Location of Cage: As I stated, I believe it is important to get a baby used to change so that they don't become an adult bird that suddenly plucks out all its feathers when they cage is moved. Having said that, there are some dos and don'ts regarding the placement of the cage.
- ... place the cage directly in front of a window, which is subject to dramatic temperature shifts and also doesn't allow the bird to "escape" the view.
- ... place the cage directly in line with a heat or ac vent
- ... place the cage in a kitchens or bathroom. Kitchens have large variations in temperature and toxins can be inhaled from non-stick cookware and from self-cleaning ovens. If kept in a bathroom the bird is likely to be exposed to aerosolized products that can also be irritating and toxic to their air sacs.
- ... place the cage in the center of activity for the house. This can result in a stressed and sleep deprived bird.
- ... place the cage in an area of the house where the bird can see and interact with the family.
- ... place the cage in an area with a partial view out a window so that bird can escape from unwanted/frightening views.
I like to have a night cage in another room. This allows the bird to be placed in the sleep cage at the same time nightly, preventing sleep deprivation. Ideally, the room should be one that is quiet and dark after dusk.
Here in Arizona it is also nice to have a "sun cage" for your bird. This is an outdoor enclosure where your bird can be safely placed on nice days to allow further environmental stimulation and sunbathing. The enclosure should have a solid roof to prevent contact with wild bird droppings and should have at least one shady area.
Realize that my discussion involved how it makes the cage an enjoyable and safe place for your bird and it did NOT give the option of not using a cage. All birds should be caged when you are not able to directly supervise them. An unsupervised bird will chew anything in reach (even items containing toxins such as lead and zinc), will roam the house and can be stepped on or injured by other family members and pets, and will ingest items that are unsafe. Remember, our goal is to make the care a happy and safe place for your pet. Allowing a bird to roam the house is like allowing a toddler to roam unsupervised - it can only lead to problems.