Housing

Rollers may be kept in a variety of cages depending on their stage of development. For instance in late autumn cocks and hens are placed in large flights or cages, separating the sexes to enable the building up of vigour and stamina.

Australian show cages on the other hand are only 28cm long, 18cm wide and 20cm high and are used individually by the cocks during their training and at competition time.

Breeding cages should be about 50cm long, 40cm deep from front to back and 45cm high.These cages are often built as doubles or triples with removable partitions between them to assist in breeding. With the partitions removed these breeding cages can also double as flights.


The tray inside the cage can be covered with clean river sand or sheets of newspaper cut to size (removing the top sheet as required ensures a clean cage floor). There should always be access to shellgrit and cuttlefish bone.
An elasticised cloth bag may be fitted around the bottom of the cage to prevent seed scattering.
The cage is best kept in a draught-proof place safe from wild birds and predators. Although sunshine is good for the bird it should not be placed in direct sunlight without shade. At night the cage should be covered with a cloth and placed in a quiet place.

The height of the cage or aviary is more important than its width as the bird(s) get better exercise by flying upwards rather than horizontally.

 

Perches should be oval rather than round, about 15mm wide x 10mm and far enough from the sides of the cage to allow the bird freedom of movement. They should be kept clean by soaking in water and then wiping with a cloth.
Baths should be given regularly. The best method is to attach a bath cage to the outside of the cage door to ensure a dry cage floor, but one on the floor of the cage will do.