I am not sure if this is the right place to post this so if it is wrong I apologize! Today I was helping an older woman clear her attic so she can sell her house and move. There was a birdcage up there with a stand and she was just going to throw it away so instead she gave it to me! I think its so cool. I thought if I cleaned it up and repainted it I could keep it out with the door open and when the budgies had their out of cage time they could use it, not full time though. When I looked the cage up because it looked old I found one on ebay that said it was vintage and it was selling for 150$. Is this cage a collectors item and something I should keep in its current shape and not use it, or is it something I should use as a project and if so what paints are safe to use? here are some pictures of the neat cage! it even has a glass seed blocker in the back, plastic ones on the side and some accessories.
Yes, that is a very old cage.
My mother had a similar one many, many years ago.
If you want the cage to retain its value then I wouldn't change it or use it, I'd contact an antique dealer to get an idea of what you might get for it if you wanted to sell it.
If you don't care about the possible resale value and want to use it, you need to ensure there is absolutely no rust and no bare metal parts.
Many old cages may contain metals that are toxic to budgies and can lead to heavy-metal poisoning.
The cage would need to be well-sanded and repainted it with a budgie-safe, water-based, non-toxic paint.
I read that the cage was made in 1938 and was featured in the #49 catalogue or something like that! I will deff be making some calls and doing some research before I make my decision! I am almost bummed that this cage is vintage!! its so cute!
It is a very cute cage. Your can keep it and put a plant in it and put it near a window. It is a collector's item and worth a pretty penny but if you like it, keep it and don't sell it.
If I were to actually use such an antique cage for a bird, I would have it professionally sanded and powder coated, which can be costly but creates a smooth, hard long lasting paint finish.
I wouldnt use it for a budgie today.Years ago we didnt know any better. It is much too small.
While it is small, lots of people have 'satellite' cages in different rooms that are smaller so their birds can be with them.
If your full size cage is in the study, but you are going to fold laundry for an hour or two in your bedroom, this might be a cute cage to have a budgie in so you could keep each other company, if it was fixed up safely.