How Big Should a Cockatiel Cage Be?

Parker Hansen | December 08, 2021 | cockatiel, cockatiel cage
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Cockatiels are a common pet among those that love birds. They are known for their unique feathers and their feisty personalities. Cockatiels are happiest when they are in a cage that is sized just right for them. Here’s how to choose a cage size and what you need to do to take care of it.

Choosing the Right Cockatiel Cage Size

You will find that there are a lot of different-sized cages for cockatiels. You should choose the largest one that will comfortably fit in your space. Cockatiels are happiest in cages that allow them lots of room to roam. While cockatiels start out small, they are usually about 12 inches in size when fully grown. Because of this, you need to choose a cage that is at least 18 inches in diameter. It should also be at least 24 inches in length and 24 inches in height. Anything smaller than this will keep your cockatiel from thriving. Do keep in mind that cockatiels tend to be very social and many owners wind up getting them a companion at some point. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make sure your cage is large enough to accommodate more than one bird at a time. You should also pay attention to the horizontal segments of the cage. They should have a gap of three inches or less. A larger gap size could cause your cockatiel to get hurt if it tries to go through one of them.

Setting Up a Cockatiel Cage

In addition to the size of the cage, you also need to pay attention to the setup. Make sure the food and water dish are easily accessible. There should be at least three different types of perches for them to stand on. Cockatiels do like to look at themselves, so you may want to consider adding a mirror or two to the cage as well.

Choosing a Sleep Cage

Many cockatiels need about 12 hours of sleep each night. Because they tend to be light sleepers, some cockatiel owners also have a sleep cage for their bird that’s in a quiet area away from the main activity in the home. A sleep cage doesn’t need to be as big as a regular cockatiel cage. It just needs to be large enough for your pet to move around in, but easy enough for you to transport from one room to another.

Maintaining a Cockatiel Cage

In order to keep your cockatiel healthy, you need to keep its cage clean. You should clean the tray of the cage every single day; water and food bowls should be cleaned several times a week as well. Once a week, remove your cockatiel from the cage to deep clean it using water and mild soap. Some owners deep clean their cockatiel’s cage with a bleach solution that’s been very diluted with water. If you do decide to use this method, rinse the cage thoroughly, as bleach is toxic to cockatiels. If possible, you should let the cage dry in the sun as well.

Cockatiels are fascinating birds that can make the perfect addition to your home. To keep them happy and healthy, you need to make sure that you choose the right cage and that you care for it properly.

About the Author
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Parker Hansen

Parker Hansen is an animal lover and a pet parent to two beautiful dogs. Growing up he had a wide variety of different pets including dogs, frogs, lizards, fish, hamsters, birds and more. He enjoys writing... Learn More

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