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Old 02-20-2014, 11:25 AM
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Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

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I would like to have the cage and toys set up before I bring home a bird in the next month or so, and I was wondering what the minimum dimensions would be for an Eclectus/Yellow Collared Macaw/Galah Cockatoo/birds around that size?

Keep in mind the bird will be out of the cage nearly all day, as long as he/she gets along with my two conures, and will likely only be in the cage if I have to run errands that don't involve me bringing my birds. :P

Also, I keep seeing "sleeping cage"... are birds supposed to have a second, smaller cage (other than a travel cage) just for sleeping? My two conures share a cage and they have a nest box they like to sleep in, or if the door is open they nap on top of the cage.
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

I'd say a cage that is 36" wide and 24" deep would be a good size cage for an Ekki.

Some people use sleep cages, I personally do not, so I can't offer any advice on what cage you would need IF you decided to get a sleep cage as well.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:34 AM
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

Okay, cool. I was worried that birds *had* to have a sleeping cage, and I was just now hearing about it lol...
Also, how tall should it be?
Like, if it's one of those attached to a stand with a shelf under it, about 4"? Or eye level with me? (I'm 5'7")

On another note.. I have an appointment with a parrot rescue about an hour and a half away from me! Going on Tuesday at 11 AM to see the birds and go over my adoption application..
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

Here is Jasper's (bare eyed too) cage. He is out all day on his play stand though. He very much prefers being out of his cage but has the space if he needs it I guess. Lol. No sleep cage for my birds.
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

Ekko's cage is 39.25X30.75X60 with 1"spacing. I don't use sleep cages either as all my guys are in a bird room that we stay out of after bedtime for them
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

Okay, awesome. Thanks guys
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

I do use a sleep cage for Bixby. This is for two reasons. First, and most important, the family room where his main cage is located is close enough to the living room that he might be kept up late at night by the TV or late night talking and laughter. Getting enough sleep is HUGE for parrots.

Second reason is that Bixby's sleep cage doubles as his carrier and sleepover cage. So anytime he needs to spend a significant amount of time in there, he'll already be used to it. Makes it less stressful to him when the time comes to travel, you know?
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

Good point about Bixby and his cage.. I'll definitely look into that. I sort of let my birds dictate their own bed time, as even if the cage is open the conures usually settle down around 10-11.
The reptile's lights are all on timers and they're all off by 11:15 so they're sort of in that habit. We rarely have guests over and when we do it's during the day, as by 10:00 I'm already getting sleepy! haha. We also don't cover the conures because they retreat to their nesting box, so they have the "4 corner" security already.
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

I've always heard a general rule of thumb is 2X the birds FULL wingspan. Of course, that's the minimum. The bigger the cage the better
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Re: Cage size for an Eclectus-sized parrot?

I found this one and I really like it for some reason. Input? It just not as long as the dimensions mentioned above by a few inches. Also I'm having a hard time finding something in between this size or smaller for $120-$160 and then the HUGE corner cages for $500+.. seems like a pretty big jump haha.. If anyone wants to throw out some websites they've ordered cages and/or toys from feel free!

Amazon.com: New Large Wrought Iron Bird Parrot Cage Double Ladders Open/Close Play Top, Include Seed Guard and Play Top *Black Hammertone*: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: New Large Wrought Iron Bird Parrot Cage Double Ladders Open/Close Play Top, Include Seed Guard and Play Top *Black Hammertone*: Pet Supplies
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