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Old 07-24-2018, 12:46 PM
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When I have needed to take my Conure somewhere, I used a cheap small cage. While driving, he likes to hang onto the cage sides for stability. The sides have horizontal bars which make it easy for him to hang onto.

I decided to purchase a better quality travel cage. I got a tremendous deal on a new cage from EBay. And although I research everything to death, I missed the fact that this cage does not have horizontal bars.

I was hoping for possible suggestions on how to add some horizontal "bars" to at least one side of the cage. Of course chicken wire would work but I don't feel this would be a safe alternative.
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Re: Adding Horizontal Bars?

I'm not sure what kind of distances you're looking at, but for trips to vet for example, we use a plastic travel crate. Calming, it seems, and Bird can grab bars. He bounces off the bars in a regular travel cage and this one was actually a gift to us from our vet to rein Genghis Conure in a bit.
https://www.google.com/search?biw=13....0.Vo30dG23EOw
I should add that it provides shelter from wind and elements in our lovely Ohio winters.
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Re: Adding Horizontal Bars?

Try shifting the dowel perch closer to the access door with the goal of your Parrot being a comfortable distances from the door to hang-on. Also, you will note that it will be easier for your Parrot to Step-down /Step-up in and out of the cage.
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Re: Adding Horizontal Bars?

Can you just coarse-weave something in between the upright bars ?
Small pliable twigs perhaps ( we were discussing willow in another topic, those would do great, and also be a nice distracion -> something to gnaw upon)
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Re: Adding Horizontal Bars?

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Can you just coarse-weave something in between the upright bars ?
Small pliable twigs perhaps ( we were discussing willow in another topic, those would do great, and also be a nice distracion -> something to gnaw upon)

Mine rides on top of the seat behind my head (put a towel over it in case she poops) and on my shoulder, 50/50. She loves riding in the car. I'm not a fast driver and do drive carefully, but the faster I drive on the highway, the louder she screams.
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Re: Adding Horizontal Bars?

Quote: Originally Posted by Rival_of_the_Rickeybird View Post
I'm not sure what kind of distances you're looking at, but for trips to vet for example, we use a plastic travel crate. Calming, it seems, and Bird can grab bars. He bounces off the bars in a regular travel cage and this one was actually a gift to us from our vet to rein Genghis Conure in a bit.
https://www.google.com/search?biw=13....0.Vo30dG23EOw
I should add that it provides shelter from wind and elements in our lovely Ohio winters.


I read this incorrectly and thought it said he could grab beers


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Re: Adding Horizontal Bars?

Thanks for the suggestions. Another way I thought of last night was to add some ladders, side by side, on one side.

Having him ride without a cage I would enjoy. BUT, although I drive school buses and am very careful, I have a lot of bad luck with OTHER drivers constantly cutting me off and having to hit the brakes hard. Would be afraid he would be launched forward.
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