Today we’re looking at the best cockatiel cage and cockatiel toys for your pet birds. Cockatiels are easy to look after, making them the second most popular bird cage pet. They’re also very friendly and like to interact with humans a lot. Native to Australia and from the cockatoo family, they’re a medium sized pet bird that require medium to large sized cages.
In the section below, we’ve compared the best cockatiel cages including the 3151BLK large cockatiel cage, the 1305 cockatiel travel cage, the F040 Prevue cockatiel cage, the F070 Hampton Deluxe cockatiel breeding cage and the dome top cockatiel cage from PetcageMart.
For each cage we looked at the build quality, design, price and ease of use. Cockatiels cages are priced mid-range when compared to other bird cages. Included in the list below are recommendations for cheap cockatiel cages, the setup steps you need to follow, recommended accessories and how to use a stand with your cage. So start off by checking out the table below for the best cockatiel cages to match your needs.
Comparison of the Best 5 Cockatiel Cages(Partially visible? On mobile scroll through using the bar at the bottom of the table)
|Size/Type||Large Cockatiel Cage||Cockatiel Travel Cage||Prevue Cockatiel Cage||Cockatiel Breeding Cage||Dome Top Cockatiel Cage|
(40.25" with stand)
|Number of perches||1 - (x2 including playtop)||1||3||4||2 - (x3 including playtop)|
|Other features||playtop set, 4 stainless steel cups, 1 lockable door, 2 removable trays, stand with wheels||Collapsible design, 2 cups, cup holder, tray||4 cups, grille, door, tray||2 cups, 2 grilles, 2 trays, divider grille||2 cups, removable grate and tray, stand with wheels and bottom storage area|
|Wire gauge||9 & 12||9 & 11||12 & 16||12 & 15||12|
|Material||Wrought Iron||Non-toxic powder coated steel mesh||Wrought Iron||Wrought Iron||Non-toxic powder coated finish|
|Color||Black, Brown, Grey, White, Navy, Red, Green||White||Black||Black||Black|
Requirements for a cockatiel cage
You need to think about the following when it comes to a cockatiel cage:
Cockatiel cage sizes
How big should a cockatiel cage be? As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the bird cage, the better it is for your bird – and this holds true for cockatiels.
A cockatiel is a medium sized pet bird. At a minimum, a medium sized pet bird needs a cage that has dimensions which are at least the following: Width 25″, Depth 32″, Height 35″.
However, if you decide to have more than one cockatiel then for each cockatiel you need to multiply the volume by x1.5 to x2 times the amount. So two medium sized cockatiels would need a cage that is width 30″ x depth 35″ x height 40″. Don’t forget to also calculate space for any bird cage accessories you want to include inside the cage.
You also need to think about the correct sized bar or wire spacing. For cockatiels, we recommend that at a maximum the bar spacing is no bigger than 5/8″ to 3/4″. Also, that the wire diameter is at a minimum 2.5mm thick.
You can see alternative thoughts on recommended cage sizes in the video below:
Different types of cockatiel cage
Most cockatiel cages come with stands but not always, you can check if this is the case if it’s one of your requirements. If you’re looking for something smaller in size then aside from the usual cages there are hanging cockatiel cages (which also require a hanging bird cage stand) and cockatiel travel cages – which are ideal if you’re going to the vet.
If you’re going for two or more cockatiels then you might need a large cockatiel cage such as a flight cage. Or perhaps if you’re thinking about mating the birds then you need to consider a cockatiel breeding cage which will stop any cockatiel from laying eggs on the bottom of the cage.
Don’t just think about how much your bird cage is going to cost when budgeting for your bird. Consider how many accessories and other items you’re going to buy as well. Leaving travel cages aside, a cheap cockatiel cages can be found for as little as $90 but normally the price range is $120 or more. A premium cage starts at $200 and is worth it if you have the money and really want to treat your birds. If you choose a cockatiel aviary this the costs can be considerably more.
Ease of use
Maintaining a cockatiel cage can be chore if the cage isn’t designed properly. You need to consider how easy and accessible it is to open the cage doors and whether or not they open in both directions. Also, what is the size of the doors to ensure your bird will fit. You’re going to be topping up the food and water fairly frequently so think about how easy it is for these to be accessed. Last but not least, is the floor removable? A removable floor will make cleaning your cockatiel cage much easier.
Materials used and build quality
Some cockatiels are chewers and they’ll start biting into your cage wiring. If you’ve got a cage that is made of the wrong materials then this can be toxic for your birds. A good quality cockatiel cage will be made from stainless steel, aluminium or galvanized steel after welding. Toxic metals include zinc, lead and potentially galvanized steel before welding. According to A Parrot For Keeps stainless steel is one of the best types of cage though it often isn’t used because it is so expensive.
Each bird cage needs enough space for a number of key components. You’ll need enough room for feeding and watering stations and even room for any toys you want to give your birds. PetHelpful.com recommends using a variety of perches of different sizes so that it the bird’s feet can be stretched and exercised on a number of different sized shapes – thus preventing foot problems.
Additionally, consider watching the video below for more tips on choosing a cockatiel cage:
Cockatiel Bird Cage Accessories
In addition to the cage, you may want to think about some of the following cockatiel accessories.
Every cage should come with at least one or two toys – their addition will be greatly appreciated by your birds. Because cockatiels have such active minds they need something to play with and chew on. For example, the shreddable bird toy shown above can be found here.
According to Cockatiel Cottage, a cockatiels diet should be made up with one part of common fruits and vegetables. Another part of this diet should also contain specially mixed together cockatiel seed bags that are made up of foods rich in Omega-3’s. If you’re looking for the fruit bag mix in the above example then click here. Aside from fruits, vegetables and seed bags, alternative types of food include cuttlebone fish and pellets.
Used Cockatiel Cages
Maybe you’re thinking about saving some money and are want to buy a used cockatiel cage. You might discover there’s a few problems with this approach. You’ll need to first carefully inspect the cage for any potential damage that it may not be obvious upon first glance. It may be difficult to identify the model of a used cockatiel cage and without knowing what the cage is made of, you could be potentially harming your cockatiel with toxic materials. The wiring, metals and plastics of the cage could possibly be harmful. What’s more, there’ll be no guarantee or warranty if the product is defective. That’s why we recommend buying new cockatiel cage – but if you insist on buying secondhand then a good place to start is Craiglist, Ebay and Gumtree.
To choose the best cockatiel cage you need to consider the cage size, build quality, number of birds needed, your inside furnishings and price point. The different types of cockatiel cage to match this criteria include:
- 3151BLK – Large Cockatiel Cage
- 1305 – Cockatiel Travel Cage
- F040 – Prevue Cockatiel Cage
- F070 – Hampton Deluxe Cockatiel Breeding Cage
- PetcageMart – Dome Top Cockatiel Cage
What are your thoughts? Let us know your opinions of the different types of cockatiel cage available using the comment form below.
Want more information on cockatiel variations? Then check our guide to Lutino Cockatiels.
Or if you’re looking to build a bird cage or aviary then consider the guide available here.