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Bird Cage
Birdcage Build
Crafting Papyrus ×2 Gold Nugget ×6 Seeds ×2
Tab Icon Structures
Tier Alchemy Engine
Tool Required Hammer Green Staff
Resources PapyrusGold NuggetSeeds
Any trapped Birds
Spawns EggSeeds
Renewable? Yes
DebugSpawn "birdcage"
It's the jail.

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The Birdcage is a craftable Structure that allows the imprisonment of Birds (Redbirds, Crows, and Snowbirds). It requires 6 Gold Nuggets, 2 Papyrus, and 2 Seeds to craft and an Alchemy Engine to prototype. Birds can be captured by using the Bird Trap. In Shipwrecked DLC Eyeshot can also be used to capture birds.

A Birdcage can only house one bird; however, it can be easily swapped with another at any time. As of yet, there is no functional difference between the four types of birds, other than the aesthetic appeal. Birds go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning or when offered an item. If offered an item, once the bird is done reacting to it (eating or refusing), it will go back to sleep.

TabTools UsageEdit

Feeding a bird in a Birdcage a raw Fruit or Vegetable (except Berries, Mushrooms, Lichen, Cave Banana, Banana, Seaweed, and Mandrake) will make it drop 1–2 Crop Seeds of the same type, as well as having a 50% chance to drop an additional regular Seed. These specialized seeds can be planted on a Farm plot, enabling selective crops. The player can also feed the bird regular Seeds to get fresh Seeds in return.

If fed any kind of Meats (excluding uncooked Monster Meat and raw Eggs) or meat-based food in any state of spoilage, the bird will produce a fresh Egg. Eggs can be eaten raw or cooked, as well as used in Crock Pot recipes such as Bacon and Eggs and Pierogi. Eggs can also be offered to the Pig King in exchange for Gold Nuggets.

In Don't Starve Together (DST), feeding Seeds to the bird has a 33% chance to spawn Guano, and will not yield Seeds. Therefore, it can no longer be used for freshening stale seeds.

Prototype TipsEdit

  • Spoiling Meats can be saved from turning into Rot or Rotten Eggs by converting them into fresh Eggs.
  • The bird can be used to convert meats that are not accepted by the Pig King into Eggs, which are accepted in exchange for Gold Nuggets.
  • Normal spoiling seeds can be given to a caged bird to get fresh seeds in return, making it possible to keep seeds from ever spoiling. Spoiling eggs can be cooked and given to the bird in return for fresh eggs. 
  • The Birdcage is good for Winter, when food resources are limited, as the player can feed the bird an easy-to-acquire Cooked Monster Meat or other Monster Meat-based items to get fresh Eggs in return, which can be eaten or further be used in Crock Pot recipes.

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • The option to "Give" items other than accepted Food can appear when the player mouses over the Birdcage, though the bird will not eat it.
  • In older versions of Don't Starve, the Birdcage had cost 100 Research Points.
  • Initially, only Crows were interesting to keep in Birdcages because Redbirds would die in Winter and Snowbirds would die in Summer. This was changed soon enough because it made only caged Crows worth the effort.
  • When Reign of Giants was just released, caged birds needed to be fed to keep them alive just like if they were kept in the inventory. Because there was no "fuel" system to keep the birds fed for a few days, players had to manually feed them every day or return to an empty cage. Rather than add a feed tube, Klei removed the feeding requirement for caged birds.
  • When Maxwell examines an empty Birdcage, he says, "You'll never get me behind bars again", referring to his imprisonment at the hands of his mysterious captors.
  • Even though the Guano spawned by feeding Seeds in DST is much smaller than the usual one, the icon is the same. However, the size goes back to normal when you restart the server. Laying a piece of the small Guano into a Chest will not change the size, but stacking small ones with big ones will.
  • The fact of using gold to make the structure could to be a reference to the song: although the golden cage is no longer prison.

Mosquito BugsEdit

  • If the player removes the bird from the cage but has no available slots, rather than the character holding onto it and remarking that there is no more space, the bird will either disappear or be freed.
  • Sometimes when using a cooked mandrake, a bird that is flying away or landing will have the "flop around" animation as if it had been freed from the player's inventory instead of being put to sleep. They can be picked up if the player is quick enough, but they often glitch and leave the player's inventory.

