From what I am gathering from the forums, it seems like everyone is a fan of Prevue F040 Cage (31x20x53).
I am looking at a similar cage right now (Mcage brand - 32x19x37) but it has less height and more storage on the bottom shelf.
I know these are considered flight cages but does that mean I only use it during the day to let a budgie exercise?
Of course I plan on spending at least an hour a day playing w/ my budgie outside his cage.
Do I need another "smaller" cage at night when the budgie goes to sleep? Or will this big cage suffice as both the playing and sleeping quarters for one budgie.
Hi and welcome! A flight cage is the name for a big cage that budgies live in, but has space for the budgie to flutter around in. So in short, you don't need a smaller cage. The budgie would live in the flight cage and come out for exercise. A flight cage is basically just a bigger cage.
As far as using a "seed guard" that is a matter of personal preference. I have four F040 cages and do not use "seed guards".
Some people like the cloth/mesh guards. I'd suggest you wash it either weekly or more frequently if it gets particularly dirty.
I agree about getting a travel cage, they are very handy! They mean you can transfer your bird from place to place (breeder to your home, home to vets and back again, while you are cleaning the main cage, etc) with a feeling of security I certainly wouldn't find in a box. If you don't have a walmart, Amazon do a good one. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liberta-Riv...ra+travel+cage
I personally don't have seed guards on my flight cage, I just hoover a lot. It's also hard for me to find a fitted cage cover, so I use blankets.
Thank you both for your input. Yes...it seems travel cages are needed!
Regarding mesh seed guards....is there a reason you guys dont use it?
Is it b/c they dont look good on the cages? Do they not work as advertised? Are they a pain to clean up and wash as opposed to just cleaning the area around the cage?
I don't use a seed guard because it just wouldn't be any use with my single budgie. She throws herself entirely into her food pots and chucks it around with gusto. Seeds, greens egg food go everywhere inside and outside the cage. Any guard would be hopeless at catching it.
So I transfer her daily (sometimes twice) to the travel cage while I have a good vacuum round. When all's clean n tidy with a nice new paper carpet, and after she's had a good play and exercising fly around, she goes back in to do the same all over again
NB Haven't mentioned the burrowing...
And I use the same Riviera travel cage as Molle, available here in Uk cheaply (see that Amazon link).