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Old 02-09-2020, 01:31 AM
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New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

I adopted a 7 year old CAG today. I have lots of shopping to do before bringing him/her (donít know sex yet) home.

Can anyone help me with the best size cage? I want one with a perch area on top. How many perches for the cage do I need, and what sizes and textures are best?

Best portable perches for countertops, etc.

I plan on getting a Java Tree or something similar.

How many toys do you put in the cage. Can you advise on the best kind of toys and where to get them. I plan on making some homemade toys and hear there was a place that has safe wood and supplies for DIY. Can you advise the best place to purchase it?

Stormyís diet has been HarŪ Tropican and a top mix, veggies and fruit etc. Is it best to stick with to same food and for how long? Is there anything healthier?

This is my first ever post on a forum so I hope I didnít break any rules. Iíve had parakeets and a cockatiel. Smokey is my first larger parrot. Iíve spent hundreds of hours on research and feel I havenít scratched the surface. Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you, Kalola
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:47 AM
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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

Hello Kalola,

Welcome to the PFs, glad you joined us.

These are my two large cages for Levi.


W36 D24 H64


W28 D26 H54



Here are two links to help get you started:
Cag 101

Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

As far as toys go, it's a preference and not all parrots enjoy the same toys.
But, you'll definitely need foraging, shredding and wood toys to start.

Perches, many and different shapes, sizes and textures wood, rope, pedi-perch, loop-swings etc...

Best of luck and please keep us posted.
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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

Kalola how exciting for you,Ive always wanted one,but too old now,my little GCC is enough to keep me busy.
I look forward to hearing how you get on with Stormy or is it Smokey?

Tami2. I have a larger version of your 2nd cage for Connie,so probably overkill for her size! I just wanted to make sure there was lots of space as I have 2 cats,so she only comes out at certain times during the day and evening.

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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

Thanks so much for the pictures and link. His/her name is Smokey, but for some reason I keep saying Stormy. I have been looking fo 3 years for a parrot. No matter how many other species I researched, it had to be a CAD. I am thrilled, happy and terrified.
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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

Hi, congratulations!!! What a big day! Welcomed to the forum
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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

Phew! New parrot shopping is exhausting. Got the cage and food ordered. Now onto the toys and perches.

Tami2... I got a cage similar to your large one with a playground on top.

I read the articles and found them very informative.

Thanks again. Sorry for the typos. It was late.
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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

Welcome Kalola and Smokey, pleased you have joined!

Tammy shared two forms of cages; Dome top and modified Dome top with clamshell doors that open to reveal a play area. If you choose the latter, ensure the perch tightly fits with tension to prevent inadvertent closure of the doors, potentially injuring your bird.

Another variety is flat-top with permanent playpen.

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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

I really like that cage, Scott. When Levi is due for a new one, I'm going for something like this. 6 bowls, nice!
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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

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I am thrilled, happy and terrified.
The perfect balance! Welcome!
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Re: New Mommy of Smokey CAG cage advice

welcome, im so excited for you. My cage is similar to the top one Tami2 has, and enzo loves it. I do like the fold down top entrance, Enzo sits there often.....


Enzo doesnt really play with toys in her cage, but occationally she will destroy every one of them in a day. For food, pellets are best, along with fresh veg and a little fruit a couple of days a week. I have stands and swings in various places in the house, she doesnt use all of them mind, she goes where she pleases in general. Keep electrical cables and dangerous things out of his way and generally keep your eyes on him... think of having a 3yr old toddler in the house for the rest of your life and you wont go far wrong. Awesome creatures.!

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