Fortunately, with the increasing number of cage manufacturers in business, new models that are attractive as well as easy to clean are becoming the norm. If you are in doubt when making your cage selection, remember that larger is always better choice. The cage will never be too large for your Quaker, but it may be too large for the owner’s home–or maybe his wallet!
The actual design of the cage is another important consideration. The most helpful advance in recent years regarding the design of bird cages has been the incorporation of a flared apron into the structure of the cage itself. These aprons surround the outer perimeter of the cage completely, effectively keeping seed, droppings, and other debris off your floor and inside the cage.
If you have an older cage that is not equipped with this feature, cage skirts manufactured from metal, plastic, and acrylic are available separately, and are well worth the additional investment if you Quaker chooses to decorate his immediate surroundings with his food, or pretend that it is confetti and he is throwing a party! Again, this is one of those traits that will depend on the personality of your bird.
Another minor factor that may or may not be important for you to consider when choosing a cage is the tray design in the bottom. Different models boast different features, and selection depends solely on your personal preference. Some trays are equipped with, or designed to be used with, a liner that may or may not be disposable. Some people use newspapers for lining cage bottoms, and change them daily. This is the cheapest and safest liner for the bottom of any cage and studies show that the ink actually helps slow bacteria growth.