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Old 06-27-2015, 08:09 AM
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Big day today for the babies - they are now in a cage 3 times the size and are much happier - the pic is 5 mins after their move in, and was followed by an hour (yes an hour!) of serious preening. This afternoon I hope will be all about exploring.

There are 3 levels, taking account of their their different needs. Level 1 is specifically for the 2 non flyers/jumpers (took ages to think this out!); Level 2 is the common room, accessible to the disabled two Lily and Hugo by steps, vine and rope; Level 3 is Demelza's flight arena. Feeding is at ground level.

I am sure that refinements will be needed over the next week or so, already it is looking like Hugo and Lily are more interested in Level 2 rather than their custom designed Level 1. Budgies, eh?!!!

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Old 06-27-2015, 08:19 AM
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Looks great Simon, nicely arranged and that cage is a beauty, well done !!
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:34 AM
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Oh that's so exciting for them it looks like somewhere I'd like to live I'm sure they are loving it - 3 budgies at a spa
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Simon you have done a wonderful job, catering for all levels of abilities. And predictably they do not follow logic LOL.
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That is an excellent cage and it's great you took into account everybudgies' needs.

I love what you've done with it!
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Thank you all for such kind comments. They are settling in very well and seem very happy with the arrangements so far judging by the marked increase in chattering and exploring - there is very little bickering now too!

The 2 disabled birds have really surprised me in their determination to use all the levels - all three slept happily on the flight deck! This is a bit of a concern with Lily as her balance and coordination skills are very challenged, so I will need to try to improve the safety aspects for her. We had one near fall yesterday for which thank goodness I was on hand to rescue her. It is quite a way down.

I think a budgie safety net would be impractical, so I will look at more close 'step perches' and platforms higher up over the next few days. And very close supervision!

Any ideas of course would be very welcome!
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Thank you all for such kind comments. They are settling in very well and seem very happy with the arrangements so far judging by the marked increase in chattering and exploring - there is very little bickering now too!

The 2 disabled birds have really surprised me in their determination to use all the levels - all three slept happily on the flight deck! This is a bit of a concern with Lily as her balance and coordination skills are very challenged, so I will need to try to improve the safety aspects for her. We had one near fall yesterday for which thank goodness I was on hand to rescue her. It is quite a way down.

I think a budgie safety net would be impractical, so I will look at more close 'step perches' and platforms higher up over the next few days. And very close supervision!


Any ideas of course would be very welcome!
Hi Simon,

I used soft towels folded at the bottom of Oisin's cage and put layers of newspaper over that again (to prevent him from eating the fibres). You could also use a pillow depending on the diameters of the base.
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What a great cage set-up!
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Thanks Niamh, that has given me food for thought - never occurred to me that I can pad the bottom. The cage has 3 floors (very odd I know!) - two suspended and the cage base. I am thinking now I could remove the top floor and look at a padding arrangement underneath. The downside is that quick changes to the paper will no longer be possible (it is a clever sliding out arrangement) but I think I can live with that - Benedict's cage doesn't have a slider and we manage. I will need to build up some muscles for the frequent changes the babies need at present - the weight of the cage is considerable!

Thank you again for the ideas.
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Thanks Niamh, that has given me food for thought - never occurred to me that I can pad the bottom. The cage has 3 floors (very odd I know!) - two suspended and the cage base. I am thinking now I could remove the top floor and look at a padding arrangement underneath. The downside is that quick changes to the paper will no longer be possible (it is a clever sliding out arrangement) but I think I can live with that - Benedict's cage doesn't have a slider and we manage. I will need to build up some muscles for the frequent changes the babies need at present - the weight of the cage is considerable!

Thank you again for the ideas.
Yes I understand as Oisin's cage also had a sliding out arrangement - it's less convenient but for peace of mind and his safety I felt it a small price to pay.
Another thing I did was shred news paper or butchers paper and fill a large parrot sized food dish (rectangle shape) for him to sit in when he wanted to be up high - it wasn't very effective at first as he didn't know how to use it but you could drill holes in the sides of it and insert a perch - that way they can perch up high and have a safety landing if they slip off.
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