Blueprint GalleryEdit

Craftable Items
Tools Axe (Luxury Axe) • Pickaxe (Opulent Pickaxe) • Shovel (Regal Shovel) • PitchforkHammerRazor
(SaddleWar Saddle Don't Starve Together icon) (Machete (Luxury MacheteObsidian Machete) • Obsidian Axe Shipwrecked icon)
Light CampfireFire PitTorchMiner HatPumpkin LanternLantern
(Endothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitMoggles Reign of Giants icon) (Willow's Lighter Don't Starve Together icon) (ChimineaBottle LanternObsidian Fire Pit Shipwrecked icon)
Nautical Shipwrecked icon SurfboardLog RaftRaftRow BoatCargo BoatArmoured BoatBoat Repair KitThatch SailCloth SailSnakeskin SailFeather Lite SailBoat TorchBoat LanternBoat CannonSea TrapTrawl NetSpyglassCaptain HatPirate HatLife Jacket
Survival Bird TrapTrapCompassBackpackPiggybackThermal StoneHealing SalveHoney PoulticeStraw RollFur RollTentUmbrellaBug NetFishing Rod
(Pretty ParasolLuxury Fan Insulated PackSiesta Lean-to Reign of Giants icon) (Telltale HeartBooster ShotWater BalloonWhirly FanBernie Don't Starve Together icon) (Silly Monkey BallTropical ParasolAnti VenomThatchPackPalm Leaf Hut Shipwrecked icon)
Food Basic FarmImproved FarmBee BoxDrying RackCrock PotIce Box
(Bucket-o-poop Reign of Giants icon) (Mussel Stick Shipwrecked icon)
Science Science MachineAlchemy EngineDivining RodThermal MeasurerRainometerGunpowderLightning Rod
(Ice FlingomaticElectrical Doodad Reign of Giants icon) (Ice Maker 3000 Shipwrecked icon)
Fight SpearHam BatGrass SuitLog SuitMarble SuitFootball HelmetSleep DartFire DartBlow DartBoomerangBee MineTooth Trap
(Battle HelmBattle SpearMorning StarWeather PainScalemail Reign of Giants icon) (Tail o' Three Cats Don't Starve Together icon) (Poison SpearSeashell SuitLimestone SuitPoison DartCoconadeSpeargunPoison SpeargunCutlass SupremeObsidian SpearObsidian ArmourObsidian CoconadeObsidian Speargun Shipwrecked icon)
Structures ChestSignHay WallWood WallStone WallPig HouseRabbit HutchBirdcageFlooring (CobblestonesWooden FlooringCheckerboard FlooringCarpeted Flooring) • Potted Fern
(Scaled ChestSpider Eggs Reign of Giants icon) (Directional SignMoon Rock WallScaled Flooring Don't Starve Together icon) (Limestone WallWildbore HousePrime Ape HutSand BagSand CastleDragoon Den Shipwrecked icon)
Refine RopeBoardsCut StonePapyrusNightmare FuelPurple Gem
(Thick Fur Don't Starve Together icon) (ClothLimestoneGold NuggetIceEmpty Bottle Shipwrecked icon)
Magic Meat EffigyPrestihatitatorShadow ManipulatorPan FluteOne-man BandNight LightNight ArmourDark SwordBat BatLife Giving AmuletChilled AmuletNightmare AmuletFire StaffIce StaffTelelocator StaffTelelocator FocusBelt of Hunger
(Old Bell Reign of Giants icon) (Piratihatitator Shipwrecked icon)
Dress Sewing KitGarlandRabbit EarmuffStraw HatBeefalo HatBeekeeper HatFeather HatBush HatWinter HatTop HatWalking CaneDapper VestBreezy VestPuffy Vest
(Fashion MelonIce CubeSummer FrestFloral ShirtCat CapRain CoatHibearnation VestRain HatEyebrella Reign of Giants icon) (Brain of ThoughtSnakeskin HatSnakeskin JacketBlubber SuitWindbreakerGas MaskSleek Hat Shipwrecked icon)


Start a Discussion Discussions about Birdcage

  • Birds Dying?

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    • Givemepancakes wrote:27.110.235.167 wrote:The trick is to take the bird out of the cage whenever you need to go anywhere. Then you can feed him...
    • Right. He can barely survive a day long. That means if you plan on staying somewhere over night, you need to take him with you. After all I d...

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