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Birdlover47 08-30-2012 07:43 AM

Are powder coated cages safe?
Hey guys!

So I've notice they are a ton cheaper and if they're safe, I'll defiantly get that one but I'm worried because I hear all about that paint and powder have lead and zinc in them? And if the powder wears down?

Opinions? :)


Oedipussrex 08-30-2012 09:08 AM

Re: Are powder coated cages safe?
They are generally safe if its well made.
Although, some brands use toxic metals in the primer, so if the top layer of powder coating peels or is chewed off this can become an issue... The powder coat its-self is not toxic, but i still wouldn't want any flakes being ingested... (if it flakes at all it probably wasn't a good brand)

I have one for my ekkie (who doesn't chew on the cage at all, beyond simply climbing on the bars), and it has only peeled around a couple of screws we probably did up too tight in the first place. Other than that it has stood up well to his use and the cleaning it has gotten over the past 2 years that we have had it. :)

mrgoogls 08-30-2012 07:38 PM

Re: Are powder coated cages safe?
it is nontoxic. it wouldnt be good to eat but probably wouldnt kill them. if it is a well made brand you wont have that problem. get like a kings or prevue and you will be good. i am getting a kings powder coated cage.

Birdlover47 08-31-2012 12:48 AM

Re: Are powder coated cages safe?
Okay, I'll consider it when the date of getting my parrot comes closer :)

Merlee 09-15-2012 07:19 AM

Re: Are powder coated cages safe?
Can you get a well made cage that is not powder coated?

antoinette 09-15-2012 07:50 AM

Re: Are powder coated cages safe?
I was reading through some of my books, came across this article on Power Coating

Power coating will resist cracking and peeling and is extremely resistant to abrasion, corrosion and chemicals. Although powder coated cages are now quite popular, the powder coating method was developed for lawn furniture and some of these formulas contain zinc.
Most cages are safe and contain 0-50 ppm (parts per million) zinc, but some cages can have zinc levels over 5,000 ppm, although this is rare.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a stainless steel cage or you just don’t like the looks of stainless steel, then powder coating is your next safest and best choice.

Hope this info is useful....

ruffledfeathers 09-15-2012 08:24 AM

Re: Are powder coated cages safe?
i have a king's powder coated cage (have had it for years) and i ordered it through my vet office. he recommended the cage for my bird actually. it has held up beautifully, and my new bird is going to move into it. it still looks brand new after years of use. :)

dragonlady2 09-15-2012 11:30 AM

Re: Are powder coated cages safe?
I just bought an aluminum cage for my Sennie who was chewing the powder coating off his old cage. It's cheaper than stainless steel. It was a dream to assemble, no screws except for the play top area. Everything just slide into place and it cleans up like a dream too. Just another possible alternative.

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