an Indoor Cage
carefully built homemade cage can look as nice
as a commercial cage while being much less expensive.
An advantage to building your own cage is that
you will be able to design it to fit the space
available in your home. Starlings need as much
space as possible in cages. In making the bird
cage, keep in mind that it should be as wide,
long and as tall as circumstances allow.
you do not have dogs or cats the cage below would
be my pick of the best cage for songbirds. It
is made with PVC pipe and bird netting, and I
don't think it takes much skill to put it together.
You could also make a frame out of 1" x 2"
inch lumber and staple the netting to it. It is
so light weight that it is very easy to just pick
it up and take it outdoors for a hosing off when
needed. Ecotone Aviaries made the cage pictured
below, however the company is no longer in business.
you do a search on Yahoo you will find many companies
who sell the netting at a very reasonable cost.
It should be at least 20 lb test mesh.
built the above cage for his toucan, Nanner. The
cage is covered with woven nylon mesh, such as game
bird farms use, instead of hardware cloth. This
will only work if you are housing softbill birds,
as parrots will be able to chew through it. Some
suggestions that Carlton had for building your own
cage: Seal all the wood with exterior high gloss
polyurethane so that it is easy to wipe off. Use
stainless hardware to prevent rust. Vinyl kitchen
flooring will make it simple to clean up the bottom.
Use casters on the legs so that you can move it
from place to place. Use natural tree branches,
with the bark still on, for perches as this is much
better for the birds feet than dowels. You can use
washers and screws to secure the perches to the
cage sides or use cable to suspend them from the
top of the cage. A large entry door will make it
easier to clean, (see drawing below for making a
small service door in the entry door). Hang clear
plastic sheeting from hooks or grommets around the
back and sides on the outside of the cage to prevent
splatters, shower curtains work well for this. Covering
the edges of the mesh with wooden mouldings or farings
will prevent the bird from picking the mesh loose,
and it also looks nicer this way.
Nanner and his cage
made Robbie's cage out of an unused closet. It is screened in with hardware
cloth and has a hinged screen door on it. A mural is painted on the inside
Drawing showing the access door on Wilbur's cage
an Outdoor Cage
mesh can be used in making outdoor cages -- use
1/2" x 1/2" mesh wire or 1/2" x
1" mesh wire stapled to a 2' x 2' lumber
frame. Use natural tree branches for perches since
dowels are not good for the starling's feet. Important:
outdoor cages should have 1/2" x 1/2"
hardware mesh in the bottom, or should be placed
on concrete or brick. This will make the cage
safer from predators. Click the following link
to visit a webpage with directions for building
an outdoor cage which would also be suitable for
starlings, as long as you use the above mentioned
sizes of mesh wire instead of the 1" x 2"
an outdoor cage. For more instructions and
kits for building cages go to: Backyard
well-built homemade cages below.
6 ft. high, 6 ft. long and 3 ft. deep
deep, 50" wide, 75" high.
showing one possible way to construct the inside with a back wind break.
Hemp rope is used for perches.
Purchasing a Cage
bought cages should have bar spacing of no wider
than 1/2" or 5/8". Very large cages
are best for starlings, as they need room to fly!
Below are several types of the many ready made
large cage designs.
G.'s indoor cage; measures 17 1/2" x 30" x 35".
Midwest 2000 flight cage.
Midwest 2000 flight cage.
size: 36"L x 24"W x 48"H
Sold at many online bird stores.
One retailer is PetMarket.com
Bird's cage is two "Cat Playpens" that I ordered online. I sat
them one on top of the other and connected them with wire ties. The cage
is 4 ft. wide, 3 ft. deep, and 8 ft. high, and it has a solid bottom on
wheels so I can just roll it around the house. It only took me about ten
minutes to assemble, and it only cost $200 with all the accessories and
everything. - by Shanna.