Owner/Founder of Ecologix Environmental Media Services, Ecology Matters, and Stuff4Petz. Jenny is a freelance writer specializing in topics related to pet care, animal welfare, and environmental issues. She has published a series of Pet Owners Guides - view her Amazon author profile. Jenny has worked with animals all her life, having owned her own pet shop, dog grooming parlor, and educational mobile petting zoo; and has also worked in the fields of marine science and environmental education. Jenny resides on a smallholding with her extensive menagerie of rescued animals, which is in itself a full time job. When she is not writing or caring for her animals, she can be found surfing the waves at her local beach, or spending time with her horses.

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