A&E Cage Company Black 600A Economy Dome Top Cage
So to start off, I got this cage for under half the retail price from a 3rd party seller on Amazon. This cage price is originally 230$ and I got mine at 99$ USD. So I will not mention pricing.
The size is alright. It is the minimum for cockatiels and I will only use it ~5 months a year for the summer. But if you want a decently sized cage that looks nice, this cage is good. However, setting up the interior (perches, toys, etc.) is a splinter in my eye. It is super irritating to find an arrangement that looks good, functions well, and is comfortable. It will drive you crazy at times. Aside from that, I rate the size a 6/10.
It is aesthetically pleasing and looks great BUT there are a few flaws that can be off putting. Some parts can bow if you are NOT careful with storing it (the roof bowed in storage, more than in shipping so I had to fix it and the back panel warped a bit so I also had to fix it).
it has an open top that you can use as a stand, but trust me when I say DO NOT USE IT. Any open top bird cage is a huge hazard since the dowel could fall and slam down onto your bird and kill it. I have heard too many stories of these tragedies. However, this flaw does have a silver lining and does make rearranging easier!
The side doors are lovely and make giving food and water to a hormonal little turd MUCH easier.
The front door is LOVELY! It is absolutely HUGE! Perfect for a long cockatiel tail!
The bar spacing is suitable for cockatiels. Nothing smaller.
Overall design wise, I would rate this a 7/10
Overall this is a super secure cage. The side doors can’t be picked open by cockatiels which is really nice, the iron bars are nice and sturdy, and the front door is a bit tough to open due to how it latches. Overall, 10/10 for security.
This cage is rather convenient and works well. If you want to move the cage around, this bad boy moves cleaner than butter. If you want a large tabletop cage, this sucker can pop off its stand and be used as a table top cage but doesn’t exactly look very pretty if it is utilized that way. Want a cage that looks good in most spots? This is your cage. Got a bitey, flighty, or overexcited bird that will bite your hand when changing the food? This cage has you covered. Don’t want your bird making soup? This cage may have that solution (Rico used to drop food in his water but he never does it when the dishes are on the opposite sides of the cage.) this cage is useful and pretty convenient while still being good in functionality. 9/10 for convenience
This cage comes with 2 dowels and 2 bowls. It’s basic but has some issues. The bowls are quite deep and designed more for amazons or African greys than small birds. This poses a few issues like drowning, food waste, nesting, food/water contamination, etc. Rico is a bit bigger than the average cockatiel so he does just fine with a deep water bowl but my friend’s bird for example is a cockatiel much smaller than your average cockatiel. His cockatiel would have a drowning risk with this bowl, making it too dangerous to have in his cage. The food dish is super wasteful unless you modify it… which is exactly what I did! I traced them cut out cardboard circles and put them in the bowl until it was 3 or so inches deep. Works like a charm!
The dowels are good but like 2 inches wide or something and aren’t exactly suited for small parrots but they do work alright
So for accessories I’d give it a 5/10
I would give this cage a 7/10. It’s good but not perfect, that’s for sure.