Buy the biggest cage you can find for the Amazon parrot. They need a lot of space, and if theyíre cramped, they will quickly become aggressive or depressed.
The cage should be durable. The strongest materials are stainless steel and iron., and the bars should be thick enough to hold up to constant chewing and climbing. Itís best to buy one from a reputable manufacturer. At least if something gets broken, you can buy spare parts.
You have to look at the space between bars. Can the Amazon get its head stuck between them? The ideal gap is ĺ inches to 1 and1/2 inches for medium birds.
The cage should have a combination of vertical and horizontal bars. The vertical bars give cage support, while the horizontal bars give the Amazon parrot a chance to climb (a favorite activity!) and make it easier to hang perches and toys.
Birds like rectangular or square cages because they have corners to hide in. Round cages are the equivalent of being trapped in open spaceóthey will always be checking to see if there are any predators in the room!
There should be room for at least three perches, set at different heights. You can buy perches from a pet store, but the best ones can be found right in your own back yard.
Itís important to look at the diameter of the perches. Can the Amazon stand on it without the claws turning inward? Will the branch crack under its strong jaws? This is a very prolific chewer and the branch shouldnít splinter or break. You should also make sure that all traces of fertilizers or insecticides have been washed off. Do this by soaking in a mild water and bleach solution, or heating in an oven at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Amazons Cage-Cleaning the cage
Remove droppings and food scraps every day, then give the cage a thorough cleaning once a week. To make this easier, pick a cage that has a removable tray, and a grate thatís placed high enough so the Amazon parrot canít reach the dirt.
Itís also better to get a cage stand with casters, which will let you remove the cage and place it on the ground without damaging the floor.
Also get cages that are easy to dismantle. This will let you reach all the corners when youíre cleaning, or allow you to easily move the cages from one room to another. When putting the cage back together, make sure that the nuts are located outside of the cageóthese playful birds will try to unscrew the bolts!
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