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Stop the caging of birds

Birds are suffering in tiny cages
Birds are suffering in tiny cages



Published on December 2017

Caged birds are suffering, living in tiny cages, and many are never let out of their cages or not for long enough. Caged birds crave the freedom and companionship of other birds, not the cruel reality of forced solitarily confinement for the rest of their very long lives, being locked inside a tiny cage.

This would apply to all cage birds, not just Parrots, but Budgies, Lovebirds, Canaries and Finches. Please don't keep them shut up in a cage all day.

Parrots kept in cages all the time, may sleep most of the time during the day to help alleviate boredom. While others will begin to self mutilate. First they might start with over preening, then go on to plucking out their feathers and after years of doing this, the birds feathers will not grow back again.

Some parrots go even further and self mutilate their own skin. These birds will then be much harder to re-home in this condition. And living outside in an aviary or Sanctuary, may not be an option for some of these birds either.

If your Parrot has already started to feather pluck, for advice please read this link:

Please consider buying or building an aviary for your birds, or buying a large double cage. (You could join two cages together, after removing the two inner panels to make one larger cage) 

If you are going to keep a parrot in your home, you should keep the cage door open as much as possible, a cage should only be used as a safe place where the bird can eat, sleep, play, and whenever it's not safe to leave the bird unattended when you need to go out of the house.

It's now time to admit birds shouldn't be kept in cages
It's now time to admit birds shouldn't be kept in cages

Its now time to admit, that birds shouldn't be kept in cages. For more information, Please follow this supporting link:

We are not saying here, that you shouldnt have a bird as a pet, but ask you to provide proper care for your birds, according to ALL of our Fostering Rules.

You should give them plenty of time out of their cages, as much as possible. We recommend you open the birds cage for 8 Hours minimum, or upto 12 Hours each day. You could split this into two separate sessions, once during the day, and then again in the evening, or whatever works best for you. If you do this for your birds, you will be helping them to avoid the many behavioural problems that can arise, if your bird doesn't receive proper care.

If you don't intend building an aviary, or letting your bird out of its cage, but keep the Parrot caged all of the time in a small cage, for the rest of its life, then you shouldnt keep a Parrot as a pet. (This is animal cruelty) Please think seriously about building an aviary or rehoming your bird with a local rescue or Sanctuary organisations.

Something to think about!

Please consider getting another bird(s) to give your pet bird some company, (Especially if it's a parent reared bird), so the bird is never alone when you are not around.

All birds belong in pairs never alone
All birds belong in pairs never alone

Birds belong in pairs, never alone. If you're the owner of a pet bird, you've probably pondered the possibility of getting it a cage companion. Should you get another bird? That depends on many factors, say the experts. Read more here...

All pet bird/Parrot species will be much happier in a pair, and for many this is the ideal permanent setup; but some only really thrive with the full interaction of a flock, as they would in the wild.

If a breeder or rehoming charity is offering to sell or rehome a non-tame single bird, (Parent reared bird), you should question their competence - a good seller knows that a single bird will live a very lonely, unhappy, and unfulfilled life.

Some species of birds can live together
Some species of birds can live together

Some different species of birds can live together. Often people ask about having various different species of birds living together: Can I have this bird with that bird? Will they be Ok, together?

There aren’t really any set rules on which species can go together, but there are guidelines that can help you in this situation. Please use this link for further information:

You might of sometimes wondered, will my birds survive if I set them free from their cages? You may of bought birds without realising how guilty It would make you feel watching them sit alone in a cage all day. And after having them for many years, you might feel you want to let them go free. Please read this link for more information on the subject:

Do Parrots belong in a Sanctuary's or Aviary's? All birds belong in the wild, and by caging them, we've taken a away their freedom, that allowed them to be with other birds, and do what they want to do.

But some pet birds just like they wouldn't cope well being released back into the wild, wouldn't necessarily be able to adapt well to a life in a Sanctuary either.

It will depend alot on each individual bird, and what they need, and if they will accept the company of other birds within a flock without human companionship and interaction, if given the opportunity and the time to bond, and letting them choose.

But we shouldn't decide for them either, based on what we believe or think is right for them, whether that be in someone's home or a Sanctuary situation.

Please bear in mind, as our limited number of Sanctuary's become full and overcrowded, it's more important to give priority to the Parent Reared Birds. (Aviary Birds) - being breed and sold as pets. These birds should be in Sanctuary's and avaiays, and not being kept in cages) So please consider this before rehoming or selling these birds.

For these birds especially, that are not suited to life in cages, we need to build more Bird Sanctuary's and Private Aviary's, that are run by people that genuinely care about all these birds that are suffering alone in cages.

An Aviary or Sanctuary situation is the better option, for some birds.

Option 1. Build an indoor aviary for your birds, or buy a large double cage.

A second option for tame pet birds, is to have 2 or more and house them in doors over the winter, and let them out in an aviary in the summer months. (Make sure you install some high security system, as mentioned below)

Let's try to give every Parrot a Cage Free Life.


Videos, Photos of aviary's and Sanctuary's from around the world. - Don't let your pet birds suffer in undersized cages. Discover how to build a full sized aviary that will provide your birds with plenty of space and security to live with other birds." Please visit this link for more details:

Aviary Security

You will definitely need some Security for your outdoor aviary. Please go here for advice...

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