Budgie Cage Size Guide [Minimum & Size Calculator Table]

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When buying a budgie, it is useful to know what size cage it requires. To make your pet budgie experience better, you first need a healthy budgie and a suitable cage.

Besides, budgies living in an inappropriately sized budgie cage are often more susceptible to stress-related diseases.

A budgie cage should be wide enough for the budgie to flap easily 2 times while flying from one perch to another. A budgie cage of this size should be approximately 3 times the wingspan of the budgie on the horizontal axis and 3 times the height of the budgie on the vertical axis. Considering that budgies have a wingspan of 12 inches (ca. 30 cm) and a height of 8 inches (ca. 20 cm), the minimum size of a budgie cage should be 36×36×24 inches (ca. 90×90×60 cm).

Keep in mind that larger cages will make your budgies healthier and happier.

It should also be noted that the cages chosen for budgies should be chosen from cages with cube-shaped sides of equal length whenever possible. Because budgies fly in all directions inside their cages. It is therefore inappropriate for any side of the cage to be shorter than the required minimum length.

When picking a budgie cage, you should choose according to how many budgies you will house.

Cage Sizes According to the Number of Budgies—Budgie Cage Size Calculator

If you want to buy more than one budgie, you will definitely need a larger cage. Almost everyone agrees on what the minimum cage sizes should be for a single budgie. However, as the number of budgies increases, there is no consensus on how much a cage should grow for each budgie.

For example, some budgie breeders suggest that for 2 or more budgies, the dimensions of the cage on the horizontal axis should be the total length of the birds’ total wingspan. Similarly, some budgie breeders recommend that the dimensions of the cage on the horizontal axis should be 3 times the total wingspan of the birds.

Almost all budgie breeders recommend that the height of a budgie cage should be at least 3 times the height of a budgie.

Number of budgiesCage size (width×length×height)
112×12×8 inches (ca. 30×30×20 cm)
224×24×16 inches (ca. 61×61×41 cm)
336×36×24 inches (ca. 91×91×61 cm)
448×48×32 inches (ca. 122×122×81 cm)
560×60×40 inches (ca. 152×152×101 cm)
10120×120×80 inches (ca. 304×304×202 cm)
15180×180×120 inches (ca. 457×457×304 cm)
30360×360×240 inches (ca. 914×914×610 cm)
50600×600×400 inches (ca. 1524×1524×1016 cm)
Cage size and dimensions table by the number of budgies

What Size Should the Cage Be for a Single Budgie?

Healthy cage size for a single budgie should be 3 times the bird’s wingspan length on the horizontal axis and 3 times the bird’s height on the vertical axis.

Considering that the budgerigar is 8 inches (ca. 20 cm) in length and 12 inches (ca. 30 cm) in wingspan, accordingly, the dimensions of a healthy budgie cage for a single budgie should be a minimum of 36×36×24 inches (ca. 90×90×60 cm).

What Size Should the Cage Be for a Pair of Budgies?

Budgies are 8 inches (ca. 20 cm) in length and 12 inches (ca. 30 cm) in wingspan. Accordingly, the dimensions of a healthy budgie cage for a pair budgie should be a minimum of 24 inches (0.61 m) in length 24 inches (0.61 m) in width 16 inches (ca. 41 cm) in height.

What Size Should the Cage Be for a Single Budgie According to Rspca?

According to RSPCA, the width and length of the budgie cage should be at least three times the wingspans of all budgies combined, and its height should be 3 times the height of a budgie. Besides, a budgie cage should be wide enough for a budgie to flap easily 2 times while flying from one perch to another.

What is the Perfect Budgie Cage Size?

According to experts, a perfect budgie cage is a budgie cage that is large enough for the bird to reach from one perch to another perch with at least 2 flapping movements and 3 times the width and length of the wingspan of the budgie. Accordingly, a perfect budgie cage is 36×36×24 inches (ca. 90×90×60 cm) for a single budgie.

What is the Minimum Size of a Budgie Cage?

According to experts, a minimum size of a budgie cage is approximately 36 inches (ca. 91 cm) wide by 36 inches (ca. 91 cm) long and 24 inches (ca. 61 cm) high for a single budgie.

Budgies Cage Size for Breeding

Budgies in the breeding season do not need larger or smaller cages. However, in this period, the breeding box to be used for breeding should be placed outside the cage, not inside.

Breeding boxes placed in the cage will make it difficult for the birds living in the cage to move comfortably.

Breeding boxes for show and English budgies are recommended to be larger if possible.

How Tall Should a Budgie Cage Be?

The height of a budgie cage should be at least 3 times the height of the budgie. Accordingly, a cage with a height of at least 24 inches (ca. 61 cm) is required for a budgie that is 8 inches (ca. 20 cm) tall.

Can a Cage Be Too Big for a Budgie?

No, any budgie cage can never be too big for a budgie. Budgies live in vast areas in their natural habitats.

Should a Budgie Cage Be Wide or Tall?

Budgie cages should be as wide as possible. Besides that, height is also important for budgies, but wideness is more important than tallness for budgies as they usually fly longer on the horizontal axis.

English Budgie Cage Size

For the health of budgies, the dimensions of a cage should be 3 times the wingspan of the budgie and 3 times the height of the budgie. Considering that English budgies have a wingspan of 12 inches (ca. 30 cm) and a height of 10 inches (ca. 25 cm), the minimum cage size for an English budgie should be 36×36×30 inches (ca. 90×90×76 cm).

American and Normal Budgie Cage Size

American budgies and normal budgies have a wingspan of 12 inches (ca. 30 cm) and a length of 8 inches (ca. 20 cm). Considering that the cage dimensions should be 3 times the wingspan and height, the minimum cage width should be 36 inches (ca. 91 cm) wide by 36 inches (ca. 91 cm) long and 24 inches (ca. 61 cm) high for an American budgie or normal budgie.

Do Budgies Need a Big Cage?

In nature, budgies live on extremely wide plains. This is why budgies need cages that are as large as possible.

Do Budgies Like Big or Small Cages?

Budgies like bigger cages. They are happier and healthier as they can fly and move around larger cages for long periods.

REFERENCES

  1. https://www.rspcansw.org.au/what-we-do/care-for-animals/birds/housing/
  2. https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-size-enclosure-does-my-pet-bird-need/
Leslie Berry loves researching animals. Especially budgerigars and cockatiels are of interest. She is currently producing content on the petiska.com website and is happy.