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Old 07-15-2015, 03:37 PM
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I'm getting ready to place an order for all my budgie stuff! (I'll be bringing my little guy, tentatively named Kimchee, in a little over a month now.) I am planning to order the F050 cage, but I'm wondering how many perches it will require (since I know the dowel ones in the cage are no good!)

Can anyone with the cage tell me how many they use in their set up? Here's what I have in my shopping cart right now.

2 multi-branch manzanita perches, small size
( Multli-Branch Manzanita Bird Perches )
1 dragonwood perch
( Caged Bird Perches: Natural Dragonwood Bird Perches at Drs. Foster and Smith )
1 x-small "sweet feet" (is there a better brand for this? Just a concrete perch for nails)
Conditioning Bird Perches: Sweet Feet & Beak Perch
1 rope knot perch, and 1 14 inch cable perch
1 rope boing

Is this excessive, or not enough? Hard to envision without the cage, and I don't want to cram it too full. Can you tell I'm getting excited and doing a lot of planning here?

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That all looks great! Kimchee is going to be the most spoiled budgie on the block!

I have the F040, so just a bit smaller. We have the three dowels in there plus two or three natural perches (there’s instructions on the forum— would link you but I can’t copy/past right now— basically you find some budgie-safe wood, bake it at low temp in your oven and use as perches).

You should probably rearrange your budgie’s cage at least once a month. So if you find yourself with more perches, toys, etc than will fit comfortably in the cage, that’s ok. You can switch things in and out every few weeks. You budgie may not like some of the perches at first but over time he may get new favorites. Some members on here (myself included) have hung ropes and ladders from the ceiling to make awesome out-of cage play areas.

Best of luck! Can’t wait to see pictures of Kimchee and his cage set up!
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Wood dowel is fine for perches, and I left the ones in my F050. The only thing you need to do is add some non plastic perches that are different sized than your dowel is. I left one dowel in at top and one at bottom, and had other natural branch perches, etc. in various spots. The key for me was to try and leave the middle of cage as open as possible for flight space, they do buzz around pretty good in a cage that size...
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It's great that you are excited and are going to have everything set up and ready when your new little friend comes home!

It's wonderful that you've ordered an F050 cage, I would very much have liked to be able to fit four of those in my bedroom.

I'll give you a look at the set up of one of my F040 cages.





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Wow, Deb! Your set up looks great! So different from Penry’s set up— just goes to show you how many ways there are to arrange big cages, and how many cool things can be done!

I like those screw-on perches….Penry may steal my credit card and order himself a few!

Here’s a couple low-qual pictures of Penry’s current arrangement.



One thing I will suggest, Amy, is to buy a smaller cage you can use for traveling. You can keep your budgie in there for the first few weeks while you are taming him, I find it easier to work on step up, to offer food by hand, etc. to a bird in a smaller cage than one in a bigger cage where it has more room to run from you (which he certainly won’t once he’s gotten to know you). Then once he can step up and isn’t scared of you, move him into his palace!

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Thanks Faerybee and Birding... that actually makes me think I don't have enough perches on order, you seem to be able to fit a lot of stuff in there!

And I do have a smaller cage for travel-- one of those bitty house shaped ones they sell for cheap at petco. I will have to arrange that soon as well. The breeder is an 100+ mile drive from me, so I didn't want to have to make my budgie sit in those tiny budgie carriers for such a long drive, so I opted for a slightly bigger cage for travel. I figure if he ever is going to spend a weekend with the budgie-sitter it will work well for that too.
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Also-- Birding-- I'm getting a hand fed budgie, should I still leave him in the small cage at first? It does seem like it might make the transition easier but I worry it's too small for him to stretch his wings in.
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Amy,

It's really up to your discretion whether you put your hand-fed baby in a small cage or the flight cage once you have him home

When I brought my 8 week old hand-fed budgie home, he went directly into his F040 cage and did just fine.
I never had a problem getting him to step up or come out from the very beginning.

And, I do agree with Chloe that putting a pet-store or totally untamed budgie in a smaller cage initially works out best.
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Yes, it's totally your choice! Both would be fine for a hand fed budgie. It was just a suggestion that we found helped us

Our budgie was also hand raised, and we initially left him in his "carrier cage" (but like yours, it's big enough he can live in it when he's at the sitter's or traveling). We didn't want to move him the day we just got him be cause we thought it would stress him, then we decided it was easier to handle him in there and kept him there for 2 weeks before we moved him to the F040. At that point he was already stuck to us like glue. True, it may not have been a necessary or even helpful thing to do but it worked well for us
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Yes, it's totally your choice! Both would be fine for a hand fed budgie. It was just a suggestion that we found helped us

Our budgie was also hand raised, and we initially left him in his "carrier cage" (but like yours, it's big enough he can live in it when he's at the sitter's or traveling). We didn't want to move him the day we just got him be cause we thought it would stress him, then we decided it was easier to handle him in there and kept him there for 2 weeks before we moved him to the F040. At that point he was already stuck to us like glue. True, it may not have been a necessary or even helpful thing to do but it worked well for us
Penry is adorable and a wonderfully adjusted little fellow.
Chloe's method obviously works very well!
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