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Choosing the Right Spot for Your Birdcage

January 15 2017

Have you recently decided to adopt a pet bird? Congratulations! Birds are very adorable and charming pets. It probably won’t take Polly very long to completely melt your heart. Our feathered friends do have some very specific care needs, however, so if you’ve never had a bird before, you may want to do some research. One of the most important aspects of proper bird care is making sure that your adorable pet is comfortable in her cage. Getting a great, roomy cage is of course critical, but picking the right location is also important. Read on as a McHenry, IL vet offers some helpful tips on choosing the right spot for your birdcage.

Air Quality

Birds have very sensitive lungs, and can get sick by breathing fumes that are harmless to us. Kitchen fumes are one example: many types of modern cookware emit fumes that are toxic to birds. Don’t put your feathered pal too close to the kitchen. Vapors from studios, garages, and workshops can also be dangerous, as is cigarette smoke.


Don’t put Polly near a fan, or in a drafty area. You’ll also want to avoid keeping your winged pal near air ducts, fireplaces, heaters, or air conditioners.

Noise Levels

Too much noise could make Polly uneasy. Don’t put your cute pet too close to a stereo or TV.


Birds often feel most comfortable in corners. This is because they instinctively stay aware of their surroundings, and naturally monitor what is going on around them. If Polly has walls on three sides of her, she can only be approached from the front. This will help her let her guard down and relax.


Birds are very sociable and intelligent. Don’t put Polly all by herself in a back bedroom. Your cute pet will feel sad and lonely all by herself. Your winged pet will be happiest if she can see, hear, and interact with you.


Consider putting some nontoxic plants near Polly’s cage. Since trees are your feathered pal’s natural environment, this will help keep her happy.

Other Factors

Some types of birds have very specific requirements. Finches, for instance, need sunlight in order to thrive. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your local McHenry, IL vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your bird’s health or care. We are here to help!