Conures are one of those pets by their friendly, interactive nature. However, taking care of them becomes difficult due to their long tail size and if kept in a small cage, it will not be very good for the birds.
So it needs a large cage with plenty of space to move around, both vertically and horizontally. At the same time, it is easy to hang and place some toys during our time away from home. On the other hand, attention should be paid to the diligent weekly cleaning of the parrot's cage and the daily washing of food and water. Therefore, to better understand how to set up a conure cage.
1. Select the cage and the necessary tools.
Dimensions of conure cage
For minimum measurements, choose a cage 24 inches (61 cm) wide, 24 inches (61 cm) deep, and 30 inches (76 cm) high.
The cage bars are spaced approximately 1⁄2 in (1.3 cm) to 3⁄4 in (1.9 cm) apart.
There should be bars on both sides of the cage at least to encourage the bird's climbing instinct.
Insert perches for birds
Several perches are of different widths and materials inside the parrot cage. This helps birds move their legs, move around the cage more freely, and even prevent arthritis. Offers a variety of lengths and sizes to keep the bird entertained and engaged.
Each perch must be at least 9 in (23 cm) long and 1⁄2 in (1.3 cm) in diameter for a proper grasp
You should place your baby high up to make a cage and at least one bird low near the food and water dishes.
Types of toys
Toys will keep your parrot entertained and happy at home in the cage. Provide a variety of bird toys so that birds can choose different toys to play with at different times. Several feeding toys, puzzles, and ladders are available to keep the birds physically and mentally active.
In addition, you should also make it shiny with bells or mirrors to entertain and attract the bird.
2. Position the cage
Place the cage on several planes
You can place the cage on a table, or a birdcage stand. This will bring the parrot's cage closer to eye level and away from the ground. At the same time, it will keep the birdcage away from heat vents or air conditioning ducts.
If the cage is placed on the ground, it will be subject to drafts which can affect the bird's health. Or more easily shoved or moved around.
Keeping the parrot's cage away from doors and other crowded aisles can lead to the cage toppling over.
Otherwise, avoid placing the cage above eye level. Doing so will make your bird feel dominated, which in turn leads to uncontrollable behaviors.
Conures can be kept at normal room temperature indoors. The cage is placed in a room with an average indoor temperature of no less than 65°F (18°C) and never above 9°F (-13°C).
You must keep them away from heating and cooling vents that can significantly alter the temperature near the cage.
Keep the cage in a quiet room
Some Conures require a quiet place to sleep at night. From there, they can be easily disturbed by loud noises and not get enough sleep, which negatively affects the bird's health.
If the cage is located in a noisy place, consider choosing a smaller cage for the bird to sleep at night and possibly move to a quieter location.
3. Bird cage care
Clean cages and beans weekly
You must remove all newspaper or other litter from the bottom of the cage. You should remove it completely and replace it once a week. The perch should be removed and washed with mild soap and water, or washed in the dishwasher.
Therefore, clean the outside of the cage once a week. Disinfect the bird cage thoroughly more than every 6 months. Turn the entire cage down and replace any old perches or food dishes that look worn or dirty. Make sure to use a disinfectant for bird safety.
Sanitize food and drink dishes daily
If the cage is not cared for properly, the food dish is prone to mold and harmful to the parrot, so it is important to clean them daily. This will help keep the bird safe and healthy.
What's more, you can simply rinse them quickly in the sink or use gentle soap and warm water to clean them more thoroughly.
Dry the dishes completely before placing them back in the birdcage.
Cover the cage at night
A large cotton cloth (perhaps a folded bed sheet) can be used to cover the birdcage at night. Birds need 10-12 hours of continuous sleep each night and the cover of the cage helps to feel safe and sleep through the night.
Bird cages should not be covered to avoid interaction with birds or to correct behavioral problems such as vocalizations.
