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Old 06-11-2012, 10:43 AM
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So I am stressing over the cage for my future ekki. I am renting a home and can't have him make a huge mess each and every time he eats. So I am looking at acriylic cages BUT to get one even barely big enough with all the things he needs I am looking at almost $2,000 after shipping!
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Is my worry about keeping him from making a mess sound? Is this really nessicarly the best thing to do? I am kinda lost on this part :/
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:01 AM
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Re: Need guidance please

I don't think you have to worry about the mess that bad . My birds are messy , but it's not anything a broom or a mop can't handle. And if your cage is on carpet like mine you can get one of those mats that you use under an office chair to protect the carpet. They work really well : )
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:27 AM
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Re: Need guidance please

That is a biiiig investment! If that's what you want, I say go for it, but there are definitely cheaper ways to harness the mess.

Like Parrotmamma said, those plastic office mats are great if you have carpet. You could also try Tidy Seed Bird Feeders. I don't use those myself, but they look really nice. I do have this for my CAG for her pellets. That way, the cup is in the middle of the cage and the waste stays inside. I also LOVE these wipes for stray poos.

Just a few suggestions, I'm sure others will chime in!
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Quote: Originally Posted by Parrotmamma View Post
I don't think you have to worry about the mess that bad . My birds are messy , but it's not anything a broom or a mop can't handle. And if your cage is on carpet like mine you can get one of those mats that you use under an office chair to protect the carpet. They work really well : )
Great ideas, I may well do that. Is just a little office delay enough to catch what you need? How far out past the cage are we talking? Thank you!
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Quote: Originally Posted by beck View Post
That is a biiiig investment! If that's what you want, I say go for it, but there are definitely cheaper ways to harness the mess.

Like Parrotmamma said, those plastic office mats are great if you have carpet. You could also try Tidy Seed Bird Feeders. I don't use those myself, but they look really nice. I do have this for my CAG for her pellets. That way, the cup is in the middle of the cage and the waste stays inside. I also LOVE these wipes for stray poos.

Just a few suggestions, I'm sure others will chime in!
You shared some great things! Thank you for taking the time to link all that.
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Re: Need guidance please

Here is another question along the cage lines. (still open to advice on the original question as well)

Do you need some special kind of light over your cage for the bird? I saw something about a UV, but it can't mean real UV light or that would cook him. Ahhhh! LoL, I would rather not make a $1,000 chicken breast.
(hope you see I am kidding there)
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:59 AM
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Re: Need guidance please

Unless your bird is out in the sun everyday for at least 6 hours you have to get a UVA/UVB light bulb and keep it on him for 6-8 hours a day. I use floor lamps that way they cant get to the bulb and burn themselves. Make sure your bird cannot get within 6 inches of the bulb or else it can cause serious injuries.
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Re: Need guidance please

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I don't think you have to worry about the mess that bad . My birds are messy , but it's not anything a broom or a mop can't handle. And if your cage is on carpet like mine you can get one of those mats that you use under an office chair to protect the carpet. They work really well : )
Great ideas, I may well do that. Is just a little office delay enough to catch what you need? How far out past the cage are we talking? Thank you!
My mat measures 48"x 36" and my cage measures 32" x 23" and it works really good : ) Plus it's clear and doesn't show up to bad . I did not want to have to keep news papers around the cage all the time.
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Re: Need guidance please

If my bird were in the sun 6 hours / day he would be roasted green cheek in our Texas weather.
You can't leave them in direct sun it would be to hot for them. Even in the wild they get filtered sun thru the trees. Some people might wrongly assume they should be in direct sun.
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Quote: Originally Posted by cdog View Post
Unless your bird is out in the sun everyday for at least 6 hours you have to get a UVA/UVB light bulb and keep it on him for 6-8 hours a day. I use floor lamps that way they cant get to the bulb and burn themselves. Make sure your bird cannot get within 6 inches of the bulb or else it can cause serious injuries.
I have an overhead fixture in the sunroom where Purl is. Can I just put in UV bulbs in there and keep them on? How close to the bird do they need to be?

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