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Old 04-14-2013, 02:58 PM
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Question Red Belly cage too small?

Hi! I'm going to be welcoming a Red Belly into my life soon.

I have a cage right now (given to me) that's about 15"x 18", which seems a little small to me. Would it be wrong to have her in the small cage temporarily while I seek out a larger one? (2 weeks max)

I've heard a lot of mixed responses in terms of maximum/minimum cage sizes.

Can anyone give me some insight?

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Old 04-14-2013, 03:02 PM
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

it would be ok for ONLY 2 weeks she really needs a larger one for long term. cages should be almost twice the wingspan wide and three times the height of bird. With lots of toys and natural wood perches congrats on your soon to be birdie!
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:11 PM
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

That's great advice; thanks so much!
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:21 PM
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

I feel silly-- I just found an online resource that I could have read without bothering anyone here!

BirdCagePortal.com - Pet Bird Supplies, Parrot Supplies, Cages & Bird Products - BirdCagePortal.com - Bird Cage Size Guide | Bar Spacing | Chart
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

What's the bother...if we weren't interested in answering questions, we'd probably be off doing something else, like knitting, watching soaps or doing crossword puzzles.....

Take a look at how many lookers there are to some threads, as opposed to the answers that are forthcoming.....a lot of us forget that someone answered our questions when we were just learning.....
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

The big thing to keep in mind is bar spacing. My personal opinion is that bigger is always better, but if the bar spacing is too wide it could be dangerous. As a (proud) red belly owner I would advise they are real acrobats and very busy. Mine likes lots of foraging toys, perches, and tunnels he can run through. His favorite thing to do is pulverize soft wood and chew cardboard.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:18 PM
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

I really dislike the "cage guidelines for species" because I often don't agree with their guidelines.

I prefer 32 x 23 cages for medium sized birds (larger conures, poicephalus, psittacula and pionus species on up to african greys, eclectus, amazons and smaller cockatoos) rather than the 24 x 24 or smaller cages.
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

Each of my parrots has a flight cage on a stand with castors on the bottom. I personally would not keep a red bellied parrot in anything smaller because they are active busy birds that love to climb. explore, play with their toys ect . all mine use every inch of their cages and they have enough room for toys perches, things to climb, and plenty of room to spread their wings and flap to their hearts content without hitting their wings on the cage. Two of my cages came from ebay and the third one I bought at a local bird fair. The more active they can be in their cages the better for them. All of mine have flat top cages. I agree with Monicame that the cage sizes recomended for species are usually inadequate IMO
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

Thanks you guys for sharing your first-hand experiences!! This is so helpful!
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Re: Red Belly cage too small?

Your welcome and I bet you are going to love your new redbelly. They are really great parrots and easy to live with and very affectionate
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