Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Conures

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-13-2019, 09:47 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Canada (SWO)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Sch1sm is on a distinguished road
Tips for re-enforcing cage

Hi Everyone

Stumbled upon this forum while looking researching Conures as my Partner and I recently acquired one.

We have a rather large cage that used to house a larger bird the problem is that the Cinnamon Conure we have is able to fit through bars in a few spots and escapes. It also is able to reach through the bars at the bottom and attempts to eat the food that falls through the cracks. Which I can assume is not ideal.

Looking for inexpensive solutions to re-enforce these areas. I've read that chicken wire is not advised. We would ideally like to use the large cage as it gives the bird quite a lot more room but if its too expensive to make work we will purchase something else.

Cheers and thanks for any input.
Attached Thumbnails
Tips for re-enforcing cage-bird1.jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Sch1sm For This Useful Post:
Scott  (02-13-2019)
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-13-2019, 10:05 AM
LordTriggs's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Rio (Yellow sided conure) sadly no longer with us
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Surrey, UK
Thanks: 2,413
Thanked 4,051 Times in 2,088 Posts
LordTriggs is on a distinguished road
Re: Tips for re-enforcing cage

just purchase something else. Anything you could use on the bars would be expensive due to it needing to be stainless steel and would look ugly. Also the bars at the top which come closer together are actually quite dangerous and are prone to getting feet and beaks caught in them

I'm assuming you're in the States, so others here should be able to give you some links to good cages. Just make sure the gap between the bars is no wider than half an inch so your conure can't get their neck caught
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to LordTriggs For This Useful Post:
EllenD (02-13-2019), Flboy Supporting Member (02-13-2019), Scott  (02-13-2019)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-13-2019, 11:01 AM
Scott's Avatar
Super Moderator
Parrots:
Goffins: Gabby, Abby, Squeaky, Peanut, Popcorn / Citron: Alice / Eclectus: Angel /Timneh Grey: ET / Blue Fronted Amazon: Gonzo / RIP Gandalf and Big Bird, you are missed.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Diego, California USA, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Thanks: 70,768
Thanked 35,750 Times in 12,886 Posts
Scott is on a distinguished road
Re: Tips for re-enforcing cage

Welcome to the forums! What LordTriggs posted!! The issue with chicken wire and similar is they are galvanized and thus tainted by zinc, a deadly contaminant to birds.

Might be best to purchase a new cage and sell the old, using proceeds to offset cost.
__________________
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Scott For This Useful Post:
EllenD (02-13-2019), Flboy Supporting Member (02-13-2019)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-13-2019, 11:03 AM
Flboy's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
JoJo, 'Special' GCC, Bongo, Cinnamon GCC(wife's)
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Greater Orlando area, Florida
Thanks: 10,487
Thanked 9,852 Times in 4,817 Posts
Flboy is on a distinguished road
Re: Tips for re-enforcing cage

Hi, really no practical way to do what you want! Sell it and get something comparable, size wize!
__________________
..David..
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Flboy For This Useful Post:
EllenD (02-13-2019)
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 02-13-2019, 11:05 AM
ParrotGenie's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
2 umbrella Cockatoos One male named Cooper and female named Baby 1 Little Corella male named Frankie and have 5 Cockatiels three named Male named Pepper, Fiesco for the female and female named Wylie.
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Indiana
Thanks: 191
Thanked 1,113 Times in 423 Posts
ParrotGenie is on a distinguished road
Re: Tips for re-enforcing cage

Get a new cage with bar spacing less then 5/8 inch. Best is 1/2 inch as they have a easier time climbing it. Sell the old one to get some money back, don't risk it as bird can hang itself. Stainless steel mesh is only solution to wrap old cage and would be ugly and hard to clean, any other metal would be likely toxic to the bird.

