A common question among new budgie owners is "What cage will I need?" The short answer is to buy the biggest cage you can afford. Budgies are intelligent parrots and a cage is their home. They need space to stretch their wings and can become depressed in too small a cage.

The minimum size cage recommended for one budgie is 30in X 18in X 18in. However, as previously stated: the bigger the better. As long as the bar spacing is right, no cage is too big. Bar spacing on a budgie cage should be no larger than 1/2in. Any wider and the budgie risks getting caught between the bars.

Budgies, like most parrots, love to climb. For this reason a cage with more horizontal bars is preferable to one with mostly vertical bars. Give your budgie a climbing-friendly cage and you will be rewarded with wonderful displays of acrobatic behaviour.

Budgies, like most everyone, love to feel safe. A rectangular or square cage offers corners to hide in when they are scared. A circular cage can leave them feeling vulnerable and unsafe.

The amount of outside-of-cage time your budgie will get is big factor in the size of the cage you will need. It is recommended that budgies get 2-3 hours of outside-of-cage time a day. If your budgie will be getting less outside-of-cage time than that on average, you will need to make sure your budgie has a much larger cage. You will also have to keep that cage well stocked with toys. When a budgie doesn't¡ get ample outside-of-cage time, their cage goes from being simply their home to being their world. That world needs to be large enough to accommodate their physical need for exercise and psychological need for a stimulating environment.

If you have multiple budgies, you'll need a larger cage. If your budgies are different genders, you'll need to separate them into different cages. Breeding birds should be left to experienced bird keepers, and even then is generally not encouraged. Left in the same cage, male and female budgies will often undertake making more.

Further complicating co-caging is that female budgies can be territorial and sometimes end up needing to be separated. Separating male budgies can also become necessary. While they are typically less territorial than females, sometimes personality conflicts necessitate separate cages. Putting multiple males in a cage with a female is never recommend, as it almost always ends up in fights. While larger cage sizes do make budgies less prone to fighting, sometimes there is simply no alternative to separation. Budgies are fragile birds and any fighting can result in serious injury. Even with birds that typically get along, you need to make sure there is ample space for them to get away from each other should they end up in a tussle. Lack of an escape route can turn a minor squabble into a dangerous fight. This is something to consider both when buying cages and when deciding how many budgies you can handle.

Apart from size, you'll also need to make sure that your budgie cage is made of bird-safe material. While one would hope that unsafe items would never be sold, unfortunately the reality is that they are: sometimes by the unscrupulous and sometimes by the uninformed. Materials like lead, zinc, brass, and galvanized steel can be toxic to birds. The best materials are powder-coated iron, stainless steel, and cold-pressed steel. Remember, budgies use their beaks to climb their cages, so they will come into frequent contact with whatever material the cage is made of.

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