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Old 06-01-2011, 01:31 PM
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Baby Cage?

I was talking to a breeder this morning regarding the intitial set up for a baby conure and she expressed concern about the size of the flight cage I'd planned to get being too big for a baby.

I've heard you should get the biggest cage you can for your budget but she said the baby might be nervous in such a large cage. I really can't afford two cages unless I get some cheapy little one and then upsize to the larger one later on.

Is there anything I can do to make the larger cage seem more homey until baby grows into it? Is it better to have several toys in the cage prior to placing the baby inside or should I leave it mostly bare and add toys later as baby gets more settled in? These are the things I wonder! I want everything to be just right.

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Re: Baby Cage?

I'm not an expert, but I just saw a baby conure (3 months) at petsmart in a GIANT cage, and she seemed really happy. She was all sleepy, cuddlying and preening on a ladder--obviously not too intimidated by the size. In the wild they're probably not too concerned about how big the forest is either. The only thing I could think of is not to place the perches too far apart so she can get around easily.

Do you have any pictures of the new baby?
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:31 PM
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Re: Baby Cage?

Baby babies should be kept in large aquariums or even one of those giant critter keeper things (they're about $30)
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:16 PM
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Re: Baby Cage?

This is just a future baby at the moment. I'm trying to get everything perfect.

I'm not going to get a baby baby. I've decided against the hand feeding thing. I'm just not ready for it yet. So the bird will be weaned and all before I bring it home.

You know, I hadn't really thought about them being in the wild. They probably don't worry too much about the size of the forest.
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I'm sure the baby will be very greatly loved!! Best of luck with everything!!
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:32 PM
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Re: Baby Cage?

that's very true.. lol
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:52 PM
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Re: Baby Cage?

My baby grey is in a macaw sized cage. I think it is huge for her, and she is quite clumsy. She has fallen a few times, and broken some tail feathers, but she seems OK now. I just lowered the perches and put a towel on the bottom of the cage. Some people remove the grate to when they are young. Conures are pretty athletic little birds, even as babies, so I personally do not think you will have a problem with a flight cage. I think a conure would love that amount of space.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:04 PM
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Re: Baby Cage?

Lucy is still rahter young and she's in a right fair sized cage she climbs up and down the bars and hangs from the ceiling lol just make sure the bars are smaller than an inch apart, 1 inch is too far apart for a conure
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Re: Baby Cage?

i wouldn't worry to much. Your baby will be weaned & independent so would be flying around very well by the time he/she comes to live with you. Your cage setup & size wouldn't have any effect on the bird at all. Also bare in mind to have a cage size suitable for the size bird you are getting. So in other words you don't need a Macaw cage for say a GCC.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:47 PM
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Re: Baby Cage?

The one I have in mind is a flight cage for finches and tiels, according to the description. It was the biggest I could find with less than 1 inch bar spacing. Its 5/8 an inch.

36Hx20Dx32W with a stand that makes it a total of 60H so its just 4 inches shorter than me. It also has ladders and platforms about halfway up from the bottom. My Mom says its downright huge but I've got space in my living room so that isn't an issue.
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