4. How to care for one?
Housing for Conure
Choose a cage
You need to find a cage that gives it plenty of space to move around and play with toys. If you have small parrots, the cage must be at least 18 x 18 x 18 inches (46 x 46 x 46 cm). Large parrots will need a cage that is at least 36 x 36 x 36 inches (91 x 91 x 91 cm).
The cage can be vertical or horizontal. The cage bars should be horizontal so your parrot can climb on them. The bars should be spaced no more than 3/4 inch to one inch (two to 2.5 cm) apart.
Buy an extra cage cover or a large blanket or towel to cover the cage at night.
Place the cage in an ideal location
Keep the conure cage away from rooms that are not in the direct path of harmful kitchen smoke. In the room, make sure not to place the cage in direct sunlight. For Conures to be most comfortable in rooms with temperatures between 70 and 80°F (21 to 27°C), this is a typical room temperature for most homes.
Furthermore, the room should not have drafts either.
Many types of smoke are toxic to parrots, including perfumes, aerosols, and fumes from cleaning products and nonstick cookware.
Place the basic items in the cage
You can choose at least two beans that are 1/2 to 5/8 inch (about 1.5 cm) in diameter.
Position the perch so that the parrot's tail feathers do not rub against the cage bar when it sits on the porch. Place the perch near the parrot's food and water dishes.
Also, consider using beans that come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures. It doesn't just help keep your parrot's feet healthy. A variety of perching birds are available at your local pet store.
Two to three plates of food and water can also be placed in the cage. One plate is water and one or two plates is food.
5. Do not leave the cage empty
Put the toy in the parrot's cage
Conures by nature like to be kept busy. If there is nothing to do, parrots become bored and resort to feather picking. Instead, place a variety of toys that will keep them entertained. Popular toys for parrots include feeding toys, wooden chew toys, and chopped toys.
Foraging toys mimic the natural foraging behavior of parrots in the wild.
Chopped toys help parrots relieve stress and boredom. If you don't want to buy chopped toys, you can put some newspapers in the cage for them to shred.
Toys with small parts might be avoided. As they can get caught in the parrot's beak or claws, damage or injury can result.
Always keep different types of toys in the parrot's cage to avoid boredom with any toy.
Consider installing a rack in your parrot's cage so that the parrot can hold toys.
Provide a variety of exercise equipment
Swings and ladders will help parrots move a lot during the day. However, install them at a height inside the cage to keep the parrot's tail from rubbing against the cage bars.
Placement of a mirror in a parrot's cage
Mirrors can also encourage predominantly female mating behavior, as they can lay eggs without a mate. If you have female parrots, the mating behavior can lead to spontaneous egg laying, which is physical stress and illness.
6. Conure's food
Choose pellets and seed mixes and market them at your local pet store. This makes up 60 to 70% of a parrot's diet and no more than 10% is needed and the rest is fruit and vegetables. And they come with many different colors.
Vegetables and fresh fruits into your parrot's diet. This helps the parrot eat a nutritionally balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables add important vitamins and minerals to your parrot's diet. However, it is advisable to wash the food thoroughly before the parrot cough hole eats. You can buy organic produce but not avocado as it is toxic to birds.
Incorporate nuts into your parrot's diet. Since nuts add protein and healthy fats to your parrot's diet, choose nuts that are low in salt. Although important, nuts should only be eaten in small amounts because of their high-fat content. If you feed your parrot peanuts, they must be peeled.
Add extra vitamins and minerals to your parrot's diet including calcium and vitamin K. Adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin K are important to prevent a condition known as Conure Bleeding Syndrome. In particular, dragon beans have calcium available that parrots can chew to get more calcium in their diet. Squid bones are also another source of calcium, but are not recommended for parakeets. If you still have questions about some unclear information, you can consult your doctor.
Via mentioned above, we hope that you can know more about how to set up a conure cage. However, you must need some features of conure before installing their cage and even taking care of them.
Like most other birds, the conure will hide sickness, so it's a good thing to take them to the vet at least once every few months. Moreover, they love to be near people. So you spend as much time as you can interacting and playing with them.