Birds are great pets. Owning a bird can give you immense joy as they sing for you, provide a natural alarm clock for you and become your companions. For people with allergies to cats and dogs, birds can be a great pet and are low-maintenance as well. However, at times, birds can be quite noisy at night, disrupting your sleep. Loud noises can also scare your bird, negatively impacting its health. This is why it's beneficial create a soundproof bird cage.
So, how can you make a birdcage soundproof? Buying a soundproof bird cage can be a simple task depending on the direction you choose to go. You may not be able to find a beautiful and aesthetic bird cage that can reduce sound well. This is why converting your current cage and making it soundproof might be the best solution for you. Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to build a soundproof bird cage. There are also some ready made products you can use that will help.
Things to Keep in Mind When Building a Soundproof Bird Cage
Before making the cage soundproof, you will need to do some things to ensure your bird stays safe in the cage and make it as soundproof as possible.
- If it is possible, try to get a good cage, preferably an acrylic birdcage.
- Try to put the cage in front or beside a window, preferably in a corner of the house.
- Try to mount an acoustic or soundproof blanket, or in certain cases good-quality sound absorption sheets, on the side and back of the cage.
- At night, try to use a birdcage cover, it helps a lot and many people use it.
- Soundproof the door and walls around your bird cage.
These the basic things you must do before proceeding to the next step of soundproofing your birdcage.
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Building a Soundproof Bird Cage
At first, you need to understand how loud your bird is. If it’s making a lot of noise then you need to get some extra stuff. If it is making less noise, then you can use general materials to absorb the sound. The things you need are listed below:
- If you are familiar with acrylic bird cages, try to get them. You can get a lot of variations for small bird cages, in case your pet bird is small.
- You will need an audio absorption sheet or acoustic blanket. A lot of these different sheets can be found on Amazon, try to get one from there.
- We highly recommend a good bird cage cover. These birdcage covers can also absorb sound very well. These covers are made of breathable material and can block light as well. Without being stimulated by light, your birds will fall asleep faster and will be quieter as well.
- Besides soundproof foams, you also need to get soundproofing panels because this will help create an additional soundproofing stage.
- We also recommend soundproof curtains. These curtains help block sound from escaping the room the birdcage is in and spreading to other parts of the house.
- You can keep a white noise machine in your bedroom. It may drown out any noises that escape from the birdcage and promote better sleep. White noise machines may also calm down your bird and relax it, making it less likely to sing or call out to you.
Steps to Building a Soundproof Birdcage
The First Step
At first you need to get the cage, acrylic preferably as mentioned before. Regular metal bird cages have many gaps that allow sound to freely pass through. In acrylic bird cages, these gaps are covered up, minimising the sound that escapes. This goes a long way towards preventing loud bird calls from waking you up or disrupting your sleep.
If you want the best sound absorption, then consider a plexiglass cage. It is much stronger and the thickness of it absorbs sound waves very efficiently. These cages are made of a thick sheet with a very small hole in the wall. On the other hand, the small hole reduces ventilation, so you need to keep your bird’s health and needs in mind before getting one. This can be done by ensuring that you get a large cage that gives your bird a lot of space to move. This will help reduce sound and keep your bird happier and healthier.
Consider the Room
To maximise soundproofing, you must rearrange the things inside your room. If your bird’s cage located inside a room that has many hard surfaces, then you need to change things. Hard surfaces, for example wooden furniture and concrete walls allow sound to travel further than soft surfaces that can absorb sound.
Apart from that, birds do not prefer hard surfaces and prefer moving around and sitting on softer surfaces. Keeping your bird well exercised and happy during the day will prevent restlessness and loud calling at night. Make sure the birdcage is not in a part of the house might be lit in the middle of the night so the bird doesn’t get woken up by noises or light. Also, don't keep the birdcage in a noisy part of the house.
Training Your Bird
Training your bird to make less noise can be a great way to reduce the noise in the house. When you train your bird to be quieter, it will be easier for you to soundproof the cage and room, minimising the effort and amount of soundproofing material you have to use. With training and care, smart birds such as parrots can be trained to make less noise. It’s a simple and fair process and steps you can follow are given below:
- When your bird starts screaming, walk out of the room. Let it understand that you don’t like it when it screams. Don’t go into that room until your bird quiets down.
- When it stops, come back to the room again to show your presence.
- Now, reward your bird with a good treat, let it understand that you are treating it for its good behavior.
- Follow these steps regularly, training your bird over time.
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Final Thoughts For Your Soundproof Bird Cage
Making a birdcage less noisy is always a good option and the steps detailed in this article should help you gather the materials needed to build a soundproof bird cage. Apart from that, training your bird to be quieter and making sure it has a healthy lifestyle should help minimise unwanted sounds and promote better sleep for your bird at night.
Soundproofing the birdcage should also prevent excessively loud environmental noises from startling and scaring your bird. We hope you can soundproof your birdcage in the best way possible. One of the biggest things that creates unhappiness for humans is sound pollution that feels out of our own control. The reason we started Soundproof Tips was to help people to gain control of this issue.