I am new to the forum and am looking into adding some budgies to my household within the next year or so.
I am considering re-purposing my double critter nation cages once my rats pass on and was curious to see what you thought about this idea, since I have very little bird experience. I know that they may not be ideal, but I have so much time and money invested into these cages that I would like to make them work if possible.
The actual cage dimensions for each section are about 36" long x 24" wide x 24" high. (91 cm x 61 cm x 61 cm). I've also seen a breeder's website who took out the middle floor level and made it into a single tall cage (36" x 24" x 48").
I will include some photos below so you can see the detail and how the doors open.
Whole double cage with doors closed (setup for my rats)
Single level, doors open.
The bar spacing is 1/2" and it is very well powder coated. The pans you see in my photos are stainless steel. The shelf that is on the left side (second photo) can be removed, leaving small holes where it would have been placed (holes are about 1/4 cm in size). These holes run up the four corners of the cage in ~2" intervals.
The main questions I was hoping you could help me with are as follows.
1. How many budgies could I fit into one half of the cage? (i.e. the top half)
2. Would using both sections of the cage allow for more budgies to be housed in it? (setting it up as a 4 foot tall call with no middle floor)
3. Are there any possible complications that I need to be aware of based on the cage design?
Thank you for your time and help! It is greatly appreciated.