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Old 07-03-2015, 09:35 AM
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We had a cage on order (Prevue Clean Life 851 Playtop) through Amazon, but decided to get a bigger cage so we can add an English Budgie in the near future. I cancelled the order and have narrowed it down to the HQ Aviary Flight Cage or the awesome Amazon deal of the Prevue F040. I prefer the HQ, but am trying to justify spending $150 (possibly $135 with coupon at Petco) instead of $90.
HQ: I like the double doors and the way they secure, I like the color choices, I like that the cage starts up higher since we have 2 cats and that it makes for more storage
F040: I like the price, I like that it has more little doors for attaching bird baths etc., I like that it can be converted into 2 cages if ever needed

Help me make my decision. Or if someone sees a great deal on the HQ for the holiday weekend, please let me know.

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Old 07-03-2015, 10:02 AM
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Very good decision to get a bigger cage. We have folk's here who have those cages, and seem to be very satisfied. My own experience is limited to the F050 which is just a little bigger than the F040, and I found it to be a great cage for a very reasonable price. I guess it just comes down to deciding if the thing's you like more about the HQ are worth paying a little more for...
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HQ flight cage goes for around $140 at Hayneedle but HQ flight is still only $130 at Birds Comfort. Recently the A&E flight cage can be found on Ebay for $115. The seller is aedistributors and they pretty much have a perfect Ebay score. IMO they are all good cages and it comes down to preference. Since I felt quality was similar, I let price guide my decision. I bought the A&E literally hours before the F040 went down to $90 on Amazon otherwise I would have bought F040. I do believe Avian Adventures and Kings cages are better quality over all and if you want to pay a premium for quality I would look into those brands. For the average joe where every dollar counts I wanted something reliable at a reasonable price.

I don't have cats so I can't help you with cat proofing. My gut reaction is to say the cage should be in a room that can be secured so the cats don't have access when no one is home. I have seen pictures of a bird that had been killed by the owner's cat while in the cage and would not want to risk that type of tragedy.
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How would you convert the Prevue Hendryx Cage into two cages?
I have five of them and in my opinion, there is no easy way one could convert them.
It would take a lot of work and skill and would be simpler to just purchase a second cage if necessary.

The side doors on the Prevue Hendryx cage are convenient but they are also spring loaded which means you should either secure them with clothespins or with cable ties. If a bird hits one hard enough, it can bounce open far enough for the bird to get its foot or leg trapped when the door slams back shut.

Don't get me wrong -- I love the Prevue Hendryx cages (even though I lost one of my budgies in an unfortunate accident with one of the spring loaded side doors). As I said, I have five of the F040s.

I simply believe you need to be aware of ALL the pros and cons before making your decision between the Prevue Hendryx F040 and the HQ Flight Cage.
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Thank you Mekat. The AE looks like a good compromise between the 2 I was considering. It may be THE one. I had looked at it before but didn't realize some of the great features and that it could be purchased for $115.
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How would you convert the Prevue Hendryx Cage into two cages?
I have five of them and in my opinion, there is no easy way one could convert them.
It would take a lot of work and skill and would be simpler to just purchase a second cage if necessary.

The side doors on the Prevue Hendryx cage are convenient but they are also spring loaded which means you should either secure them with clothespins or with cable ties. If a bird hits one hard enough, it can bounce open far enough for the bird to get its foot or leg trapped when the door slams back shut.

Don't get me wrong -- I love the Prevue Hendryx cages (even though I lost one of my budgies in an unfortunate accident with one of the spring loaded side doors). As I said, I have five of the F040s.

I simply believe you need to be aware of ALL the pros and cons before making your decision between the Prevue Hendryx F040 and the HQ Flight Cage.
Faerybee--I was referring to the sticky that shows how to make the F040 into 2 cages. Pretty ingenious. I am not handy with wood projects but I know someone that is. Thank you for your cage info/advice. The last time we had a budgie (almost 20 years ago) we did so many things incorrectly. I am learning so much on this forum on what to do and not to do.
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Recently the A&E flight cage can be found on Ebay for $115. The seller is aedistributors and they pretty much have a perfect Ebay score. IMO they are all good cages and it comes down to preference.
I just ordered the platinum AE flight cage from eBay. The AE was $115 & the Prevue F040 would have been $100 with sales tax. The door locks, cage being higher up, and the color choices are well worth the extra $15. July 8th through 15th cannot get here soon enough!
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Sounds good, I hope it meets your expectations. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive. It keeps getting delayed but that is an issue with Fedex and not the seller's fault.
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Sounds good, I hope it meets your expectations. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive. It keeps getting delayed but that is an issue with Fedex and not the seller's fault.
Did yours arrive yet Mekat? I ordered mine on Sunday, and supposedly it was delivered to my house today. Wow, that was super-duper fast! I can't wait to get home to get it all set up.
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It arrived yesterday. I'm pretty sure mine got held up by the holidays. Two tips on putting it together. The top of the cage wouldn't line up until I figure out that it also had to be screwed down in the middle so the top needs six screws total. The crossbars for the stand have two half circle protrusions on each crossbar. Those protrusions should face upwards they keep the cage from sliding off the stand. You may not need these tips if you are more mechanically inclined then me. I am rather mechanically inept but overall didn't have too much difficulty assembling the cage.
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