Stop the caging of birds


By John Anderson, NYPR

Published 6 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 freedom and companionship with other birds, not the cruel reality of forced solitarily confinement for the rest of their very long lives, being locked inside a tiny cage.

Parrots kept in cages all the time, may sleep some 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, will not be an option for these birds either.

Please consider building an indoor aviary for your birds, or buying a large double cage. (Join two cages together, after remove the two ends to make one large cage) 2 x 3ft into a 6ft Cage.

If you are going to keep a parrot in a cage, 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 and play, and whenever it's not safe to leave the bird unattended when you need to go out of the house.

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

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

You should give them plenty of time out of their cages, as much as possible. We recommend 7 Hours minimum, or more every day. 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 are going to keep a Parrot caged, all the time for the rest of its life, then you shouldnt keep a Parrot as a pet. Please think seriously about building an aviary or rehomeing your bird with one of the many rescue organisations.

Something to think about!

You might of asked, 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 in a cage all day. 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:

Please consider getting another bird(s) to give your pet bird a mate, so the bird is never alone when you are not around.

Birds belong in pairs, never alone. If you're the owner of a pet parrot, you've probably pondered the possibility of getting it a cage companion. But are two birds twice as nice or double the trouble? That depends on many factors, say the experts. Should you get another bird? Please read this link:

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.

If a breeder or rehomeing charity is offering to sell or rehome a single bird, you should question their competence - a good seller knows that a single bird will live a unhappy and unfulfilled life.

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.

Some different species of birds can live together. Often people ask about having mixed flights with 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:

Option 2. For you to consider is for your tame pet bird, is to have 2 or more and house them in doors over the winter, and let them live in an aviary in the summer months.

Option 3. Don't rehome your birds, especially the smaller birds, adopt more from the many rescues and Sanctuary's, in the country, and house them in an indoor, or outdoor aviary.

All birds need the companionship of other birds, not just their owners, or some random person off the internet that you know nothing about.

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...

Page added 06/12/2017

By John Anderson