Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:07 AM
Fixed the extra posts for you.
Doesn't matter, the flight cages are even good for single birds! The more room, the merrier!
The 2' sq cages are "ok" but still seem inadequately small to me. 99% of parrots *fly*, so it just seems counterintuitive to take a species that flies, clip their wings (as many people do) and stick them in a tiny cage. It's kind of like taking a cheetah and confining the big cat to a 10' square kennel. Sure, the animal can move around, but can't really get good exercise or really stretch as one should.
The most common advice when buying cages is to buy the biggest that you can afford and/or have room for, but you should still consider the size of the bird, their wingspan and tail length, adding in at least 3-6 perches and 5-12 toys, plus dishes. Even if you don't get the flight cage that I have, a 2' sq cage seems rather small to me unless you plan on having your cockatiel out of the cage for 6+ hours every day for the rest of his/her life (12-30+ years). A lot of people aren't often home that long during the day (i.e. waking hours) or have the time to allow it. I don't know what your schedule is like, so I don't know if that's feasible for you or not.
And yes, width is more important than height. One, parrots fly horizontally, not vertically. Two, a cage that is 2' wide, 2' deep and 1' high has more room in it than a cage that is 1' wide, 2' deep and 2' high. Parrots most often enjoy being up higher, so if the cage is too tall, then only the top half of the cage will end up getting used in a cage that is taller than it's wide. There may be some exceptions, but you might severally limit the amount a parrot can move by getting a cage that is too tall without enough width.
Monica & Fids (Fids = Feathered Kids)