A bird cage is a unique and individual addition to any home or room. Whether you keep birds as pets or not, a bird cage can draw the focus of the room and stand out as an important decorative centerpiece. However, if you do have pet birds, you'll need to make sure that the cage in which you keep them is functional as well as attractive. Because many birds are intelligent and can figure out how to open up simple cage doors, you'll be best prepared for an avian pet by installing a lock on the bird cage.
Tools and Materials
- Second bird cage
- Wire cutters or utility knife
- Small lock
Step 1 -- Prepare the Bird and Cage
If you already have your bird in the cage that you're going to modify by installing a lock, the first thing that you'll need to do is to move the bird to a new cage. Have a second cage available while you work on the first one so that your bird will be protected while you work. If your bird tends to try to fly away when you open up the cage, ensure that all windows and doors are closed and that he will not be able to access the outside. Have an assistant help to transfer your bird to the temporary cage if he proves to be temperamental or problematic.
Step 2 -- Examine the Cage and the Lock
Generally, small key locks or combination locks are the best to use for bird cages. If you have a wire bird cage, find a suitable place for the lock. It's oftentimes best to put the lock between two or more rungs on the cage. If the cage rungs are thicker or farther apart than the lock handle will allow for, you may need to purchase a lock with an extended handle in order to be able to fit it in.
In some cases, it may be helpful to use a wire cutter to remove a portion of a bar or rung on the cage so that the lock will fit more easily. If you do need to do this, be sure that you don't leave a space that will be large enough for your bird to escape from.
Step 3 -- Place and Test the Lock
It is important that you be able to open any lock on your bird cage quickly in case there is an emergency. Place the lock on the cage without the bird inside, then test the lock to be sure that it will secure the cage completely. Try opening the lock to be sure that you can open it without difficulty.
Look for any other doors or areas in the cage in which your bird could escape. These may include feed cage doors and other small openings as well. It's important to secure all of these before you put the bird back into the cage.