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Old 01-22-2016, 08:21 PM
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Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

Parkers palatial cage has rust here and there. He's not a chewer so he's not in imminent danger (it came with him so I think it's been in this condition for a while), but it has made me cast an eye at new cages for him.

I find cage hunting so depressing! No matter how big a cage I find, my immediate reaction is its not big enough and he'll be so confined and bored. It was one thing when I was looking for a temp cage to keep at my moms, but his main cage? Nothing's good enough for him
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:01 PM
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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

Lol it's tough huh! So stop looking for the worlds best cage. Look for a 'good enough' cage, and then with the $$ saved from not buying something extravagant, make the worlds greatest play areas around the house
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:51 PM
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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

The first cage I bought my mitred conure, Charlie, was a 40x30 "macaw" cage. He weighed around 215 or so grams. It was great, until I had to move and change things up, and he was rubbing the feathers off between his beak and eyes when he stuck his beak through the cages bars.... so I down graded him to a 32 x 23 cage of the same brand. It felt *SO* tiny!


I have my cockatiels and an ARN in a 5' x 5' aviary and I'm looking at putting them back into an A&E Double Flight cage (what they were in prior to the aviary). I'm dreading this, but I kind of need a little extra cash atm due to unforeseen circumstances... I'm dreading moving them back, but if I do, I just have to tell myself it's only temporary! I can always buy another one! Actually, I wanted to buy two of them! One for my Australian species (i.e. cockatiels + ARN) and one for my South American species (conures - assuming they could get along in such a large space! which would require figuring out a diet that they could all eat.... )
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:15 AM
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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

Last year, I got Robin his first new cage in 20 years. His old cage was very well made, but was a brand that had since been discontinued. I had trouble finding one that was constructed well enough, and where I was satisfied with all the features. I ended up getting him a King's cage off their website (never saw it in person first), but the specs seemed fine as far as I can read and see in the pic, so I ordered it. When I put it together and started using it, I found... I hate it!!

I hated Griffin's first cage even worse. An A&E I bought on sale at Petco.com. Long story short, the playtop was lopsided, so it had to be sent back, and I waited for a new one (Petco customer service was great). It also had sharp metal pieces here and there that needed to be filed down, grate sat crooked, everything was crooked, etc, etc. Complete piece of crap! I got him a King's aluminum cage instead. After buying all those cages, now I can't afford to get Robin a different one.

I got lucky with Raven's cage. Yet another one I ordered without seeing in person, from King's cages.

I hear you Chris. It's hard to find exactly what you want when you're looking for something. I can't wait til the day I can convert a room into an "aviary" and either not use the cages, or just for sleeping. I think it would be so much easier to keep a room clean rather than cleaning individual cages.

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Old 01-23-2016, 08:41 AM
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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

Cages are so frustrating now. They used to be built so much better (or seemed that way), lasted longer, had more features, and we had more choices. Now, they just all seem so cheaply made. I, too, have ordered and returned more than I care to admit. What I ended up doing is re-powdercoating an old one, which turned out fantastic! So much so that I'm going to be doing the same with the three old-style cages I have when they need it (they're almost 13 years old now and no rust; although I have replaced door hardware that wore out).

My lovebird and parrotlet have newer Kings and Avian Adventures cages. They're finally okay (after getting reships on damaged and ill-made ones). But they aren't worth having repowdercoated, so I'm looking into the Kings Aluminum ones when their cages are ready for replacement.

The best thing I've used for keeping cages in good condition is my outdoor aviary. It's on a covered porch so protected from most dangers (no marauding cats or hawks dare come close with my dog on watch duty). I work from home so have it in view and can put the birds in rotation out there. They get all their energy expended out there and when they come in, their cages are for eating and sleeping. They are expensive but it sure has been an expenditure that I have never regretted. Something to consider. . . .
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:42 AM
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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

I completely understand your pain/frustration! I had such a hard time choosing a cage for Baxter - seemed like everything was too small or had some sort of "problem" which made me worry for his happiness and safety.

I am happy with the cage I finally purchased - he has plenty of room to move around, climb, play. BUT, I still feel like I would like him to have an even bigger cage.

Like you said, nothing is good enough for my boy.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:09 PM
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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

Only the prices depress me, lol
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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

Oh ya. At the parrot rescue I work at, it's cages after cages. It so so sad. But what else can she do? Thank goodness she rescues or all those parrots would be who knows where! But I so wish they were never maid pets so they could fly free without much care. But now most of the parrots in America are stuck in a cage either good sized or too small for them. i wish Lilo could be out of her cage all day but it is a bit dangerous since the room she is in isn't totally bird proof. So many small spaces she could get lost in.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:36 PM
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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

I love BB's cage. I have a few rust area's around his water dish but lucky the did send Touch up paint. After a year he is not trying to break out so had to install a lock on the outside of the door. Hate doing it but would hate it for him to get out while I am at work


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Re: Anyone else get depressed looking at cages?

Confession. There are times when Rowdy Rudy needs to go time out. 60x60 by 72 high is punishment. I have a 16 foot wood custom ladder cantilevered towards a window zip tied to the top of the cage where he had full view .Including the TV, A Roll of heavy human traffic under the ladder gets switched regularly and rinsed. Been studying potty training, I think he is still too young at 8 moths for me to catch the subtleties of his forth coming bowel movement. Besides, interestingly enough he passes most 75%? at night. under his night perch.

Please do not let your Macaw have free reign of you house. unless the things they will mark, nibble , bite, carve or just turn into splinters are things of inferior desecration. Not to metion if you have picked it up , so will they like magic markers...

If anyone is interesyted in my ladder design, let me know. Drill, bit dowel glue one 2x4 ( or save all the borken broom handles/ rip a 16' 2x4 ) spruce in half, clamp together,drill the the dowel size(s) holes 4, 5 6 spacing- titebond III glue liberally both hole and dowel qucikly and pound together. Rinse squeezed out glue drips etc, I don't believe it is toxic, it just makes for a better job.
\ I bought those 3 foot wide carpet runner rolls. The rungs . think hang ornaments on a tree. trapeze. Coffe cup lids manaze jar with a string tied to plastic ball. His favorite toys are make form some the most unlikely stuff Ive got a monkey and a rubber checken he is terrified of on abungee. amazing what the cab do acrobatically withjust two claws attached upside dowm

Those large dog rawhide bones. Soften in water wrap them around whatever he wants and let dry. amazing how hard they ill work at something . OLd kitchen scrb brushes, the best@

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