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I've been looking into converting a piece of furniture to a large bird cage for 2-3 budgies. I've found a piece that is suitable in materials and structure but am unsure about the size. It is z the top of a buffet hutch. This makes it long and high but not very deep. 41"highx59"widex14" deep. This puts the inside at about one foot deep...this is as big as some smaller bird cages for a single bird, and maybe it's enough since the entire area is large (high and wide). But is it actually ok to use, or should I look for a more "square" shape (very hard to find by, especially on a budget!) ? Any opinions?

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The cubic inch size of the unit would be fine for 2-3 budgies but 12" is awfully shallow. I wouldn't feel comfortable using a unit that is only 12" deep, especially when housing multiple birds in it.

My other concerns about using a piece of furniture are:

1. What wood was used for the construction of the unit?
2. Is the wood stained or painted? Budgies chew wood and if the chemical composition of the stain or paint is toxic to birds, you have a potential disaster waiting to happen. Pressure treated wood also poses a threat of toxicity.
3. How are you going to be able to easily clean the interior of the "cage"?

I personally would be more inclined to buy the biggest cage possible as long as the bar spacing is no more than 1/2".
I believe the main consideration when housing budgies should be what is best for the birds' health and well-being rather than the aesthetics of the appearance of the unit in the room.
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Thanks for your reply. The concerns you've mentioned are certainly valid and I'm keeping them in mind, which is part of the reason that I haven't yet found a piece of furniture to convert. The one I mentioned earlier is a piece that would allow me to make cleaning easy, the material used is safe, allows for air flow, etc... Except that the size isn't ideal. I think I agree with you about 12" not being deep enough. I shall keep hunting for the right piece!
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