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Types of Parakeet Cages

Parakeet cages come in all shapes and sizes. Some look like furniture, some are simply practical. After deciding what important features you want included in your parakeet's new home (see Choosing a Cage), you will want to shop for the type of cage that fits your preferences, decor and budget.

Powder-coated Cages
Although powder-coated painted cages are considerably less expensive than stainless steel, they don't last as long. Careful cleaning by soaking and using non-abrasive cleaning agents and sponges will lengthen the life of the cage. They are sturdy and come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Make sure the manufacturer states that the cage is non-toxic.

Stainless Steel Cages
These cages are easy to clean, non-toxic and will last for years. Although they are expensive, the initial investment will pay off over time if you plan to have birds for many years. If you decide to invest in this type of cage for your bird, make sure it is 100% 304 grade solid stainless steel.

Plastic Coated Wire Cages
While these are the least expensive types of bird cages, they can be toxic if your parakeet likes to chew on the bars of the cage. Care must be taken to make sure none of the plastic is chipping away exposing toxic metal beneath. They are easy to clean, affordable and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

 

Additional Resources
What's That Cage Made Of - An in-depth description of the materials used and toxic hazards of different types of bird cages.

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