Proper Housing for Your New Companion

Proper housing for your new family member plays a HUGE role in his or her health, mental and physical.   It is something that needs to be seriously thought about once you have bonded with your potential family member during the adoption process. When it comes to a cage for your bird, bigger is always better, as long as bar spacing and diameter are appropriate for the species of bird.

  A cage that is too small may cause behavior issues like feather plucking, screaming/squawking, improper exercise and severe anxiety.  A cage with rust is a health threat related to metal toxicity and other illnesses. Due to these potential mental and physical health issues, it is important to us at Parrot Outreach that one of our flock leaves our facility with the properly sized cage that is approved by the Adoption Coordinator or Director… Without approval, we cannot allow the adoption process to continue.  

There is a lot to consider when deciding on proper housing for your parrot.  You have to consider where you will be placing the cage in your home, the bar spacing and strength of the cage, cage height, width, depth, and  condition along with proper perches, perch spacing, thickness, material and height for your new companion.  Square and rectangular shaped cages are good for your companion bird but  round cages are not.

Your cage is too small if, your new companion cannot, efficiently spread its wings, for stretching and flapping. Rule of thumb is, the larger the cage is, with it still maintaining proper bar spacing, the better. 

Below is information that will help you provide proper housing for your new parrot. 


Housing a Macaw or Cockatoo


 Large Macaws, Umbrella and Moluccan Cockatoo are considered an extra large parrot and, therefore, require an extra large cage.  Minimum cage size should be about 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep and about 6 feet tall.  Dome topped cages are preferred, as they offer more room for your Macaw or Cockatoo.  If you are housing a pair, they will require double the width and more depth of the cage that would only house 1 extra large parrot.  Bar spacing should be one inch to one and one  half inches and be made of heavy gauge materials that are not easy to bend. 

                     Double Macaw Cage                                        Single Macaw Cage

  single macaw cage    double macaw



Housing an Amazon, African Grey, Goffin, Bare Eyed or Rose Breast Cockatoo or Severe Macaw


An Amazon, smaller species of Cockatoo and Macaws are considered to be large to medium sized parrots and require a medium to large sized cage.  The ideal size cage for these species is 28 inches deep, 36 inches wide and 48 inches tall with bar spacing of 3/4 to 1 inch.  If you are considering on adopting a pair, then a smaller macaw/cockatoo cage would be the right size for you and your bonded pair. 

amazon cage




Housing a Quaker, Cockatiel, or Conures


Quakers, Cockatiels and Conures, are considered to be the smaller of the parrot species and require a small to medium size cage.  The minimum sized cage that they need is 24 inches wide, 22 inches deep and  55 inches tall with 1/2 inch bar spacing.  If you are considering housing a bonded pair, you will need a cage that is bigger than the dimensions listed above. 

cockatiel quaker cage




Housing a Finch, Parakeet or Canary


Finches, Canaries and other comparable sized birds are considered extra-small to small birds and require small cages.  The minimum sized cage for these species of birds is 14 inches deep, 18 inches wide and 35 inches tall with bar spacing being 3/8 of an inch.

canary cage






The volunteers at Parrot Outreach Society want to ensure that the members  of our flock have the proper accommodations (cage) when they are permanently placed outside of our facility.  Due to this we can supply cages at our store front that are affordably priced and if we do not have a cage you want, we can always order them from our supplier.  

Anything purchased at our retail floor is reinvested towards our flock at Parrot Outreach and helps with food, vet care, toys and housing.  We and the birds at Parrot Outreach greatly appreciate it. 


For more information on how to care for your companion parrot/bird, please see the basic bird care section of our website and the subsections listed under it.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate on contacting us. 

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