Last edited by ParrotGenie; 02-13-2019 at 11:07 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to ParrotGenie For This Useful Post:
EllenD (02-13-2019), Flboy Supporting Member (02-13-2019)
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 02-13-2019, 11:42 AM
EllenD's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Senegal Parrot named "Kane"; Yellow-Sided Green Cheek Conure named "Bowie"; Blue Quaker Parrot named "Lita Ford"; Cockatiel named "Duff"; 8 American/English Budgie Hybrids; Ringneck Dove named "Dylan"
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: State College, PA
Thanks: 6,495
Thanked 7,521 Times in 3,074 Posts
EllenD will become famous soon enough
Re: Tips for re-enforcing cage

I'll reiterate what has already been said...YOU MUST GET A NEW CAGE WITH THE CORRECT BAR-SPACING ASAP!!!

No, you cannot use ANY type of Chicken-Wire, Hardware-Cloth, or Mesh-Wire unless it is Stainless Steel, because otherwise your Conure will develop Heavy-Metal Poisoning from any other type of metal, such as the common Galvonized metals these wires are made of...And honestly, even if you were to find a Hardware-Cloth or Wire-Mesh that is made of Stainless-Steel, it's still very, very unsafe, as your bird will stil be able to get himself stuck in it because he can still fit through the bars of the cage.

You just cannot keep your Conure inside of that cage, and you need to get him out of it immediately if you have him inside of it...He's much better off just staying outside of the cage than you trying to rig something with Wire-Mesh or anything similar...If he develops Heavy-Metal Poisoning he will either die, or it will cost you thousands of dollars with an Avian Vet to do Chelation-Therapy and continuous X-Rays to save his life. And if he can fit his body and/or his head through the cage-bars, he will eventually either break a leg, break a wing, break his spine, or break his neck. It happens all the time, and people come here asking the same question quite often, and they end-up not listening to us and then their bird either dies from a broken neck or from Heavy-Metal Poisoning. So if you don't have thee money to buy him an adequately sized safe cage, then you're best to keep him outside of the cage and figure something else out for him...

Have you looked on your local Craigslist pages? There are usually tons and tons of used bird cages on Craigslist all over the place in the Community-Pets section. Just go to your local Craigslist page and then do a search for "Bird Cage", and it will give you results so many miles away, and you can then just scan through all of the other towns/cities surrounding you, and you should be able to find a pre-owned cage for a very good price...Make certain that not only the bar-spacing is correct for your bird, but that it's also large enough for your species of Conure (I don't know what type of Conure you have or I'd giive you some minimum measurements and proper bar-spacing)...

If you do end-up buying a used cage for him, be sure that you completely disinfect it before you set it up for him. Soaking/Scrubbing it in the bathtub in a mixture of bleach and hot water usually does the trick, just make sure you rinse it very, very well, until you can no longer smell any bleach smell...
__________________
"Dance Like Nobody's Watching".
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to EllenD For This Useful Post:
Flboy Supporting Member (02-13-2019)
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 02-13-2019, 12:29 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Canada (SWO)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Sch1sm is on a distinguished road
Re: Tips for re-enforcing cage

Thanks everyone. I kind of figured that might be the case.

The bird is currently in the small cage that it came in.

The small black cage is actually inside the bigger cage at the moment. Not sure if its visible in the picture, but since the escape we have kept him in the small one.

Going to have a look at new cages today, will also check all the buy and sell sites.

Thanks again for the quick responses and the information!

Cheers.

Edit: Location is Canada (South Western Ontario to be specific)

Last edited by Sch1sm; 02-13-2019 at 12:31 PM. Reason: Added location
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Sch1sm For This Useful Post:
Flboy Supporting Member (02-13-2019), LordTriggs (02-14-2019)
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Conures

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cage cleaning tips RoseFelicia General Health Care 11 03-30-2017 02:05 PM
Cage smells - any tips? lorika Cages 33 05-21-2016 10:06 AM
cage cleaning tips!? kodimerlyn Congo & Timneh Greys 17 05-28-2015 01:10 PM
Such a social birdy. Any tips for keeping him content IN his cage? Unisyst Conures 11 07-03-2013 09:12 PM
Cage/Aviary Maintenance Tips Aussie Ben Do It Yourself 9 08-12-2010 09:15 PM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.