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Old 07-26-2017, 05:07 PM
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Re: Show me your cages!!!

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Oh boy. In the last two days Ive bought more stuff for Carl. BUT. I got 2 grapevine perches (similar to manzanita), a couple rope perches, a few cage mount foraging toys, a large hanging shredding toy and some wood blocks/shredding/chewing refils. Its become pretty apparent that Carl isnt much to play with a toy that he cant destroy. So I'll be looking at making my own soon using untreated pine and balsa and yucca woods.

He has, however, discovered the joys of shredding phone books. Which rules, because those are easy to come by. And a client of mine brought in a big bag full of pine cones that she also collects for her galah. Took him a few minutes to investigate but once he saw I'd hidden some pellets in them he went right in.

Ive noticed he's starting to use other noises/words instead of always doing the high flock call. So we're making some progress! I think the calls he makes even when I'm in the room are because even though he has toys I think they're either the wrong type (not destructable) and he doesn't really know how to play...so Ive been showing him how to ring bells etc. Hopefully that helps!

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Old 07-26-2017, 05:56 PM
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Re: Show me your cages!!!

My lot love the pinecones!! Would probably pay to chuck them in the oven and bake them first, incase there are any nasties.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:13 AM
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Re: Show me your cages!!!

Recently got this cage still messing around with setup, Wish I went smaller than 1inch bar spacing had to put pvc mesh on cage floor as his foot would fall through often and some sea grass mats on the vertical bars as he couldn't move around easily


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Old 07-27-2017, 07:58 AM
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Re: Show me your cages!!!

I have some thick cardboard and layers of papers on top of the grate in Plums cage and tbh he loves just peeling the paper back to get to the cardboard. Makes it easy to clean, just scoop up 2/3 sheets, two times a day, quick and easy.

I went with a not so deep cage that has horizontal bars on all sides. You can make it easier and use some of their energy by placing perches in a step formation and/or use rope/cotton perches to climb on. Could almost do with some of the things they use on human climbing walls to attach to the bars LOL?

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Old 08-01-2017, 10:25 PM
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Re: Show me your cages!!!

New toys/layout... he seems pretty stoked!!!

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I own 4 rats so had 2 feisty ferret cages. Used the bottom half of one for my lovebirds.. The last picture is of my parakeets. They only go in at night. They spend the day outside in my inclosed porch.

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Old 10-05-2017, 10:23 AM
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Here is Xanders cage. Is it big enough for a Quaker Parrot?

I'd appreciate any input on improving my setup, add more things, where to put them ect.

I read that the wood perches that come with the cages are no good at all for the Parrots feet but I need the perch at the top to keep the top of the cage secure when I open it up.

Also what different kind of perches would be good and healthy for Xander and how many and are there good places to hang toys?

I do want to add more to the cage and maybe one of those boingy rope things coz he is pretty active and loves cage climbing and also could I add to the outside of the cage?

Its also awkward to hang things from the top of the cage as it opens up and he really loves it up there.

Just one last thing, I need something to help with his nails and beak in the cage too.

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Re: Show me your cages!!!

I am currently sharing my home with six birds. Three are mine, two belong to my son, and one is a temporary resident I am caring for while her human recovers from an accident. Each cage set up is different and catered to the needs and wants and preferences of each bird. You might look at the macaw cage and think it's weird and boring (perches are low, very few toys), but it's what she needs to keep her safe, and she's only in there at night and when she gets over-stimulated during the day, so the lack of toys isn't bad, and the perches are low because she falls a lot on account of missing a wing. Goofy, the YNA is obsessed with one particular type of toy, so he has four of them, and while he has a few other things to try to convince him that other toys are fun too, well, he just keeps going back to the ones he loves. Oscar has this stuffed ghost squeaky toy and if you try to take it from him, you'll lose a finger. None of my other birds are that attached to any kind of object at all. I could keep going on, but you get the idea. The point is that you should set the cage up and watch your bird and see how he reacts, then make adjustments accordingly. Eventually you'll have it set up in a way that makes his little heart sing with joy.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:39 AM
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Re: Show me your cages!!!

Thank you, I do try and observe him a lot and he has only just started playing with toys so I wouldn't remove the ones he is used to.

Id like to know what kind of perches are better for a Quaker as I know they need different sizes to help their feet and I've heard that some help grind their nails down too.

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Re: Show me your cages!!!

I guess when I think about what kind of perches to put in a cage I fall back to the question "what do I see them perching on in nature photographs" and start from there.
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