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Hello everyone, I've been thinking about building a plexiglass enclosure which basically would be a plexiglass floor and 4 plexiglass sides almost half the length of the cage. So the cage will be ventilated halfway up.

This shall work as a seed catcher and a fool proof way to keep the area around the cage clean and tidy.

To make my idea clearer, imagine putting the cage inside a half-height fish tank, without the water and the fish of course

In my head the idea looks good. Other than having the extra work of wiping the plexiglass daily, what would be the disadvantage of this idea?

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Some things to consider include:

Budgies need to be able to climb.
How will they climb the sides of the plexiglass to get to the cage bars?

Additionally, budgies can almost always climb using their beaks as long as one leg/foot is able to grasp the bars as well, but keeping any budgie in a glass enclosure puts the bird at an extreme disadvantage if the time comes when it can't easily hop or fly.

You obviously won't be able to put any perches or toys where the plexiglass is which means the food dishes will be higher than the plexiglass - correct? (Assuming you aren't planning to sit them on the floor of the cage, of course.)

Therefore, if your budgies are like mine -- you will still have seed/pellets that are not contained by the plexiglass but are thrown by your birds out of the cage onto the floor.
And feathers from molting birds drift and float so the feathers won't all be contained either.

How do you plan to attach the cage bars to the plexiglass sides and how will the sides secure to the plexiglass bottom?

Seed and pellet debris are going to collect in the edges and corners where the sides and bottom of the plexiglass meet and it isn't going to be easy to clean.

Do you have children and/or other pets that could potentially break the glass portion of the cage?
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Actually I want to put the cage inside the plexiglass enclosure. So you will have the cage bars, a 2 cm gap then the plexi sheet.

I made a crappy sketch, hope it helps to clarify my idea.

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OK - I get it.
In your initial post when you said "think about putting a cage in a fish tank" I didn't realize you were planning to literally sit the cage inside the plexiglass enclosure.

That basically takes care of my concerns.

How large is the cage you are planning to enclose?
Please remember the bar spacing should be no more than 1/2".

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I have used a similar system on my patio aviary. The end that I put the food and water has pexi-glass bolted to the outsides of the cage. This does work well to reduce mess. I don't have any problems cleaning it, a quick wipe being all that is required.

My only suggestion on your plan would be to keep the space between the pexi-glass catcher box and the budgies cage to a minimum. I say this because you will be surprised at how much wind speed fluttering budgies create. That same wind speed will easily pick up feathers and seed husk, sending them flying in all directions.
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I think after seeing your sketch it would work, save having a material type skirt around the cage...
I too, have been contemplated making - (but, only) a 'part' plexiglass enclosure. Saw this on Pinterest, I think...


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I would be concerned with Humidity especially if the glass comes up above half way.
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I think humidity should be fine as the ends and top are wire. I can also understand why they may have done this, given it appears to be in an outside location. I am guessing the pexi-glass in on the least sheltered side of the cage. Not sure how well it would work though given that heat would disperse upwards and you could still potentially get air moving through the cage end to end.

Personally, I think the cage looks good until you start thinking cage dynamics. Without permanently fixing perches to the back wall they can only go length ways. Which means birds can't really fly from perch to perch despite it being a nice length. Alsso not much opportunity to provide vairety. On the good side you can have fun with hanging toy and perches and this is what I would probably end up filling a cage of this type with.
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Thanks Cathy and Li, have changed my idea about the glass, but would still like hubby to build this for our two, for an outdoor, but protected on the verandah cage...agree would have more scope with perch placement and wouldn't have the problem of humidity here on the coast.
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