Having birds is wonderful. I no longer own one but when I was younger, we used to have a couple at my parent’s house and I really loved watching them.
I know that they can be loud, and if you live in a small apartment or don’t have any outside room to put the cage, then sleeping at night or even being able to concentrate might be tough.
If you follow the steps in this article you will be able to lower the amount of noise coming from the cage by a lot.
Let’s get straight into it.
Step 1: Choose a good location
This isn’t the most effective step on its own but once you combine it with steps 2 and 3, you’re really going to notice a difference.
You should place the cage in one of the corners of the room, preferably near a window so that the bird can receive a bit more natural light.
If you put the cage in the middle of the room it will make it harder to deaden the bird’s noises, while placing it in a corner allows you to use sound absorbing materials on the walls behind the cage.
Another good alternative is to place the cage outside, this way not only will the noises not be as noticeable inside, but the bird will probably be happier too.
Step 2: Use acoustic foam on the walls surrounding the cage
Soundwaves have an easy time reflecting off hard surfaces, like walls.
A good way of really cutting down on the amount of noise coming from the cage is by installing acoustic foam like this one on the wall behind the cage.
You don’t need to go crazy with this. If the cage is 35” in height and width, then get enough acoustic foam to cover those dimensions, even a couple of inches more if you can.
Step 3: Use an Acoustic Blanket
The next step is to purchase some simple acoustic blankets. I’d recommend these ones on Amazon, since they are affordable but also provide excellent sound absorption.
Now you need to attach the acoustic blanket around the sides and the back of the cage. You could also attach the blanket to the top of the cage, but only if this won’t affect the amount of light the bird receives.
This way sound will not only be blocked from leaving the cage through the back and the sides, but also the top.
And since sound absorbing materials don’t allow soundwaves to reflect off them, you will notice a drastic difference in the level of the noise coming out the front of the cage as well.
Step 4: Put Sound absorbing materials in the room
The best way of reducing noises generated inside a room is to simply absorb them.
There are a number of things you can do here;
Step 1: Hang the same soundproofing blankets you used on the bird cage from the doors, walls, windows or ceiling.
Step 2: Invest in some soundproofing curtains.
Not only will they provide extra sound absorption, but they will also block the sound from leaving the room, which is great if the noises of your bird are bothering other people.
An added benefit of these curtains is that they dress the room, since they look like regular curtains.
Step 3: Install some acoustic foam like the one I mentioned in step 2.
Acoustic foam is great at absorbing any kind of noise inside of a room, installing just a few pieces will completely get rid of the echo and will also lower the bird’s noise.
Step 5: Use the Décor in you room to your advantage
If you don’t want to have foam panels on your wall, which I understand since they aren’t that pretty, you could simply hang a couple of paintings and place sound absorbing materials inside the frame.
Note: They should NOT be covered in glass, since this will reflect the soundwaves.
How to do it?
Step 1: Get some old towels.
Step 2: Place the painting face down on the table and measure the inside of the frame.
Step 3: Cut the towels to the exact measurements of the inside of the frame.
Step 4: Stack the towels on top of each other.
Step 5: Place them on top of a bigger/uncut towel and sew them together.
Step 6: Simply staple the bigger towel to the frame, making sure that the cut towels fit perfectly inside the frame, and finally cut off the excess fabric.
This method is fantastic for two reasons; It’s extremely cheap, and even better than that, towels are excellent at absorbing sound. You will have created “acoustic paintings”.
Step 6: Soundproof the Door and Windows
If the bird noises are bothering your family, roommates or neighbors, then you should consider soundproofing the doors and windows as to not allow sound to leave the room as easily.
How to soundproof a Door?
Step 1: Apply a Weatherstrip
One of the best, if not THE best solution is to apply a weatherstrip like this one.
It’s a great choice because of three reasons; It’s cheap, easy to apply, since it’s got an adhesive side, and if applied properly it will form an air-tight seal once the door is closed.
This means that it’s going to be really hard for sound to get through.
How to apply it?
It needs to be adhered to the frame, more specifically to where the door will meet the frame once closed.
Take measurements and cut the weatherstrip to the exact length required.
Next simply adhere it to the frame.
This should be done around the entirety of the frame. Remember that you will need to seal as much surface as possible.
Step 2: Install a Door Sweep
The next step is to install a Door Sweep, which will help with sealing the gap between the door and the floor.
How to install it?
First get a Door Sweep like this one.
Next, cut it to the exact size of your door, making sure that it covers the entirety of the gap.
Lastly, install the Door Sweep. This one in particular doesn’t require you to use any tools since it comes with an adhesive side.
Related: In-depth guide of how to soundproof a door.
How to Soundproof a Window
You can use the same weatherstrip you used to soundproof the door and adhere it to the window’s frame.
This is one of the most effective methods to soundproof a window.
Related: In-depth guide of how to soundproof a window.
Step 7: Consider upgrading to an acrylic Bird Cage
If you don’t want to go through all this trouble of installing soundproofing materials, etc. then you might want to consider investing in an acrylic bird cage.
An acrylic cage only has a couple of holes for ventilation and that’s it. The amount of noise allowed to leave the cage is minimal compared to a regular one.
One added benefit of these cages is that since it doesn’t have bars, the bird has a much easier time looking out of it.
The one that I would recommend the most is the Acrylic Bird Carrier- Travel Cage simply because of it’s value. There are some better ones but they cost three times as much.
After following all of the steps on this guide you should now have a much quieter bird cage.
Birds are noisy, there will always be some sounds coming from the cage but following these steps you will able to bring them down to a manageable level without compromising the quality of life of the bird.
I hope this information helped!