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Correct Cage Size.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Joeylew, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Joeylew

    Joeylew Regular Member Registered

    Hello! I'm looking into getting a pair of Indian Ring necks and I was wondering what would be the minimum cage size for the 2 of them. I found plenty of info on housing one but can't find info on two.

    Thanks heaps!
  2. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    hello and welcome, you have asked a question that I have been asked quite a few times. before I can give an answer when you say a pair are you talking of male and female un related or two of the same sex unrelated, two of the same sex related or a male and female that are related? Are they for breeding or more as pets?
  3. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Hi and welcome to the forum
    I take it your intending to keep them in the same cage then rather than separate cages? Or do you mean separate cages but two birds?
    Assuming you mean two together remember just because you choose the birds does not naturally mean they will get along putting two new ones in to a cage together could result in fights and a bird unable to get away from its attacker so damage and injury plus terror for the bird being attacked.
    Also remember getting two together will mean you are going to have a lot less time to bond with either bird if held together as getting one out then the other isn't going to work out well for the birds nor yourself. Ringnecks need a lot of training daily to ensure they bond and remain bonded to you even if its just so you are able to handle them without them panicking and damaging themselves. If your buying hand reared make sure they are hand reared and remember that means they are tame to the breeder and won't know you from adam you will be a stranger so more than likely not tame to you.
    Cage wise you need to go as big as you possibly and not look towards the smallest you can get away with. A cage for one bird must minimally allow the bird to stand in the middle and be able to open both wings to full stretch without touching either side plus allow the bird tail to not be touching the side and be able to turn around comfortably thus allowing for natural behaviour to be displayed. Remember your going to loose a lot of the space you think the bird is going to have by adding bowls and toys so minimum as described PLUS extra to accommodate bowls and toys. Where you place your perches (and there has to be more than one) will also effect the birds movements so don't in your head think ooo this cage as your thinking of the bird sitting in the middle of it ........ if your thinking two birds in same cage … two birds side by side all four winds open to full stretch
    If you don't intend to allow the birds out much then you must allow them room to be able to do a couple of wing beats at the very least across the cage.... Two birds your looking at one of the large double cages in my mind remember your bar spacing is also very important it has to be small enough so that they don't get heads jammed in the bars where they could kill themselves nor wings get broken.
  4. Joeylew

    Joeylew Regular Member Registered

    Hello, thanks for your reply. They are a breeding pair. I will be building them an aviary at some point and just need something big enough for them to be happy and comfortable for now.

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  5. Joeylew

    Joeylew Regular Member Registered

    They are currently living together as I am buying them as a pair. They are being sold as not take (aviary birds) but I do hope to try getting them friendly and yes, I understand this will be hard with more than one but as they are a bonded pair I don't want to separate them.

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  6. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    OOo just realised your in a better climate that us lot over here in the UK but not sure what cages are available to you in your country....
    Brilliant so already pair bonded that's good was thinking you might be wanting to pair your own up
    Really glad your looking into all possibilities and know what your getting into that a refreshing thing :) especially that you know they are aviary birds and how they are going to react.
    What has the breeder got them in at the moment would be a way to think about it. If they are outside they are not going to appreciate coming inside.
    Average body length of 40cm say wing tip to wing tip about 48cm to be on the safe side.... then a pair bonded pair that makes a difference as they will happily sit side by side
  7. Joeylew

    Joeylew Regular Member Registered

    They are currently in a very large aviary with 15+ other birds outside. I will eventually build them an aviary but just need something for now. Thanks for all your help

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  8. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Ok the rule of the bigger the better, but as they are for breeding and you are going to build an out side aviary, have you thought of building a indoor aviary first, it may be a less expensive option and the birds may fill more at home even if they are indoors. it can be taken down at the end once you have the out side aviary completed and kept for a later date when training young birds.
  9. Joeylew

    Joeylew Regular Member Registered

    I don't have very much space in my house for an aviary.

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  10. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    :welcome: Until you can build your aviary I guess the biggest cage you can is best but not necessarily tall more long and wide as well so they can have a good wing flap, aviary birds will be used to flying.
  11. Joeylew

    Joeylew Regular Member Registered

    Okay great. Thanks everyone for your help and information.

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  12. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Hi Joeylew and :welcome: to the forum.