Hi all, I have 2 11 week old budgies suffering from what looks to be french moult & their current cage just doesn't have enough ground surface area for them to run around on in my eyes so i'm planing on building them a new home to going in the corner of the living room between the 2 sofa's my wife & I sit on. I'm thinking of a triangular shaped cage with the back sections being 2-2.5ft long with an internal height of around 18" would this be big enough for them ?
Construction wise I was thinking of using 9mm ply for the base, roof & walls but i'm stuck on what mesh to use for the front & what the maximum size is for the gaps in the mesh but as these 2 have slightly deformed feet i'm going to need a thicker mesh I think so that they can grip it with their toes instead of their claws. I would like to either paint or use some sort of sealer on the inside to help keep it clean & to make cleaning the inside easier
Sorry for all of the questions
With French moult meaning the birds can't fly and deformed feet possibly meaning a reduced grip, the plan for a low height maximum floor area makes sense.
The problem with wooden cages is, as you stated, how to keep them clean. Painting the wood would help in that respect, and would probably be fine for canaries or finches, but budgies will chew the wood and the paint isn't a good thing for them for them to chew.
If you really want to make your own cage, personally, I would start with a plastic tray base and work around that. Amazon have some catering size trays that might be worth considering. It might be easier to do just a little DIY in joining two shop bought cages together.
Thanks for those links & advice & looking at the price of those cages they are cheaper than it would cost me for the materials, they are currently in a cage that is 59cm long X 37cm deep X 50cm high which our old budgie used to live in & always seemed very happy in there
I know where you are coming from FaeryBee & thanks, to be honest the chewing nature did slip my mind as our last budgie never chewed anything but now your have mentioned it I remember what our old lovebirds were like